LOS LUNAS — Valencia County will become a safer and healthier community on Saturday, March 9, when Animal Humane New Mexico holds its first of two free pet health fairs for local cat and dog owners in partnership with Valencia County Animal Shelter.

Organizers anticipate they will vaccinate and microchip 200 pets during the event, which is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at the Valencia County Animal Shelter, 1209 N.M. 314, in Los Lunas. Animal Humane professionals will also provide free training supplies and pet food as well as information about pet care support and resources available through local outreach groups and programs.

Pet owners are asked to park in the Daniel Fernandez Memorial Park parking lot, where registration will begin on a first-come, first-served basis. The event will end when supplies run out, so residents are advised to arrive early.

Pets must remain in a carrier or on a leash at all times.

“Animal shelters like ours are best known for adopting out pets, but shelters are also an incredible resource for education and support to pet owners,” said Leah Remkes, Animal Humane’s partnership outreach manager. “We are grateful for a grant from the Jeniam Foundation, which is enabling us to serve more pets and their people in this community.”

A second pet health fair is being planned for May.

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