Pet Extravaganza set for Oct. 19

Kendra Evensen

BLACKFOOT — Denizens can come check out adoptable pets and show off their costumed animals during a Pet Extravaganza in Blackfoot on Oct. 19.

The event will take place at the Blackfoot Animal Clinic at 401 W. Collins Road from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We’re hoping to make this an annual event,” said Tony Parsons, a veterinarian with the Blackfoot Animal Clinic, adding that the Pet Extravaganza will help people learn about pets available locally for adoption and educate the public about important animal issues.

The event is being organized by the Blackfoot Animal Clinic as well as Title Financial Corp. and First American Title’s Pet Project, the Blackfoot Animal Shelter and shelter volunteers Braden and Tracen Mangum and their family members.

Organizers say they will be offering free food during the event as well as numerous activities for children. There will also be a costume contest for cats and dogs at 1:30 p.m., information about spaying and neutering pets — including discounts for the procedures — and opportunities to adopt pets from the Blackfoot Animal Shelter.

Parsons encourages people to consider adopting an animal from their local shelter. He adopted his dog Cosmo from a shelter roughly four years ago, and the Australian shepherd not only runs with him regularly, but accompanies him to work.

“She’s a great dog,” he said, adding that people who adopt animals at shelters cannot only find some wonderful pets, but also save money because they come vaccinated and spayed or neutered already.

Carrie Wheeler, human resource director with Title Financial Corporation, said she and other employees got involved in the event as part of a community outreach project.

“Our mission is to inspire and educate others and be part of the solution to animal welfare issues,” Wheeler said, adding that she hopes people leave the event with a better understanding of animal shelters and concerns like overpopulation.

Amanda Cevering, an animal control officer at the Blackfoot Animal Shelter, said she is looking forward to the Pet Extravaganza.

“I think it’s great,” she said, adding that she hopes similar events will take place in the future. “I believe in … public awareness and getting the animals out where they can be seen.”

Parsons hopes people will take the time to stop by.