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Free family fun at Bow-Wows & Meows pet fair

Adoptable pets, pet-related vendors, Fun Dog show, Kids Zone, food, and much more Sunday at Hart Par

Posted: October 8, 2009 7:05 p.m.
Updated: October 9, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Participants of the 2008 Fun Dog Show at Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair at Hart Park present their "smallest dog" contender.

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Free family fun and finding homes for Los Angeles County shelter animals are the focus of the Ninth Annual  Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair at Newhall’s William S. Hart Park on Sunday, Oct. 11.

The popular fair, which attracts thousands of attendees every year, will feature more than 60 pet-related vendors, tasty people food, rides for the kids, a low-cost vaccine clinic, personalized ID tags and children’s bracelets, demonstrations from Dancing with the Dogs, pet photographers and so much more.

“With the economy in such a slump, we are proud we can continue to provide the community with a free day of family fun,” said Yvonne Allbee, Bow-Wows & Meows founder.  “Whether you’re looking to adopt a pet or just want to enjoy a sunny day in the park, Bow-Wows & Meows is a fantastic event.”

The Famous Fun Dog Show, with categories ranging from best vocalist to mystery mutt to pet-owner look alike, is just one highlight of the fair.

A special $8 day pass to the all-new Kids Zone is also available, while disc jockey Mark Fortier of What A Party! will spin cool tunes and provide entertainment throughout the day, including two Adopt-A-Pet Parades.

Attendees are welcome to bring along their leashed pet to the fair, which starts at 11 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m.

The Fun Dog Show, which costs $10 to enter per category, starts at 1 p.m., while Dancing with the Dogs demos will be presented at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. This year, Hart Part will be offering shuttled parking for just $2. Free parking remains available in the surrounding areas.

Those interested in adoption can meet the more than 100 beautiful dogs and cats available through six different L.A. County shelters. Adoption fees for this event will be a low $30 for dogs and cats. The County will also offer “no penalty fee” pet license renewals.

“All of the adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and current on vaccinations, so it’s a fantastic value for people looking to add a pet to their family,” Allbee said. “Of course, they’re also saving a life in the process and not adding to the overpopulation problem by purchasing an animal from a pet store or breeder.”

Founded in 2001, the Valencia-based Bow-Wows & Meows, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, has adopted out over 700 shelter animals at their annual pet fairs.

“We created Bow-Wows & Meows in the hopes that people in the community would be willing to adopt a shelter animal if they knew how many great pets need a good home and fortunately, we’ve been right so far,” Allbee said. “Right now, due to economic pressures, these pets need homes more than ever. We hope to adopt out every single one.”

Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair takes place Sunday at William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Avenue, Newhall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.bowwowsandmeows.org or call (661) 297-5961.

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