COLUMBIA - Mid-Missouri pet enthusiasts attended the 9th Annual Paws in the Park event in Stephens Park Saturday afternoon.
Hosted by Columbia Second Chance, a "no-kill" animal shelter, the event featured adoption stations for both dogs and cats, and educational seminars. In addition, local vendors donated $3,000 worth of merchandise for a silent auction. Columbia's K-9 unit, including MU's bomb dog, Truman, were also in attendance.
Columbia Second Chance executive director Valerie Chaffin says one of her favorite parts of the event is watching their rescued animals go home to a new life.
"We've had some cats get adopted today, and it's nice to see carriers leave the park because it's a signal that a new family is in Columbia," said Chaffin.
Local pet stores and food vendors provided entertainment for pets and humans alike.