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Student Interns Make Pet Fair A Success

HCWS Pet Fairs educate people about unwanted kittens and puppies.

A recent Pet Fair was part of the opportunity for the students enrolled in the HCWS intern program to use their talents.  Heaven Can Wait has partnered with the West Career and Technical Academy magnet school where high school students focus on veterinary studies.

The event was held with two goals: Educate people in the neighborhood about pet overpopulation and let them know how they can take advantage of the HCWS low-cost spay and neuter clinic. 

With the help of Dr. Lalor DVM, vet-tech Elizabeth Rada and longtime volunteer Mary Hunt, Heaven Can Wait vaccinated 34 dogs free of charge at the fair.  

Volunteers from C5, Susan Watkins and Jean Spaziani helped HCWS check in the animals.  C5 is the Community Cat Coalition of Clark County a non-profit organization that works closely with HCWS to spay and neuter feral cat colonies.

The interns, Andrea Alatore, Tyler Desiderato, Taylor Martinez, Hannah Melly, McCall Phillips and Christina Sanders were a huge help to make the event a success.  They walked the neighborhood handing out flyers and provided food and games for children at the Pet Fair.

During their walk around the neighborhood the students learned firsthand about abandoned pets when they discovered 3 young kittens trying to survive on their own.  The kids rescued the kittens and took them back to the HCWS clinic.  The babies are now in a foster home until they are old enough to be adopted.

The Pet Fair was held at a shopping center that is known to HCWS for having feral cat colonies.  Last year 60 cats lost their lives at this center and a nearby park. 

So HCWS’ clinic coordinator, Judy Erickson and C5’s Kathy Potts used their time at the fair to begin a Trap-Neuter-Return program.  TNR programs, humanely trap feral cats, spay and neuter them and then return them to their colony.  A human guardian is then assigned to watch over them.  TNR is the most humane method of stopping feral cats from breeding while letting them live out their lives.

All-in-all the Pet Fair was a huge success!

HCWS community awareness programs like this one are funded through your kind donations.  Click Here to learn how you can help.


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