The Fifth Annual Family, Fur & Fun Festival presented by the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) is this Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Exploration Park.
Family, Fur & Fun festival focuses on humane education and fun for the entire family. Well-behaved dogs and companion animals are welcome and encouraged to attend, but should be leashed and comfortable with crowds.
Doug Duke, executive director of Nevada SPCA, said his organization’s mission is even more important this year than it has been in the past.
“We’ve experienced unprecedented hardship for community animals in 2011,” Duke said. “Our first-hand account and reports from other shelters indicate the numbers of animals abandoned in foreclosed homes is the worst it’s ever been – and it’s not just cats and dogs. All species are affected, from rabbits and goats to peacocks and fish.”
Duke also said that if even if you cannot adopt at this time, there are many opportunities to donate, volunteer, or foster an animal. In addition, he said it is vital that people spay or neuter their cats, dogs, rabbits, and ferrets to ensure they are not contributing further to the animal overpopulation crisis. There are more low-cost options in the community now for spaying/neutering pets, and information about those programs will be available at the Family, Fur & Fun festival.
The festival features educational, interactive and service booths and activities for the whole family, including pet adoptions, animal massages, Animal Hero Badge, making rabbit toys, naming new animals at NSPCA, raffle prizes, refreshments, and great deals from Mountain’s Edge builders. There will be $5 micro chipping from Aloha Animal Hospital, Canine Good Citizen testing, and special pet portrait pricing from Arica of Pet’ographique with proceeds benefitting NSPCA.
Attendees also can learn about keeping pets safe during Halloween, making pets part of the family, and providing proper animal care, the latter from Drs. Jason and Jamie Sulliban of Aloha Animal Hospital. Winners of the Clear Channel Las Vegas “The Real House Pets of Las Vegas” contest will be announced.
Event sponsors include: Law Office of Donna Stidham LLC, Mountain’s Edge, Aloha Animal Hospital, Good Paws Dog Training & Nutrition Consulting, Amica Insurance, Pet’ographique, Medical Reserve Corps, NutriSource Premium Pet Food, and English Garden Florist.
Exploration Park at Mountain’s Edge is located at 9600 S. Buffalo Dr. It is just south of the master plan’s main entrance at Buffalo and Blue Diamond Road.
There is no cost to attend, but proceeds support low-cost spay, neuter and vaccination services; shelter and adoption of animals; and educational programs. For information, visit www.FamilyFurAndFun.com, or call (702)444-3713.