Calling all Southern California pet lovers! The region’s largest pet-adoption focused festival, the Southern California Doggie Street Festival, is just six days away.
If you have a compassionate heart and are looking for a new dog or cat to take home to your pet friendly apartment or you are a strong supporter of the pet adoption cause who doesn’t have plans for Sunday, July 20, mark your calendar.
The third annual Los Angeles edition of the Southern California Doggie Street Festival, a place to celebrate your pet and your love for animals, is an event you and your four-legged friend won’t want to miss.
History of the Southern California Doggie Street Festival
Born out of a love for animals, the Southern California Doggie Street Festival is the brainchild of San Diego based filmmaker Jude Artenstein. Inspired by the companionship her dog provided her following a serious injury that left her relatively immobile for several months and the news stories chronicling the mass abandonment of pets that took place during the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009, the Southern California Doggie Street Festival was founded to raise awareness around this issue and bring the animal rescue community together to give them strength in numbers. Artenstein wanted to demonstrate her gratitude to her beloved golden retriever Scout by doing something to help other dogs, and this festival was just the thing.
Since its inaugural year in 2009, the San Diego festival has expanded and changed locations a handful of times. In 2012, a Los Angeles Doggie Street Festival was introduced. At both fests, pet owners, would-be pet owners, rescue workers, and pet care professionals can network with one another and increase their knowledge of spaying/neutering, adoption, nutrition, and more. For several years running, the festival has successfully paired hundreds of pets in need with animal loving owners. Last year, 166 lovable pets left the festival with new owners.
What You Can Expect
In addition to raising awareness of and education about hot-button issues, the Southern California Doggie Street Festival is a place where pets and their owners can eat, shop, and play together! Tasty eats are available in abundance at the event, along with pet care products and services ranging from organic shampoo to tasty, veterinarian-recommended food. A dozen rescue organizations, each accompanied by dogs and cats in need of homes, will also be in attendance.
A Place for Pets and Children
The Southern California Doggie Street Festival is a pet friendly event. Owners are kindly requested to keep dogs on leashes, but there will be plenty of space for them to play and no shortage of canines for your dog to play with. The festival will also have a kids area where your children can be entertained for hours.
Los Angeles’ Third Annual Southern California Doggie Street Festival will be held at the Westfield Century City Mall on Sunday, July 20 from 11 AM to 5 PM. If you live in one of AMLI’s pet-friendly Southern California apartments, getting to the event shouldn’t be too difficult. Admission is free, but tax-deductible donations are welcome. For a list of vendors and animal rescues who will be present, visit DoggieStreetFestival.org.
When was the last time you and your four-legged friend left your pet-friendly apartment to do something fun together? What did you do?
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