By Janice Eck
Pictures by Janice Eck
(Apple Valley)– On Saturday, September 21, Apple Valley Animal Services (AVAS) and Shear Realty hosted the 8th Annual Paws and Claws Pet Fair at the Civic Center Park in Apple Valley. The day was perfect with great weather, live music, some time out with the High Desert Community and best of all, quality time with your pet.
Realtor for Shear Realty, April Gower, took a few moments from tending the Welcome Booth to speak with High Desert Daily about being co-sponsor of the Pet Fair, “We’re proud to service our community. We try to get the word out to people that if you’re in the midst of moving and you need help with your animals, you could call us and we’ll help you out and make sure the animals get proper care during the relocation of your family.” For residents that are unable to take their pets with them when relocating, Shear Realty offers help for them as well. Gower explains, “If they’re in the midst of foreclosure or they have something devastating going on, please don’t leave your animals in the homes when you leave the homes. If you just simply make a phone call, you could even call Shear Realty and ask for Gerald or myself or one of the realtors and let them know the address and where it is, we’ll facilitate having the animals picked up because we do find empty houses with dead animals unfortunately.”
Pet owners were invited to bring their pets for licensing and low-cost vaccinations with Bear Valley Animal Hospital administering the vaccines. Veterinary Assistant, Michelle Lively touched on the importance of vaccinations in an interview with High Desert Daily, “Parvo is very strong in the High Desert. We also get a lot of kennel cough, so it’s very important to get dogs vaccinated.” Dog owners need to keep in mind Parvo can be fatal or very expensive to treat and a series of 3 sets must be given to a dog before immunity is completely built against the disease. Lively also recommends not taking puppies out until the series has been completed.
People were able to walk their dogs around the pet fair to help make new friends and meet with old (for both pet parent and pet). The Pet Fair was also a chance for dogs to show off their skills in flyball and agility and also gave the community an opportunity to see how four-legged officers of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department sniffs out drugs in vehicles. Dog owners were able to make appointments throughout the day for rattlesnake avoidance training, which was all booked up by noon. It was a day complete with bounce houses for children and pool spheres for anyone up to the challenge and everyone was able to enjoy the day listening to live music by the Big Fat Steve Band.
The Town of Apple Valley hosts pet-friendly events throughout the year through AVAS. To see what’s next on the calendar, be sure to visit AVAS at http://www.applevalley.org/.