The dog-kissing booth for the Western Arizona Humane Society will be at the Kingman Festival of the Arts. WAHS/File Photo
KINGMAN — Dog kisses are the best, and some people are even willing to pay for them.
The Western Arizona Humane Society (WAHS) will be offering a dog-kissing booth at the Kingman Festival of the Arts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The arts festival will take place at Metcalfe Park, 315 W. Beale St.
The kissing booth is designed to raise donations for the shelter. The price is $1 per dog kiss. WAHS is also bringing about 10 dogs for a large adoption event scheduled for the same time and place.
Nicole Mangiameli, the shelter’s operations manager, said the non-profit’s goal is to drive an empty van back to the shelter on both days. She said WAHS is very crowded and it’s time for the dogs to find their way to new homes.
“There’s a special feeling in the air with all that love in one place,” said Mangiameli. “The atmosphere is electric with excitement from the dogs themselves. Some of them have been in a kennel for months without much attention. At an event there are so many pets, hugs and kind words. I’m sure it’s doggy heaven.”
There will be many dogs up for adoption at the event. Joplin is a female American bulldog mix who is great with other dogs, people and small children. Odin and Humdale are a bonded pair of lab mixes and they are about four years old. Humdale is very shy and can’t live without Odin.
Cheyanne is a purebred German shepherd who is about seven years old. Zippy is a male border collie mix about a year old. Rusty is a male dachshund who is about five years old. He had a benign tumor that was removed and loves to bark for attention. There will also be about five or six small dogs, including several chihuahua mixes.
Chelle Lavalette, a volunteer for the shelter, enjoys donating her time to the animals.
“I’ve been volunteering for about two years now,” said Lavalette. “It breaks my heart to see how many unwanted dogs there are here, and I give up my Saturdays to try to get as many into good homes as possible.”