Evansville, Ind. – Animalpalooza, the Evansville area’s premier Animal Benefit & Music Festival, reported record earnings from last weekend’s event at Burdette Park.
“Last year’s Animalpalooza raised $11,000 to benefit local area animal shelters and rescues,” said Melissa Mauser, Animalpalooza Marketing, Advertising, PR and Volunteer Coordinator. “This year, the event itself brought in $16,000 which is a wonderful show of support by the Tri-State. However, we handled the concessions differently; we gave all the animal shelters and rescues the opportunity to sell food and merchandise and to keep 100 percent of what they earned as an immediate donation toward daily and emergency expenses. Those shelters and rescues were collectively able to earn another $9,000, bringing the total raised at the event to $25,000.”
The ultimate goal of Animalpalooza is to aid in the rehoming of lost, homeless, and surrendered pets, reducing euthanasia rates. “So far,” said Mauser, “there have been six pet adoptions that have taken place. That doesn’t include any adoptions that will take place in the coming weeks as a result of hearing about these shelters and rescues at our event and through our advertising. One of the dog adoptions was a miracle and a dream come true, because Derby had waited a very long time at PC Pound Puppies to find a home.”
All of the Animalpalooza board and team members are “beyond thrilled” with the massive response from the Tri-State. “We are all still running on pure adrenaline after the response we received this past weekend and with the knowledge that so many wonderful animals are now going to have a chance because the public responded so generously. Goals were not only reached but surpassed, and we are humbled by the many wonderful people who came out to support this very worthy cause, and by the assistance of sponsors, the media, and our many youth and adult volunteers.”
Due to the rapid growth of Animalpalooza, the organization is recruiting more volunteers of all ages, all abilities, and any availability. Those interested in volunteering can learn more by visiting the Volunteer page www.animalpalooza.net. There are many opportunities to contribute, both regarding the event itself and throughout the year.
“New this year, we have four service-based scholarships available,” Mauser added. “We’ll be awarding two in Evansville and two in Warrick County to high school seniors. This is a wonderful opportunity for young people who are passionate about animal welfare. We look forward to expanding our scholarship opportunities to other surrounding counties as we are able in the coming years.”
The scholarships will be awarded in May, 2016, and all area high school seniors are encouraged to visit the Animalpalooza website to print the information needed to apply.
“On behalf of everyone at Animalpalooza, our deepest thanks to the Tri-State for helping us make this year’s event such an overwhelming success,” Mauser said. “What we do doesn’t happen because of one person. It takes many people working together because they share a common passion…loving animals.”
For more information about how you can be a part of Animalpalooza’s efforts to save area pets, contact Melissa Mauser at [email protected] or call 812-480-2675.