The fourth Fall Paws for the Cause adoption event will invade Friendly Ford Saturday, Oct. 25 and long-time dealership employee Geri Bich will be first in line for a new kitten following the death May 16 of her long-time feline friend Murphy.
Murphy was only four weeks old when someone with Friendly Ford found him in a tire well at the dealership at 660 N. Decatur Blvd. Bich, now a 15-year employee, could not resist her new-found friend and immediately took him home.
“I couldn’t stand the possibility that he would have been euthanized,” said Bich, a native of Pennsylvania who started as a sales consultant before becoming customer care coordinator. “I bottle-fed him when I first got him and he met me at the door when I got home every day. He was the always talking to me.’
Murphy died of congestive heart failure and Bich is still mourning the fact that he’s no longer waiting for her when she arrives home. After having Murphy around the house for 10 1⁄2 years, she cannot wait for the annual Paws for the Cause event.
“I need another little baby around the house,’ she said. “I don’t know whether I’m going to get a little boy or a little girl.”
Run in conjunction with the Animal Foundation at 655 N. Mojave Rd., the event marks the fourth year the series of events have been presented and the eighth Paws for the Cause during twice-a-year gatherings. The last event was presented May 24.
The Animal Foundation is situated on an eight-acre campus off US-95 and Eastern Avenue. In addition to the main campus location, the foundation operates PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Center, a satellite adoption facility for dogs and cats inside PetSmart at 286 W. Lake Mead Parkway in Henderson.
The event is set from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be live music, free food and free microchips for current pets, compliments of Friendly Ford. When pets are adopted, Pet’ographique will provide the new owner with a certificate for a mini studio portrait session along with one gift print portrait.
In addition, MP K9 All Breed Dog Training will also offer a free training session to anyone who adopts that day.
Animal Foundation Director of Development Andy Bischel said the Paws for the Cause is an excellent way to bring attention to the adoption of animals.
“We do this twice a year with Friendly Ford,” said Bischel, now in his fifth year with the foundation. “This year we will bring about 12 cats and 20 dogs. There is free micro chipping that Desert Inn Animal Hospital help us with and that’s a great way to get the pets back to their owners.”
All pets available for adoption are spayed or neutered, micro chipped and up to day with their vaccines.
Further information regarding the event can be found by calling the dealership at 702-870-7221 or by visiting www.friendlyfordlv.com; or by calling The Animal Foundation at 702-384-3333 or by visiting www.animalfoundation.com.