Iowa Humane Alliance and Coralville Parks and Recreation cordially invite area families, pet owners and all other fun-loving residents to join them for the 3rd Annual PET PRIDE IN THE PARK “Grande Adoption Event & Furry Fiesta Pledge Parade” on May 5th from noon to 4 p.m. at S.T. Morrison Park in Coralville.
Capitalizing on the vibrant energy and colorful traditions of the May 5th Cinco de Mayo holiday, this year’s PET PRIDE IN THE PARK is designed to offer local residents an afternoon of animal-oriented fun and activities, while providing local shelters and rescue groups a venue for adopting out their animals, raise much-needed funds and boost awareness for their organizations.
In addition, this year’s event will also promote the planned opening later this year of the Iowa Humane Alliance Regional Spay/Neuter Clinic in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids Corridor.
Designed to appeal to the entire family, including those with or without four-legged members, this year’s “Pet Pride” event will be MC’d by popular local radio personality Tommy Lang from KCJJ.
New this year is the “Furry Fiesta Pledge Parade,” which will wind its way through the park and nearby streets of Coralville. Participants can register to walk in the parade beginning at 11:00 on May 5th or they can pre-register on line by visiting www.iowahumanealliance.org. The event will also feature more than a dozen area animal adoption groups with a menagerie of adoptable pets for prospective families to meet.
The Kids and K-9 Carnival will include games and prizes for dogs and their owners. There will also be a wide range of vendors with pet-related products, from grooming aids, to specialty foods, to pet toys and more. Attendees will also have an opportunity to learn about some wonderful pet- related businesses, animal rescues and other organizations serving their communities.
The entertainment agenda features fun-filled pet contests throughout the day, a reptile extravaganza by Witty Kitties, Inc, Latin music and dance.
For owners wanting to micro-chip their pet, Iowa Humane Alliance will hold a microchip clinic and chip pets for just $20. They will also be clipping nails for just $10.00.
Admission to the event is free. Tickets for the Kids and K-9 Carnival are only 50 cents each. Pets are encouraged to bring their owners, as long as they behave themselves…. Dogs should be current on all vaccinations and on a non-retractable leash no longer than 6 feet in length and all other pets should be in carriers. All funds raised will go towards low cost spay/neuter programs and helping homeless pets.
Last year’s PET PRIDE IN THE PARK drew over 300 attendees, with more than two dozen area retailers and vendors. Every year, the annual Pet Pride event draws more people, more pets, more attention and more awareness to the needs of companion animals in Eastern Iowa. Area residents are encouraged to mark their calendars now for what promises to be a fabulous warm-and-fuzzy fiesta guaranteed to give the entire family an unforgettable afternoon of music, activities and all-round animal-friendly fun!
Just some of the Participating shelters and rescue organizations:
Iowa Humane Alliance
Corridor Therapy Dogs
Friends of the Animal Center Foundation
Iowa Parrot Rescue
Johnson County Humane Society
Last Hope Animal Rescue
Mississippi Valley German Shepherd Dog Rescue
Protege Canine Rescue
Safe Haven of Iowa County
Witty Kitties, Inc.
Local Sponsors include:
The Pet Sitters, LLC
Old Capitol Screen Printers
Iowa Humane Alliance is a local, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to ending companion animal over-population and shelter overcrowding in Iowa by increasing public access to affordable, quality spay/neuter services.
For more information about the new IHA Regional Spay/Neuter Clinic, or to learn about IHA’s other on-going programs, please contact Kathleen Schoon at 319-651-4394 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, visit the IHA website at www.iowahumanealliance.org.
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This post was written by dwagner on April 22, 2012