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One of the contestants in the best costume event at the EMC SPCA's 21st annual Animal Faire Sunday in Oakhurst Community Park (Photos by Leonard Andrenacci)

EMC SPCA Animal Faire Brings Bark to Oakhurst Community Park


OAKHURST — Eastern Madera County SPCA’s 21st annual Animal Faire brought the bark to Oakhurst Community Park Sunday.

Bailey, an eight-year-old Chihuahua, was among the canines taking center stage today. He was rescued along with another small dog after a concerned neighbor alerted authorities to the dogs’ unhealthy condition.

Bailey had to have extensive medical and dental work procedures, according to Kim Owens Foster, coordinator with the EMC SPCA, which helps up to 100 cats and dogs get adopted annually.

All proceeds from the popular Animal Faire, which took place from 10:30 to 3 p.m., benefited the EMC SPCA shelter, which is expected to open its new $3.1 million facility in Ahwahnee sometime next year.

Prizes at this year’s Animal Faire were awarded for best “wag, kiss, costume and trick.”

The event also featured a raffle, micro-chipping services, a Blessing of the Animals ceremony and more wag-friendly activities.

Lunch combo’s were offered by Deli Delicious and Italian Ice was also available.

District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler was among those attending Sunday’s Animal Faire.

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