Pets-a-Palooza Festival For Families and Furry Friends Set For Sept. 17 at Mooseheart

Pets-a-Palooza Festival For Families and Furry Friends Set For Sept. 17 at Mooseheart

Want to have a great day with your family, friends and pets? Anderson Animal Shelter invites the community to the third annual Pets-a-Palooza festival on Sunday, Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mooseheart Child City & School, 255 James J. Davis Dr., off Route 31 between North Aurora and Batavia.

Pets-a-Palooza, which attracted more than 3,000 people last year, is a free, family- and pet-centered event that celebrates the joy of animal companions.

Throughout the day, Pets-a-Palooza will feature various activities for pets and children, as well as humane and pet education sessions. Training demonstrations will even help attendees learn some new tricks and tips for their pets. Anderson Animal Shelter, along with other local rescue groups, will have dogs and puppies available for adoption, allowing local residents to meet and welcome a new family member.

Pets-a-Palooza at Mooseheart Child City & School offers the perfect location for a family to enjoy a day out together.  In addition to the pet related activities, local businesses will be selling pet- and-human themed products.

“Pets-a-Palooza is a celebration of pets who are an important part of our families,” said Beth Drake, executive director of Anderson Animal Shelter, which is based in South Elgin and also has satellite adoption centers in North Aurora and Bloomingdale. “Our third annual festival promises to offer fun for people of all ages, and it’s a chance to bring together our compassionate community of animal lovers, adopters and advocates.”

More information about Pets-a-Palooza can be sniffed out on Anderson’s website at www.andersonanimalshelter.org/petsapalooza. The schedule of pet-centered activities and events will be updated throughout the summer.  Businesses are invited to participate as vendors, advertisers or sponsors.

Event Schedule

MAIN STAGE

  • Pet Contest: Best in Show
  • Pet Contest: Best Trick
  • Pet Contest: Best Costume

PET EDUCATION TENT 1                    ​

  • Everything You Need to Know About Cat Litter Box Training, with Tonya Wilhelm
  • Fun Feline Enrichment for All Ages, with Tonya Wilhelm
  • Fighting Like Cats & Dogs, with Tonya Wilhelm
  • End Animal Cruelty: Be Part of the Solution, with Dr. Keri Burchfield, Carrie Frost and Steve Frost
  • Dog Bite Prevention & Safety, with Amber Walker

 PET EDUCATION TENT 2

  • Dog Behavior & Training 101, with A Sound Beginning
  • Puppy Behavior & Training 101, with A Sound Beginning
  • Pet First Aid, with Dr. Judy McBeth
  • Alternative Therapies Panel Discussion, with Various Speakers
  • Dog Behavior & Training 101, with A Sound Beginning

DEMONSTRATION AREA 1

  • Clicker Training Magic: Clicker Training, Recall & Shaping Workshop, with A Sound Beginning
  • Clicker Training Magic: Clicker Training, Recall & Shaping Workshop, with A Sound Beginning

DEMONSTRATION AREA 2

  • Dog Parkour Demonstration, with Over the Moon Positive Dog Training
  • Healing Paws Pet Therapy Program & Offer Testing, with Healing Paws

SOURCE: Anderson Animal Shelter and Batavia Chamber of Commerce