Hey Fido, Bring Mom and the Kids to the 1st Annual “Pups in the Park”

By Jennifer Fearing

Last week I met City Councilmember Angelique Ashby for the first time and as impressive as she is, it was Brandon Black in her office who blew me away. This sharp young man led his peers to form the District One Youth Advisory Committee. These committed 15 to 20 year-old doers meet weekly to discuss local issues and to plan successful awareness-raising community events. And it’s safe to say, I was thrilled to learn that the issue this committee “adopted” for 2011 is responsible pet ownership.

Please support the Committee’s effort by grabbing your family, friends and your leashed canine companion and join me at the District One Youth Advisory Committee’s first annual “Pups in the Park” fair on February 12th from 11am to 3 pm in Tanzanite Park. The goal of Pups in the Park is to raise awareness and funds to benefit animal outreach in the Sacramento community. Interested Sacramentans can learn about responsible pet ownership, low cost spay/neuter/vaccination resources, and animal adoption.

Several animal protection organizations – including the Humane Society of the United States – will be on hand with lots of good information to share. While you’re learning about animals, you can munch down on great food, get your face paint on, adopt an animal (or two) and listen to live music.

Don’t come empty handed! Bring a few bucks to kick in for the raffle – with funds going to support the City of Sacramento’s Animal Care Services agency. Please also bring any pet food, dog beds, and toys to donate to pets in need throughout the region. For more information and a list of accepted items, please check out Titanic’s Pantry – The Sacramento Pet Food Bank.

 Hope to see you and your pup at the park!


“Pups in the Park”

Saturday, February 12

11am to 3 pm

Tanzanite Park in Natomas


Jennifer Fearing has the best job in California. She is the California state director for The Humane Society of the United States, the nation’s largest animal protection organization, advocating for animals throughout the state. Though recently profiled in the Los Angeles Times, Jennifer prefers to define herself through her Facebook and Twitter efforts. She lives in Sacramento’s Elmhurst neighborhood with her fiancé Jon and their shelter pets Yoda and Java (dogs) and Kennedy (cat).

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