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Kingman parks impawsible host for animal sanctuary's festival
So festival will be held in Petco parking lot Saturday

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The Luv of Paws Rescue and Sanctuary is pictured during a 2010 Open House at its facility in Golden Valley.

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<br> The Luv of Paws Rescue and Sanctuary is pictured during a 2010 Open House at its facility in Golden Valley.

For the Luv of Paws, a Golden Valley-based animal rescue and sanctuary, will hold its second annual summer festival in Kingman this weekend.

"Paws in the Park," which will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, was relocated to the Petco parking lot off of Stockton Hill Road after organizers realized they couldn't hold it at any city parks because of the ordinance prohibiting dogs. Although a couple of the rescue's smaller dogs will be on hand as part of a "hug-a-pooch booth," For the Luv of Paws Founder Cherie DaLynn said the event is a fundraiser, not an adoption event.

Owners are invited to bring out their furry friends for a variety of games, including a pet/owner look-a-like contest, best trick contest and paw printing.

There will also be a dunk tank, carnival games, a bake sale, community vendors, refreshments and music for two and four-legged dancing.

Owners are reminded that animals must be leashed for their own safety.

All funds raised at the event will go toward spay/neuter services, surgeries, medications, and general supplies for the dogs, cats and other creatures that call the sanctuary home.

Last year's event raised $600, a small dent in 2011's operating costs of $75,000. DaLynn said the budget continues to get tighter as costs increase but donations and adoptions decrease. The sanctuary operates completely on donations, fundraisers and adoptions.

"For every adoption we have, there are two or more cats or dogs waiting to come to the facility," DaLynn said. "The pet overpopulation problem in Mohave County is dire. Even with programs in place, such as SNIP and a true low cost spay/neuter clinic in Kingman, the number of unwanted, stray, abandoned cats and dogs is overwhelming."

She called the rescue a struggle but a labor of love, with the payoff coming when animals find permanent homes.

"There is nothing we would rather do in life than provide the best care we can for all these sweet souls who have no homes and cannot care for themselves," she said. "For those who are not adoptable because of age, infirmity, or myriad other reasons, they will live out their lives with us in safety and comfort."

The sanctuary is permitted for 60 dogs and 120 cats and is almost always at capacity, DaLynn said.

Saturday's event is sponsored by Petco/Natural Balance pet foods, Feathered Friends, Arizona Sign Co., Cerbat Cliffs Animal Hospital, Walmart and McDonald's.

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