Pet-A-Palooza Returns

A 2009 "Pet-A-Palooza" attendee

If it wasn’t obvious to you, helping homeless animals is something that’s near and dear to my heart.  I’ve loved animals my entire life and many animals have had a big impact on me.

This weekend “Pet-A-Palooza” takes place at the Palace of Auburn Hills.  I’ve been helping plan and promote this event since my days back at Greater Media.  It’s one of the largest animal adoption events in the country.  In a bad economy 400-500 animals will be saved in one weekend.  In a good economy, 700-800 animals will get new forever homes.  No matter the economy, the impact is profound.

This event is special in that it’s not just for folks looking to bring a new animal home.  It’s a celebration of animals and it’s an awareness campaign for the animal overpopulation epidemic we have in this country.  It illustrates that there are many, many gorgeous, healthy, happy, adjusted animals that have NOTHING wrong with them, but they still ended up in a shelter.  It also shows that it’s usually not the animals’ fault that it ended up homeless.  In Michigan, home foreclosures, divorces, forced moves to apartments (that don’t allow animals) and other factors such as allergies contribute to the homeless animal overpopulation.

Make no mistake – “Pet-A-Palooza” is an event that’s not all gloom and doom!  There’s fun entertainment, pet talent contests and pet vendors selling items every good pet owner needs/wants, as well as offering amazing giveaways and contests!  Obedience trainers will be on-site both days too, showing off their best tips and tricks for helping your good dog become a great dog.

So if you have a beloved pet, come to Pet-A-Palooza and show him/her off!  If you don’t have one yet and have been thinking about adopting one, there is no better place to come and ‘window shop’ and hear the stories of hundreds of wonderful animals looking for their forever home.  There will be everything from puppies, kittens, dogs, cats, purebreds and mixed breeds.

You can also get educated on how to end puppy mills and help support local rescue groups in ways other than simply adopting.  I hope to see you there.

Complete event information may be found at http://www.michpetapalooza.com.

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