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Bow-Wows is the cat’s meow

Posted: October 25, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 25, 2012 2:00 a.m.
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It was all about the animals. Large, small, young, old, fluffy and smooth, hundreds of dogs and cats arrived from six Los Angeles County Animal Shelters with one hope — to find their homes at the annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair held recently at Newhall’s William S. Hart Park.

At least 158 animals were adopted during the event.

Aliyah snuggled with a tiny chihuahua her family had just adopted as she waited in line with her parents to pick up the free goodie bag presented to all adopters.

“We came all the way from Montebello,” Aliyah said. “And are we glad we did, or I wouldn’t have found my Baby Liza.”

Patricia Learned, an administrator for the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control, has attended the fair for five years.

“I just love this fair,” Learned said. “The positive atmosphere and the support the Bow-wows & Meows team gives us is just amazing. We don’t have to come — we want to come.”

In addition to adoptions, the fair had more than 50 pet-related vendors, who offered up everything from custom, bejeweled cat and dog collars to veterinary care, as well as food and face painting.

AngelDogs Foundation provided free micro-chipping, while TAGS Vaccine Clinic provided free rabies vaccinations to pet owners.

Katie Larkin, founder and director of Angel City Pit Bulls was a first time participant.

“We adopted out four of our dogs today and could not be more thrilled,” Larkin said. “This fair is a jewel and we are so happy to have been invited. We’ve heard such wonderful things about it, and they are all true. We can’t wait to come back.”

For entertainment, Bob Singer’s border collies offered a demonstration on the skill and intelligence of the herding dogs, while the “Fun Dog Show” delighted children and adults of all ages.

The fair, which is hosted every year by the all-volunteer board of directors of the non-profit Bow-Wows & Meows Inc., was able to offer $30 adoption fees thanks to the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control, while Found Animals Foundation offered a “Nine Lives for $9” on all cats more than 9 months old adopted at the fair.

One such lucky adopted cat was “Smokey,” a Russian blue-type cat who was adopted by Tina and her daughters of Canyon Country.

“Last year we adopted our first cat from this fair and now we’re adding Smokey,” Tina said. “It’s such a fun, wonderful atmosphere.”

Comments like this thrilled Yvonne Allbee, founder of Bow-Wows & Meows.

“Our board’s goal every year is for animals that were in the shelter that morning to be in a home by nightfall,” Allbee said. “Knowing that 158 pets are now considered part of a family makes the hard work of putting this fair together more than worth it.”

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