Animal Attraction Rescue Me Marana Presents A Day Of Fun For Your Pets | Currents functionality

October 23 is a big day for animals who need a home. Tucson Premium Outlets is hosting three events that will allow people to have fun, help animals in need, and even adopt a homeless pet.

The first event is a Strut Your Mutt or 5K walk that allows people to take their dogs and cats out in style. This is an opportunity to exercise while raising funds for a good cause. Participants can also shop at the new Rescue Me Marana Adoption Center and Boutique owned and operated by Rescue Me Tucson. The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Strut Your Mutt is an official Best Friends Animal Society event. People across the country can choose to have local events and the money can go to any local animal welfare organization of their choice. The Rescue Me Tucson team aims to raise $ 15,000. The money will be used to save the lives of homeless pets in southern Arizona.

Dawn Vandaveer has been a board member for three years and works with development and marketing for Rescue Me Tucson. She has been planning the Strut Your Mutt event for the past two years and is excited to see the event come to life.

“Rescue Me Marana is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping existing shelters and rescues get their pets adopted,” Vandaveer said. “We are all collaborative and have coordinated an entire day of collaboration to help homeless animals find their forever homes. We are the first organization in the Tucson area to host the Strut Your Mutt event and we are very happy to do so.

2021 is the first Strut Your Mutt in-person event in the Tucson area with 2020 featuring a virtual walk.

Rescue Me Marana is also teaming up with the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona to host an Adopt Love, Adopt Local pop-up adoption event. This event takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the main courtyard near the food court of the Tucson Premium Outlet Mall. There will be local dog rescues and local cat rescues on site.

Thousands of pets are deposited in shelters each year. Adopt Love, Adopt Local strives to connect local shelters and potential adopters to help as many pets as possible find homes.

Anyone unable to adopt a pet can still help by becoming a sponsor or volunteer.

That evening, Rescue Me Marana will host a Yappy Meower from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in front of their store front. This is an alcohol-free happy hour for pets for people and their furry friends.

Nancy Wright is the chair of the board of directors of Rescue Me Tucson and has worked for years to help open the Rescue Me Marana storefront and provide support to help homeless animals in rural communities access care. essential veterinarians.

“I’m from rural New Mexico, so I know how important it is to help counties that may not even have a vet,” Wright said. “What motivates me is seeing how hard our visiting vets work to help as many animals as possible when they travel to rural southern Arizona. Sometimes they will see 100 animals a day and travel to one place every day in a single week. These are 700 animals that receive help that could not otherwise. ”

Wright said Rescue Me Tucson’s mission is to work together with other shelters and rescues so they can get the help they need. This may involve bringing animals from rural shelters to a larger city like Tucson so that there are more options to adopt them. Wright remembers the difficulties faced by shelters in the area where she grew up, prompting her to help out where she can in the area.

The Rescue Me Marana Pet Adoption Center opened at the Tucson Premium Outlet Mall on September 18. It includes eight cat apartments and five dog kennels that allow different rescue groups to present animals available for adoption in a central location. ??

For more information on any of the events, check out the Rescue Me Tucson Facebook page.

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