First Pet Health Fair set for Saturday Sept. 28

The Ridgecrest Animal Shelter and the IWV Humane Society will host the first Pet Health Fair in Ridgecrest on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event will be held at the Ridgecrest Animal Shelter parking lot, 411 San Bernardino Blvd., and free pet health exams will be offered.

“By hosting the Pet Health Fair, the Ridgecrest Animal Shelter hopes to provide medical attention to those animals that may otherwise not get the necessary attention they need due to financial constraints,” said Mary Stage, shelter supervisor.

“The Indian Wells Valley Humane Society has graciously offered to pay for the health exams and provide addition if needed for those requiring surgery.

“Please help us make a difference in an animal’s life by donating to help cover a necessary surgery or medication that may be needed.

“We realize that there are people in our community who have an income that prevents their pets from receiving veterinary care.

“In the first year of this event, we hope to provide 30 office exams at no cost to owners, and any resulting care that day will be offered at a reduced rate.

“We expect to see medical issues that include ear, eye, nose and throat problems.

“More examples include bad teeth, skin problems, infections, worms, lumps and bumps or a bad leg.”

The Pet Fair is the place to be for those considering the following questions: “Does your pet have medical problems? Have you been unable to afford a vet visit? Ear, eye, nose and throat problems? Bad teeth, skin problems, infections, worms, lumps and bumps or a bad leg? Need microchip, blood tests, vaccination?”

Tacos, shaved ice, soda and water will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The veterinary provider for the event is the Mission Animal Hospital Mobile Clinic.

Vendors will provide information from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the vendor line-up includes Desert Dog Pet Store, Jan’s Art Work and Ladybug Pet Grooming.

Also offering information are local organizations including the Guide Dog Puppy Raisers, the California Turtle & Tortoise Club, Soldiers’ Angels, Dogs on Deploy-ment, the IWV Humane Society, the Bureau of Land Managaement Wild Horse and Burro program, the Girl Scouts and more.

Donations are also accepted to fund this event. See www.ridge

For those interested in supporting these efforts, all donations are tax deductible. A donor can stop by the shelter or make a check out to the IWV Humane Society and mail it to the Ridgecrest Animal Shelter, 411 San Bernardino Blvd., Ridgecrest, CA 93555.

For an exam appointment or for information about the Humane Society’s spay and neuter program, call 760-608-0257.

Story First Published: 2013-09-25