The 5th annual Pet Fair had tails wagging at Park Central in Zanesville today. WHIZ's Katie Jeffries has the story.
Every dog has his day, and today's fair was all about man's best friend. While many dogs came with their owners, other pups and cats were hoping to be adopted. The pet fair was sponsored by the Animal Shelter Society.
"This is an event that we use to showcase dogs, cats, pets in our lives and what they can do for us and also to highlight the need of the animals in the animal shelter," tells Lisa Werkhaven, a volunteer with the Animal Shelter Society.
Werkhaven says shelters are filled to the brim with the amount of pets being turned in due to the economy. All the money raised today is paying for the animals' food and medical care.
Many local rescue groups were also in attendance to show off their dogs that are available for adoption. Sheryle Davis, who rescues dobermans, brought her dogs out in hopes of finding happy homes for them and believes they truly are man's best friend.
"You have got somebody(a dog) that is going to follow you around no matter what kind of day you have, they are going to be right there with you," says Davis.
Vendors were also on hand for people to buy items or outfits for their furry companions. If your pet has special talents there was a costume and talent contest. Even K-9 Draco from the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office came out to to meet and greet local kids.
While all these happy pets have wet noses and loving homes, there are still many in local shelters waiting to adopted.
"But every one that you see here there are five back at the animal shelter," laments Werkhaven.
Werkhaven says today's Pet Fair was a big success and the Animal Shelter Society plans to have another next year.
If you didn't make it to today's Pet Fair, but want more information call the shelter at (740) 452-1077 or go to their website: Animal Shelter Society