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Out with your dog: Welcoming a new pet-friendly nonprofit

Caitlin Row
Free Press Pet Columnist
Juliette the dog gives her Tuffys snake a loving sniff.
Caitlin Row / crow@gjfreepress.com | Free Press

Editor’s note: “Out with your dog” is a monthly pet-friendly column, in which Free Press writer Caitlin Row discusses the many facets of loving and caring for family pets. Have a topic you’d like discussed? Want to weigh in? Email crow@gjfreepress.com.

It’s official!

After a year of paperwork and planning, Grand Valley Pets Alive (GVPA) — a new, local nonprofit focused on pet adoption and sterilization — recently got its 501(c)(3) status.

That means its efforts to work with existing entities, like Grand Valley shelters and Mesa County Animal Services, are officially kicking off with a fundraiser.

Set for Wednesday, Nov. 13, Wraps on Main in downtown Grand Junction (150 W. Main St.) will be donating partial proceeds to GVPA from food items sold between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

“We want to raise public awareness,” GVPA volunteer coordinator Marti Montoya said, for local programs spanning sterilization of homeless pets (like feral cat populations in the Grand Valley) and adoption campaigns for local shelters. “We want to bolster adoption and fostering” of homeless pets, and “reduce the number of animals going into a shelter in the first place.”

According to Montoya, the GVPA will also be working to create a support network for animals in need.

“We want to increase programs, like adoption, fostering and pet-transport, where people are transporting animals to smaller cities to have faster adoptions at less crowded shelters.”

Want to help? GVPA definitely needs more volunteers. Plus, “all donations are tax-deductible and funding is very much needed,” Montoya said.

For more information, visit http://www.grandvalleypetsalive.org or like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GrandValleyPetsAlive.


Community Cat Care’s annual Fur Ball is coming up, too! Set for Saturday, Nov. 16, at A Taste of Heaven, 2817 North Ave., from 7-11 p.m., this fun event includes a silent auction, a cash bar, live music and food. All funds raised support Community Cat Care’s feral cat spay and neuter program.

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at City Markets, Atlas Conoco located at First and Orchard, or by calling directly at 970-216-2409. For more info, visit http://www.gjcommunitycatcare.com.


My dog, Juliette, can destroy a plush dog toy in just one evening of tooth-ripping fun. And then the toy is left dead and empty, its body lifeless and flat by her dog bowl, white stuffing strewn around like snow.

Enter in Tuffys Pet Toys, available at the Chow Down Pet Supplies Redlands store, 2518 Broadway. I discovered Tuffys last year, and I particularly enjoy its “Tuff” toy rating, where bats, sea creatures, snakes and more are rated on a toughness scale of 1-10.

I’m happy to report that Juliette’s Tuffys bat has lasted six months now, though she eventually got the main squeaker out. And her snake, rated 7, still looks new!

I highly recommend this lasting toy; I love the many styles — from aliens to dragons, and don’t forget the barnyard series! And though toys range from $10-$40+, certainly not a cheap option, buying a Tuffys toy sure beats buying those one-snout-and-done plush options that are shredded in a night. I give it a “beast” rating of 10!

To check out Tuffys Pet Toys and its Tuff scale toy rating, visit http://www.mydogtoy.com.

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