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2/14/2012 1:47:00 PM
Petapalooza coming to Camp Verde this year
Petapoolza will take place in Camp Verde at the community center, the gymnasium and at Fort Verde State Historic Park March 31.
Petapoolza will take place in Camp Verde at the community center, the gymnasium and at Fort Verde State Historic Park March 31.

Steve Ayers
Staff Reporter

CAMP VERDE - Is there room in your home, as well as your heart, for a pet?

It is not a question to take lightly or answer quickly. It is a question approached on the same level you would if you were to consider having a child.

So take your time.

You have until March 31.

That's when the annual valley-wide pet adoption extravaganza called Petapoolza will take place in Camp Verde at the community center, the gymnasium and at Fort Verde State Historic Park.

Now in its 10th year, Petapalooza will be in Camp Verde for the first time. Previous events have been held in Cottonwood and Sedona.

"We decided we needed to change the event to put some new energy back into it," says organizer Susan Sammarco. "This year we are going to have more that just a pet adoption day, although that will remain the primary focus.

"We are using the theme of 'Responsible Pet Ownership' and having a bunch of events and vendors that will focus on what you do once you take your new pet home."

The events will include dog performance and agility, pet therapy, police dog demonstrations, races specifically for little dogs and flyball demonstrations by the Canine Musical Freestylers.

"There will be a center stage, and activities will be going on all day long," Sammarco says.

Sponsored every year by Yavapai Broadcasting, Petapalooza has become arguably the largest pet adoption event in the valley.

According to Yavapai Broadcasting disc jockey Jackie Bessler, who has worked the event every year, the number of animals adopted annually is somewhere between 100 and 120.

"Off-site events like Petapalooza are a big part of our adoption efforts," says Birgitte Skielvig, director of the Humane Society of Sedona. "We adopted 33 percent of our cats and 13 percent of our dogs at adoption events outside of the shelter."

Skielvig believes the success of the off-site adoption events has to do with the setting.

"Some people won't come to an animal shelter because they think they are dark, or smell bad, or perhaps because they don't like seeing the animals caged. Outside events give us an opportunity to reach out to those people," Skielvig says.

According to Sammarco, there will be around 250 animals at this year's Petapalooza, mostly cats and dogs but perhaps a couple of rabbits, maybe a guinea pig or two and, just maybe, a goat.

"We have 22 adoption agencies coming, including some breed specific rescues," she says.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 31.

Anyone interested in helping is asked to contact Susan Sammarco at (928) 848-1864.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Article comment by: Maybe I missed something

Get chickens!

No shots.

No barking.

No spaying.

You get bug control.

You get pest control.

You get free ferlizer.

You get farm fresh organic eggs!

Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Article comment by: Self-centered dogs owners

The joy pets bring to a home are immeasurable, but more than a few dog owners leave their dogs outside most/almost all the time while their family of humans is off to school, work and on small tract home lots the too common repetitive barking behaviors of some dogs can make life miserable for retirees, handicapped, work-from-homers, and others within earshot. There are devices like bark collars which properly set and fitted can be a humane and socially consciencable way to keep more of your neighbors sane. Realistically don't expect much if anything to improve though because problem dog owners most often see the issue not as nuisance barking but nuisance neighbors. One can only hope these insensitive self-centered neighbors will get their fairshare of racket when there time comes later in life for a little peace and quiet.

Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Article comment by: Whiney baby

AAAAAW, poor Jimmy boy. not invited! BOO HOO.

Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Article comment by: jim ashton

Friends of camp verde animal shelter
is a non profit organization.
EIN# 26-3098009
AZ File # 14638494

this is the 4th year and still no invite to the petapalooza.

We help with the camp animal shelter.


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