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September 1, 2014

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Two events to show your love for homeless pets and The Animal Foundation

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For an evening of fun, you could make the difference in the life of a homeless animal.

There are 24 pages of adoptable dogs on The Animal Foundation website, but they are only a fraction of the 50,000 animals that take refuge at Nevada’s largest shelter every year. Founded in the late ’70s, the foundation now manages an 8-acre campus that is the best hope of many homeless pets in the area, and two upcoming events will raise crucial funds to support their tireless work.

Head to the Fremont Street Experience on Wednesday, March 28. If you’ve always wanted to try the Flightlinez zipline attraction, this is the day, because the company will donate all proceeds from admission between noon and midnight to The Animal Foundation. It’s part of a monthly effort by Flightlinez and Fremont Street Experience to throw their weight behind local causes, with more than $200,000 donated since early 2011.

Representatives of The Animal Foundation and Dog Ambassadors will be on hand from 5-8 p.m. during the fundraiser, and comic magician Nathan Burton will also drop by in the evening to show his support. The cost of a zipline ride is $15 from noon to 6 p.m. and $20 from 6 p.m. to midnight, or you can buy an all-day pass for $50, which includes one free ticket to Burton's comedy magic show at Flamingo Las Vegas.

Burton will really put his performance to work for The Animal Foundation on Sunday, April 22, when he hosts the 9th annual Best in Show. Tickets are on sale now for the event at the Orleans Arena, which features 50 furry contestants from the shelter in an American Kennel Club-style dog show. It is the foundation’s flagship fundraiser, and animals will be available for adoption right after the show.

It’s a great night for anyone who wants to give some love to the animals and the awesome humans who care for them, not to mention an enjoyable learning experience for young people. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for seniors and kids ages 2-12. The arena doors open at noon, and the family-friendly show begins at 1 p.m. Call 284-7777 or click here for tickets.

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