The economic downturn has caused more than lower home prices in Southern Nevada. Many pets - from dogs and cats to birds and fish - have been abandoned as their owners moved out after foreclosure.
Enter the Little Friends Foundation. The nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter helps animals until permanent homes can be found for them.
Little Friends Foundation is the beneficiary of this year's Family, Fur & Fun Festival at Exploration Park in Mountain's Edge, a master-planned community in the southwestern Las Vegas Valley. The annual free event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome. Exploration Park is south of the community's entrance at 9275 S. Buffalo Drive at the Buffalo and Blue Diamond Road intersection.
"The Family, Fur & Fun Festival and Mountain's Edge provide us with a great opportunity to share information about the care and 'rehoming' of abandoned animals, homeless pet problem, proper pet care and humane treatment of all animals," said James Williamson, director of Little Friends Foundation. "Our ultimate goal is to inform, educate and inspire the community that they are needed to make a change in the lives of so many animals."
One such life changer is Dave Filter, who rescued and adopted Skipper after finding the dog running loose on the streets. Filter, owner of English Garden Florist, is an event sponsor and is donating gift certificates for the raffle and flowers for the pet photography background.
Attendees also will learn about pet safety during Halloween, making pets part of the family and proper animal care, the latter from Drs. Jason and Jamie Sullivan of Aloha Animal Hospital.
Other activities include Canine Good Citizen testing, naming new animals at Little Friends Foundation, raffle prizes, refreshments, lure racing and weight pull and agility, disc and flyball demonstrations.
Mountain's Edge builders include Beazer Homes, Discovery Homes, D.R. Horton, KB Home, Lennar, Meritage Homes, Pardee Homes, Pulte Homes, Richmond American Homes, Ryland Homes, William Lyon Homes and Woodside Homes.
Richmond American Homes' Sutter is a single-story community that features two new floor plans. For information, visit www.richmondamerican.com.
At Talavera, KB Home features the ZeroHouse 2.0 model. This single-story model is a net-zero home, meaning it produces as much energy as it consumes, yielding an electric bill of $0. The 1,849-square-foot plan uses a combination of increased insulation, upgraded heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems, dual-pane windows and solar panels on its roof to achieve net-zero status. The ZeroHouse also is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that allows its residents to monitor the home's energy usage, turn off lights and lock doors from any smartphone or computer. For information about Talavera, call the sales office directly at 702-487-6809 or visit www.kbhome.com.
To learn more about Mountain's Edge, visit the Mountain's Edge New Home Information Center at 9275 S. Buffalo Drive, which is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, call 702-898-5777 or visit www.mountainsedge.com