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Posted: October 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.
The Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair will be held Oct. 14 at William S. Hart Park in Newhall. The Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair will be held Oct. 14 at William S. Hart Park in Newhall.
The Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair will be held Oct. 14 at William S. Hart Park in Newhall.

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Pet adoptions and free family fun are the focus of the 12th annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair taking place at Newhall’s William S. Hart Park on Sunday, Oct. 14.

The popular fair, sponsored by Merial Ltd., makers of Frontline Plus and Heartgard Plus, will feature an exciting lineup of entertainment, pet-related vendors and dogs and cats from Los Angeles County shelters with low adoption fees of just $30. Cats older than 9 months can be adopted for $9, thanks to a promotion from Found Animals Foundation. All pets are spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccinations, and licensed at time of adoption.

“Bow Wows and Meows is our department’s favorite event. We bring a wonderful selection of animals of different sizes, breeds, to exemplify the kinds of animals you can find in the shelters,” said Evelina Villa of Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control. “Sometimes, I think it’s hard for the public to visit the shelters, so we try our best to bring the shelter to the public, in a much more fun and relaxed environment. It’s a great day for us humans, but it’s also a great day for the animals—they get to be in a park and interact with people all day long.”

The festivities kick off at 11 a.m. with a delicious array of food (including vegetarian options) and awesome entertainment from Bob Singer’s Border Collies at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The Famous Fun Dog Show, which has categories ranging from best vocalist to mystery mutt to pet-owner look alike, will take place at 1:30 p.m.

Personalized ID tags and children’s bracelets, pet photographers and a special $8 day pass to the Kids Zone ride area are just some of the fair’s highlights. Shopping opportunities range from premium pet food to fantastic pet accessories. Leashed, well-behaved and socialized dogs are welcome to attend the fair with their owners.

Bow-Wows & Meows will also feature free rabies and low-cost vaccines from TAGS and a free micro-chipping clinic from AngelDogs Foundation; county license renewals will also be available on site for pet owners.

Since it began in 2001, the Valencia-based Bow-Wows & Meows Inc., a nonprofit organization, has adopted out more than 1,200 shelter animals at its annual pet fairs.

“Not only is adoption cost-effective, it saves shelter animals and reduces the overpopulation problem created by breeders and pet stores, which usually purchase their puppies from puppy mills,” said Yvonne Allbee, founder of Bow-Wows & Meows. “Our goal is for every pet that came to the fair that day to be sleeping in their new home that night.”

Bill Murray, a Lhasa Apso mix, has been doing just that with Jacqueline DeGrandis, a Stevenson Ranch resident and College of the Canyons professor, since she adopted him at the 2010 Bow-Wows & Meows.

“I heard about the fair, so we went to look at the dogs. Bill Murray was huddled up in a crate and I said, ‘That’s our dog!’ It was love at first sight,” DeGrandis said. “I would encourage everyone to adopt, rather than shop, for their next pet. It gives these pets a chance to have a second, better life.”

Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair, Sunday, Oct.r 14 at William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. For more information, visit or call 661-297-5961. Hart Park will offer shuttled parking for people and pets at just $3 and free parking remains available in the surrounding areas.


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