Pet adoptions
Organizers Kay Erb, Barb Olson and Shirley Culliney were disappointed that foul weather forced the cancellation of the April 9 Northwest Pet Adoption event. They encourage people to consider pet shelters and rescue dogs when looking to add a pet to their home. courtesy photo

Rainy weather prevented pet adoptions, but only for now

All the months of planning, the anticipation building, the creativity, cooperation and terrific support of our volunteers and the community and, then, the uninvited, unwanted guests arrived to spoil our plans. The weather gremlins with their cold rainy day, one day in the midst of many very nice days, was enough to cause us to cancel our Northwest Pet Adoption event on April 9.

Rescue Me (Leslie Rocco) and I (Wags & Walkers) would like to thank all of those who wanted to come. We are very sad for all the animals that could have been given new chances for a home that day, and we are confident it would have been a very successful day. Please remember to give rescue groups and shelter dogs an equal chance when looking for your new pet. There are so many waiting.  Many of the dogs we see at the shelter now are “owner-surrender,” meaning they likely came from a loving home and this is a tough transition for them.

Special thanks to Bill and Dawn Rowbek, who generously offered us the site at 77North Marketplace for our event. Please be sure to support them at the Friday Farmer’s Mart or the yard sales. More activities are planned so check out their website at

Many, many thanks to all those folks who responded to our request for donations of wanted and needed items, such as food, blankets, towels, beds and cash contributions. It has all made a difference! And remember, animals are arriving and being cared for all year; it is continuous.   

Foster homes are always needed; you shouldn’t be afraid of getting involved as a foster parent. Most of the groups understand, and the need is usually short-term. You will get lots of support and guidance.

If you’d like more information on becoming a foster, let us know. If you’d be interested in helping our group at Pima Animal Care Center by joining as a volunteer, we’d be happy to hear from you. Volunteers are essential and make these animals’ lives so much more than they would be. There is also a great need at the shelter for people to be trained to assist with adoptions.

This photo above says it all. We hope to be able to take what we learned and created and do this again next year. Without our 50/50 raffle, we unfortunately were not able to gather funds.  However, things work out and our commitment is very real.

For PACC adoption days or to volunteer, email, or go to Rescue Me at

Shirley Culliney, Wags & Walkers



Earth Day should remind us to  replace what we use

Congratulations on a full-page article (“Earth Day festival ‘conserves, preserves,’” April 13, 2011) about the Earth Day Festival.

Now, let me see… Earth. Earth is made of water and air and, yes, rocks and minerals. Rocks (and the metals extracted from them) are the foundation of civilization, from primitive people (arrowheads, grinding tools, the wheel) to advanced civilizations.

We use rocks and metals in our everyday lives. We build our home with them (bricks, mortar, drywall, paint). We generate energy from them to make our lives more comfortable in winter as well as in summer. We grow our vegetables with them. We build our highways, our cars, our computers with them. We make our dishes and our lightbulbs, and use them in our toothpaste and cosmetics.  

There is a saying in the mining industry: “If you cannot grow it, you have to mine it.” Unfortunately, people take these for granted. This important concept should be included in the Earth Day Festival. There are many retired geologists who could make young people aware of importance of minerals in their daily lives and engage them in discussing concepts of sustainability and conservation of our natural resources.

I do recall that a friend and I were invited to participate – once – many years ago. Planners are obviously not interested in such a “mundane” topic. Perhaps next Earth Day….


Ihor A. Kunasz, Oro Valley


Does Marana understand wastewater consequences?

The Town of Marana is looking for a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist. Marana doesn’t seem to be aware of the consequences of its attempt to take over the Marana wastewater reclamation facility from Pima County.

I refer to County Administrator Charles Huckelberry’s memo to the Board of Supervisors dated March 16, 2011. In it, he points out that the average Marana user will see his/her monthly sewage fee increase almost $47. That’s about $600 a year.

However, let’s say the town, after expensive litigation, is ultimately successful. Personally, I will be pleased that the costs will be taken over by them because the ratepayers of Pima County will see a decrease in their monthly sewage fees. Marana residents’ costs will go up; Pima County residents’ costs will go down.

I suggest that Marana proceeds at its own peril.


Jerry Estruth, Tucson


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