Thanks to all of you, Pet-A-Palooza attracted more than 300 people with their pets (up from 200 the year before) and raised more than $4,000 for Fur Kids Foundation! WOW. The board members and volunteers of the Foundation are so grateful to everyone who participated. With the money raised, the Foundation is able to provide help to families with animals in Campbell County receive veterinary care during a time when they may not be able to afford it.
A special thank you to the event's sponsors, Cloud Peak Energy and announcer Masters of Ceremony, as well as the following supporters: Alignment Pros Tire Factory; Animal Medical Center of Wyoming; Annabelle’s Cookies; Dink's Doggie Treats, LLC; First Interstate Bank; Flightline; HealthSource of Gillette; The Home Depot; Darren & Kim Lynde Family; Petco; Photo Imaging Center Gillette; Security State Bank; Sol Domus; Thunder Basin Veterinary Clinic PC; and White's Frontier Motors.
A great big thank you to the volunteers who helped us out at the event: Alicia Allee, Karolyn Chambers, Irene Coody, Jessica Gladson, Brandon Larson, Rebecca Lustig, Jordan Martin, Michelle Miller, Greg Miner, Alexis Plessner, Peggy Seppala, Lanie & Randy Smith, Leana & Elora Soloman, Kira Sommer, Leanna Tabbot, Bekah Taylor and Tessa Trouchon, as well as the Fur Kids Foundation Board.
We also want to thank the silent auction and giveaway donors and vendors for the event. We would not be where we are today without your support and generosity.
This year’s Pet-A-Palooza was packed full of events for dogs and their human friends, including an agility course by Michelle Miller, mutt strut dog walk, dog training sessions by Tracy Miller Dog Training/Billabong Border Collies and Sit Means Sit Central Wyoming Dog Training, laser pain management information by Thunder Basin Veterinary Clinic, a dog kissing booth, and talent and fashion show contests. There were also five regional pet rescue organizations in the Take Me Home Corner and more than 20 vendors supplying goods that ranged from animals focused products and services to skin care and chiropractic services. The Foundation also hosted a silent auction, healthy pet trivia contests, kids’ corner and a pet supply drive for the rescue organizations on site.
If you follow us on Facebook, be sure to check out the Pet-A-Palooza 2013 photo album—feel free to tag yourself in any of the pictures and share them. And, photographers from Best of the West Photography took many photos from the event, which can be found on Smug Mug. If you subscribe to the Gillette News Record, feel free to check out the online photos and blurb they have about the event here.
Please save the date for the next Pet-A-Palooza on Saturday, September 13, 2014. And, watch our Events & Promotions tab for more announcements from the Foundation.
Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of animals in Campbell County.
Your donation saves lives. It goes to work helping animals in Campbell County receive adequate veterinary care during a time when their family may not be able to afford it. Please contact the Foundation to learn more or donate now using PayPal.
The Fur Kids Foundation blog is written by board member and Founder Felicia. If you have ideas that you would like to see published in the blog such as concerns about pet-focused topics in the community or a funny story, please contact the Foundation. Enjoy!