Bow-Wows & Meows take over social media for virtual pet fair

A volunteer snuggles with Fox, a domestic short hair cat who is available for adoption, in a video for the Bow-Wows & Meows Virtual Pet Fair. Courtesy

While thousands of pet lovers and hundreds of their furry friends typically flock to William S. Hart Park to attend the Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair, this year was a bit different. 

Instead, the Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair went virtual, as organizers flooded their Facebook page with posts of the animals available for adoption at all seven L.A. County Animal Care Centers, which included plenty of dogs and cats, as well as some turtles and rabbits. 

Each pet available for adoption was given their own post, with photos and videos showing them being their cute selves and that featured volunteers and animal control officers, helping to show off each of their best features.

Name of pet: TinyImpound #: A5384930 Breed: Staffordshire Terrier MixAge: 5yrsSex: MAdoption fee: reduced to $30Care center site: Downey ACC County of Los Angeles – Downey Animal Care Center Additional information: Tiny is a goofy high energy boy who would do well with an active family with high school age kids or older. He does need to work on his obedience training, but being food motivated we don't think you'll have any issues keeping his attention and helping him learn how to live in your home. As you can see, he'd love a yard with grass he could roll around in and zoom through. Click if you are interested in Tiny and be sure to click on that "Inquiry to Adopt" button to express your interest. Remember, the shelter will contact you within 48hrs to let you know if Tiny is available and if so set up a day/time for you to come meet him.

Posted by Bow-Wows & Meows, Inc on Sunday, October 11, 2020

“I really think that they were the one that made this happen for this animal because they spoke so compassionately and so personally, and it really felt nice to see that these were real people, taking care of real animals,” Bow-Wows & Meows founder Yvonne Hanson said. “We tried to get videos on every animal, and that happened for almost every animal, … but the fact that they were able to do that, I think it really brought life to the event.”

These, along with other posts, which featured education and training tips, as well as contests, challenges and pet memes, were released every couple of minutes through the two-day event.  

Castaic Animal Care Center volunteer Julian Moser snuggles with kitties in a video for the Bow-Wows & Meows Virtual Pet Fair. Courtesy

Valencia’s Dr. Howie Baker of the Happy Pets Veterinary Center participated, sharing tips on how to get pets prepared for an emergency, which included having a sturdy leash or carrier for your pet, along with their vaccination records, among other things.

Castaic Animal Care Center volunteers also shared tips of their own, such as Randi Andrews, who talked about senior pets.

“We have many senior dogs at the shelters in need of homes,” Andrews said. “Sadly, they’re often overlooked, because people are looking for younger dogs or puppies, but senior dogs make the greatest pets, especially for older people or those who lead a less active lifestyle.”

The Brittany Foundation Animal Sanctuary founder Nancy Anderson, center, and volunteers n a video for the Bow-Wows & Meows Virtual Pet Fair. Courtesy

Others, like The Brittany Foundation Animal Sanctuary, a local no-kill shelter, and Marcia Mayeda, director of the county’s Department of Animal Care and Control, stopped in to show their thanks for Bow-Wows & Meows, who were celebrating their 20th anniversary this year.

“Over the years, Bow-Wows & Meows has saved thousands of animals from the animal shelters and found them new loving homes,” Mayeda said, “and we’re so grateful for Yvonne … and her volunteers that provide so much support and put together such an amazing event.”

While it wasn’t the way Hanson envisioned celebrating the organization’s 20th year of helping to find the county’s animals a forever home, it was successful nonetheless.

“This had a life of its own,” Hanson said. “because I think people think it’s important. … I think they want to do what’s right, and I think they care about the animals. It’s something they can do. They’re able to forward it or share, and people got really involved.” 

To see posts from the Bow-Wows & Meows Virtual Adoption Weekend, visit For more information, visit or email [email protected].

Emory, a 15-month-old German shepherd, shows off her costume for the Bow-Wows & Meows Virtual Pet Fair. Courtesy
Noel shows off her costume for the Bow-Wows & Meows Virtual Pet Fair. Courtesy

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