By Janice Eck
Pictures provided by Apple Valley Animal Services
(Apple Valley)– If you are looking for something your family could do on Saturday, September 21, be sure to attend the Apple Valley Animal Services (AVAS) 8th Annual Paws and Claws Pet Fair at Civic Center Park in Apple Valley located at 14999 Dale Evans Parkway from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. What is great about this event is it gives Fido a chance to hang out with the family as well. Pets are welcome, whether a dog or a cat or your friendly little critter, but please make sure to bring them on leashes and have them up-to-date on licenses and vaccinations unless you intend to license and vaccinate your pet at the Pet Fair.
Rabies and low-cost vaccinations will be held by Apple Valley Animal Hospital and Bear Valley Animal Hospital. With municipalities of not only Apple Valley, but from Victorville, San Bernardino and Adelanto, residents from these cities will be able to get their pets licensed as well. For kids (the 2-legged kind), there will be a bounce house and a craft area in addition to an art walk that could be enjoyed by the whole family (including Fido). Over 80 vendors are expected, such as Forever Wild Sanctuary, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, various rescue organizations, trainers and so much more. Watch in awe during flyball and agility demonstrations and other attractions such as snake avoidance training throughout the day. Be sure to enter raffles for prizes donated by various vendors. And of course, pet adoptions will be available as well.
The Pet Fair is a fun-filled event for the High Desert community to come out and see what AVAS is about, as explained by Schwin-Whiteside, “The goal for us here at the shelter is saving lives. The more animals that we can place in permanent loving homes is our ultimate desire and so when we do events like the Pet Fair, it lets people know who we are, what types of services we provide, but it also starts to get the community thinking and actively participating in events that are pet-friendly and foster responsible pet ownership and allows us to provide services to the community that they may not otherwise have access to.”
Schwin-Whiteside describes how the Pet Fair is an excellent opportunity for people to become better pet-parents, “There are groups here that help with obedience issues, offering ways to keep animals inside your yard. All the things are geared towards keeping pets in their permanent living homes, keeping families and animals united and decreasing the number of animals that end up in the shelter and increasing the number of animals that get adopted while networking with all the groups out there that have the same visions and goals – saving lives.”
Parking and Admission are free.
For more information about the Paws and Claws Pet Fair, please visit http://www.applevalley.org/Index.aspx?page=332&recordid=8953&returnURL=%2fIndex.aspx%3fpage%3d139 or contact AVAS at 760-240-7000 X7555.