SETTING THE STAGE
I was working in the lab late one night
When my eyes beheld an eerie sight…
If you were out and about in Upland last Friday, you may have seen an unusual site…a hearse being transported in the back of a truck to Memorial Park…just in time to help set the stage for our first Monster Mash Pet Dash on Saturday, October 29.
The hearse was courtesy of Cameron, one of our dedicated employees at 2nd Chance Thrift Shop, who just happens to have a large collection of interesting items that, shall we say, are well-suited for a graveyard smash. Many of his items were used at the event and along the walk, which made for a lot of memorable photos and added to the fun. Thanks, Cameron!
That's Cameron on the left with Joe, a shelter volunteer.
The zombies were having fun
The party had just begun
The guests included Wolfman
Dracula, and his son…
The event began on Saturday morning under clear skies and we were relieved the rain that had threatened the event earlier in the week had passed us by. Whew!
All manner of monsters, superheros, and other creatures and characters started arriving. Everyone had a great time mingling and seeing all the creative costumes. Here are just a few to enjoy.
Lead Volunteer Nancy with Dracula (i.e., Ziggy)
(Ziggy is available for adoption!)
We also had a bit of a homecoming with Maya and Chelsea as well as several other “alumni” of the shelter.
Maya and Chelsea
Lead Volunteer Elaine and her rescued pups!
Alan Bailey, our wonderful Monster, I mean Master of Ceremonies, played great tunes and kept the party going. If Alan seems familiar, it’s because he has been our MC at many of our Spring Pet Adoption Faires in the past. He loves animals and is a great supporter of Friends.
Agile Paws Dog Sports did agility demos and helped pet owners try their dogs on the course.
K9 Disc Thrills did Frisbee demos. Wow!
Several vendors offered a variety of services and merchandise for pets and people, including:
West Coast Grooming Academy offered on-the-spot grooming.
Cesar Milan’s PACK Project walked Peanut Butter, one of our shelter dogs that they’ve been training.
Among a lot of other pet products, Cozy Pet Supplies offered Trump and Clinton dolls for sale. (We didn’t ask which doll was selling better.)
Our shelter staff (Shelley, Lisa, Brenda, Reyna, Peggy, and Arlene) came by the event and then opened the shelter in style. Cameron (not pictured), one of our animal care staff, was the official photojournalist for the event. Josh (not pictured) also helped at the event. And let’s not forget our staff, Eric and Rachel, at 2nd Chance Thrift Shop who were not able to attend because they were minding the store.
They did the mash, it caught on in a flash…
After mingling and enjoying the entertainment, everyone lined up and walked (aka “dashed”) around Memorial Park and back to the party for the costume contest.
There were so many creative and funny costumes to choose from. The volunteers from Kohl's Associates in Action and the Helpful Honda People were the judges. They awarded prizes in five categories.
Best Pet/Human Duo (Maleficent and Her Dragon)
Funniest Pet (The Cat in the Hat with Thing 1 and Thing 2)
Most Creative Pet (Handmade Fairy Dog Costume)
Best Dressed Human (1970s Cool) with the Helpful Honda People
Best Team Costume (Little Mermaid)
IT WAS A SMASH!
They did the mash, it was a graveyard smash…
At the end of the festivities, the 5 most successful fundraisers were announced. Cecilia was our top fundraiser. In case you don't know, she is a professional dog trainer who also volunteers her time to work with many of our shelter dogs, and especially the shy and fearful ones. Elliott, her American Cocker Spaniel, often assists her with more difficult cases that benefit from his calming presence. Thank you, Cecilia and our other top earners!
1. Cecilia Mushinskie: $735
2. Kathy Ferguson: $575
3. Andy Peterson: $550
4. Regina Allen: $500
5. Carolyn Higgins: $215
Cecilia and Elliott (with a toy on his head)
We heartily thank all of our fundraisers and everyone who participated or sponsored someone.
Likewise, we are so thankful for our event sponsors Merck, Katie’s Pet Depot, and Kohl’s.
We also want to thank the many volunteers from CalPoly Pomona, Kohl’s Associates in Action, and the Helpful Honda People as well as our shelter volunteers who helped at the event and walked adoptable dogs. Thank you all!
Volunteers Luis and Jason
We say it all the time, but it is so true: without everyone's support, it would not be possible for us to care for the lost and abandoned animals at the Upland Animal Shelter. You truly are life savers. And that is smashing!
We are already looking forward to next year. Any suggestions for how to make this an even better event are welcome. Just let us know.
See You Next Year!
It's now the Mash, it's now the Monster Mash
The Monster Mash, and it's a graveyard smash
It's now the Mash, it caught on in a flash
It's now the Mash, it's now the Monster Mash
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