What is Growl, Meow & Wine
Growl, Meow & Wine is East Bay SPCA’s largest fundraising event. This immensely popular event sells out annually.
Date: Sunday, May 7, 2023
Time: 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Place: East Bay SPCA Adoption Center: 8323 Baldwin Street, Oakland
Valet parking is complimentary. Drop-off and pick-up will be located beyond the event tent and visibly marked with signs. You will receive a valet claim ticket upon arrival and will need to present this same ticket to a valet operator to retrieve your vehicle for departure at the end of the event. Pick-up and drop-off are in the same location.
Uber/Lyft/Rideshare drop off and pick up is located at EBSPCA van/vehicle entry driveway on Baldwin Street.
Where do I check in?
Please sign in at Check-In near the end of the parking lot. Signs will mark where to go after you drop off your vehicle.
At Check-In, each guest will receive a name tag, table seating assignment, and event bidder card.
If you do not have a credit card on file, you will be asked to swipe a credit card for any winning auction bids or donations made during the event. All guests are required to have a credit card on file to receive a bidder card. Note: NO transactions are conducted when a credit card is swiped at Check-In. All actual transactions are made after the event has concluded and all totals have been calculated. If you do not win, purchase, or donate anything, no charges will be made to your credit card.
Where do I get a wine glass or beer pint glass?
Complimentary souvenir wine glasses are available at the wine station near Check-In or at any wine tasting station and in the main tent (one wine glass per person).
Complimentary souvenir beer glasses are available at the beer station outside near the Event tent (one beer glass per person).
Where do I get food/drink?
Hors d’oeuvres will be served during the Reception in the Adoption Lobby and in the beer tasting area in front of the main tent.
Food buffet opens at 5:00 PM. No additional food is served in the tent.
Wine: During the Reception, wine tasting stations are located in the Adoption Hall, outside near Check-In and also near the event tent. Once the program in the tent begins, the tasting stations will close but there will be wine pourers circulating in the tent.
A beer tasting station is located outside near the event tent.
A whiskey tasting station is located outside near the event tent.
A chocolate tasting station is located in the Adoption Hall.
Water, coffee, and sparkling water are available at the beverage station outside near the event tent.
Where are the restrooms?
2 single-stall/gender-neutral restrooms are located in the hallway between dog and cat adoption areas (please ask staff if you need assistance finding a restroom).
Women’s and Men’s multi-stall restrooms are available near Check-in.
Where do tours start? How long are the tours?
There are 4 tours. The first tour starts at 4:10 and runs at 4:20, 4:40, 4:50; see the sign near Adoptions entry.
Tours are first come, first served (max 15 persons per group).
Tours last about 20 minutes; Final tour is scheduled to start at 4:50 PM.
Can I visit with animals?
Staff and volunteers will be conducting the animal meet and greets during the Reception outside in the tasting area. Animals may also be viewed on facility tours.
For health and safety reasons, visits with any other animals are not permitted during the event.
Can I adopt today?
No adoptions are taking place today. Our Adoption Centers will be open on Wednesday at 11:00 AM.
What time does the program start in the tent?
Program starts at 5:30 PM; seating any time before (ideally between 5:00 – 5:25 PM).
What happens in the tent?
Brief remarks and updates from President and CEO Allison Lindquist.
Live Auction – see Live Auction items in the printed program.
Videos about East Bay SPCA created just for this event will be shown.
Special “Support the Animals” donation opportunity.
Where do I sit in the tent?
All guests will be assigned to a table. You can find your table number on your nametag and bidder paddle.
Where do I get my bidder number?
You will receive a bidder card at Check-In. Bidder numbers are also printed on nametags. You must provide a pre-swiped credit card to obtain your bidder number.
Is complimentary Wi-Fi available?
Yes. Wi-Fi is “East Bay SPCA Guest”. No password is required.
When does bidding for Silent/Online Auction end?
The Silent/Online Auction will close at 5:15 PM. The Auctioneer will make announcements 15, 10 and 5 minutes before a final 10-second countdown to closing.
If I need help with the Silent/Online Auction, where do I go?
If you need assistance with the silent online auction, please visit the Help Desk, located in the adoption hallway near the front desk.
How will I know if I won a Silent/Online Auction item?
Winners will receive a text message and/or email from Greater Giving at 6:00 PM notifying them they were the winning bidder.
What do I do if I lost my bidder card?
To obtain a replacement bidder card to use for the Live Auction, go to Check-In.
When can I check out?
Check-Out opens at 6:45 PM.
Where do I check out/pick up my item(s)?
Check-Out will be the in the same location as Check-In. Staff and volunteers will be available to assist winners with loading heavy or bulky goods in their cars.
How do I pay for auction items I won or donations made?
All guests are required to provide a pre-swiped credit card at Check-In. Winning bid amounts will be charged to that card two days after the event when all transaction totals have been tallied. You will receive a receipt to your email following the transaction.
If you made a donation, but did not win an auction item, you DO NOT need to go to Check-Out.
COMPLIMENTARY SOUVENIR ITEMS: You are welcome to take home an East Bay SPCA wine glass, a beer pint glass, and a coffee mug that is on the dinner table (one wine glass, beer glass, and coffee mug per person.)
LOST AND FOUND: Please go to Check-Out next to Check-in to drop off or inquire about lost items.