The Oconee County Animal Shelter is holding a petfest on Saturday at Heritage Park in the south of the county to raise money to support the Shelter’s adoption program.
The event will include pony rides and face painting for children, food and crafts for the adults, and low cost rabies vaccines and microchipping for the pets.
Money raised from donations, from fees paid by vendors, and from sponsorships, will go into the Shelter’s medical fund to treat animals to make them ready for adoption.
Program A Success
The Shelter has not had to euthanize “any adoptable animals” since March of last year, according to Catlyn Vickers, director of the Shelter.
That was when the Shelter started its foster program, which extends the period of time that an animal can be held for adoption, according to Vickers.
Vickers said the Shelter has had success in finding homes for dogs, cats and even some ferrets.
“We adopt out, as far as we know, only healthy and well-adjusted animals,” she said.
Evaluation And Treatment
Before being put up for adoption, animals are evaluated for temperament and health.
If an animal needs dental work or treatment for heart worm or even some types of surgery, Vickers said, the Shelter uses money from its medical fund to pay for those services.
The event on Saturday, officially called the Wag’n Wheel Petfest, will raise money for that medical fund.
It is the first such event held by the Shelter.
Staff And Volunteer Idea
Vickers said the idea for the petfest resulted from brainstorming by the staff and volunteers on how to do fundraising.
Vendors are paying $35 for a 10-foot-by-10 foot spot. Sponsor levels range from $100 to $800.
Donations of any amount will be accepted at the event.
Money also will be raised from a raffle and silent auction.
The booths will feature glass etching and wood carving.
A reptile specialist will be on site.
Food vendors include Watkinsville restaurant Chops & Hops, Fox’s Pizza, and Kona Ice Truck.
Anne Yarborough Photography will have a photobooth.
Bone-A-Fide Dog Training will do Canine Good Citizen testing.
Agility demonstrations will be held.
Blessing Of Animals
Pets with current rabies vaccination are welcome.
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Exceptions will be made for animals being brought for the low cost vaccination.
Local rescue operations and shelters will have pets for adoption.
Rev. Don Randall of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens will bless animals at 11 a.m.
Heritage Park, south of Farmington at 2543 Macon Highway (U.S. 441), has enough space under roof that weather should not be a factor, Vickers said.