Pet rescue organizations from across the Valley will unite on July 23 for the 4th Annual Dog Days of Summer Benefit Comedy Show.

It’s a fun night—with a serious side. Maricopa County boasts the second-highest euthanasia rate in the United States, behind Los Angeles County. There are more than 140 rescue groups in the Valley, yet healthy, adoptable animals are still euthanized daily. With more funds, Valley rescue groups can save more dogs and cats from this fate.

The night of comedy for a cause for the first time features two show times: doors open at 4 p.m. for the 5:30 p.m. show, and doors open at 8:30 p.m. for the 9:30 p.m. show. Four local comedians will perform. Adults 18 and older are invited and admission is a $25 donation in advance ($30 at the door), which will benefit 24 different rescue groups in Arizona.

The shows take place at the Shrine Auditorium, 522 N. 40th St., just a few blocks south of the Loop 202. Drinks and food will be available for purchase, cash only. An interesting twist is this year some auctions will be done online before the show and seats are assigned, so early birds are closer to the stage. There still will be some raffles and auctions during the event, as well as a 50/50 raffle.

No adoptable animals will be at the event, and no animal companions are allowed, other than service animals.

Tickets can be purchased online through a participating rescue group, including North Central Phoenix-based Boxer Luv Rescue, or at:

Contact Christa Sorenson at or 602-292-3200 for more information regarding raffle donations and corporate partnership opportunities.




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