So yesterday was the shelter carnival. It was hot, high eighties to low nineties. most of the activities were on the hot asphalt of the parking lot too, so there were quite a bit of trips inside to cool down for those manning the booths.
One of the workers told me that it was really slow for the first hour and they were a little concerned. By the time I got there things were hopping. Could have been busier yes, but for their first time doing this type of event you couldn't be unhappy with the turn out! (I remember the first kitten shower vividly)
They had staff in clown costumes. Kind of impressive they stepped up to do that. The "carnival" was mostly just 'games' improvised from a few purchased items and a lot of imagination... not to mention one particular game that was made with a re-purposed item from the agility class.
The way it worked was you purchased 'tickets' to play the games. Then you won different tickets from playing then went inside to turn the tickets in for prizes or a chance at some raffle prizes. Some of the raffle prizes were pretty impressive - but it seemed to me to be not really the right audience for them. To counter that you could also purchase tickets to enter the raffle.. So they covered their bases
They also had puppies up for adoption and that always draws a big crowd.
Now for the picts.
|Staff member as a clown. He did a little jig for me|
|Puppies for adoption|
|just wore himself out meeting and greeting people|
|near a staffed table|
|Football throw and knock the cans down|
|another ring toss|
|Maybe this one is for the adults? :)|
|Making cotton candy|
|Raffle and ticket prizes|
|some of the raffle prizes|
|Kittens in a basket|
|dog and cat finger puppets|
|animal silly band rings (highlighting kitty one)|
|Kittens up for adoption|
|Puppies already adopted|
|community cat room (small animal room beyond that and second cat room at end)|
|Kitty up for adoption|
|Emma up for adoption|
|This kitty was in the carnival spirit.|
|This one was a little overwhelmed.
She came out to see me but then someone else came in the room and she ran and hid again
|Puma Joe close up|
I went into the retail area of the shelter and bought a 'sun dress' for Kit. Only someone else wanted to try it on first. We laughed at the idea, but since there was such long velcro straps on it, there was a chance it would work.. and surprisingly it did.
|I put it on her and she went right to the camera bag and sat down|
|Kit came over to tell her that dressing up was HER thing|
|Daddy, Daddy, aren't I cute??|