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Dog owners are coming together this weekend for the 10th Annual family-friendly Labapalooza event. It’s all in celebration of the many lives saved in animal rescue. Megan Montague, president of Love of Labs joined Patty Spitler of Pet Pals TV on Indy Style today to share more about the event and the great cause.

This is happening on Sunday, September 19 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mallow Run Winery in Bargersville.

How You Can Help

We are in need of corporate sponsors, in honor of / memorial sponsors, and items for our silent auction.  In our efforts to raise funds for the organization, we would appreciate any donations you can give to help make our event a success. We are a 501(c)3 public non-profit charity and rely on donations to provide medical care (such as vaccinations, spay and neuter surgery, heartworm treatments, surgery, and medications) for the animals that we bring into our rescue program.

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This event is bound to be all the fun you need for one weekend!

Pamela Terhune, founder of Grateful Rescue and Sanctuary-Muncie and Hailey Perkins of Roos Holistic Pet Supplies-Muncie joined us today to discuss the upcoming Grateful Fest fundraising event at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Muncie on June 19th.

Events include a fire truck pull, classic car show, yard sale, paint your pet party, pet parade and more.

Celebrity guest include: Al Unser, Junior, Nathan Lowe the Indy Dog Whisperer, Pet Pals TV’s Patty Spitler.

Grateful Rescue & Sanctuary is not a traditional animal shelter but a unique approach for animal rescue. Cats and dogs temporarily at-home in the Sanctuary are treated to highly individualized care.  This standard of excellence extends to how the Sanctuary operates generally.

GuideStar, a database evaluating the mission and effectiveness of nonprofits, has awarded Grateful Rescue & Sanctuary with its Platinum Seal of Transparency, a level achieved by fewer than 1% of its 2.5 million nonprofits reviewed. Fewer than 1% of the 2.5 million registered nonprofits receive this distinction.

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After the year we’ve had, people are anxious to get outside and play with family, neighbors and friends for sure. Amazon John joined us today to show us all the fun that comes along with his birthday party appearances. Here’s more from him:

We always bring 9 animals: 3 mammals, 3 reptiles, bird and frog and bug! We honor requests as best as we can. Our basic Package is $250 and includes animals you would find in any well stocked pet store:

Reptiles include: Alligator, Lizard, Snake, Tortoise

Mammals: Ferret, Rabbit, Skunk, Hedgehog, Guinea Pig, Rat, Prairie Dog

Bird: Pigeon, Chicken

Frog: Tree Frog

Bug: Cockroaches, Beetles

The extreme package is $300 and it is simply a substitution. Think of it like this…Instead of a: 3 Foot Long Snake is Replaced by a 10 foot long snake. Chicken is replaced with an Owl or Vulture. One basic mammal is replaced with something really weird like a Kinkajou, Coatimundi, South American Crab Eating Raccoon, Armadillo, Possum or Fennec Fox.

The birthday child is the star of the show. They sit next to us the whole time. We are as interactive as we can be and everyone gets to pet everything. We love to be inside but outdoor shows work well so long as everyone is in the shade. If the audiences is comfortable, then the animals are too.

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Amazon John of Silly Safaris joined us today with a few fun and furry animal friends in tow.

He brought with him a fennec fox, which he says is the world’s smallest wild dog, Whopper the Wonder Terrier, and two young bunnies.

Amazon John says Silly Safaris is eager to perform birthday parties as well as preschools and/or summer camps, typically either outdoors or virtually.

He says, “Most libraries have opted for a virtual type of offerings and we have numerous options for that.”

They’ve also released a short Summer Reading Movie that’s available to libraries everywhere. It’s about a little girl whose imagination was broken, and it involves lots of Silly Safaris animals.

For more information from Amazon John, visit their website and Facebook.