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UPDATED: 161 dogs and cats find homes at pet fair

Pets and their owners gather at Hart Park on Sunday for education, vaccinations and competition

Posted: October 10, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 10, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Eva Beck, right, and Mia Vasquez, both 6, play with dog Koda on Sunday at the Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair at William S. Hart Park in Newhall.

Hundreds of curious dogs, and some mildly amused cats, put the “Wow” in the 11th annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair Sunday as pet owners turned out in force with their pets - and some people signed on to become new pet owners.

From shaggy dogs that would fill the backseat of an SUV to those you could fit inside a purse, dogs were everywhere in William S. Hart Park on Sunday.

An organizer of the all-volunteer-driven event said 161 animal shelter dogs and cats were adopted by those who attended the fair. It was the best adoption success rate yet for the event that draws volunteers from the county animal shelters and the host organization Bow-Wows & Meows Inc.

Kristine Matsuura, under the Canidae Natural Pet Food Company tent, was busy handing out doggie treats to interested owners and, apparently, to hungry dogs wanting more.

Some stopped to watch a search and rescue demonstration staged with the Ventura County Sheriff’s K-9 unit.

Others took in the Fun Dog Show in which the biggest, smallest, fluffiest and biggest-eared dogs were among the judging categories.

One of the longest lines at the fair was the one in front of the vaccination clinic run by the Tags A-1 Veterinary Services, Inc.

Although there were cats lounging inside cages kept in shaded areas, the day was dominated by dogs.

Doggie water fountains, cooled with ice, were placed throughout the parks.


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