January 15, 2014 | Vol.54 N.3

Hang loose and support the Everett Animal Shelter at SHAKAROO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jan. 16, 2013

Contact: Meghan Pembroke, public information director, 425-257-8687

Hang loose and support the Everett Animal Shelter at SHAKAROO

Nigel Mustafa performs at annual benefit concert

EVERETT – What started as an idea from a fun local band has become one of the Everett Animal Shelter’s most popular – and unique – events. The shelter’s third annual SHAKAROO benefit concert, featuring shelter dogs in a “pooch parade,” is set for 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Everett Performing Arts Center.

SHAKAROO features live music from local reggae/rock band Nigel Mustafa. “They approached us a few years ago about doing a concert and giving us the proceeds,” said Dee Cordell, shelter operations coordinator. “The performing arts center offered up the venue, we came up with the idea of including dogs from the shelter and SHAKAROO was born.”

The name comes from the Hawaiian term “shaka,” meaning to “hang loose,” said Cordell. “We added the ‘roo’ to mimic a dog howling at the end of a bark. The name really fits the carefree, fun feeling of the band and of the event.”

For many attendees, the highlight of the evening is the Pooch Parade featuring 20 adoptable dogs from the shelter. The dogs get a chance to strut their stuff on stage and perform any tricks they know. Intermission is a Whine & Wine meet and greet with the dogs, which are available for adoption at the shelter starting the following day at 10 a.m.

“The event is really fun and is a great evening for the whole family,” said Cordell. “Our dogs enjoy their time in the spotlight and love meeting all of the guests. It’s a great chance for people to get to know the shelter and in past years, all of the dogs who are a part of SHAKAROO have been adopted within a couple weeks of the event,” said Cordell.

All of the funds raised during the event support the shelter’s vet clinic, which provides medical care for shelter pets.

Tickets are $20 and on sale now at the Everett Animal Shelter, 333 Smith Island Rd., via email at shakaroo@everettwa.gov, or by calling the SHAKAROO hotline (425) 257-6040.

Learn more:

· Visit the SHAKAROO webpage: www.everettwa.org/default.aspx?ID=2105

· Download the SHAKAROO flyer: www.everettwa.org/Get_PDF.aspx?pdfID=7604

· Watch a video about the shelter: www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJd5_ookq4A

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