P.E.T.S. Fest aims to serve Hispanic community


WICHITA FALLS, TX - The third annual P.E.T.S. Fest took place at Lucy park in Wichita Falls on Saturday.

Pet owners who came out got free spay and neuter vouchers for their dogs.

Those who run the P.E.T.S. Veterinarian Clinic said they are working to better serve economically disadvantaged pet owners and Hispanic owners.

Several bilingual speakers were there to help Spanish speakers get their pups treated.

Leslie Harrelson, Executive Director of P.E.T.S., said she does not see veterinarian programs reach out to the growing Hispanic population in Texoma and wanted to help.

"This is Texas, we have a very large Hispanic population, and I don't feel like anyone goes out of their way to attend to our Hispanic pet owners within our community," said Harrelson. "I don't know of any vet offices that have bilingual veterinarians or office staff."

It cost more than $21,000 to finance the event. Most of the money came from donations.

As of this 3:00 p.m. Saturday more than 300 dogs were spayed and neutered. Other free services offered were vaccines and nail trimmings.

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