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Howl at the Moon gets pets, owners active

Howl at the Moon gets pets, owners active

By Shannon Myers
Correspondent

The second annual two-day event, Emancipet Killeen’s Howl at the Moon Glow Fest, kicked off Saturday at the Killeen Rodeo Grounds with plenty of vendors, food, activities, and entertainment for families and their fury companions.
Emancipet has provided low cost and accessible spay/neuter and preventable pet care such as vaccines and medication through their non-profit clinics in the Texas area for the past 15 years.
“It gives us a great opportunity to go into the community and tell people about what we’re doing and, hopefully, to also get their support,” said Emancipet Killeen Community Director Grazyna Musick. “It’s about promoting healthy and active lifestyles and available preventative care for your animals. It is really near and dear to our hearts.”

Photo by Shannon Myers German Shepard, Arno soars over the water during the Heart of Texas DockDogs competition  at the second annual Emancipet Killeen Howl at the Moon Glow Fest at the Killeen rodeo grounds.

Photo by Shannon Myers
German Shepard, Arno soars over the water during the Heart of Texas DockDogs competition at the second annual Emancipet Killeen Howl at the Moon Glow Fest at the Killeen rodeo grounds.

At the festival, families and animal lovers participated in many animal geared activities and games. There was an agility course, several pet contests, and a glow walk with music by One Fine Burrito band.
“I went to Emancipet to neuter him. I thought, how great it would be to come out here and support them. I try to look for things to do with my dog and this was great,” said Myra Orozco with Tiny, her Yorkshire terrier and winner of the “Hottest Dog of the Summer” contest.

Photo by Shannon Myers Winner of the Hottest Dog of the Summer contest, Yorkshire Terrier, Tiny, proudly poses on the catwalk Saturday at the second annual Emancipet Killeen Howl at the Moon Glow Fest at the Killeen rodeo grounds.

Photo by Shannon Myers
Winner of the Hottest Dog of the Summer contest, Yorkshire Terrier, Tiny, proudly poses on the catwalk Saturday at the second annual Emancipet Killeen Howl at the Moon Glow Fest at the Killeen rodeo grounds.

Heart of Texas DockDogs drew out spectators to watch dogs catch air for on both days of the festival. Before competition, dog owners had a chance to give their dogs a new experience by practicing with coaches for dock jumping.
“One of the soldiers heard it on the radio and brought his dog, he liked it and is now going to compete. It’s a lot of fun for you and your dog and it’s great exercise for them,” said Amanda Rose, Heart of Texas DockDogs club president.
With the help of national and local sponsors and with over 20 vendors, organizations, and food services, the Howl at the Moon Fest helped provide a fun experience for local pet lovers and information and resources available to them.
Jennifer Shoaf and her family decided to bring Ruffles, a beagle corgi mix they adopted from the Harker Heights Pet Adoption Center.
“The wait for PTSD dogs is super long, so we thought we’ll adopt one and get the dog trained. I’m glad we came tonight because we got information on one of the companies that does training for service dogs,” said Shoaf.
The Pet Adoption Center has a voucher program with Emancipet. If the shelter is unable to spay/neuter the animal, the voucher will provide the service for free through Emancipet.
“We have a wonderful relationship with the Adoption Center. They regularly bring animals to us for spay and neuter services often two to three times a week,” said Musick.
Emancipet Killeen opened in 2014 and has helped serve over 15,000 pets in the Greater Killeen/Fort Hood area. Services like Emancipet are much needed in underserved communities.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, pets living in communities lacking access to affordable pet care, 87 percent are not spayed/neutered and 77 percent have never seen a veterinarian.
“There is no such thing as a free pet…You can’t even take them to a groomer without their vaccinations being up to date,” said Brandi Foster, owner of Mobi Dog Pet Salon and Spa. “So, for Emancipet to do this at a cheaper rate for people to be able to afford it, I think that’s wonderful. We do events like this to keep them in business so they can help people take care of their pets,” said Foster.
For more information about Emancipet and the services they provide visit emancipet.org or call 254-415-4950.

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