Alert! Alert! Cute doggies ahead! Alert! Alert!
This Sunday, one of Vegas’ most enjoyable events of the year returns to Orleans Arena. It’s “Best in Show.”
Some 54 dogs — all beautiful rescues from the Animal Foundation shelter — will walk the catwalk, just like Kate Upton and other models.
Audience applause will choose winners.
If you want to adopt one of the dogs, you just walk down to the floor of Orleans Arena and put your name in a drawing.
It’s a terrific family outing that starts with an 11 a.m. silent auction for some, but then a noon concourse fair where dog companies will give away free stuff to whomever.
“Freebies for everybody,” says Megan Scheibe, the Animal Foundation’s marketing and public relations manager.
The 1 p.m. dog show will be hosted by Strip headliner Jeff Civillico. Tickets cost just $5 for seniors and for kids 2 to 10; and $12 for adults. Tickets are at OrleansArena.com.
I have gone to “Best in Show” many times, and it makes my heart explode when I walk around on the arena floor with the dogs. I just hope you get to experience the same feeling.
One of this year’s show dogs was in the newsworthy litter of puppies saved from a storm drain a few months ago.
Just because you go, it doesn’t mean you have to buy a dog. There is no pressure. Merely by attending with a ticket, that makes you an animal-saving hero because proceeds go to saving pets.
Other animal heroes are going: Deven May of “Jersey Boys,” KXNT 100.5-FM’s Dayna Roselli, KVVU-TV Channel 5’s John Huck, KTNV-TV Channel 13’s Beth Fisher, KSNV-TV Channel 3’s Gerard Ramalho, and KLAS-TV Channel 8’s Denise Valdez.
But you don’t have to wait to get a pet. The Animal Foundation has a half-price special Friday-Sunday for pets that have been living at the shelter for more than 10 days. This is at two locations: 655 N. Mojave Road in Vegas; and the PetSmart adoption center, 286 W. Lake Mead Parkway in Henderson.
Some of you are thinking, “Well doesn’t the government, or a business, pay for the 40,000 animals that go into the shelter?” Not exactly. Three municipalities cover only the first 72 hours of sheltering.
“Anything we do after that 72 hours, we have to find the money for,” Scheibe says. “So our adoption program, our community outreach, that’s all on us to make it work.”
As of Wednesday, the shelter had for adoption pit bulls, Chihuahuas, miniature poodles, Pekingese, Japanese chins, German shepherds and an Alaskan husky.
You can put your name on a list to be notified for any breed or gender to adopt, via AnimalFoundation.com/adopt.
“Our shelter is very clean. It’s very bright. It’s very cheerful. Our staff is happy,” Scheibe says. “You’re not going to leave crying.”
By the way, I spoke to tons of kids on Wednesday at Derfelt Elementary School. I asked students to help you name dogs you’re going to adopt this weekend. They said:
Chico. Weiner Dog. Mustache. Rex. Vanoss. Chocolate Drop. Maximus. Lucy. Cutie. Scout. Spot. Jiggly Butt. Timothy. Kelly. John F. Kennedy. Chester. Dopey. Lady Dogga. Jordan Nelson (the name of student). Felix. Biscuit. Wreck It Ralph. Gooey. Cody. Odie. Cookie. Bob. Ava. Cupcake. Miley Dog. Bubbles. Justin Bieber. Gino. Felix. Drebble. Callie. Rex. Nila. Austin D. Bear. Watchdog. Sammy. Doug. Cutie Pie. Fluffy. Alfonso. Stan. Flappy Bird. Spike. Scooby. Wolfie. Marvin. Your Favorite Martian.
How ’bout that?
Doug Elfman’s column appears on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He blogs at reviewjournal.com/entertainment/reel.