June 03, 2013 - 4:43 PM
PENTICTON — Animals come first at Andy's Animal Acres petting zoo on Three Mile Road.
"Our animal's care is number one," owner Andrea Buyan said.
Buyan's grand opening was packed with small children with many dressed in soccer uniforms. The 20-plus animals received a lot of pets and attention from squealing fans. Maybe a little too much.
Buyan said this is a learning experience for her. She didn't expect this level of excitment. She wants children and adults to treat her goats, horses, pigs, ponies and rabbits with gentler hands.
Many attendees have never seen these animals up close before despite living in the Okanagan Valley. Education is a big part of why Buyan wanted to do this. She learned animal husbandry at a north Vancouver farm and then honed it at Keremeos petting zoo.
Buyan said many of her animals are rescues and her petting zoo is a satellite adoption site for rabbits and guinea pigs the SPCA finds. She still wants to keep the numbers down though. There will be no uncontrolled breeding.
She has already booked larger events with schools and special needs groups and is open to hosting birthday parties on site as well.
For more information call 250-805-5122 or go to her Andy's Animal Acres Facebook page.
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Andy's Animal Acres on Three Mile Road opened its petting zoo doors to the public this weekend.
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