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The Tenth Life a popular vendor at 2014 spring street fair

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The Yellow Springs spring Street Fair took place yesterday in downtown Yellow Springs. Among the many vendors were organizations advocating improved conditions for working (military) dogs and abandoned cats.

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The Tenth Life is Dayton’s largest no-kill cat rescue. In operation since 1984, The Tenth Life has rescued thousands of cats, most of which are able to be adopted out after proper medical care. Staffed entirely by volunteers (excepting for their veterinarian), The Tenth Life has their own health care facility, with a surgical suite, surgical laser, x-ray, laboratory, ultrasound and full time veterinarian. Their booth at the street fair allows them to educate the public and raise some needed funds through the sales of their merchandise, including pet toys, books, and apparel.

The Military Working Dogs Cooling Vest Project volunteers were on hand promoting awareness of their mission, which is to provide protective and other gear to help our military working dogs. These dogs work in active war zones and extreme conditions and protect and serve our soldiers. A display with a dog manikin illustrated the protective gear that the project aims to provide, and tee shirts were available for a donation, with proceeds going to support the project.

Other vendors included What the Rock?!, the Columbus-based shop with up-cycled jewelry, fun kitchen and other items, and fun novelty gifts. The shop’s jewelry is handmade by Heather Ziegler and the fun household items include ice cube molds in the shape of iceburgs and luxury liners (for your Gin and Titonics), mustache cookie cutters, Day of the Dead cookie cutters, Organ Transplant lunch boxes and more!

Dirty Mouthed Hippie was among the many vendors at the street fair, bringing their line of wonderfully fragrant soaps and lotions. There were many options for refreshments, including Voodoo Taco, some great burritos from the IOOF, and the fabulous Fent’s root beer!

A familiar face from local farm markets, Bit of a Bite Salsa was on hand with samples for the crowds, and a variety of street performers were on hand, including Egyptian Breeze and juggler Tony Steinbach. If you missed the spring street fair in Yellow Springs, you can mark your calendar for the second Saturday in October, when the fall street fair takes place!

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