Bedford Animal Control is actually a division of the Bedford Police Department, and is responsible for the care and custody of all impounded animals, animal quarantines, investigating reports of cruelty and enforcing animal ordinances, as well as doggedly (see what we did there) help find loving homes for animals in its care.
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As part of that last initiative, twice a year Animal Control holds a Pet Fair, and we went to our first one last year. It’s about two dozen or so tents and tables, chock full of learning and fun, and an opportunity to meet pet lovers from all over the area.
Last year we won a doggie seatbelt in a vendor drawing, received a goodie (doggie?) bag that included a leash clip-on poop bag dispenser, mobile watering bowls, and coupons to area grooming, boarding and vets. We have a mini Schnauzer who skitters along our laminate floors, so we keep her in non-skid socks, and we were thrilled to meet a vendor who sold these too!
1809 Reliance Parkway
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WHAT MAKES IT FUN?
Saturday, April 9 from 10a-2p : Free lunch, drinks, swag bags and vendor giveaways, adoptable pets, kids’ activities (bounce house!), service animal demos. Free lot parking.
So it wasn’t just a pet rescue and adoption event, though it certainly is a great opportunity to meet rescued pets or donate to their cause. Take the whole family out and get to know the shelter staff and area animal vendors. Who knows? You might find your next fur-ever friend, too!
Some additional info:
– There may still be time to be a vendor at the spring Fair. Call 817-952-2191 to learn more.
– Team Bedford, a volunteer group that helps the Shelter get the word out about animals for adoption.
– Bedford Animal Shelter is a member of PetFinder. Can’t wait til the Fair to find your next best friend? Click here to browse the Shelter animals at this online gallery.
Did You Know?
The City of Bedford Police Department has one dual-purpose K-9, Officer Bowy, a Belgian Malinois. Her duties include drug-detection and tracking. She and her handler Officer Versocki are on the Patrol Division but assist with Tarrant Narcotics when requested.
Officer Andrew Versocki and K-9 Bowy