Intermountain Therapy Animals (ITA) celebrates the Summer Pawstice on Thursday, June 21 from 6–9 p.m.

Get ready to meet the dogs who help clients daily in various therapy situations at Williams Fine Art Gallery, 200 E. South Temple. The work these dogs do truly tugs at the heartstrings, and you won't want to miss it. 

Tickets are available by clicking here for $49 and all proceeds go toward ITA and their mission to enhance quality of life through the human-animal bond. More than 100 healthcare facilities, schools and libraries utilize the services provided by ITA, which include cancer and senior centers, eating disorder and grief programs, and rehabilitation therapies in hospitals.

“Animals are incomparable motivators for people who are dealing with a diagnosis or an accident when (the patient) gets depressed or discouraged,” Kathy Klotz, ITA executive director said. “When they bring an animal in, they have more fun and their pain literally suppresses because of the endorphins and companionship.”

The Summer Pawstice will offer food and drinks from Uinta Brewery, Meditrina, Zy's Food, Wine & Cheese and more. Pat Bagley, noted caricature artist, will be there to create caricatures, alongside freestyle-dancing ITA dogs and pet psychics. A silent auction will also benefit ITA. 

“The Summer Pawstice is a fun summer party to celebrate the longest day of the year and the 19 years the organization has been running,” Klotz said.