Family friendly fun to be featured during 11th annual Claws & Paws

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published May 18, 2016

 More than a couple dozen special pets will be looking for forever homes May 21 during the 11th annual Claws & Paws. Caesar made his debut last year and was available for adoption by Safari rescue group in Livonia.

More than a couple dozen special pets will be looking for forever homes May 21 during the 11th annual Claws & Paws. Caesar made his debut last year and was available for adoption by Safari rescue group in Livonia.

File photo by Erin Sanchez

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CLAWSON — Excitement is bubbling over for the 11th annual Claws & Paws event happening this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Clawson City Park.

The 2016 event, brought to the public by Guardians For Animals and the Clawson Chamber of Commerce, will celebrate everything and anything pet- and owner-related and will include all of the excitement attendees have come to expect in the past, along with some interesting additions.

  “New this year we are having bubble soccer,” said Clawson Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mary Sames. “We will be able to offer it at a very low cost for anyone wanting to try it out.”

Another addition to this year’s event is a pet fashion show hosted by Acting Out Kids Community Theatre.

Claws & Paws will include $10 pet microchipping, pet care products, pet-related vendors and displays, prizes, vaccinations, face painting, a mummy wrap contest, games, magicians and pet adoptions.

A little more than a couple dozen pets will be up for adoption during the event for families looking for an animal to love.

Sames said that, last year, there were about 23 pets at the event and 19 found forever homes.

“It was very successful last year,” she said. “We usually have good results with the pet adoptions, because we’re small,” she said.

As in years past, event proceeds will benefit Guardians For Animals.

“We’ve really gone all out this year to provide a great lineup to appeal to all who love to have fun while helping homeless animals,” Guardians For Animals founder Alex Whitney said in a statement. “Whether you are a pet owner, potential pet owner or someone who just wants to have a fun time, we have something for everyone — animal and human.”

Whitney said Paws & Claws is vital to Guardians For Animals’ mission to save shelter animals from being euthanized. She said the organization is grateful to the Clawson Chamber of Commerce for the opportunity.

The event will include a 2-mile run, walk or dog jog to benefit  homeless animals at 11 a.m., with check-in an hour earlier. People may register for $20 until May 18 by visiting www.clawsonclawspaws.com or for $25 on the day of the event. Walk participants will receive a T-shirt, goodie bag and snacks while supplies last.

Registration in advance is also  recommended for bubble soccer and pet microchipping by visiting www.guardiansforanimals.org. Low-cost vaccines and pet licensing from Oakland County will be available at the event.

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