August 12, 2014, Los Angeles- The Hilton Hotel ballroom in Woodland Hills was turned into a Las Vegas casino on August 9th, 2014 for a VIP fundraising event called Vegas In The Valley to benefit homeless dogs and cats in need.
The event was hosted by the lovely ladies and co-founders of Petopia Animal Rescue, Debrah Regal and Yvette Berke. Guests enjoyed dining on a delicious buffet dinner made by Hilton's executive chef Salvador Correa while playing popular Las Vegas style casino games like blackjack and craps.
“The funds raised during this event has allowed us to continue rescuing and providing vet care to abandoned animals while seeking out forever homes at our adoption center in the Westfield Promenade”, said Petopia co-founder Debrah Regal. (Location address: 6100 TopangaCanyon #2230 Woodland Hills, CA.)
The sensational evening also featured a raffle and silent and live auction items for bidding, and live musical entertainment by LA based pop-soul artists David & Devine. All casino games were supplied by Stacie Schmitz and Tim Varnell, co-owners of It’s a Deal Casino Rentals.
PETOPIA Animal Rescue was founded to meet the needs of rescue groups that did not have a place to show their animals in a comfortable and friendly environment. PETOPIA Animal Rescue is not just a single rescue group trying to re-home rescued animals, but several groups rotating through PETOPIA Animal Rescue, giving the public a chance to interact with many different animals and groups at various times.
PETOPIA Animal Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. Its mission is to become a self-sustaining animal adoption center that provides rescue organizations with greater access to families interested in adopting. The sale of merchandise will help support the organizations and an on-site exam room for visiting veterinarians, a dog training center and a meeting area will be available.
What is Petopia? The first multi-rescue pet adoption center located in a major mall. Supported 100% by pet lover donations not tax dollars.
Where is Petopia? The store is open at the Westfield Promenade Mall 6100 TopangaCanyon #2230 Woodland Hills, CA.
Who are the Petopia Rescue Groups?
Valley Cats, Inc. – Founded by Debrah Regal, has 20+ year history of finding homes to felines (and canines) Their mission is to rescue cats and kittens in need, rehabilitate and rehome them. Mrs. Regal is a Petopia co-founder committed to animals regardless of breed or type. “We are dedicated to preserving life and dignity of every animal we rescue. Many of our rescues come to us hurt, sick and scared and we work with them until they are ready for adoption. Because of this, we get to know their personalities and can pass this information on to our adopter.”
Southern California Pomeranian Rescue - Headed by Leesa Molina, SCPR is an all volunteer group. “We do not have a shelter, therefore, all of our dogs are in private foster homes throughout the Southern California area. Our Pomeranians come to us primarily from local shelters, but also from owners or breeders who can no longer care for them.”
Precious Paws – Founded by Georgyne La Lone in 2002. Their mission is to rescue abandoned and/or abused companion animals. These animals may be found on the streets, in shelters, or even relinquished by their owners. All animals will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, tested and healthy before they are placed for adoption into new homes. This will be the main focus of all of our activities. It provides the public with the service of the human rescue of animals and saves the lives of animals that are in need. These animals will be cared for until they are adopted and placed into their new permanent homes. These permanent homes will be found mainly through adoption events.
L.A Animal Rescue - 501c3 Los Angeles Animal Rescue Group are focused on helping animals in need and pushing the importance of spay & neuter. Pet overpopulation is a major priority for us, it’s the root of the problem and the key to change. We are a non-profit animal rescue run by volunteers and funded by donations.
Please send your donations to:
23705 Vanowen Street, #130
West Hills, CA 91307
Tel: 818-883-5252 Contact: Petopia
About The Writer
Acclaimed independent filmmaker and entrepreneur, Christy Oldham has written, produced, directed and starred in numerous, award winning feature films that are in world wide distribution. Oldham’s latest feature film, ‘Barracuda’, a vigilante thriller, made rounds at various United States film festivals and gained critical acclaim which earned her 3 Best Picture awards. 'Barracuda' recently screened at March Du Films at the 2014 Festival De Cannes in France. She is the founder of Demi Goddess Pictures, located in Hollywood, California and CEO of Healthy Dogs! Pet Care service that donates a portion of its proceeds to various animal rights groups and charity’s. Look for her new ebook How To Have A Healthy Dog in the fall of 2014. She resides in Los Angeles.