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Mission non-profit hosting pet fair

Pet lovers across the Valley are invited to a local event to celebrate their furry best friends.

Tomorrow, the Mission Pawsible program will host their first ever Barktober Community Pet Fair, an event to bring the community and their pets together.

20191005 Barktober“It’s so we can all have a little fun and educate the public about the importance of spaying and neutering their pets to help control the local population,” Mission Pawsible board member Homer Garza said.

The event, being held Saturday, October 5 at the Leo Peña Placita Park from 6 p.m. through 10 p.m., will have vendors selling pet related products, local food vendors, live music and rides for people. Pets meanwhile can enjoy the luxuries from a grooming station, vaccine clinic and a pet parade.

Animals from the city of Mission’s Animal Shelter will also be available for adoption, Garza added.

“We’ve seen how the city has a lot of events, but nothing catered to pets so the Mission Pawsible board thought this would be a great way to be innovative and educate the community,” Garza said.

The pet fair will include a screening of the movie “Susie’s Hope,” based on the true story of Donna Smith Lawrence, a North Carolina woman who adopts an abused pit bull after being attacked by one. Lawrence’s story led to the creation of “Susie’s Law,” a North Carolina law that punishes animal abusers with jail time.

Lawrence recorded a video message for residents of the city of Mission that will be played prior to the movie, Gaza said.

The Mission Pawsible program was created two years ago to help stray dogs and cats in the Mission and Alton areas find a forever home. The program started a rescue transport system which includes local foster homes for animals where residents voluntarily house them while a transport unit comes from either Colorado, Arizona, New York and other states and picks them up.

The dogs and cats in the program go across the nation to reach their final destination and are picked by their respective owners through the Mission Pawsible website.

Interested adoptees need only pay a $50 adoption fee that covers spaying and neutering, rabies vaccination and a microchip.

“We work hand in hand with the animal control department on different ways to improve the quality of life for the animals in the shelter,” Garza said. “When they come in, they’re vaccinated, dewormed and cared for better.

Before, they were given three to five days to be claimed now they’re given seven to 10 days or stay even longer to wait for a rescue or transfer.”

With the Barktober Pet Fair, Garza said he hopes the public understands how important it is to take care of their furry best friend.

“We want people to come together and have a good time and at the same time raise awareness about animal abuse and control the pet population,” Garza said.

This article originally appeared in the Friday Oct. 4, 2019 issue of the Progress Times.

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