Sunday, June 11, 2017

KFFA Holds First Annual Pet Carnival

On Saturday, the students from Tri- Valley's Hegins Hubley Elementary School's KFFA Club held the first pet carnival at the Valley View park.

Photos and story by Jimmie Lu Smallwood

KFFA stands for Kids Fight For Animals and the goal of the elementary aged student run group is to fight against and help stop animal cruelty and abuse.

The event included a vendor show, food supplied by the CSA Girl Scout Troop #31806, food from Back Street Barbecue by Ryan Reidler, a Chinese Auction, Pet Caricatures, Pet Photos w/ the Smooch Booth, Fashion Show, and Kiddie Pools the pets to splash in.

A dog agility course was also setup for four legged and two legged family members.

Speranza Animal Rescue who has gained national attention due to their push for harsher punishment for animal abusers was also in attendance.

The club's 3 leaders, Ava, Kendall, and  Haylee  say they hope the carnival will help to raise awareness as well as raise funds to help the many groups in attendance.

In addition to the carnival the student group also does pet food drives and fundraisers. They are hopeful that one day the group will expand to not only helping dogs and cats but also other animals in need as well.

Adele Wolfgang of Valley View runs the agility course with her dog.

One of the many dogs available for rescue

Lilly could be seen at the Ruth Steinhart's SPCA tent. She is a 2 year old dog with spina bifida and uses a wheel chair made for her to get around. Lori from the SPCA encourages all to shelter shop and adopt. The RSMSPCA in Pine Grove is at full capacity as of the event.

Pickles is one of the many dogs available to adopt from the Mommy and Me rescue in Mt. Carmel, who also work with a group called FIDO.

FIDO works with animal trainers along side of prisoners in the Coal Township prison, Carol Kolinowski told Skook News. 

Meet Tex and his owner Mike from Herndron PA. Tex is a retired work dog that served in Afghanistan. Mike works with K9 Hero Haven to rescue K9 heros. Tex worked as an IED sniffing dog and does suffer from PTSD.

Also not pictured was Angie Bixler of Tower City who recently won an award for being a hometown hero. She works with Pause for a Cause PA. They help elderly and veterans with veterinarian costs and help with food for their pets. They also offer low cost vaccination clinics as well as help fundraise,

Aria Paetzel, age 2 of Sch. Haven, enjoys the duck pond at the KFFA carnival game tent for children.

Connor Paetzel, of Sch. Haven said he really liked the baseball game.

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