Petapalooza! - WAOW - Newsline 9, Wausau News, Weather, Sports



by Elizabeth Fay

Wisconsin Rapids (WAOW)--Hundreds of people head to Wisconsin Rapids to support their area animal shelter. The South Wood County Humane Society put on a fundraising event at the Wild Horse Saloon called Petapalooza.

It's a fundraiser to help the Humane Society buy a bigger and better shelter. Animal lovers came out to show support for the South Wood County Humane Society.

"I love animals and I just want to come out here and have a good time!" says event attendee Jack Babilius.

Petapalooza boasts a jam-packed schedule of activities. With entertainment, raffle prizes, games and food, it was family fun for a good cause.

According to Humane society leaders, It's animal overload at their current shelter. They say it's too small and outdated to effectively care for the animals. That's why they're making the move to the Guardian Inn off HWY 54. 

"We'll have better air systems, a lot, almost triple the room. It'll be a lot better for the animals, a lot healthier, safer. A lot better for the people to come and look around and not feel so claustrophobic," says the Executive Director of the South Wood County Humane Society, Phil Hartley.

The new building and renovations will cost around $450,000 dollars. Humane Society leaders are still about $150,000 short. They hope the event will bring them a big step closer.

Leaders say they're overwhelmed with the community's support. They're offering a special way to involve supporters. People who attend Petapalooza can personalize tiles for their "Wall of Hope" in the new shelter.

"Its going to feature all the tiles up and down it so people will feel like, hopefully, that they have a piece of that new shelter because it is a community shelter and we want people to be a part of it," says Phil Hartley.

Petapalooza festivities continue until 11:00 p.m. Saturday night.

Online Reporter: Elizabeth

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