Over 1,000 pet lovers and furry friends are expected to attend the 14th Annual Pet Carnival, taking place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat, July 14 on the lawn outside of the Indianapolis Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center (IVR/IVEC), near Beech Grove on Indy’s southeast side.
The pet-friendly event is free to the public and includes product displays, samples, discounted offers, door prizes and complimentary hot dogs, popcorn and lemonade. Attendees are encouraged to bring a pet-related item like large black trash bags, canned cat and dog food, cat litter, and dog or cat treats and toys to donate to Indianapolis Animal Care and Control.
The first 500 guests will receive a goody bag, courtesy of Pet Supplies Plus.
Animals of all breeds and sizes will be in attendance— cats, dogs, horses and even some reptiles, along with over 40 local pet retailers like doggie daycare and K-9 training centers, specialty food shops, rescue organizations and even a pet insurance company.
Guests will have the opportunity to browse and purchase pet-specific products ranging from pet-related books, Gypsy Cat jewelry and feather “fur” extensions to spill-proof bowls, fashion forward four-legged clothing and much more.
It’s also a great chance to bring home a new addition to the family. Beagles, Greyhounds, Bulldogs, Labradors, a variety of cats and other breeds will be available for adoption from area shelters and rescues.
Tony Hoard, “America’s Got Talent” semi-finalist and top-level dog frisbee trainer, will return for the second consecutive year with his agile K9 Friz B Crew, set to entertain crowds with aerial tricks choreographed to upbeat music.
The schedule of events includes:
Pet owners are encouraged to suit up their pet in costume or showcase their special talents in the Best Dressed Pet or Best Pet Trick competitions, judged by local
celebrities including FOX59’s Heather MacWilliams and RadioNOW’s Kyle Smelser. Participants can register pets when the event opens, but registration ends 15 minutes prior to each competition.
Other special features include appearances by Scooby Doo, McGruff the Crime Dog, University of Indianapolis’ Ace the Greyhound, pet psychic readings, pet photos by Studio V Photography, Best in Show pet portraits and a “Paw Print” creative expressions area.
IVR/IVEC has agreed to match each dollar raised at the animal affair toward its “Dollars for Dempsey” campaign, raising monies for a 1-year-old boxer/mastiff mix severely and intentionally burned at 8 weeks old. The near 100-pound dog, currently a canine blood donor and Pike Township Fire Department public educator, lost most pads on his feet and requires eight to 10 surgeries with estimated price of $20,000, in order for him to walk somewhat normal.
Pet owners can learn more about how to enroll their pet in IVR/IVEC’s canine and feline blood donor program at the event. The program provides animal blood for use at veterinary practices across Indiana and nationwide, and is seeking new donors, especially dogs who are bully breeds.
Emergency pet first aid kits, discount microchipping and tours of IVR/IVEC’s state-of-the-art facility will also be available to guests.
Misting fans, kiddie pools and plenty of water will be available on-site, along with a special Splash Zone area to keep pets cool.
All pets must be on leashes or in some type of carrier, and up-to-date on all shots, so everyone can enjoy a fun-filled, emergency-free day. Event is set to take place rain or shine.
For more information about Pet Carnival or IVR/IVEC, visit www.indyvet.com or call (317) 782-4484.