Pet Allies' Duck Pluck coming July 4

RJ Owens of Pet Allies (left) thanks Diane Romero of Green Hills Patient Center for their generous donation to the Pluck A Duck fundraiser. The massive duck will travel from sponsor-to-sponsor until when the event takes place on the Fourth of July.

SHOW LOW — No doubt people have noticed a very large inflatable yellow rubber duck in front of some local businesses lately and wondered what the heck is it about.

Is this a homeless duck looking for a forever place to live? Is it an Old West style saddle tramp/drifter just making it’s way around town looking for a handout? What is with this duck?

The duck is appearing in front of local businesses to notify everyone about the July 4th Rubber Duck Pluck. Businesses that sponsor the event get to have the inflatable duck for a day and then it moves on to the next one.

So what in the world is a Rubber Duck Pluck? It’s an event to raise money for the the new Pet Allies no-kill animal shelter at 1321 N. 16th Street in Show Low.

The event starts at 12 p.m. with the silent auction which will last until 3 p.m.  

Show Low Pet Allies Director RJ Owens said the Rubber Duck Pluck is appropriately named, even though a dog will be part of it.

Well-known canine greeter, Percy, from the Barkin Basement Thrift Store will be the one who picks the winners of the Duck Pluck. Percy will pick three winners from 5,000 rubber ducks in an artificial lake of sorts at the new no-kill shelter.

First place gets $2,500, second gets $1,000 and third place gets $500.

Tickets to get a duck in the “race” cost $5 each and can be purchased at Pet Allies, Jill Tinkle State Farm, or online at www.whitemountainrubberduckpluck.org.

Duck packages are available at $30 for six ducks and $60 for 13 ducks, if someone wants to up their chances of Percy pulling one of theirs from the lake. 

Numbers will be assigned to people’s names and those numbers will be on the ducks. When Percy picks his winners the names will be looked up and the winners identified.

What better way to hold a rubber duck pluck that is associated with a new no-kill pet shelter than to have a dog pull the winners from the lake?

Genius is the word.

There are also a whole slew of gift cards from local businesses that will be raffled off. And there will be a bounce house for the kids and live music.

Percy is at this moment in training for the event. He will be leashed and ready for his quest for the three winning ducks.

Ducks can be purchased up until 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, the day of the event.  

Visit www.whitemountainrubberduckpluck.org to purchase a duck. 

Winners of the cash prizes will be announced at 2 p.m. and you need not be present to win. 

Reach the reporter at mleiby@wmicentral.com

Mike Leiby covers police, courts, and the towns of Snowflake and Taylor.

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