Bernalillo County will showcase its newest gem, the Animal Care Services and Resource Center, during Paws & Claws on Saturday, May 18.
The county wants to get the word out about the center as well as hear from the community about its needs. The center opened in January.
“We wanted to do something to let the community know that we’re here and we’re open and kind of give back to the community as well and get their input,” said Terri Stephens, Outreach Manager, Bernalillo County Animal Care Services and Resource Center. “Especially as a new shelter and a resource center, we’re both trying to let people know what we’re here for and what we do, but also get ideas as far as what programming would you like to see or what services do you think would be beneficial to you as a community.”
The family friendly event will offer music, children’s activities, arts and crafts and food trucks as well as allow attendees to tour the facility and possibly adopt a pet or livestock. Attendees are asked to leave their family pets at home.
“We’re going to have an Animal Control Officer Olympics for kids…,” Stephens said. “Just silly things like we have the rubber snakes and snake tongs and we’ll ask them to pick them up and put them in a bucket. Our little brown ping pong balls (will represent) poop so they can race and pick that up.”