Hart Park brings animal lovers together for 17th annual pet fair

Kelsey Broadhead and Derek Broadhead look at a kitten that Derek is considering adopting at the 17th annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair at Hart Park in Newhall on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal
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Hart Park was home to thousands of people on Sunday looking for a new furry friend to bring home with them.

This weekend marked the 17th Annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair where every shelter in L.A. County came out with their animals.

“I’m proud of the community for considering, learning (and) being open and there is a lot of people that adopt,” said Yvonne (Allbee) Hanson the founder of the pet fair.

All seven shelters In L.A. brought 200 different animals to entice guests to bring home. There were also tons of vendors, entertainment such as dog shows and the camaraderie that comes together when animal lovers gather.

Frank Medina of Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control talks to Linda Figueroa and Salvador Ocampo about adopting a pet at the 17th annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair at Hart Park in Newhall on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal

There was also a station giving away vaccines for free which had a huge line of people a hundred feet down the grass.

Guests were just happy to get the chance to find a new friend such as Derek Broadhead. He and his fiance found themselves cuddling a new kitten they were considering adopting.

“She seems to be very playful, very cuddly, like a great little kitten,” he said.

There are also attendees who come just to get their dog fix such as Bill Barke. He is not able to adopt an animal due to his living condition so he travels to at least seven pet fairs a year to pet a cute little animal.

Xena and Zoe sit in their stroller at the 17th annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair at Hart Park in Newhall on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal

He still says that the pet fair at Hart Park is number one though.

“This one is amazing…there are dogs everywhere,” he said.

Adoptions were also available at a reduced price for just $30 with vaccines and neutering included.

Sean Broadhead looks at a kitten his son is considering adopting at the 17th annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair at Hart Park in Newhall on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal

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