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Treva Slote, founder of Arizona Humane Society

Life of animal-rights activist will be celebrated
Linda Helser
The Arizona Republic
Apr. 5, 2007

Treva Slote, who spent her life trying to save animals, has died at age 75. A "Celebration of Treva's Life" will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 29 in the Treva Slote Activity Center at the Animal Benefits Club of Arizona, 3111 E. St. John Road, in northeast Phoenix.

The longtime animal rights volunteer who lost a leg in 1997 trying to save an injured Dalmatian on the highway, died March 21 of cancer. A former exotic dancer, Slote considered herself an "old coot" who founded the Arizona Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She kept scores of animals in her north Phoenix home, including at least eight cats, one dog, two ducks, five rabbits and one potbellied pig named Patrick. Slote received many awards for her good works but the most notable was the coveted National Humanitarian Award presented by the American Veterinary Medical Association. A previous recipient was actress Betty White.

Pool double dipping

The Roosevelt, a "more beer than wine" tavern at 816 N. Third St., is finally up and running and so is owner Matt Pool, who also owns Matt's Big Breakfast, a booming morning spot at 801 N. First St. Pool is trying to cover all his bases by managing both the a.m. establishment and the new p.m. enterprise, which are two blocks apart.

"I've been a little busy, that's for sure," Pool said.

The Roosevelt, housed in a cozy 1914 abode, features great beers, luscious wines and tasty eats and, like Matt's Big Breakfast, is small on space but big on ambience.

"It's 1,200 square feet and pretty neat inside but all updated," Pool said. "There's an entire room that's turned into a see-through beer cooler."

Nor would you expect the author of a sign that now is posted on the Roosevelt's front door. "We're not licensed to serve alcohol outside and my 5 1/2-year-old son, Christopher, heard me ask someone to please stay inside with their beer," Pool said. That's when young son took it upon himself to craft a sign that read "No drinking beer outside."

Doubling up

David Farias and Gary Schmidt will be doubling their pleasure when they open a second shop only one-half mile from their Willo Historic District Antiques on Seventh Avenue, just south of Thomas Road in Central Phoenix. They'll be taking over Kismet at 133 W. McDowell Road. After redecorating the quaint 1930s house and renaming it Willo on McDowell, they'll stock it with vintage treasures and open to the public May 9.

"We feel very strongly about historic neighborhoods, not only living there but doing business there," said Farias, who also lives in the Willo Historic District. Their new shop will keep hours Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Treva Slote, 75, dies after cancer battle

Lindsey Collom
The Arizona Republic
Mar. 28, 2007

Treva Slote, celebrated animal-welfare icon and founder of the Arizona Humane Society, has died at age 75.

Slote died last Wednesday after a brief bout with lung cancer, according to friend Dee Kotinas, director of Animals Benefit Club of Arizona, where Slote was on the board of directors.

Kotinas said Slote died at home in the company of her husband, stepchildren and "kids," a furry brood of numerous cats and dogs. It was fitting for a woman who spent the past 50 years of her life as a champion for abused, injured and unwanted animals.

"It's a terrible loss," Kotinas said. "The difference she has made in the lives of millions of animals. It was never just talk with Treva; it was always, 'Go out and do it.' "

Slote was given the American Veterinary Medical Association's 1988 Humane Award. It is given to a non-veterinarian in recognition of humane efforts on behalf of animals and exceptional compassion for the welfare of animals.

Valley residents may remember Slote as the woman who lost her leg in a crash while rescuing a dog five days before Christmas in 1997.

Phoenix police called Slote about 1:30 a.m. to help two officers rescue a badly injured Dalmatian on the side of the road near Fourth Street and Broadway Road. As the three were lifting the dog into the back of Slote's Mercury, a drunken driver slammed his vehicle into the back of the car.

Slote's leg was crushed in the crash, and she needed 31 pints of blood and two weeks in the hospital to recover from the amputation and other injuries. Within months, she was back on the job. And she kept going until about eights weeks ago, when the "cancer struck with a vengeance," Kotinas said.

Slote's legacy will continue.

The Animals Benefit Club, a no-kill, non-profit animal sanctuary, has vowed to continue Slote's signature programs: Animal Emergency Services, where an injured animal can be rescued after hours and dropped off at an emergency clinic with no cost to the transporter; and Veterinary Aid for Companion Animals, which helps elderly and fixed-income pet owners maintain their pets.

A "Celebration of Treva's Life" will be held April 29 at the Treva Slote Activity Center, 3111 E. St. John Road, Phoenix. The ceremony will also raise money to maintain Slote's work. For more information, visit www.animals

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