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Pet fair comes Sunday

Founder: Goal is to ‘celebrate pets, encourage animal awareness and promote pet adoption’ at ninth

Posted: October 7, 2009 10:44 p.m.
Updated: October 8, 2009 8:00 a.m.
 
One local pet fair founder predicted how many animals will be adopted at William S. Hart Park on Sunday.

“All of them,” said Yvonne Allbee, of Saugus, who founded the “Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair” in 2001.

The ninth annual pet fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hart Park. Admission to the event is free. The park will offer $2 parking with a shuttle ride for pets and owners down to the fair.

More than 700 homeless animals from Los Angeles County animal shelters have been adopted at the last eight fairs.

“There really are three goals, and that is to celebrate pets, encourage animal awareness and promote pet adoption,” Allbee said.

The event is expected to bring together thousands of pets, pet owners and homeless animals in need of adoption.

The Castaic Animal Shelter will be among six county shelters bringing animals for adoption.

Numerous vendors of pet foods, supplies and services will participate in the fair along with pet psychics, photographers and artists. Balloon jumps will be available for children.

Animal information and education booths will be set up. Low-cost vaccines and spay-and-neuter referrals will be available.

The fair also includes the “Fun Dog Show” which is open to all dogs in the following categories: biggest/smallest, best vocalist, longest tail, largest ears, mystery mutt, fluffiest, pet and people look-alike, most physically challenged and silly pet trick.

Demonstrations in agility, fly ball, Frisbee, Schutzhund, musical freestyle, acrobatics and service animals will also take place.
Allbee created a “pet event” in 2001 with a small gathering of homeless animals and animal lovers. Over the years it grew to a widely known and attended “pet fair.”

“It was just an idea I had sitting in my living room with my (rescued) dog and cat,” she said. “I thought, if everyone got it, we’d probably have so few homeless animals and fewer pet-less people.”

The pet fair is hosted by Bow-Wows & Meows, Inc., a local nonprofit organization of six volunteer animal lovers including Allbee, who is president.

Hart Park is located at the intersection of Newhall Avenue and Main Street. For more information visit www.bowwowsandmeows.org.

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