Two lucky dogs from the Kern County Animal Control Shelter Mount Vernon Shelter found their way to local stardom via a teen-aged volunteer April Toelle and her Mom, Linda Toelle. April says "When I am volunteering at the shelter with my Mom, I look at all the dogs and I think - they deserve more than a shelter, they deserve a home and someone who loves them! It breaks my heart to see all these dogs, they are so depressed!"
That is what sparked the idea for April, who will be playing Vivienne in the musical "Legally Blonde", to act as the liaison between Mrs. Jenna Odlin at East Bakersfield High School and Maggie Kalar, Marketing & Promotions Associate for the Kern County Animal Control, since there are dogs cast in the musical, why not use shelter dogs and make people aware of these dogs.
The musical "Legally Blonde" is a based on the movie of the same name. If you are not famliar with it, it is a romantic comedy and it includes two loveable dogs:
- Bruiser, a chihuahua and lead character Elle Woods' companion and emotional support
- Rufus, a dog being recovered for Elle's friend and confidante, Paulette
In the East Bakersfield High School production of the musical, the two dogs will be played by shelter dogs in the hopes that this will help get them adopted into loving forever homes, and to bring attention to the many dogs available for adoption at the shelter. The dogs are currently in foster care as they prepare for their performances, but will be available for adoption right afterward.
Not only will the production showcase these dogs - Bruiser will be played by a chihuahua whose KCAC ID is A912789 and Rufus will be played by a pit-mix whose KCAC ID is A923729; but the school is planning on donating a portion of the receipts from the ticket sales to the Friends of Kern County Shelters Foundation.
"Legally Blonde" the musical will be playing at the East Bakersfield High School on March 1, 2, 8, and 9 - cost is $6 per person advance sale and $8 at the door.
If you are interested in adopting these dogs please contact the Kern County Animal Control Mount Vernon Shelter at (661) 321-3000, or visit at 201 S. Mt. Vernon Avenue.
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