The American Red Cross Santa Monica chapter, Santa Monica Fire Department, the city of Santa Monica, Santa Monica Organizations Active in Disaster (SMOAID) and the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcLA) are hosting the Second Annual Free Pet Fair and Chip-a-thon, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 at Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica.
The event will offer a variety of events and activities for all types of pets and pet lovers, fair organizers say. Free identification micro-chipping of dogs, cats and exotic pets will be available for the second year in a row to the first 400 attendees who register. Low cost vaccinations will also be offered along with pet adoptions.
Other features include dog training demonstrations, pet disaster preparedness tips, Red Cross pet first aid classes and pet registration and licensing. The Santa Monica Fire Department will demonstrate pet rescue techniques from disasters such as house fires.
Christina Moore from the cable TV show “HawthoRNe” will emcee. Children’s character Hip Hop Harry will perform at 11 a.m. in addition to other entertainment.
Humans and their pets are all welcome. Cats, rabbits and other exotic pets such as turtles, iguanas, lizards, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and others must be in pet carriers, and dogs must be leashed.
The public is requested to not bring pets in cardboard boxes, milk crates or other improvised containers.
A highlight of the event will be a pet contest for the pet(s) that most resembles its owner, as well as for largest, most unusual, smallest, most obedient and most talented.
A number of animal experts including Karen “Doc” Halligan, and celebrity pet owners will be available to offer advice for keeping pets healthy and happy. Exhibitors will be on hand with free samples, literature, news about products and services and general pet care. Some exhibitors will be giving away samples of pet foods and other pet products.
Last year, 1,400 people attended the event, 380 animals received free microchips and 28 animals were adopted.
Free parking is available near Clover Park. Food and beverages will be available for purchase onsite.
Information, www.smgov.net/smoaid, or www.redcrossofsantamonica.org.