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Bow-Wow & Meows Pet Fair Places Hundreds of Shelter Pets

| Community | October 12, 2017

During last week’s 17th Annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair in Newhall, approximately 179 shelter pets found homes. Sponsored by Animal Medical Center, Healthy Spot Grooming Academy, Ingolstadt West German Auto Specialists, Pets-Global and Valencia Veterinary Center, in the first hour of the all-day event, 69 animals had already found new homes.

All seven Los Angeles County Animal Shelters participated in Bow-Wows & Meows. And there was support for the event from both L.A. County Department of Parks and Recreation and L.A. County Department of Animal Care and Control.

“Because of our partnership, we are really excited that we can continue offering this fair and celebrating the animals with our community,” founder Yvonne (Allbee) Hanson said.

In addition to the county shelters, the following local rescues brought adoptable dogs and cats to Bow-Wows & Meows: Tails of Hope Staffie Haven, Designer Dogs, St. Bonnies Animal Sanctuary, Tails and Scales, and Best Friends in Mission Hills.

John and Sara Dodd of Northridge adopted “Juno,” a Lab/pit bull mix. “This is our third fair and our first adoption. We wanted to adopt a dog later in the year, but today we met Juno and it was love at first sight. It was fate.”

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“This year’s fair was held in honor of the bully breeds,” Hanson said. “October is National Pit Bull Awareness month and we want to celebrate this wonderful “breed” of dogs by sharing positive awareness and dispelling the myths that, sadly, many people believe. We feel knowledge is power.”

A panel of bully breed experts was on hand to educate and answer questions for attendees.

“Once people know the reality of this goofy, lovable, loyal, family dog, they will be open to adopting them based on the content of their character instead of their appearance. Though I don’t quite get how everyone can’t see just how stunning the appearance of this breed actually is,” Hanson added.

Since it began in 2000, the Valencia-based Bow-Wows & Meows, Inc., a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, has adopted more than 2,500 pets at its annual fairs, and is entirely run by a volunteer board of directors.

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