Community Assists Cats and Dogs in Need With Pet Palooza
The second annual Pet Palooza and Dog Walk is being held this Saturday, May 22, at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY. Last year’s event raised money to benefit The Partnership for Animals in Need of Transition (P.A.N.T.), an all-volunteer animal welfare organization that assists cats in need. This year, funds raised will also go to benefit The Coalition to Unchain Dogs, a national volunteer organization dedicated to improving the welfare of dogs living outdoors on chains.
Some of the activities attendees can look forward to are live Frisbee demos by SIRIUS Play Dog Training, “animal communication” demonstrations by Cindy Brody of CinergE and pet therapy by Positive Paws. There will also be fun arts and crafts for the kids, live music provided by Star 93.3 and delicious food provided by Spacey Tracy’s.
Pet Palooza is the brainchild of Jennifer Morris, who owned a pet-sitting business in Dutchess County for three years before hatching the idea. “It occurred to me that there wasn’t a single pet event in the northern Dutchess County area.” It was also the middle of a severe economic downturn. “I thought, in a difficult economy, why not bring together all these pet care related businesses and throw a fair for pets and combine it with a midday dog walk.”
She started approaching local businesses and was quickly able to line up vendors that were enthusiastic about the idea. While the number of vendors in last year’s event had to be capped at ten because of the size of the location, that won’t be a problem this year. The event has moved to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, which is opening its doors to dogs for the first time. A week before the event, Pet Palooza had signed on almost three times as many vendors as last year and has a new charity partner to boot.
This year, in addition to helping P.A.N.T., funds raised will benefit The Coalition to Unchain Dogs, which Laura Betti – one of Pet Palooza’s organizers and owner of Pause, a popular dog boutique in Rhinebeck – describes as “a national volunteer organization that finds dogs that are chained up and builds fences for them.”
The Hudson Valley Dock Dogs, a popular Millerton organization that trains dogs in the art of dock diving, will also be on hand, and no doubt launching eager pups high into the air off their makeshift piers into a cool swimming pool all day. So if your dog has an inclination to get its paws wet, he will be right at home.
For more information on the May 22nd event or to contact the organizers, please visit www.pant.org/content/second-annual-pet-palooza.
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