The North Bergen Free Public Library’s Pet Fair on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 was a big hit with kids, who had the opportunity to read to a therapy dog, meet a K9 officer, attend a panel on dog care, and more.
Many of the activities took place downstairs in the library, where the North Bergen Health Department set up a table to provide information and assistance with licensing and other pet-related topics. In one room a therapy dog nuzzled up to kids as they read stories of their choosing. In another, Daniela Salazar from Pawtanicals Pet Wash, located on Broadway in North Bergen, provided a slideshow on “6 Common Washing Mistakes” and tips on how to correctly groom pets.
Officer Terrence Murphy from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office brought his partner Duli, a 4-year-old German Shepherd trained to patrol and sniff out explosives, to greet and pose with kids and families. Duli is one of 10 dogs in the sheriff’s department, with others trained for tracking or to sniff out narcotics.
Meanwhile, outside in the parking lot the New Jersey Humane Society and Animal Life Savers Inc. were helping residents adopt cats and dogs. Children played with kittens from the Humane Society shelter and took home new pets that had been vaccinated and spayed.
Anyone interested in adopting a pet can visit www.humanesociety.org or drop by PetSmart on Saturday or Sunday afternoons, where Elaine Samman and Animal Life Savers regularly hold adoption events.