Throughout Curtis Lumber's 125 years in business, Curtis has accumulated a number of traditions and rituals intertwined with in its own culture. Amongst the yearly BBQ's and annual trade shows, a new tradition has been digging its way to the top charity spot for the 7th year running: Curtis Lumber's annual PetAPalooza event.
Owners Jay and Kendra Curtis started PetAPalooza in hopes to shed light on adopting shelter pets in need of a home. Taking in abuse cases of their own, the Curtis' have used the company's name to help get word out to the public to not only adopt shelter pets, but to also have pets spayed or neutered to avoid unwanted strays.
PetAPalooza is an event where the company invites shelter and rescue groups to come to 12 of Curtis Lumber's 21 locations and bring animals to these locations to get adopted. "Even though it's kind of an informal setting, people still come and see if there is a dog or cat that are interested in - sometimes they may bring their own animals to see if they are compatible" says Curtis Lumber Advertising Manager, Dave Bielawski.
While Curtis Lumber does take advantage of promoting the event through the internet, television and radio ads, they can usually count on the furry faces to draw in the crowd themselves.
Bielawski says that although this event attracts a great deal of media attention, at the end of the day, it's about finding a home for the unwanted pets.
The special day also includes the opportunity for people to meet local pet sitters, groomers and even local veterinarians to ensure the best care for their pets.
Many adoption rates are lowered for the day as well as some pets being adopted out for free. Hundreds of animals from over 100+ shelters and rescue groups are available including cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, horses, reptiles and more! Each year hundreds of animals find new forever homes thanks to Curtis Lumber's PetAPalooza!
"If even one pet finds a needy human to adopt, it is a success for us."
-Jay S. Curtis