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Paw Fest draws dozens for celebration of pets

MT. VERNON, IL (WSIL) -- After putting the event on pause last year because of the pandemic, Mt. Vernon's annual Paw Fest returned to Veterans Memorial Park Sunday.

This is the fourth year for the event on its own. It outgrew its original place as part of the City's Fall Fest. Dozens were out enjoying vendors with pet-centric toys and supplies; food vendors, contests, demonstrations and even a moment of prayer with a Blessing of the Pets.

Festival director Angela Schrum says proceeds from contest and donations from Paw Fest help to find some "furry friends their fur-ever homes."

"This event is a celebration of pets for anybody in the region and it is designed to promote our Jefferson County Animal Control," says Schrum. "So everything will go to them, we're promoting spaying and neutering and rescue animals and just want everybody to come have a great time."

Pets from Grace Rescue and Animal Control found a few takers today. Several kittens from Little Paws Cat Rescue were also looking for a home.

Joe Rehana

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