DogFest 2012: Who doesn’t love a good time for a great cause?
On Sunday, October 28, Scottsdale Street Fair at the Pavilions will be presenting DogFest. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. There will be plenty of vendors and lots of awesome activities that will include a K9 Costume Contest at noon. K9 Costume Contest celebrity judges will include Miss Arizona 2012, Erika Frantzve, who will be signing autographs and promoting “Everyday Heroes Like You.” CBS Channel 5’s traffic reporter, Nadine Bubeck, will also be on hand. OH MY DOG! Boutique and Spa will be providing adoption makeovers to two lucky canine cuties. And, last but not least, Kopa Technic will be finishing the day by entertaining the crowd.
This sounds like a lot of fun, huh? Now let’s get to the “good cause” part. You see, behind all this fun, there is something very serious going on. When you register your four-legged companion for the K9 Costume Contest, your registration fee is going directly to the Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) and this is something beautiful. AAWL is Arizona’s largest no-kill shelter, but, it’s not just a shelter. In 2011, AAWL found homes for over 3,000 dogs and cats in the Phoenix area. Most of these animals had been pulled from local shelters where they would likely have been euthanized. Animals that are very young or are recovering from illness or surgery go to AAWL foster homes while the healthy animals stay at AAWL’s state-of-the-art campus. According to AAWL’s Tracey Varga, there is a continuing need for not only more foster homes, but for other types of volunteers as well. AAWL volunteers can walk dogs, play with cats and kittens or lend a hand at the various events that AAWL attends and offers. For those who prefer office duties, there are a variety of volunteer administrative positions needing to be filled. Since AAWL relies on donations of all types to help save companion animals, they accept monetary donations as well as items such as dog beds, towels, kennels, etc. (For a complete wish list of items AAWL needs, please visit www.aawl.org/wish-list. To donate money, please visit www.aawl.org.)
AAWL is active in our community as well. Along with the SPCA, AAWL has an education program that teaches youth to care for and respect animals — we all know how important that is! Our community is extremely important to AAWL’s continued success. Attending events like “DogFest” is a wonderful way to help homeless animals in our community while having a great time. Who knows? Maybe you’ll even find a “forever friend” in the crowd. Find out more about AAWL and view their adoptable animals at www.aawl.org.
See You There!
Shout outs to some of the people and companies involved:
Dog Adoptions Manager
Arizona Animal Welfare League/SPCA
Charity & Events Coordinator
Scottsdale Street Fair
Oh My Dog
Presidential Pools and Spas
Camelback Animal Hospital