Couple encouraging pet adoption through event

Kyle Phillips / The Transcript

Jesse and Katy Wells pose at the Wells Family Christmas Tree Farm in Norman.

The Christmas season hasn't begun yet, but the owners of a local Christmas tree farm are already planning community activities in preparation for the holidays.

Wells Family Christmas Tree Farm, 4091 E. Franklin Road in Norman, is hosting an outdoor Christmas Market and Pet Adoption Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The event will include vendors offering local and handmade products, as well as three food trucks, live entertainment, dog adoptions and puppy yoga.

The first-ever event also will correspond with the grand opening of the farm's gift shop.

Admission to the farm is $5. Puppy yoga costs $25 and includes farm admission.

A portion of the proceeds will be benefit the St. Francis Animal Resource Center in Norman. St. Francis provides vet services for pets, helps pet owners get emergency vet care, brings animal food to residents' pets and serves as a resource center so residents can keep their pets.

Co-owners Jesse and Katy Wells said about 15 local vendors have responded so far, but they have room for 20. Any local vendors who are interested can contact the couple at 887-1298 or wellschristmastrees@gmail.com.

Local animal rescue groups will bring adoptable pets to the event. Katy Wells said one of the rescue groups that is attending currently has 80 adoptable animals inside its facility, but she doesn't know how many dogs they will bring.

The couple hopes to make the event annual.

Puppy yoga will be from noon to 1 p.m. Attendees should arrive 15 minutes early. The couple will supply mats, and the puppies participating in yoga will be available for adoption.

"We've always had a heart for animals. Animals make everything better," Katy Wells said.

She said last year they offered goat yoga at the farm, and residents requested a repeat event. However, the event was more costly because they had to rent the goats. They wanted to host a similar event that involved less cost.

In addition to this fall event, the farm also is hosting movie nights once again. They will show "The Goonies" on Oct. 25 and "Christmas Vacation" on Nov. 8. Food trucks will be on hand.

The farm hosted movie viewings last year. Before a viewing of "Christmas Vacation" last November, a couple tied the knot in front of movie viewers, with Jesse Wells leading the ceremony. Jesse said he is ordained to wed couples.

The 12-acre farm, which opened in 2017, is available for private events and photo shoot sessions throughout. The couple has hosted some small, outdoor wedding ceremonies and said they are working on a wedding venue that could be completed in about five years.

Katy Wells said the farm is a place where people can go outdoors, be relaxed and enjoy time with their families.

For more information, visit wellschristmastrees.com.

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