Put a check in the success column for our Barnes Buddies Pet Health Fair at Pinellas Animal Hospital. This event brought out the community to meet the veterinarians, staff, and area representatives from the animal care field. Staff members manned educational tables and talk to visitors about important pet topics; including nutrition, preventative medicine, dental health, and pet exercise.
Living in Florida and having our unique weather patterns, we were lucky to have SPCA Bay Area D.A.R.T (Disaster Animal Response Team) and their emergency response vehicle came out to talk to the public about disaster awareness and planning.
Visitors were treated to pet training demonstrations by author, behaviorist, and TV host, Wendy Kelly. Daniel Meehan showed us how his service dog, Noelle, helps him pick up objects and get up after a fall.
Along with all the hardwork and serious business was lots of fun. It was hard to tell the pets from the kids thanks to the kitten makeup applied at our face painting booth. Everyone enjoyed a good meal as staff members, Nikki and Lacy, cooked over a hot grill. The Kona Ice truck stopped by to refresh the visitors. Guests played corn hole toss and answer trivia questions for prizes.
In the end, this event was to raise money for Barnes Buddies’ charity to help local pets with veterinarian costs. Raffle winners were excited to win preventions and other pet care needs while feeling good about helping out. The bidding for our silent auction prizes was fierce but fun! Almost all the items went to good homes.
We would like to thank all the participants for helping to make this event successful: Pinellas Park Officer Beardsley, Officer Perry and his dog, Pulo, Officer and her horse; members of Bay Area D.A.R.T.; Wendy, Brandy, and Laurie from Pet Peeves Animal Training; Jason from Merial and his wife; Dr. Green from Elanco; Pzifer Animal Health; Sogeval Pet Supplies; and Kona Ice.