Shelter of Hope Surfing Five Years Celebration at Janss Marketplace on October 16th


The “Shelter of Hope Surfing Five Years” celebration on Sunday, October 16 at Janss Marketplace features a once in a lifetime opportunity for dog owners.   Bring YOUR dog to audition for a chance to surf on a water filled float in the Tournament of Roses parade. 

The dog surfing auditions are a featured event at the Shelter Hope Pet Shop’s Fifth Anniversary celebration from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Janss Marketplace, located off the Moorpark exit on the 101 Freeway at the intersection of Moorpark Road and Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks.  The Shelter Hope Pet Shop, located in a storefront space donated by Janss Marketplaces in Thousand Oaks, invites the public to celebrate the cause related organization’s five years of rescuing homeless animals from the streets and shelters of the greater Los Angeles and Conejo Valley areas to find them forever homes.  Since 2011, Shelter Hope Pet Shop has saved over 2,500 dogs.  

In addition to the dog surfing auditions, the fun-filled day will feature a pet costume contest, grain-free pet food sampling from Protein for Pets, training tips and giveaways from Camp Bow Bow and The Nutrition Fix heart-healthy shakes and teas for two-legged guests. Janss Marketplace merchants including The Dude’s Brewery, Hooters, Buca di Beppo and Regal Cinemas will have special offers. 

Pinot’s Palette artists will create paintings of some of the adoptable dogs during the event.  The lucky adopters of the dog subjects will receive the paintings as a gift.   Canine Adoption and Rescue League (CARL) and Volunteers in Defense of Animals (VIDA) will join the Shelter Hope Pet Shop to try to get forever homes for approximately 100 animals. 

The public is invited to the following events on October 16 -- ALSO great Media coverage opportunities:

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.   Surfing Dog Auditions to select dogs for Tournament of Roses Parade float.  Janss Marketplace is the only southern California dog audition destination for the Lucy Pet Foundation’s huge portable wave machine, a 75-foot long tractor-trailer, filled with 5,000 gallons of water.  Dogs selected from the Thousand Oaks and auditions in other U.S. cities will ride on the company’s float in the Tournament of Roses parade. The dog-only wave machine float, sponsored by charitable company Lucy Pet Products and The Lucy Pet Foundation, will be the longest and heaviest ever in the Rose Bowl Parade history. Information at

12:30 p.m.   Zombie Thriller Team Performance.

1 p.m.  Shelter of Hope Volunteer of the Year Award presentation to Abbie Hodash, a longtime Shelter Hope Pet Shop volunteer

1:15 p.m.   Shelter Hope Humanitarian Award presentation to Sandy Sigal, CEO for NewMark Merrill, which owns Janss Marketplace

For more information about Shelter of Hope call 805.379.3538 or visit

2 p.m.  Best Pet Costume Contest.  Winners announced at 2:30 p.m. 

Reign of Terror Haunted House, will be giving away free tickets at the event!  Reign of Terror is one of the top ranked haunted houses in the U.S., open through October at Janss Marketplace.  The 2016 Reign of Terror, will be open on October 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 28 ,29, 30 and 31, 7 – 10 p.m. weekdays and 7 – 11 p.m. on Saturdays and Halloween.  Visit for information.

The public is invited to the FREE Anniversary event on Sunday, October 16 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Janss Marketplace.  For more information about the “Shelter of Hope Surfing Five Years” event visit or contact Heather Danko, Senior Marketing Director, at or call 818.710.6100. 

NewMark Merrill Companies, LLC owns or manages a portfolio of over 80 shopping centers. Since 1984 Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sandy Sigal has led NewMark Merrill in a community leadership role at Janss Marketplace and the company’s shopping centers in more than 45 cities throughout California, Colorado and Illinois.