The first annual Altus Animal Festival will be held Sunday, April 24 at the Altus Community Center. The event is being hosted by the City of Altus, the Animal Welfare Committee and the Altus Animal Welfare Advocates.
There is no cost to attend the 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. festival, and everyone will receive a door prize ticket.
The event will have various information booths on site including veterinarians, animal groomers, pet rescue and adoption groups, the Altus Area Spay and Neuter Incentive Program, Altus Animal Control, pet trainers and pet sitters.
Important animal safety and disaster plans will be also be available, along with healthy nutrition tips, boarding and kennel services, pet photographers and information on flea and tick prevention. Animal demonstrations will also take place. Patrons can receive free animal items (while supplies last).
A concession stand will be set up and kids face painting will be provided, along with fun games and the chance to meet special animal guests.
Organizers said the event is being held to celebrate the well-being of animals through positive change and with compassion.
Mayor Jack Smiley formed the Altus Animal Welfare Committee to positively move forward in helping our local animal population. The committee members are meeting regularly, and even toured the Lawton shelter to gather ideas. The Altus Animal Shelter needs volunteers in a variety of areas. The animals are are kenneled 23 hours a day and need physical exercise, and attention.
Brenda Mahan, a member of the City Animal Welfare Committee, and a part of the Altus Animal Welfare Advocates, said, “We hope this event will also bring attention to the needs of our local animals. We want everyone to support our shelter. You can help by walking the dogs, bathing and feeding, fundraising, working with rescues or adoptions, gathering shelter donations, or other great opportunities. Businesses , youth groups, non-profits, school groups, churches, individuals, families, farmers and students can take part in helping our animals.”
If you want to take part in the Altus Animal Festival by having an information booth, donating a door prize, making an in-kind or monetary donation, by entertaining or to volunteer, contact chairperson Mary O. Esparza at 405-838-5158.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext. 2177