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AMHERST – The Lion’s Den may not have actual lions visiting this Saturday, but there will be cats. And dogs. Maybe a hamster or guinea pig, too

“It’s our first one…our first go at it,” said Marilyn Williams about the Animal Awareness Expo taking place on Electric Street June 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Williams is president of the Lillian Albon Animal Shelter. The shelter has declared June animal awareness month – a chance to highlight issues revolving around responsible pet ownership and care. As part of that campaign, they’re hosting the expo, which will see vendors, pets, raffles and activities gathered under one roof.

“More like a family fun (day),” she said of the event.

Admission is free. The president said 10 vendors have signed up so far. Children are being invited to bring well-mannered pets (cats in carriers, dogs leashed) to participate in a pet ‘show and tell’: kids will be given a microphone and have the opportunity to talk about their beloved animal.

The shelter is still trying to get out a very basic message, namely that they exist. And they hope to attract new members.

“It’s a way to make a very positive difference in the lives of the animals who can’t speak for themselves,” she said.

There will be information on poison hazards to pets, as well as the yellow ribbon campaign, which encourages owners whose dogs don’t want to be approached by strangers to put a yellow ribbon on their leash.

It should be a full house even without guests coming through the door. Williams promised face painting and a silent auction, a cake walk and an indoor yard sale, raffles and snacks.

“If we had a hundred people come through the door, I’d be ecstatic,” said the president.

The shelter’s raison d’etre will also be on display.

“We are going to bring some shelter animals there.”

esparling@amherstdaily.com

@ADNsparling

Organizations: Lillian Albon Animal Shelter

Geographic location: Electric Street

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