Humane Society's Pet Fest to honor homeless animals

This year’s event on Saturday, Aug. 16, features contests, free refreshments, vendors and pet blessings.

Posted on Aug. 6, 2014 at 3:46 p.m.

The upcoming Pet Fest is the purrrfect excuse to spend some quality time with your four-legged buddy.

The annual event, hosted by the Elkhart County Humane Society, will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16. It features contests, an agility course, vendors, refreshments and more, according to a press release from the organization.

Contests begin at noon and include a water relay, dogs dunking for hot dogs and musical hoops. An on-leash agility course and demonstrations will be hosted by Planet Canine, with a prize for every participating pet. 

Each pet will receive a free toy at registration, and free refreshments will be available for pets and humans alike. Dog water bowls and splash pools will also be available.

On-site vendors will feature groomers, bakeries, kennels and food.

The event coincides with National Homeless Animal Day to honor animals that enter shelters each year.

A memorial prayer for homeless animals and a group pet blessing will take place at the gazebo at 11:30 a.m. Individual pet blessings will also be offered by the Rev. Amy Debeck.

“Pet Fest is the perfect family fun event to celebrate the pets in our life, including the ones that have yet to be adopted,” Anne Reel, the Elkhart County Humane Society’s director, said in a press release. “We want to celebrate the joy pets provide, but also increase awareness of the animals still waiting for a place to call home.”

Pets that attend must be current on their rabies shots and other vaccinations.

Animals will be available for adoption at the event. Those who adopt one pet can adopt a second animal for free.

The event takes place at the Elkhart County Humane Society, located at 54687 C.R. 19 in Bristol. For more information, visit www.elkharthumanesociety.org.

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