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Priscilla Benbrook's Fundraiser:

It's Raining Cats and Dogs

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BENEFITING: Arizona Animal Welfare League, Inc.

EVENT: Honda LA Marathon 2012

EVENT DATE: Mar 18, 2012

Priscilla Benbrook


In about 8 hours I will be running the Los Angeles Marathon (Dodger Stadium:Santa Monica) and it may well rain cats and dogs!! Hence the name of my fund raising site.

Everyone knows that animals are a defining factor of my life. As such, I am going to run for the Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL), the largest and oldest no-kill animal shelter in Arizona. It was founded in 1972 by Amanda Blake (aka Miss Kitty of “Gunsmoke” fame).

They educate the public about animal care (I used to volunteer in caring for their rescued educational animals—ferrets, rabbits, creepy crawlies, mice, rats, birds, and, of course, the absolutely loveable Guapo the iguana.) It also has many other resources for the community. However, its primary duty is to rescue animals from Maricopa County Animal Care & Control’s euthanasia lists. . .

The ugly truth is that every afternoon the pound sends out a list of ~100 animals that are to be euthanized at 5:00 AM the following day. Every evening AAWL (and many other wonderful organizations) then begin clambering to see if they can find the room/resources to save any. (I used to do a bit of clambering on my own--3 of whom I kept, including Koufax, the guy in my profile pic--and just don’t know how they do it.) Many of my friends have AAWL animals from there. . .Indeed, my folks have two beautiful cats—Jazzy and Amber—from there.

I know my run is tomorrow, but I just discovered this page. What better impetus to start my page. Thanks and happy tails. . .er, trails!!


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