MegaMind partners with Nuzzles & Co. for special PUPQuiz |

MegaMind partners with Nuzzles & Co. for special PUPQuiz

Malia Denali, left, and Colleen McGinn, are dog lovers and have teamed their MegaMind PubQuiz with the nonprofit pet rescue organization Nuzzles & Co. for a "PUPQuiz" benefit at the Paint Mixer on Feb. 2. (Courtesy of the Soussana Group)

Nuzzles & Co. is a no-kill, nonprofit that rescues homeless and abused pets.

"Our mission to protect animals and provide a loving, nurturing place where they can get healthy and learn positive behaviors. And then find loving homes for each one of them," said Andrea Borg, secretary of the board and volunteer program coordinator at Nuzzles and Co. "We also work to educate people on the humane treatment of animals."

Since 1990, Nuzzles & Co., formerly known as Friends of Animals Utah, has found homes for more than 13,000 pets.

So it would seem fitting that dog lovers Colleen McGinn and Malia Denali, co-founders of the MegaMind PubQuiz, would team up with Nuzzles & Co. for a benefit event.

The MegaMind "PUPQuiz" will be held on Tuesday, Feb 2, at the Paint Mixer, 728 Main St., from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

The event is designed to introduce puppy lovers to Nuzzles & Co. and provide a safe place where quiz participants could bond with a batch of pitbull pups and give incentives for adoption, according to McGinn.

"Jimmy Fallon has a ‘Pup Quiz’ on the ‘Tonight Show’ where people compete for puppies by answering questions," McGinn said. "We thought we could add that to MegaMind and we pitched the idea to Nuzzles and Co. and they loved it."

During the MegaMind PUPQuiz, each team will start with one puppy as a teammate and the team members will get to bond with the puppy during each trivia round.

"At the start of the second round, another puppy will be added to the team, and then we’ll have a couple of bonus shout-outs where the winner will get another puppy to hang out with," McGinn said.

During the night, Nuzzles and Co. will give out a $50 discount voucher for anyone who wants to adopt one or more of the puppies at a later date.

"Adoption fees are usually $200 and we do generally charge more for puppies," Borg said. "That money helps us rescue special-needs animals and help them if they require extra medical services.

"Nuzzles and Co. is about the plight of homeless animals, responsible ownership and what we can do about it," she said. "If someone has interest in the puppies, we’ll make sure they are on the list for the adoption interviews."

Borg loved the idea when McGinn and Denali approached her just before Christmas last year.

"I had taken them on tour of our rescue ranch and I think that got their minds working," Borg said. "This is their fantastic idea and we’re excited to be a part of it."

Not only is the PUPQuiz a good way for people to bond with the puppies, it is also a great way for the nonprofit to connect with the community in a fun and safe way.

"People will hear about us and we’ll get our word out," Borg said. "We may get some puppies adopted in the meanwhile."

This isn’t the first time that the MegaMind PubQuiz has raised funds and awareness for other nonprofits, including Peace House, Kimball Art Center, Camp Good Days and Special Times, Best Friends Animal Society, The People’s Health Clinic, Great Basin Wildlife Rescue and The Road Home.

"Most recently we donated $185 to the Mountain Trails Foundation," McGinn said. "And we have been donating to Nuzzles & Co. throughout the last four years with ‘Quizzing for a Cause,’ where money goes to the winning team’s charity of choice."

When the MegaMind PubQuiz isn’t doing charity events, it is held at Flanagan’s on Tuesday nights from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., and at Park City Brewery at Jeremy Ranch on Thursdays, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

"Then on Sundays we’re at the Chateaux from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. for a trivia power hour," McGinn said. "It’s an amazing feeling to have this response and demand from the public for what Malia and I like to do together."

The MegaMind PUPQuiz will be held Feb. 2, at the Paint Mixer, 728 Main St., from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Visit to reserve a spot for a team. Walk-ins welcome. The participation fee is $5 for a team up to five players and an additional $5 for teams of six or more. For more information, visit . For more information about Nuzzles & Co. visit .

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