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Prescott Valley Civic Center to go to the dogs for WOOFstock on June 8
More than a dozen rescues up for adoption this year

Rita and her dog Sapphire won the Pet/Owner Look-Alike Contest at a previous WOOFstock event. It takes place again this year on Saturday, June 8, at the Civic Center. (Prescott Dog Magazine/Courtesy)

Rita and her dog Sapphire won the Pet/Owner Look-Alike Contest at a previous WOOFstock event. It takes place again this year on Saturday, June 8, at the Civic Center. (Prescott Dog Magazine/Courtesy)

The Prescott Valley Civic Center is going to do the dogs this weekend for the eighth annual WOOFstick and Adopt-a-thon event.

“We have more than a dozen rescues from around the state that will be there,” said Prescott Dog Magazine publisher and owner Cherie Dreves.

Scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, with an invocation and blessing of the pets at 9:45 a.m., the day has a full slate of events from the parade of adoptable dogs at 10 a.m. to the Best Looking Dog Contest at 2:30 p.m.

Returning this year after not being at the event for a while are the Prescott Valley Police Department K-9s doing some demonstrations, Dreves said. They haven’t been able to come the past few years because they have been on duty, she said.

Lew Rees, Western News & Info events & marketing director, is the event’s emcee. He has been doing it for a couple years because of his deep love for dogs, Rees said.

“Our entire family … absolutely adore man’s best friend,” he said. “They truly are man’s best friend.”

Rees said he performs the invocation and blessing of the pets and always prays that every single dog up for adoption at every single agency gets adopted.

There are also a couple of contests for rescue dogs only, Dreves said. those are the Best Trick or Talent and Best Looking Dog contests which she said are for the rescue dogs to get their stage time so everyone can get a good look at them and their capabilities.

There are other contests dogs who aren’t rescues can participate in such as the Pet/Owner Look-Alike Contest and the Best Psychedelic Costume Contest.

Additionally, there will also be local veterinarians with information as well as groups including the Chino Valley Animal Shelter, Yavapai Humane Society and United Animal Friends.

“Adoption is wonderful, but it’s not the only reason to come out,” Dreves said. “It truly is a celebration of all things dog.”

Those who bring their dogs to the event should make sure that their pet is well-behaved and on a leash less than 6 feet long to make sure there is a better chance at controlling them, she said.

The Prescott Valley Civic Center is located at 7501 Skoog Blvd.

For more information, call 928-445-4811 or visit www.prescottdog.com.

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