"She truly is dedicated to animals"

By Samantha Jordan – bio| email

TYLER,TX (KLTV)-  If you enjoy helping animals and listening to good music then the perfect event is coming to Tyler. Miranda Lambert will be coming to East Texas at the end of April to put on her fourth annual "Cause for Paws" concert to benefit the Humane Society of East Texas.

"She truly is dedicated to animals," said Gayle Helms, The Humane Society of East Texas.

According to Helms, several years ago the Humane Society stopped doing business with he city of Tyler.  The reason, the Humane Society is a no-kill shelter.

That decision cost about $200,000 in revenue, so they needed to find a way to get funds.

"We had to find a way to recoup the money so we decided to have a concert and Miranda had been out to our shelter to bring some donations and she just fell in love with a little dog so Delilah was adopted from the shelter...so that's sort of how things really blossomed," said Helms

And blossomed it did, each year Miranda has raised over $200,000 for the Humane Society and this year they're hoping for the same amount.

However, one thing that might look a little different to former guest is the new location.

"This year we want everyone to come an enjoy Miranda and all the activities so this year we're going to be having it downtown on the square," said Helms.

Last year 1000 tickets were sold for the event, this year organizers plan to have five times as many.

And the Humane Society might not be the only ones to benefit from this concert.

"We hope that this is a big event and we're sure it will be with Miranda Lambert, then you're looking at five, ten thousand people that get to experience downtown and we welcome them to our city," said Martin Heines, Tyler City Council.

According to the Humane Society ticket holders will be allowed to park in bank parking lots, the juror's parking lot, church parking lots and surrounding streets around the square. There will be people the day of the concert directing traffic to ease any parking confusion.

The Humane Society encourages everyone to come out to their biggest event. Tickets will cost $25 for general admission.

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