'Whiskers and Wine' event helps no-kill animal shelter

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It's one of the Valley's few no-kill shelters. But now, Foothills Animal Rescue is asking for some help.

The non-profit is holding its annual "Whiskers & Wine" event on Thursday, Oct. 23. All proceeds from the event will go to the shelter and caring for the animals.

The three-hour fund-raising event showcases the cuisines of local restaurateurs as well as a selection of wines from area cellars and wine dealers.  Activities will include a cigar station, beer garden and  live jazz music.

Foothills Animal Rescue is a Scottsdale-based, cage-free, no-kill shelter that houses homeless dogs and cats rescued from Maricopa County public intake facilities.

The Rescue moved into their office building in 2010. To be deemed a cage-free facility, they converted some old real estate offices and conference rooms into pet suites. The animals are separated into rooms according to species and temperament. The rescue also has an outdoor off-leash area and individual rooms for meet and greets with potential adopters and one-on-one play time.

"Most of the smaller rescues are foster-based and are limited in the amount of dogs they can receive, based on foster homes," says Eddie Nichols of Foothills Animal Rescue. "Luckily for Foothills, we do have this facility, and we are able to hold between 20 and 30 dogs in our facility, and 20 to 30 cats as well. And including our foster homes, we have a good roster.

Foothills Animal Rescue depends on the support of local volunteers and businesses to raise the funds needed to keep the shelter running. Since moving to their cage-free facility, more than 1,600 homeless dogs and cats have found families through adoption events, foster homes and directly from the shelter.

"Whiskers & Wine" Fundraiser
Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion
101 Easy Street, Carefree, AZ  85377

Thursday, October 23
6:00- 9:00 p.m.

Tickets ($25 each) can be purchased at Foothills Animal Rescue (23030 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale 85255) and at their on-site Foothills Resale Boutique. They are also available through their website at www.foothillsanimal.org.

Foothills Animal Rescue
23030 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Pima & Pinnacle Peak