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Pet Tips: Pros and Cons of Taking Your Pet to the Cherry Blossom Festival

Pet Tips: Pros and Cons of Taking Your Pet to the Cherry Blossom Festival

Fortunately for pet lovers, the Cherry Blossom Festival not only has pet-centered events, but allows festival-goers to bring their pooches any time.

But before you whistle for Fido to jump in the car, take a moment to ensure your dog's safety - and the safety of others at the festival.

Make sure you hold your dog's leash correctly. If you have a small to medium-sized dog, you can usually loop the handle of the leash around your wrist and grasp the leash with the fingers of the same hand. Use your other hand to hold the leash about halfway between the leash handle and your dog's collar when you need to exert extra control of your pet.

If the dog is large and strong enough to drag you off your feet, either leave the dog at home or use an alternate method of holding the leash securely.

Macon Animal Control Officer Van VanDeWalker has some valuable information on taking your pet to Cherry Blossom Festival in today's Pet Tips video.

Puppies, Puppies, Puppies and Older Dogs, Too

Puppies, Puppies, Puppies and Older Dogs, Too

Macon Animal Control is overflowing, as always, but right now, the shelter is overflowing with puppies.

Young pups, from pitbulls to chihuahuas and beautiful mixed breeds from a few weeks to about 6 months old are available now.

Most are in danger of dying on Wednesday.

If you aren't in the market for a puppy that could take a lot of work to housetrain, the shelter has several adult and nearly-adult dogs available, too.

These dogs are often easier to housetrain and incorporate into your household routine because they are more mature.

A few have never known a homelife and may require patience and extra kindness. All will make great pets if you give them a chance.

The adoption fee is $75 and includes spay or neuter surgery and a rabies shot - this is often cheaper than the standard fee at most veterinary clinics.

Annual Pet Fashion Show at Cherry Blossom Festival Saturday

Annual Pet Fashion Show at Cherry Blossom Festival Saturday

FURever Friends Humane Society of Gray is holding its annual Pet Fashion Show this Saturday during the Cherry Blossom Festival.

This special event gains in popularity every year. Proud owners parade their primped up pooches across the Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage to the delight of spectators, while eagle-eyed judges study each entrant.

The fashion show is from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Entry fee is $5, and first place winners receive a $25 cash prize.

Categories include Most Unusual, Best Kimono, Pet/Owner Look-Alike. At the end of the regular fashion show, a special fashion show featuring pets available for adoption will be held.

All entrants will also be eligible to win the Doggie Dazzle Queen or King crown and a trophy.

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Second Annual 'For the Love of Kratos 5K Run' Kicks Off Saturday

Second Annual 'For the Love of Kratos 5K Run' Kicks Off Saturday

Runners, walkers, dog lovers and animal rescuers will converge on Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Macon Saturday, March 17, for the 2nd Annual "For the Love of Kratos 5k Run."

The event not only helps raise money for area rescues, but also spreads the message that animal abuse cannot be tolerated anywhere in the world.

Last year's run raised nearly $2,000 for local rescue groups. Donations of money, toys, food and pet supplies are welcome.

The race is a Georgia Run and See Points race, Black Bag points race, Clover Glove Points race and Macon Tracks Piedmont sports points race.

The race begins at 8:30 a.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 7015 Rivoli Road, and ends at 10:30 a.m. at the church.

Courage Waits Patiently for the Life he Deserves

Courage Waits Patiently for the Life he Deserves

Last November, Macon Animal Control and Shane Smith of Paws for Hope and Faith agreed to a week of no-kill at the shelter. With the help of local rescuers and adopters, that week stretched into the next week, and Macon Animal Control held its first Saturday adoption event.

But while staff, volunteers, rescuers and animal lovers celebrated the continuing reprieve and the lives saved, a dog nobody knew existed lay dying not far away.

The dog was buried beneath a pile of trash in a poor neighborhood where a dog's life often means nothing. Too feeble to raise his head, much less stand, the dog was still as death.

He was just a bag of bones, unable to move away from the dirty diapers, empty beer bottles and other trash someone tossed on top of him.

Macon ACO VanDeWalker Receives Awards

Macon ACO VanDeWalker Receives Awards

Macon Animal Control Officer Van VanDeWalker received a commendation from Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Georgia Senator Miriam Paris Feb. 26 at a concert to benefit local rescue group Paws for Hope and Faith.

Capping the surprise presentation was a commendation medal from Paws for Hope and Faith to recognize VanDeWalker for his innovation and efforts during his time as interim director of the shelter.

VanDeWalker and his wife, Tracie, were special guests at the concert.

Shane Smith, who with his wife, Janet, worked tirelessly alongside veterinary staff to save the life of Hope, who was nearly decapitated by an electrical cord tied around her neck, presented the medal to VanDeWalker.

"Our first of 19 Hope's Angel awards went to Van VanDeWalker for his courage to stand with me and try a new approach to saving lives," Smith said.