Petapalooza: 250 animals looking for a home
CAMP VERDE - Beginning Saturday morning, March 31, at 9 a.m., there will be some where around 250 cats and dogs, and a handful of other animals waiting on the soccer field behind Camp Verde's town hall for someone to take them home.
The occasion is the 10th annual Petapalooza, sponsored by Yavapai Broadcasting in partnership with local humane societies, animal shelters and pet rescue groups.
But the Petapalooza is more than an opportunity to find a companion. It's a chance to share the day with your own pet, learn some things you never knew about animals and what it means when you take them into your life.
It is a chance to be entertained, and admission is free.
"The subtitle of the Petapalooza is 'Responsible Pet Ownership Day.' We have really strived to put together presentations that talk to people about what you can do with your animal besides just having them as a pet and answer people's questions about animal care," says event organizer Sue Sammarco.
The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It's for people as well as their pets, so don't leave yours at home.
There will be four event areas that will be active all day long. One will offer dog agility demonstrations all day, including an opportunity to let their own dog participate in exchange for a donation to a local pet charity.
Another will be set aside for police dog demonstrations and "little dog" races, an event for any dog 10 inches or smaller at the shoulders to compete in.
Center stage will have an event every hour, including a discussion of what exotic pets are appropriate or not, a canine scent demonstration, a parade of the adoptable dogs and what judges look for in show dogs.
The "Presentation Theater," which takes place inside the community center gym, will offer talks on dental health, of senior pet health care, pet psychic readings, rabies, parasites and how to deal with the loss of a pet.
There will also be children's activities at the children's tent.
The adoption agencies include Adopt for Life, Second Chance, Camp Verde Animal Shelter, Yavapai Humane Society, Coconino Humane Society, Sedona Humane Society, Morning Starr Animal Sanctuary and the Central Arizona Humane Society.
There will also be over two dozen vendors on hand, answering questions and offering services.