First-Ever Pet-A-Palooza A Whopping Success














Wow! What a success! The first annual Pet-A-Palooza was a fantastic time for everyone. There are so many people to thank, we don’t know where to start. But let’s give it a try.

Lynn O’Donnell, who heads up the fund-raising for Safeway, is top of the list — she did a great job at organizing the event and inviting all the right folks to participate. Thanks also to the rest of the team of volunteers from Safeway, who spent their day working to raise funds and awareness.

Suzanne Michaels of 96.3 KRIM did an amazing job as usual, and provided her time and equipment to keep people aware of all that was happening. The officers from the Payson P.D. and Sheriff’s office who brought their K-9 partners and did demonstrations were amazing. Margi Mansell and Joni King, who brought one of their dogs and showed us examples of good K-9 citizenship and pointers of responsible pet ownership, were very educational. Lori Chandler of “Leader of the Pack” dog training was on hand to lend advice and training tips to help manage your K-9 companion.

Three of our local vets had booths where they shared information and held raffles for our benefit. Ken Crump from Pine Country Animal Clinic did a very interesting acupuncture demonstration on his senior dog. Rose Marie from The Critter Clipper had a booth and did a demo on dog grooming.

There were several different local artists and craftspersons with lots of beautiful items for sale. Many folks brought their dogs, who were former residents of our shelter, to show us how they are doing in their new homes. We are always grateful to hear those stories.

The bottom line is, it was a wonderful event which we hope was just the first of many to come.

The last of the series of three wine tastings was held Sunday and, as always, a great time was had by all. There are plans in the works for another series in the spring. We’ll keep you posted.

The next exciting event planned is the “Evening in Paris” Valentine’s Gala. It will held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Mazatzal Casino. Highlights of the evening include a French-inspired gourmet dinner, music by the Payson Jazz trio with vocalist John Landino, a French boulevard for strolling, working artists, an exhibit of original animal art, a photo studio, a parade of designer fashions and special live and silent auction items. The event honors the life of Mike Rokoff, an artist, animal lover, humanitarian and a genuinely good man who loved life and Paris. Mike designed the Humane Society logo as well as the Paws in the Park logo.

All proceeds from this event will go to help build our new animal shelter which is so badly needed in this area. The cost per ticket is $135 or $1,000 for a table of eight. All donations are tax deductible. Tickets are available at the shelter, the chamber of commerce and at Myra’s Gallery in Pine.

We are also the featured guest speakers at the Citizens Awareness Committee meeting at 2 p.m. Feb. 12 at the library.

For more information on this event or any of the beautiful cats featured in today’s article, please call 474-5590 or come and see us at 812 S. McLane Road or look us up on the Web at


Kenya is a 10-month-old domestic shorthair mix. She was brought here, along with her Mama. She was originally in a foster home, but when the foster family went to take the cats back to the Pinal County shelter, they were told they would be put down, so we willing took them. Kenya is sweet and mellow and likes to keep to herself. She is easygoing and likes to lay back and enjoy her surroundings. She is spayed, current on all shots and has passed all health tests.


Mama is 1-1/2 years old and is Kenya’s mother. She, too, was a foster from Pinal County and brought to us to avoid being put to sleep. She is outgoing and independent. She loves to talk and loves your time and attention. She is active and loving and she will make a great, family cat. She is spayed, current on all shots and has passed all health tests.


Mischief is a 6-year-old, declawed Siamese mix. She is longhaired and will require frequent grooming to maintain her beautiful coat. Mischief likes affection. She also likes to bask in the sun and lounge around the house. She is easygoing and fairly mellow. She is spayed, current on all shots and has passed all health tests.


Princess is a 9-year-old Siamese mix. She was turned over because her people were moving and couldn’t take her. She is fun to be around, and will talk to you. She enjoys taking it easy and lying in your lap. She is very sweet and has a unique personality. She will do best in a quieter environment; possibly one with no dogs. She is spayed, current on all shots and has passed all health tests.


Topaz is a 3-year-old Siamese mix. She has longer hair and will require frequent grooming to maintain her soft, shiny coat. She was found as a stray at a nearby trailer park. She asks for attention, and is happy when you give her love and affection. She will do well in a family environment, or even a single home. She is spayed, current on all shots and has passed all health tests.


Dakota is a 3-year-old domestic longhair. I call him Kota Bear because he is one of the sweetest cats we have. He weighs in at a whopping 16 pounds, and all 16 pounds need love. He is talkative and affectionate. As soon as you enter his cat house, he is at your feet, looking up, meowing, ready for your time and affection. He has been around kids, cats and dogs his entire life. This sweet guy will blossom in any kind of environment, and will make someone very happy. He is neutered, current on shots and has passed all health tests.


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