Pet-A-Palooza to take over Curtis Lumber

PLATTSBURGH - It's not every day you'll find cats and dogs roaming the grounds of Curtis Lumber. However, that day will soon be here.

Curtis Lumber will host "Pet-A-Palooza" Saturday, June 19, at each of its 22 locations across New York and Vermont, including its Tom Miller Road store in Plattsburgh. Employees Paul Deyoe and Tanya Girardi, who are coordinating the event for the Plattsburgh store, said Pet-A-Palooza will be an opportunity for people to meet with representatives from the Adirondack Humane Society and Elmore SPCA, among other organizations, to learn about adopting animals. Curtis Lumber president and owner Jay Curtis and his wife, Kendra, hosted a similar event last year in the company's Ballston Spa location which saw the adoption of more than 100 animals.

"Now, it's something we're having companywide, which just overjoys me," said Girardi.

Curtis Lumber has teamed up with WTEN, the Capital District's ABC affiliate, to sponsor the event, with the station paying up to $75 of all adoption fees for pets adopted as a result of the event.

"I'm sure that will be a good incentive," said Adirondack Humane Society shelter manager Lillian Cassidy, who noted the amount covers the majority of the adoption fees charged for new pet owners.

Elmore SPCA executive director Kc Mace said an event such as Pet-A-Palooza will be a great benefit for alleviating the routinely high population each shelter sees.

"This will definitely help us because sometimes people see a picture of one of our animals in the paper and fall in love with it, only to meet it and find there's no chemistry," said Mace. "It's really good that we can get these pets out in the public where people can see them to see if there is a connection."

The companywide goal is to adopt out 250 pets, said Girardi, however she's optimistic the majority could come from local shelters in the North Country.

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