Peterson Partners Sponsors Nuzzles & Co. Annual Gala


On August 28, 2015, Nuzzles and Co. hosted its annual Miss Kitty’s Barking Ball gala at Montage Deer Valley, presented by Peterson Partners.

The evening was filled with love, laughter, and so many wonderful surprises. Not only were we there to celebrate 25 years of life-saving work, we were there to celebrate our new name, our passionate supporters, and the fact that this organization and all of its generous supporters over the years had saved more than 14,000 lives.

Old and new friends raised a glass to the animals, who have truly saved us humans and made this world a beautiful place. We also raised a glass to our wonderful donors, volunteers, and staff. This was truly the night to celebrate Nuzzles & Co., the place Where Love Wins.

Kim Fischer of ABC’s Good4Utah, graciously joined us to emcee the evening’s events, which included the debut of our new film, depicting the average day in the life of the pets in our care, from the time we take them from the shelter, to the moment we deliver them into the lives of their loving forever families.

During the event, Nuzzles & Co. announced the Wendy Lavitt Founders Award, in the name of Wendy Lavitt our Vice-President, who has tirelessly served the organization for 25 years, initially serving as one of our founders. With this award, recipients will be recognized annually for exemplifying true community service, and dedication to this organization.

The first recipient of this award was Alice Puleo – a long-time supporter, who has done so much to further the organization. She has acted as Advisor, Volunteer, Donor, and also as one of the largest, earliest supporters of our Cat Socialization program.

The second recipient of the award was Lori Feld representing Team MRM//McCann, the award-winning advertising and marketing firm, who was instrumental in architecting and executing Friends of Animals Utah’s rebranding as Nuzzles & Co. Team MRM // McCann has spent thousands of hours understanding our mission and helping us bring our mission and our vision and our messaging to the forefront in our new branding.

Our Live Auction is where our supporters truly stepped forward to support every pet in our program—and the ones who will be rescued tomorrow. With over 200 donors to our Live and Silent Auction, we literally raised the roof!

We want to thank every single generous donor, volunteer, and supporter for making this event an enormous success. And, thank you to everyone who cares about making Utah No-Kill. We are so grateful for all who support our work to save more lives and to place hundreds of loving cats and dogs in their forever homes. We also want to thank everyone who participated in this event, by sponsoring, donating, volunteering, and supporting this important mission!

Please continue to support our incredible and generous sponsors, who made this possible, and continue to help us save lives every single day.

Together, we have made Summit County no-kill–a place where love truly does win. And onward we’ll go to make Utah a no-kill state, where every animal has the forever home they’ve waited for. Thank you.

For more information about Nuzzle & Co. please visit their website at or view this short video: Nuzzle & Co. Video