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KID’S KARNIVAL WILL SEND ITS EARNINGS TO THE DOGS - AND CATS

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"No Dogs Allowed"? Not at this party! The Humane Society of Utah and the Corporate Volunteer Council are sponsoring a "Kid's Karnival" on Saturday, June 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Humane Society headquarters, 4242 S. 300 West in Murray.

Admission to the Kid's Karnival is free, but the Humane Society hopes you'll bring some pocket change for games and food and even a photo with your pet. All proceeds will go to help hundreds of homeless and abandoned animals.Salt Lake area corporations and businesses that are members of the Corporate Volunteer Council will have representatives manning food and game booths. Questar and NorthWest Pipeline will staff the fish pond and faro wheel booths. Salt Lake County volunteers will be at the hoop toss, while Paramax staffers will be helping at the cow-chip fling. American Express will have a basketball hoop toss; O.C. Tanner employees will be found at a booth called "chicken in a pot" and will also sell tickets for games and food.

IHC will help at a pet photo booth. For the event to remain a carnival and not a riot, pet owners who want pictures taken must have cats in carriers and dogs on leashes! Mountain Fuel employees will direct parking. A barbecue booth will be manned by Questar employees, while Utah State Office of Education staffers will be at the soda pop and chips booth. Salt Lake City school volunteers will sell cotton candy and US WEST snowcones. US WEST will also help kids make salt art.

Pauline Edwards, special events coordinator for the Humane Society, grieves for the puppies and kittens that are abandoned each year. She says she often has to bite her lip when a family brings in puppies or kittens saying, "We wanted our children to experience the miracle of birth."

"We hear it all the time," Edwards said. "Then they bring the babies to us and expect we'll find homes for all of them. There is another half to that `lesson.' There's more to the lesson than just the birth. The reality is, we can't find homes for all of them. I wish they would rent the video on human birth through the Salt Lake County Library System," she said.

While area kids and their pets are frolicking on Saturday, Edwards hopes people in the market for a pet will also visit the Humane Society and adopt one of the Salt Lake area's homeless pets before it's too late.