Pilot story and photos by Andrea Barkan
The parking lot at Town and Country Animal Clinic in Harbor was transformed into an exotic farm May 8 during its annual Paws and Prints Day.
Llamas, horses, goats, turtles, calves and snakes were among the animals that took up temporary residence at the event, which garnered $1,900 for South Coast Humane Society and Curry County Animal Shelter. Half will go to each organization.
"It was a great turnout," coordinator Michelle McDonald said. "We're really satisfied with the community's contributions."
New events included "dunk the doctor" and "revenge on local law enforcement," which gave participants the chance to sink clinic doctors and Oregon state troopers into a dunk tank.
Cheryl McKinney brought two miniature horses from her farm on North Bank Chetco River Road to the event for the second year.
"They're very sweet," she said of the horses.
McKinney said she participates in Paws and Prints because "supporting the humane society and getting those unwanted pets some good homes is very important."
Bj's Creature Features showed off exotic animals, including a snake, tortoises and an iguana.
"The kids love coming to see the animals," Carol Leonard said.
Leonard brought her two daughters, ages 4 and 6, and a friend's 6-year-old daughter.
"They want to ride most of them," she added.
Breana Badger, 6, found a friend in one of the sheep.
"Mom, the sheep likes me," she called happily to Cindy Badger.
"It's friendly to kids," Breana said.
Linda Stimson brought some other friendly animals, llamas and goats, from her Brookings farm to mix with the crowd.
"I brought these guys to get them used to more activity," Stimson said of her llamas, which are scheduled to be in the Azalea Festival parade.
Stimson said the llamas sparked a lot of curiosity.
"This is great for people to be able to see the animals," she said. "I love to share them."
She answered questions all afternoon, including the most common: "Do they spit?"
Stimson said llamas spit to establish dominance and usually only do so with one another.
In the three years Stimson has kept llamas, none have spit at her, she said.
Several slightly more domesticated animals eight cats and two dogs hung out all afternoon, courtesy of South Coast Humane Society.
"We just want to have them here for visibility, so people know we're here," humane society director Vicki Cooley said.
Additionally, Volunteers in Police Service offered free fingerprinting.
Leonard's three charges took advantage of the service.
"I try to do it every few years," Leonard said of fingerprinting her children.
"This is so ... if kids are missing (or) abducted, parents will have a record of their fingerprints," VIPS Director Frank Durham said.
Town and Country contest resultss:
Under 17 essay contest
Winner: Diana Hall
Second place: Nathan Hanscam
Kindergarten through third grade
Winner: Marie Cole
Second place: Meaghan Fitzpatrick
Fourth through sixth grade
Winner: Emily Moncrief
Second place: Ellyse Clogston
"People and pets: A loving bond" essay contest
Winner: Vyrlee Sease