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The activist animal rights organization ACT Now recently held its 3rd annual benefit concert and silent auction at The Wild Horse Saloon in downtown Nashville. Attendance was high because the event takes place each year on the final night of Nashville's Country Music Fan Fair. This single fundraiser is the number one money-raising event for ACT. 

Performances by popular artists including headliners Joe Diffie and The Kinley's, as well as the support of other artists including Jamie O'Neill, are also a big part of what makes this event a great success! They are all animal lovers and support what ACT Now has accomplished to date. Country fans particularly support the event due to the access they have to unique, one-of-a-kind artists' memorabilia available at the auction. For example, packages include such items as pencil sketches by artists, autographed articles of clothing, autographed guitars, CD's and photos, dinner packages, and spa and sports events packages. This year, people really rallied to the cause of saving animals and promoting awareness of negligence and abuse. 

The money raised at this event helps us help animals. The primary focus this year was the Spay/Neuter program. This plan has already processed 62 applications for low-to-no-cost sterilizations in the low-income neighborhoods where 80% of stray animals are picked up.

The Adoption/Foster committee has already taken in and adopted out 462 animals. This does not include the number of animals they assist through the local Metro Animal Services. All animals are sterilized, vaccinated and tested for either heartworms (dogs) or feline leukemia and feline HIV. Also, there is a heavy screening process for potential adopters to ensure that

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