Funds raised for state’s oldest dog park

Pets & People Humane Society hosts fall festival in Yukon

Laura Trujillo of Mustang stands with her first place Doberman Pinschers, named Asaneth and Anubis. (Photo by Robert Medley)

By Robert Medley
Senior Staff Writer

Wearing a red wig, the Doberman Pinscher named Asaneth, and another Doberman with her named Anubis, arrived from Mustang on a crisp, cool fall day and were named first-place winners of a costume contest that was part of a Yukon fundraiser to help pets.

Owned by Edgar and Laura Trujillo, the dogs took home the top trophy Oct. 14 during the Pets & People Humane Society Fall Festival at Yukon’s community dog park, 701 Inla Ave.

The dog costume contest was a main attraction of the special event.

People showed up with children and dogs to walk around the park, visit the booths and play the games.

Piedmont residents Luz Morogiannis and her son Zayne, 3, enjoyed the activities and games, but they left their large dogs at home for the day.

“This is our first time here. It’s a lot of fun,” Luz Morogiannis said. “There are a lot of activities for the kids. We love animals so we love supporting anything animal related.”

Her dogs were a bit too excitable to bring.

“We have huge dogs. One of them is very wild and very energetic so we decided to leave our dogs home,” Morogiannis said.

Nola, dressed in a costume as “Dog Ross”; and Lola, dressed as a happy tree, placed second in a dog costume contest. (Photo by Robert Medley)
Luz and Zayne Morogiannis of Piedmont play a game during the fall festival. (Photo by Robert Medley)


Pets & People Board Member Suzanne Cannon talked about the needs at what is known as the oldest dog park in the state, a few blocks north of Main Street/State Highway 66 in Yukon.

The pond at the park needs an aerator to keep the water fresh and clean. Trees also need to be trimmed.

“We would like to build a gazebo to have events at,” Cannon said.

The main goal of Pets & People Humane Society is to help find homes for adoptable animals.

Adoption specialist Zoe Claunch works to find forever homes for dogs. (Photo by Robert Medley)

“We are networking in hopes of finding them a forever home,” adoption specialist Zoe Claunch said.

There were several dogs in cages at last Saturday’s fall festival. Dogs that were not adopted are still available.

“We have high hopes,” Claunch said.

Some dogs stay at Pets & People’s “no-kill” shelter for several years before being adopted.

“We keep them,” Claunch said. “Some of them we keep for four or five years. That is our goal, to keep them here until they find their new homes.”

To find out more about how to adopt pets or help the humane society, call (405) 367-7156.

Mark Parrish and Lukas Cheatham of Yukon’s Wags Whiskers and Beyond Pet Boutique with dog Gibget. (Photo by Robert Medley)
Blake Henson, 7, and Millie Henson, 4, enjoy a hayride provided by Gary Cannon. (Photo by Robert Medley)