Inspired by the rescue dogs who have starred in numerous productions of The Wizard of Oz, Starlight Theatre will host a “Take Home Toto” pre-show event June 10-16.
Starlight is partnering with four leading pet adoption agencies and shelters to introduce Starlight guests to adoptable local dogs. Shelter volunteers and adoptable dogs will be on site each night from 6 to 8 p.m. to meet and greet guests arriving for The Wizard of Oz.
The “Take Home Toto” event will take place inside Gate 7 alongside the Shirley Bush Helzberg Fountain.
Shelters partnering with Starlight in this outreach effort to place pets in forever homes are:
- Great Plains SPCA – Thursday, June 13 and Sunday, June 16
- Humane Society of Greater Kansas City – Tuesday, June 11 and Saturday, June 15
- Midwest Animal ResQ – Monday, June10 and Wednesday, June 12
- Wayside Waifs – Friday, June 14
A ticket to The Wizard of Oz is required to attend this pre-show dog adoption event. Starlight patrons are invited to bring dog and cat treats, dog and cat food, paper towels, leashes, collars and gift cards to pet supply, grocery and hardware stores to donate to the participating shelters.
NOTE: While Starlight guests will not be able to actually take home a pet on their show night, they can meet adoptable dogs, learn about their personalities and, if interested, initiate adoption paperwork.