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Posted: Monday, February 22, 2010 12:00 am

Boxer Luv Rescue fundraiser

Join Boxer Luv Rescue at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Clarion Scottsdale for a charity benefit, featuring comedy hypnotist Jerry Tubbs, as well as a 50/50 raffle.

Tickets are $15 each, or $25 per couple, and the Clarion, 5051 N. Scottsdale Road, will offer discounted rooms for the night.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit


Gabriel’s Angels Doggie Beach Party

The 10th annual Gabriel’s Angels Doggie Beach Party will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale. Families are encouraged to attend with or without their friendly canine family members. 

Dress up your dog in his or her best beachwear or bathing suit for the chance to take home the title of Best Doggie Beachwear. Other contests include doggie limbo, best dog costume and the ever-popular dog/owner look alike contest. Activities and games for the kids include face painting, bead making, live entertainment by local comedians, music and a freestyle demonstration (dance routines with dogs). This year’s event will host more than 30 vendors and exhibitors.

Gabriel’s Angels is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to deliver healing pet therapy to abused, neglected and at-risk children, nurturing their ability to love and trust, thereby freeing them from the cycle of violence. Pet Therapy teams are owners and their dogs that visit facilities serving abused and at-risk children in the Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas. These visits provide children with unconditional love and teach children compassion, nurturance and trust.  The Therapy Dogs lift children’s spirits, give them hope, and provide safe and unconditional acceptance.

Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for children six to 12 and free for those five and under.

For more information, visit or call (602) 266-0875.


Woof, wine & dine to benefit dog therapy program

The third annual “Dine with Your Dog” charity event will take place Saturday, March 27, at a private residence in Phoenix and will include a gourmet human dinner with wine, gourmet canine dinner, pooch fashion show, dog activities, a raffle and more. Sniff ‘N’ Greet begins at 4 p.m. Doggie attire is optional.

Tickets are $100 for one leashed dog and his or her well-behaved owner. Proceeds will benefit the Animal-Assisted Therapy Program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Fetch more information at or call Julie Adams at (602) 944-9552.


Student launches ‘Purrfect’ clothing line

Megan Hurley is an 8-year-old student-entrepreneur-fashion designer who has started her own business and clothing line to helps animals. The third-grader approached her dad with an idea to put some of her artwork designs onto T-shirts and sell them to help animals. She even helped her dad design her Web site and came up with the name for her clothing line, “Purrfect Clothing by Megan Leah.” Her business motto is, “saving the world by helping one animal at a time…”.

A portion of every sale gets donated to an animal-based charity. Hurley is a huge animal lover and wants to spend time helping animals needing help; she has four cats and two dogs of her own, all from the Humane Society.

For more information or to make a purchase, visit


PetSmart Charities exceeds $100M in funding for animal-welfare efforts in the U.S.

PetSmart Charities has exceeded $100 million in cumulative funding for animal welfare efforts in the United States. All funding supports programs and services that are dedicated to saving the lives of homeless pets.

PetSmart Charities ended fiscal year 2009 on Jan. 31 having provided more than $109 million in funding since its inception to local animal-welfare groups and shelters to support pet adoptions; low-cost, high-quality, high-volume and targeted spay/neuter initiatives for dogs and cats; emergency relief; and innovative efforts such as the Rescue Waggin’ program.

Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.


Five Star Publications helps homeless pets

Five Star Publications in Chandler is committed to helping abandoned Arizona pets find new homes. Joining forces with RESCUE, a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization based in Maricopa County, Five Star has pledged 20 percent of its proceeds from book sales toward RESCUE’s life-saving mission – rescuing cats and dogs from euthanasia by matching them with loving, lifelong homes. When placing an order either by phone or online, customers must simply mention the promotion code “RESCUE.”

Although Five Star Publications is currently featuring its four-legged and scaly friends, all Five Star titles are eligible for the RESCUE promotion.

For more information, call (866) 471-0777 or visit the online bookstore at

More information about RESCUE is available at


Homeless animals have a new place to call home

Tranquility Trail Animal Sanctuary has opened its doors to homeless, neglected and abused animals from all over the Southwest. With hundreds of animals euthanized in Maricopa County shelters each week, Tranquility Trail rushed to the rescue to open its doors nearly a year early. The goal is exclusively to give sanctuary to those animals deemed disposable and to educate the people of Arizona on proper care of rabbits, dogs, horses and a myriad of other animals once considered unadoptable.

The current facility at 7701 E. Gray Road, Suite 105-106, Scottsdale, is temporary as a 2-acre parcel is being developed.

Tranquility Trail serves the community through programs of rescue, adoption, spay/neuter, humane education and community outreach for companion animals in Arizona.

For more information, call Kelly Ames at (480) 406-7301 or visit


Learn how to protect yourself from dog bites

Dogs bite for many reasons. Remember that they are animals and a bite is a form of communication. Dogs may bite out of fear or pain. A mother dog with very young pups might bite out of the maternal instinct to protect her babies. Dogs can also bite if they have been pestered too much – it’s their way of saying no.

There is no way to guarantee a dog won’t bite, but you can significantly reduce the risk. Spay or neuter your dog. It can reduce the desire to roam and fight. Properly train your dog. Take him to obedience training where positive reinforcement (rewards, not punishment) is used. Teach him how to walk on a leash. Socialize your dog so he is used to different experiences.

Teach your children how to interact safely with dogs. Most dogs don’t like hugs and kisses. Face-to-face contact is one of the most common causes of bites to the face. Encourage children to scratch the dog on the chest or side of neck. If a strange dog approaches, teach your child to stay still. This also works if the family dog gets too frisky and aggressive. As a parent, you need to supervise your children when they are interacting with dogs. Pet and touch dogs together. Spend family time together so the dog can get used to your younger children.

For more information on dog bite prevention or spaying and neutering, call (602) 506-PETS (7387) or visit


Yoga with your pet

Mesa-based Yoga4Dogs has launched a new DVD that partners people with their pets for an unforgettable yoga experience. The Yoga4Dogs DVD allows pet lovers to bond with their dogs while getting fit and staying in shape.

Featuring various poses for people with small or large dogs, Stevens shows viewers how to master doga (yoga for dogs) moves. The DVD offers exercises for pet owners and their dogs together, as well as workouts for pet owners only.

The DVD also comes with free doggy recipes and shows viewers how to give relaxing doggy massages.

To learn more, visit or call (480) 664-0037.


New shelter law allows for spay and neuter of more animals

Shelters are gearing up for the enforcement of a new law. Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) is excited to announce that HB 2458 was signed into law by Gov. Brewer. The law went into effect Sept. 30, 2009. This is a great victory for MCACC and great news for all animal shelters throughout the state.

Basically, this new statute mandates that all animals entering any shelter be spayed or neutered and implanted with a microchip before being released to their owners unless any of the following occurs:

• The dog has a current dog license at the time the dog entered the pound.

• The dog or cat is already spayed or neutered.

• There is no veterinary facility capable of performing surgical sterilization within a 20 mile radius of the pound.

• A veterinarian determines that a medical contraindication for surgery exists that reasonably requires postponement of the surgery until the surgery can be performed in a safe and humane manner.

• If the animal is quarantined, that the bite occurred in the premises of the owner and the victim is a member of the same household.

• The owner pays a fifty dollar recovery fee, in addition to any fees or costs otherwise required pursuant to this article.

Although the law allows for the owner to pay the cost of altering the pet, MCACC has committed to absorb those costs as part of its free spay and neuter program. MCACC will be creating the necessary process reviews to be ready to enforce this law.

For more information, visit

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