Labapalooza 2016 promises big fun

posted September 3rd, 2016 by
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It’s almost time for this year’s 16th annual Labapalooza event. The volunteers of Lab Rescue OK have been working hard and this year’s event promises to be tons of fun for the entire family.

This year’s festival will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at Guthrie Green . Multiple dog rescues will be on site as well as food trucks, live music, more than 30 vendors, a dog kissing booth, microchipping, contests, face painting and a silent auction with more than 100 items, including a pair of tickets to the OKC Thunder game against the Golden State Warriors and OU and OSU Yeti coolers.

Volunteer Andrea Dearinger says the adoption fees don’t cover the cost of what is spent caring for each dog taken in by Lab Rescue. The Labapalooza event each year is the group’s largest fundraiser and makes up the majority of the operating budget.

“[Lab Rescue] is completely run by volunteers. No one gets paid a dime,” Dearinger said. “Everyone is a volunteer and we rely on this event to keep saving dogs and educating.”

At any given time, Lab Rescue has about 40 dogs that are up for adoption and in need of forever homes. In 2015, the group adopted out 314 Labs.

“Every year, we just try to do a little bit better,” Dearinger said.

Like last year’s event, the green will be kept clear for people to set up chairs and blankets, the auction will take place under the covered pavilion. However, one change for this year, Dearinger said all music will be acoustic to make the event more comfortable for the animals.

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One of the booths at last year’s event. Above, a lab enjoys the water feature at Guthrie Green. Courtesy of Lab Rescue

“It’s really a great event,” Dearinger said. “The venue is fantastic!”

- Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

LABAPALOOZA 2016

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A girl has her face painted at last year’s event. Courtesy of Lab Rescue

Participating Rescues

Animal Aid of Tulsa

Big Dogs Huge Paws, Inc.

Boxer Rescue of Oklahoma

Chouteau Pound Pals

Compassionate Animal Rescue

Great Plains Mastiff Rescue

Heart and Soul Animal Rescue

Oklahoma Westie Rescue

Rainy Day Rescue

Route 66 Pet Rescue

Sapulpa Furry Friends

Sooner Golden Retriever

Live Music

Christine Jude Duo

Travis Kidd

Desi and Cody

Food Trucks

Andolini’s

Chilly Willies

Lone Wolf Bahn Mi

Mr. Nice Guys

Not Your Grandma’s Cupcakes

PetsWell Pantry

Sponsors

Angel’s Pet Funeral Home & Crematory

Explorer Pipeline

L&M Plumbing

Palace Cafe

Treat Dreams

OK Veterinary Specialists

Wendy & Gentner Drummond

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