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Rescuecon: Harnessing the power of animal lovers

Rescuecon: Harnessing the power of animal lovers
Is this our next president? (Michael Mancini / Rescuecon)

A dog for president? There have been worse ideas.

Seven, a rescued Australian Shepherd and show-dog-turned-actor-model-therapy-dog, will be throwing his collar into the presidential ring at the first Rescuecon convention in Oxnard Feb. 23-24.

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Admittedly, it’s largely a publicity stunt.

But animal welfare advocates across Southern California are hoping the event at Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center will help strengthen and unify the region’s rescue efforts for all animals in need.

And if you attend, you might just end up with a brand-new furry friend.

Yoga is better with a bunny.
Yoga is better with a bunny. (Michael Mancini / Rescuecon)

The two-day event includes a free adoption fair for dogs, cats and rabbits, low-cost spay/neuter and microchip clinics, and a full schedule of breakout sessions featuring animal welfare celebrities, including Hannah Shaw, perhaps better known as the Kitten Lady, as well as Ellie Laks, co-founder of the Gentle Barn, a refuge for aging and infirm barnyard creatures.

The convention also will feature bunny yoga classes (think: downward dog with wascally wabbits), craft-making stations, storytellers, a Crazy Cat Ladies art exhibit, a cat cafe and food trucks for two-legged attendees.

Rescuecon

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 23-24

Where: Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard

Cost: $25 per day and $40 for the weekend, with a portion of ticket sales benefiting Ventura County Animal Services

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