2012 Arizona Animal Fair – March 3 – Tucsonby Karyn Zoldan on Feb. 29, 2012, under Animal Events
Woof! Last year we thought that would be the end of this event because of the cost to put the event on but it’s back with a new leash on life and national and local sponsors.
In 2011, I went to Arizona Animal Fair and the birds and the beasts were there. This year (11th annual) many shelters and breed rescues, low cost vaccinations & microchipping (the latter $15 from Humane Society Southern Arizona), dogs dancing, dogs doing tricks, training demos, police K9s, canine agility, puppy Pawcasso (paint with your pet), and more, much more will be available to enjoy for people and their pets.
The website and Facebook pages could use a few good shots of updated adrenalin but don’t let that stop you from going and checking out all the animal action.
Adopt a pet. Here’s a list of who will be there. Come meet dogs, cats, ferrets, rats, horses, burros, potbellied pigs, birds, and maybe even some reptiles. Adopt a pet!
And if you get hungry, check out the food court and beer garden.
An event of this scope always needs lots of volunteers. Check it out — could be a fun way to get involved…
From the Arizona Animal Fair website
Tips for enjoying the event:
–Pets and their people are welcome to the Fair…as long as they are all well-behaved. Please leave any pet [or human!] at home that is not well-socialized or reacts unpredictably or negatively in large crowds.
–Aggressive dogs [or people] posing a threat to other animals or people will be asked to leave immediately.
–Pets must be on a leash of 6’ or shorter at all times.
–Please bring plenty of water for your pet! Bottled water is available for purchase from the Food Court and Beer Garden, plus there are a few water fountains in the area. A portable or collapsible water bowl is a great asset while cruisin’ the fair.
–It is recommended that all pets have some form of identification in case they get separated from their person [same goes for small children]. If you lose a person or pet at the fair, please come to the Lost & Found booth so we may alert on-site police officers immediately.
–Parking at the event can be a challenge – so many people, so few parking spaces at Reid Park! Please plan accordingly, as cars parked illegally will be ticketed by the City of Tucson.
–Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and shoes. Hats & sunscreen are highly recommended.
–Please assist us in keeping the Arizona Animal Fair a FUN & SAFE community event by alerting fair volunteers or uniformed security/police officers of anything potentially dangerous.
The event is held at Reid Park (just north of 22nd @ Country Club) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 3.
(Photo is courtesy of Jaymie who rescued Pequitas the Shar Pei, one of three dogs that I recently wrote about that needed rescuing. Jaymie was kind enough to share the photo with me and said, “Attached is an image of our new baby girl Pequitas. I can honestly say that adopting her was one of the best decisions I have every made. She is a very sweet and got a long with my other dog very well.” Thank you Jaymie D! )