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Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair

Event: The 11th annual pet festival will be at William S. Hart Park on Sunday

Posted: October 8, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 8, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Hsiawen Hull, left, of the Castaic Animal Shelter leads the Adopt-A-Pet Parade at the 2010 Bow-Wows and Meows Pet Fair.

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Seeking free family fun or looking for that perfect pet?

The 11th annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair will feature an exciting lineup of entertainment, pet-related vendors, and adoptable dogs and cats from Los Angeles County shelters at Newhall’s William S. Hart Park on Sunday.

The festivities kick off at 11 a.m. with a delicious array of food, including vegetarian options, demonstrations from Ventura County Sheriff K-9 Search and Rescue and an educational seminar on “The Truth About Pit Bulls.”

The popular Famous Fun Dog Show will be making a return appearance, as well. The categories include Biggest, Smallest, Best Vocalist, Fluffiest, Silly Pet Trick, Longest Tail, People/Pet Look-alike, Mystery Mutt, Largest Ears and Most Physically Challenged.

It costs $10 per category to enter the Fun Dog Show, and winners receive a $50 gift certificate from Pet Supply.

“And the envy of all your friends,” said fair founder Yvonne Allbee. “Come on, you know your dog is a star. Now it is time to let everyone else in on the secret.”

Bow-Wows & Meows will also feature a low-cost vaccine clinic. Thanks to TAGS, free rabies vaccines will be offered to the pet guests.

Has your pet been microchipped yet? If not, AngelDogs Foundation is offering free micro-chipping to the pet guests, as well. 

Information about low-cost spay/ neuter programs and referrals, personalized ID tags and children’s bracelets, pet photographers, a pet psychic and a special $8 day pass to the Kids Zone. 

“Our mission is to celebrate pets, encourage animal awareness and promote pet adoption. We‘re happy that thousands of people agree and join us each year to participate,” Allbee said. “Since the economy is still challenging for many of us, Bow-Wows & Meows remains a great free event for families in our community and beyond.”

County pet adoptions at Bow-Wows & Meows are a low $30, and there will be more than 200 dogs and cats, puppies and kittens to choose from. All pets are spayed or neutered, micro-chipped and current on vaccinations. The county will also offer pet-license renewals on site. There are also  six rescue groups joining the fair.

“Everyone at Bow-Wows & Meows believes adoption is the only option when it comes to adding a pet to your family,” Allbee said. “Not only is it cost-effective, adoption saves shelter animals and reduces the overpopulation problem created by breeders and pet stores, which usually purchase their puppies from puppy mills.”

Found Animals, a Los Angeles nonprofit organization that partners with shelters to increase pet adoption, is offering a special 2-for-1 adoption on cats, which pleases Allbee.

“How cool is it that a family can get two cats for just $30? Cats are very social, so it’s great to adopt a pair so they can keep one another company,” Allbee said. “Thanks to Found Animals, we hope to adopt out even more cats than usual.”

Leashed pets are welcome at the fair. There are no breed restriction/prejudice at the fair.  If  pets are well-behaved, they are welcome.

Lori Weise, a professional pit bull educator will be speaking at noon.

“It’s time for people to learn the real truth about pit bulls, which is that they are fantastic, loving family pets,” Allbee said.
“I myself have recently adopted a pit bull mix named Jack from an L.A. Shelter and he’s the sweetest, most social dog around. I couldn’t be happier with him.”

Throughout the day, DJ Mark Fortier of What A Party! will spin festive tunes and provide amusement for the masses.

Since it began in 2001, the Valencia-based Bow-Wows & Meows, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has adopted out more than 1,000 shelter animals at their annual pet fairs.

“Our goal is for every pet that comes to the fair that day be sleeping in their new home that night,” Allbee said. “With the community’s help, that goal can become a reality.”

Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair is on Sunday at William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.

For more information, visit www.bowwowsandmeows.org or call (661) 297-5961. Hart Park will offer shuttled parking for people and pets at just $2 and free parking remains available in the surrounding areas.

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