Hundreds of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be available for adoption at the 18th Annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair to be held at Newhall’s William S. Hark Park on Sunday, Oct. 14, thanks to the partnership of LA County Department of Parks and Recreation and LA County Department of Animal Care and Control. The 2018 fair, sponsored by, Pets-Global (Zignature Dog Food & Fussie Cat), Valencia Veterinary Center, Ingolstadt West German Auto Specialists and Happy Pets Veterinary Center, kicks off at 11 a.m. Since it began in 2001, the Valencia-based Bow-Wows & Meows, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, has adopted out close to 2,500 pets at its annual fairs which sees attendance in excess of 10,000 people each year. Dogs of ALL breeds are welcome to attend the pet fair provided they are leashed (non-retractable) and well behaved. All dogs must be 18 weeks or older and fully vaccinated to attend. There is no breed discrimination at the Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair.
All seven Los Angeles County Animal Shelters will be offering discounted adoption fees of just $30 and their veterinary team will be on hand to answer questions from new County adopters. Dedicated County shelter volunteers will be ready to share information about the animals that they have spent quality time with getting to know. Every County shelter pet is spayed or neutered, immunized, microchipped, and ready to go home immediately. Adopters receive a special, complimentary “I’ve Just Been Adopted” bag for their new family member compliments of Bow-Wows & Meows sponsors and vendors.
“Adoption is the most humane way to bring home a new pet and it’s the most cost-effective, too,” said Yvonne (Allbee) Hanson, founder of Bow-Wows & Meows, Inc. “Most of the dogs and cats at the fair were once part of a family, so they acclimate really well to being in a home again. “Families often speak of a very special bond that develops with their adopted pet and many claim it to be one of the greatest things they have done” boasts Hanson as she nods based on her own experience with her adopted shelter dogs and cats.
In 2017, Bow-Wows & Meows adopted out 179 shelter and rescue animals. Fair organizers are looking to break their 2015 record of 200 adoptions this year on October 14th. “Our goal is to send all the shelter trucks back empty at the end of the day and with the community’s help, we can make that happen.” Hanson said.
Entrance to the family-friendly fair is free and activities include:
• Amazing entertainment by The Sundance Dog Team, World Acclaimed Dog Acrobatic Show at 11:30 and 2:30 p.m.
• Our Famous Fun Dog Show, with categories ranging from best vocalist to mystery mutt to pet- owner look-alike at 1:30 p.m.
• Huge “Super Raffle” with fantastic prizes ranging in value of $50 up to $4,000 at just $1 per ticket • County pet license renewals
• Food Truck Court with delicious dining options (including vegan and vegetarian)
• Shopping opportunities ranging from premium pet food to fantastic pet accessories
* Talk with service vendors such as Veterinarians, pet sitters, groomers etc… • Low-cost vaccines from TAGS (free Rabies shots)
• Pet photographer, caricature artists, photo booths and more
Free community street parking will be available in the surrounding neighborhood areas including the Metro-link parking lots.
Local pet lovers can help the fair succeed by spreading the word about Bow-Wows & Meows via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BWMPetFair), Instagram (bowwowspetfair), or Twitter (@BowWowsPetFair). “Social media makes a big impact by bringing more adopters to the fair, helping us save as many lives as possible,” Hanson said.
For more information, please visit www.BowWowsAndMeows.org or email info@BowWowsAndMeows.org.