“The purpose of the festival is to help the shelter and to help animals to find homes,” said Fran Jackson, a volunteer with Cobb County Animal Control.
The festival features animal related arts and crafts by local artisans. There will also be special adoption rates, a silent auction and food. Bring an unopened and unexpired cat or dog food donation.
The festival raises awareness for the shelter.
“We started (the festival) to attract a different group of people to the shelter. We want the public to see that the shelter is clean, the employees are friendly, the volunteers are helpful and friendly,” the west Cobb resident said.
“We wanted the public to see (the shelter) is an OK place to come to. It’s not your old idea of the pound with the dogcatcher. These people have hearts. They care. They cry as much as we do. It’s a very rewarding experience,” said Jackson who also volunteers with Fancy Feline Rescue, a cats-only rescue group. She also started PAWSitive Supporters, a non-profit that helps homeless and shelter animals.
Jackson has been around animals all her life and adopted a Sheltie-mix through a rescue organization when she moved to Marietta.
“Everyone has that one dog that grabs their heart. That’s when it kicked in. I wish I had gotten started earlier in my life and had spent more time doing rescue and things for animals,” she said.
“(The Cobb County Animal Shelter) has great animals you can adopt. You’ll get a fully vetted animal from $115. If you buy from a breeder or pet store and then take it to a vet, it’s probably at least $300 for all the services needed to bring you’re animal up to date,” she said.
“We want you to come to the shelter. We want you to come to the grounds. We hopefully will adopt animals at the same time,” Jackson said.
Cobb County Animal Control is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.