Families invited to learn at ‘Kritters and Kids’
by Rachel Miller
July 17, 2013 12:09 AM | 1482 views | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Cobb County Animal Control is expanding its “Kritters and Kids” event set for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the shelter on Al Bishop Drive, just off County Services Parkway.

In its second year, the “funfest” is a free event with activities held in the shelter’s main hall.

Although the hope is always to find homes for animals at the shelter, the focus of Saturday’s activities is community outreach.

Fran Jackson, who has volunteered as an event organizer at the shelter for three years, said the day is focused on providing information about good pet ownership.

The number of organizations offering education has expanded since last year, Jackson said.

For instance, area rescue groups that care for rabbits, ferrets and reptiles will all have tables Saturday.

Reptile exposure

Jackson said the shelter takes in all kinds of animals, but because some species have specific needs, it partners with these groups.

Rescue organizations like Deep South Reptiles will have booths at the “Kritters and Kids” event and educate adoptive families about proper care and handling.

Deep South Reptiles is a group of five local hobbyists that formed five years ago, according to Andrea Sutton, who heads the group and lives in Canton.

Sutton said Saturday they will be giving children an opportunity to pet reptiles and not be scared.

“We teach people (reptiles) aren’t scary, slimy animals,” Sutton said.

Each Deep South Reptiles member operates from home, caring for 10 to 15 animals at a time in hopes of placing at least one a month.

Sutton said the majority of pets turned into the rescue group are Ball Pythons that pet stores sell without proper instructions. The impulse buy becomes a concern when the owners see the animal is sick and there are no reptile veterinarians in the area, Sutton said.

Exceptional dogs

Jackson said representatives from Happy Tails Pet Therapy in Roswell will be sharing how pets owned by members of the community can become therapy animals.

Happy Tails Pet Therapy is a nonprofit made of volunteers who share their loving pets with patients and residents at retirement homes and health care facilities.

To participate, the pet must have obedience training and be vetted by the group.

An agility course will be stationed outside of the shelter, with trainers demonstrating how owners can allow big dogs to burn off energy.

The Dog Spot in Powder Springs will set up different types of games and obstacles that will keep dogs active.

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July 18, 2013
How wonderful that we have such loving and giving people in the county. God bless the people involved with this.
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