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Updated: 12/06/2017 08:30:00AM

Furballs find forever homes

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PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ

Morgan Stout has a new little friend: a German Shepherd-Kerr mix puppy. The dogs are usually the first adopted at PetFest every year.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ

PCSO Animal Control Administrator Kristall Barber introduces this little Siamese kitten to its new owners, Venice and Jeff Carpenter at last weekend's PetFest adoption event in Winter Haven.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ

Eight-year-old Isabella Davisson attended PetFest with her mom, Linda. While waiting on their paperwork to adopt a kitten, Isabella says hello to this rainbow colored pony at the petting zoo.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ

These volunteers greet the kids at PetFest, where the activities for kids were numerous and included a petting zoo and bouncy houses.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ

This duck did not know she was going to be a party duck, says Phyllis Elliott of Pretty Pony Parties. But her duck partner passed away, so now she hangs with Wilbur, the pig, who is turning up his nose at the idea.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ

Phyllis Elliott of Pretty Pony Parties gives her "spoiled goat," Bella, a drink of Coke and water mixed together. Bella likes the idea, that is obvious.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ

Gracie and Michelle Bennett drove all the way from Plant City to adopt these cuties: a Dachshund mix and a Catahoula Leopard hound.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ

Santa and Mrs. Clause posed for pictures (for free!) with families and those who adopted pets. The special room was decorated to the max with beautiful lights and holiday fare. Photos were taken by Donna Wood, PCSO.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ

Latrice Love pays for a little dog named "Neptune," as Ebonie, age 11, looks on. Ebonie seems pretty happy about the deal.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ

PetFest 2017 was a hit, as numerous animals found their "forever homes" with people who will love them and take care of them.

By KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ

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WINTER HAVEN – They drove all the way from Plant City to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office PetFest event Saturday in Winter Haven to buy a couple cute furballs to expand their home.

Gary Bennett said, “We couldn’t find any online,” when they went searching for dogs. PetFest is put on by the sheriff’s office once a year at Animal Control, in partnership with numerous vendors who turned out for the occasion. Adoption fees were $30 and included the pet, its shots and medical papers, Polk County animal license and tag, a chip and lots of other things.

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