Helping the helpless

The New Leash on Life Pet Fair will once again host rescues and adoptions for our furry friends Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free with a donation of pet food or kitty litter.

PRINCETON — Helping the helpless. That is the recurring theme behind the annual All Creatures Veterinary Clinic’s “New Leash on Life” Pet Fair to be held at the Princeton Recreation Center’s softball field on Saturday, September 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free with a pet food or cat litter donation that will be divided among rescue organizations across the area. 

Holly Edge Streit, Practice Manager for All Creatures, said Tuesday, “The Pet Fair was created eight years ago to bring the animal-loving community together to deal with southern West Virginia’s homeless animal crisis.”

She added that the New Leash on Life Pet Fair supports animal adoptions, champions responsible pet ownership and raises funds for local non-profit animal rescue organizations including the Southern West Virginia Animal League, A.L.I.V.E. Animal Services Group & 2nd Chance for Cats.

Including the rescue organizations, she estimated there would be around 65 vendors and events present. Among the events are a pop-up doggie fun park, a nail-trimming booth, horse and pony rides, a pop-up doggie fun park, flyball and Frisbee dogs, and a re-done kids play area. There will also be the traditional low-cost rabies clinic, petting zoo and, of course, animal adoptions.

Also coming back this year is the Nancy Edge Lively Memorial Yard Sale that starts at 6 a.m. Named to memorialize the late sister of All Creatures Veterinary Clinic’s practice manager and Pet Fair organizer, Holly Edge Streit. As with the day’s other activities, all proceeds go directly to local area animal rescue organizations.

According to the All Creatures New Leash on Life Facebook page, the All Creatures New Leash on Life Pet Fair started as All Creatures Veterinary Clinic’s Pet Fair and Rabies Clinic held in Princeton starting in  2011 with the goal was to raise as much as possible to help further the important, often life-saving work of our local participating animal nonprofits and 501c3 rescues that help sick, stray, needy, injured and abandoned animals. All Creatures New Leash on Life event has continued to have a strong commitment to educating the public, with a focus on children, helps ensure a brighter future for animals and people alike

The first Pet Fair featured adoptable animals, a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic and hot dog/bake sale, but has grown significantly since those early years at the All Creatures Veternary Clinic. It was renamed and moved to the Princeton Recreation Center thanks to the generosity of the City of Princeton Park and Recreation Board. Since the first Pet Fair dozens of animals have been adopted, thousands have attended and a host of fun activities for all ages - and species have been added to become one of the most beneficial pet fairs in the area.

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