Second annual Yappy Hour set for Saturday

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    By Mike Stoll
    Special to The PREVIEW
    On Saturday, Sept. 9, the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs (HSPS) and the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association (PLPOA) will present the second annual Yappy Hour event from 2 to 4 p.m. at the community dog park on the grounds of the animal shelter. The dog park and shelter are located at 465 Cloman Blvd., just a half mile east of Lake Pagosa.
    Yappy Hour is family-friendly and will feature live music, vendors, food, fun pet games and a bounce house for the young folks. Bring your dog for some fun on the animal shelter’s agility equipment and see how your pet fares going up, over and around a variety of obstacles. It’s enjoyable for owners and dogs alike.
    Do you have an affectionate pet? Bring your pet to the kissing booth and have your photo taken getting a smooch from your pooch. Pets are welcome and must be on leash and current on their vaccinations.
    If you have never visited the animal shelter and dog park, or it has been a long time, this is a great opportunity to tour the facilities, visit the dogs and cats, and take in some of the best mountain views in the county from our serenity garden and shelter grounds. Representatives of the PLPOA will be available to answer your pet-specific or general PLPOA questions, and Rapid Rewards Dog Training will be on hand to answer training questions and give a general demonstration.
    You can also find out more about the HSPS animal shelter, how we care for the animals and learn about our various programs and community services.
    For instance, did you know that HSPS provides vouchers to income-qualifying pet owners to pay the entire cost of their pet’s spay or neuter surgery through our Fix-It-Free program, or that we offer financial assistance to pet owners facing unexpected veterinary medical emergencies through our Emergency Medical Fund? Did you know that HSPS humanely traps, vaccinates and sterilizes feral cats to keep the local unowned cat population under control? In the past six years, we have trapped and sterilized nearly 1,000 cats. Did you know that HSPS also operates the only pet cremation service in the county? Our animal shelter staff will respectfully handle your pet’s after-life care with compassion and understanding.
    You can learn more about all of these HSPS programs as well as get great information from the PLPOA on pet-related and property owner topics, along with food, music and fun games, at this Saturday’s Yappy Hour. It’s all happening from 2 to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the HSPS animal shelter and dog park located at 465 Cloman Blvd. See you at the park.