The i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa is hosting a special event this Saturday, Nov. 19, to help dogs in the Valley find good homes and increase awareness about dog rescue groups. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during Adoptable Dog Day, several rescues will be on site with dogs ready for adoption.
Rescue groups also will provide information on adoptions, dog care and their organization, while the museum will also feature some special activities during Adoptable Dog Day. These include creating puppy puppets and decorative bandanas. Scooby Snacks will be served at noon, while supplies last.
“As we worked on the curriculum for It’s a Dog’s Life – our current exhibition – we knew we needed to highlight dog rescue and adoption groups throughout the Valley,” said Curator of Education Dena Milliron. “Not only do these groups help abandoned dogs find good homes, their volunteers compassionately care for dogs in between homes and teach children and adults about animal behavior and overpopulation.”
Several dog rescue groups, including Lost Our Home Pet Rescue, Arizona Pug Adoption and Rescue Network, Arizona Beagle Rescue, Indy’s Wish Animal Rescue and AZK9, are expected to be at the museum for the event.
“At Lost Our Home, our mission is to provide compassionate services to pets and people in crisis. Events like the i.d.e.a. adoption event provides us with another venue to get our name out there and connect with the community to let people know what services we provide,” said Tracey Varga, shelter director at Lost Our Home Pet Rescue. “We are not just another shelter or rescue taking in and adopting out dogs and cats. We provide temporary care for pets whose pet parents are experiencing a crisis in their lives. We will house their pets at our shelter until they can get a plan together for their lives and come back and pick up their pets.
“We also provide a food bank for pet parents experiencing financial hardship and don’t want to give up their animals,” Varga continued. “Getting this information out to the community is very important to us. Our goal is keeping the pet in the home.”
Guests attending Adoptable Dog Day will be able to check out It’s a Dog’s Life, featuring art and hands-on activities to help children of all ages learn more about the world of canines and celebrate our relationships with dogs. One section of the exhibition, Ode to Dogs, lets guests share memories of their pets.
Attendees also are encouraged to create, design and build on popular exhibits in the HUB and ArtVille (a socks-only space), such as Rigamajig, iArt, Robot Corner and Wee Design, and check out the Alice in Wonderland-inspired black light room.
The special event is included with museum admission, which is $8 for ages 1 and up; free for members. Memberships start at $55.
The i.d.e.a. Museum is located at 150 W. Pepper Place in downtown Mesa. For more information and special events, visit: http://www.ideamuseum.org/special-events.html.