On Aug. 16, over 130 pets and 300 pet lovers and owners participated in the sixth annual Humane Society of Elkhart County Pet Fest. Held on national homeless animals’ day, this event highlights the importance of the Humane Society’s mission to create opportunities for humans and animals to find their special companion and build a lifelong bond.
Over 50 percent of the animals in attendance were adopted from the Humane Society of Elkhart County or other animal welfare groups encouraging the “adopt — don’t shop” philosophy. Plus, lots of folks took time to visit the incredible shelter dogs and cats who are still waiting for their loving forever homes.
A special thanks to Tom Powell from Fox 28 and his dog, Buddy, for participating for a second year as our emcee/master of ceremonies and to Don Kilgren & the SLR Band for the music that kept us all hopping. A huge four-paw salute to the numerous shelter volunteers, vendors and organizations that helped with all the prep work prior to the event as well as those who participated on event day to ensure a fun and adventurous day.
For the pet owners and their pets who had a day celebrating together and enjoying one another, we are so glad you were able to join us. At the end of the day, there’s nothing more gratifying for all of us here at the Humane Society than to see the wonderful connection you share with your precious friends.
Hope to see you all again next year!
ANNE K. REEL
Humane Society of Elkhart County