By Tiana Nelson
Denver, Colo. – Shelter dogs are stealing the stage this year in Colorado, and they will again on June 11, 2013.
Samarah’s Show will be a dog show built especially for rescue pups, and will be held as part of Just One Day on June 11. The event will take place at 6 p.m., and individuals, as well as animal rescues will be able to enter dogs into the judging.
Perhaps what’s most special about this show, is its founder – 10-year-old Sophie Wilkinson decided she wanted to create a show just for rescue dogs after watching the Westminster dog show with her own two adopted animals.
“She loves her rescue pups more than anything,” says Sophie’s mom Hollie Hinton. “When the Westminster dog show was aired, she wanted her dogs to win a show. Knowing that her two mutts couldn’t be “best in breed” or “best in show,” she decided to create a dog show for mutts/shelter/rescue dogs. She named it “Samarah’s Show” after her first rescue dog.”
Now the fifth grader, who will complete elementary school on June 6, 2013, at Trailblazer Elementary in Highlands Ranch, will do what she set out to do in making a difference for animals.
Just One Day celebrates shelters and rescues that have taken the pledge to kill no animals for “just one day.” Residents are invited to bring family, friends and pets to enjoy the Just One Day Denver mega-adoption and community event from 3-8 p.m. on June 11, 2013 at City Park. Festivities include live music, yard games, food trucks, animals available for adoption, pet vendors, and, of course Samarah’s Show.
About No Kill Colorado & Just One Day Denver
Just One Day Denver is a program of No Kill Colorado and has the partnership of 75 rescues/shelters and counting.
The purpose of No Kill Colorado is to facilitate a Colorado where every shelter is open admission and saves more than 90% of the animals in their care. No Kill Colorado’s intent is to create, provide and share the necessary resources, education and options to stop the euthanasia of homeless pets in Colorado shelters. Tens of thousands of pets are killed each year in Colorado because of the lack of life-saving programs that can be implemented without additional cost, and possibly add revenue to the current funds provided to municipal shelters.
No Kill Colorado promotes the No Kill Equation, which includes a TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) Program; High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter; Rescue Groups; Foster Care; Comprehensive Adoption Programs; Pet Retention; Medical and Behavior Prevention & Rehabilitation; Public Relations/Community Involvement; Volunteers; Proactive Redemptions; A Compassionate Director.
For event information, please visit the No Kill Colorado website or the group’s Facebook page.
Tiana Nelson is from Denver, Colo., and started the Doggie Avenger Blog with the goal of educating people and changing their perceptions about animals. When she began volunteering at a local animal shelter, it struck her that so many people were not actively aware of animal overpopulation. She hopes to change the lives of animals one-by-one through increasing awareness and encouraging people to always adopt — never buy from a breeder or pet store, to always spay and neuter their pets, to understand the depth of animal issues and to know why all of that is important. Tiana currently works in higher education, and in her free time enjoys traveling, running, volunteering with animals, spending time with her two pugs, and her family and friends.