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Local wine drinkers are having a big impact on the lives of rescued dogs and cats.

Thanks to sales of Dog Day Cabernet in 2019, Darcie Kent Winery was able to donate $20,000 to benefit the Valley Humane Society in Pleasanton. One of the winery’s six Give Back Wines, the sale of each bottle of Dog Day Cabernet contributes $5 to support the nonprofit’s work.

More could be coming. The amount donated represents about half of the Dog Day Cabernet originally distributed by the Livermore Valley winery through eight Northern California Costco locations. The distinctive red label featuring the vintner’s beloved shepherd, Brunello, and the Valley Humane Society logo make it easy to spot.

Proceeds from the wine sales make a big difference in the Valley Humane Society’s ability to serve the community, according to Executive Director Melanie Sadek. “People often assume a connection between the national groups and their smaller humane societies,” she said, “but in fact Valley Humane Society is supported exclusively by our local community.”

Dog Day Cabernet was created when Valley Humane Society helped a mother cat and two kittens that were found at the Darcie Kent vineyard. “I was so impressed with their programs, how they serve the community and our animal friends that I wanted to do something that could help in a big way,” Kent said. The winery has donated $5 of every bottle of Dog Day Cabernet sold for the last three vintages.