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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

Have you ever wondered what your dog or cat thinks of you? Take your pet to the Yuppie Puppie this Saturday to find out. It's all part of the 9th and 9th Street Festival. Patty the Pet Psychic will be on hand, and can tell you if your pet is happy, sad, worried, or just plain bored.

And it's a wonderful chance to learn more about the Yuppie Puppie. Owner Shannon Learned calls her place on 868 East and 900 South in Salt Lake "a new breed of pet store." That's because along with being a fully stocked pet store, with grooming facilities and dog training classes, the Yuppie Puppie is home to Wasatch Animal Rescue.

Shannon and her sister, Heather Franc, founded WA Rescue in 1992. WA Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing homeless and abandoned animals and placing them in homes where they will receive the care and attention that they need.

During my visit, Shannon explained to me that WA Rescue is a "no-kill" animal shelter. In other words, the organization provides a home for abandoned animals until a suitable owner can be found. The adoption process isn't difficult. But the people at WA Rescue work extremely hard to ensure that the pets are matched with responsible, appropriate owners. Over the last few years, WA Rescue has facilitated the adoptions of more than 2000 pets, including dogs and cats, and even ferrets and guinea pigs. In 2001, the extraordinary efforts of this organization were recognized when Sandy City awarded Heather the Sandy City Rescue Individual of the Year.

Shannon and Heather created the Yuppie Puppie a few years ago for the purpose of supporting and assisting WA Rescue. While offering the public a variety of high-quality pet supplies and services, the Yuppie Puppie provides a safe and comfortable environment for the rescued animals while they await their new homes.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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