Friends for Life Animal Rescue reduces some dog adoption fees

Friends for Life Animal Rescue in Gilbert has some dogs who have been with them for an extended period of time, or who are older, so the rescue is reducing adoption fees on these dogs in the hopes of giving a family an added incentive to adopt them.

The reduced adoption fees are going on now through Oct. 13 at Friends for Life Animal Rescue, 143 W. Vaughn Ave. in Gilbert.


For more information, call (480) 497-8296 or visit

Get unleashed with the AAWL & SPCA Oct. 4

Enjoy a night out at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, 4000 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, on Thursday Oct. 4 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA and save a life.

The proceeds from this event will benefit the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA to find fur-ever homes for all their furry friends.

Tickets are $40 per person. Buy raffle tickets online at


13th annual BARKtoberfest set for Oct. 13

Excitement is in the air for this annual Valley party in the park for adults and children to celebrate the relationships we share with our most loyal of friends — DOGS!

Friends for Life Animal Rescue’s 13th annual BARKtoberfest will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Gilbert Town Center, 50 E. Civic Center Drive (southeast corner of Gilbert and Warner roads).

This is a free event, although some activities require a small donation to participate.

Recently voted the East Valley Tribune’s 2012 “best place to hang out with your dog,” BARKtoberfest has grown each year as 2,500 or more people attend the event to enjoy shopping, fine arts and crafts, live entertainment, dog wash, lure course, dog art (DOGvinci), dog adoptions, raffles, contests for pet and owner look-a-like, best trick and costumes, and much more.

Funds raised from the event aid in saving the lives of homeless dogs and cats in our community.

Those who have adopted a dog from Friends for Life will participate in the can’t-miss alumni parade at noon.

For a detailed schedule of events, visit, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Upscale pet boarding operator acquires Pete & Mac’s in Phoenix

Pet Paradise, an upscale pet boarding and daycare operator, is scheduled to open its first Arizona pet resort. This former Pete & Mac’s location will be Pet Paradise’s 18th location and will open its doors to the public on Oct. 1. Pet Paradise Phoenix is located at 1675 W. Happy Valley Road.

Pet Paradise Phoenix is an all-indoor resort providing playtimes rain or shine. This resort features indoor climate controlled pet suites, plush bedding and large play areas. Also available to pet owners are cat condos, grooming services and upgrades such as additional playtime options, ice cream snacks and promotions throughout the year.


• Beverly Stidham, (480) 898-7924 or


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