PRC SPCA to participate in pet adoption festival

Published 7:00 am Thursday, June 9, 2016

Gonk, held by caretaker John Gonzalez, is one of many dogs going to the Pets for Celebration festival with PRC SPCA in search for their forever homes this Saturday.

Gonk, held by caretaker John Gonzalez, is one of many dogs going to the Pets for Celebration festival with PRC SPCA in search of his forever home this Saturday.

The Pearl River County SPCA animal shelter, along with numerous other shelters and rescue homes, will be part of the Paws for Celebration in the parking lot of the PetSmart in Slidell this Saturday.

The festival is hosted by a non-profit organization, Hearts and Paws United and PetSmart.

The event is a pet adoption festival for people of all ages. The festival will include a wide variety of pets looking for their forever homes along with other festival activities like free face paintings, family and pet photo sessions, raffles, trainer and veterinarian advice, and a DJ playing music, said one of the founders of Hearts and Paws United Star Lala. Food and drinks will be available for everyone partaking in the festival.

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PRC SPCA is expecting a large turn out, said Shelter Supervisor Maria Beech, and is bringing at least 13 pets for adoption.

“We are excited for this opportunity to collaborate with an organization that shares the same goal as us. It is a great way to find our animals homes. We really are most excited for the pets,” said Beech.

This will be the first annual pet adoption festival for Hearts and Paws United, said Lala.

“We really wanted to see how effective something like this festival could be when it comes to helping the pets find their humans, and for the people to find their next best friend. We are on the same mission as PetSmart and that is to make these pets happy,” said Lala.

Also, Lala said the festival will be a fun place for families to bring their pets and enjoy all the great activities the festival has to offer.

“It’s going to be like going to a pet mall. There will be a wide variety of pets waiting for their humans to take them to their forever homes. If you are looking for a pet, this is the ideal place to go,” said Lala.

PRC SPCA is preparing their animals to go to the festival for potential adoption, Beech said.

“We have around 20 pets getting their shots and getting check-ups so they can participate at the festival. Hopefully we get a large number of pets to come with us,” said Beech.

The festival will be held in the PetSmart parking lot of the Fremaux Town Center, in Slidell, under tents and canopies to shelter attendees and pets from the sun or rain.

Admission is free and the festival begins at 11 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m. at 290 Town Center Pkwy.