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Raton PetFest a Frenzy of Fun

by Colette M. Armijo

A girl and her puppy can form a bond that is inseperable, and these two did just that at PetFest 2017. The PetFest has so many participants now it had to move to Ripley Park! Photos by Franky Mahannah.

RATON — Sights and delights were abundant at Saturday’s 3rd Annual PetFest. The Raton Humane Society, which was established in 1979, co-ordinates this event annually as their main fundraiser to help animals in need. The event has grown and as such became too well attended to continue having it at the Raton Animal Shelter.

“PetFest has grown so quickly that we believe that moving it to Ripley Park will make it more comfortable for people and their pets to attend. It will also give the entire community an opportunity to participate,” shared Barbara Bonahoom, president of Raton Humane Society.

Father Bill Woytavich, pastor of St. Patrick-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, was on hand to bless all pets and their owners that were present. Then a bevy of excitement followed with face painting, petting zoo, pet show, photo booth, and free rides on therapy horses for those 18 years and younger. An abundant supply of refreshments were available for purchase and many booths offered art and craft items for sale, with the proceeds donated to the Raton Humane Society.

PetFest was a well enjoyed success and supporters of the humane society’s ongoing cause can look forward to the upcoming Fall Pet Photo Shoot on Saturday, October 28, and Pet Photos with Santa on Saturday, November 25.

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