Canada’s most unique and dog-friendly festival is having a party in the Forest City.
“Pawlooza is a huge, whacky, fun dog festival that takes place every year on International Homeless Animals’ Day, which is the third Saturday in August,” Gemma Richardson, Media Coordinator for Pawlooza said.
Richardson stated that the festival is being hosted at Plunkett Estate with over 50 rescue groups expected to attend.
“It’s an event to not just have a bunch of fun, but to raise awareness about the importance of adoption and rescue,” Richardson said.
Pawlooza is a completely volunteer-driven festival. Hours of work are put into the festival by the Organizing Committee and approximately 300 volunteers.
Richardson announced that Pawlooza is expecting around 25,000 people to attend the event with approximately 6,000 dogs.
Admission for the event is $10 per vehicle, which includes parking.
The proceeds from the event will be used to support two local non-profit organizations.
“It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year for ARF Ontario, which is a local London-based rescue that has been operating for well over a decade and rescued hundreds of dogs,” Richardson said. “It’s in partnership with LEADS Employment Services, who do great work with [helping find employment for] people with various disabilities.”
Pet owners will be able to participate in a variety of activities with their dogs. Attendees will also be able to get trick and obedience advice for their pets.
The event started at 10 a.m. Saturday morning and will continue until 6 p.m.