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Special Events :: Community Event
Pet Fest
10:00 AM (America/Denver GMT-06:00)
Caras Park
Pet Fest Description:
The 17th annual Pet Fest is a fun-filled day with family-oriented events featuring contests, special attractions and pet adoptions. Pet Fest is also a great shopping venue for products and services related to pets and families.

Please drop off your donation of pet food to help us feed homeless animals or kindly make a cash donation at the registration booth.

Our Mission
Pet Fest promotes responsible pet ownership with education through entertainment. Animal shelters are faced with an incredible burden of dogs and cats that they cannot find homes for. Having your pet neutered or spayed ensures that you will not be adding to the problem. Adopting from shelters and rescues provides loving homes for thousands of animals.

Pets are Welcome
All pets must be leashed or contained, current on vaccinations and you MUST be prepared to pick up your pet’s mess. By attending Pet Fest, you take complete responsibility for any risks or actions by your pet or others.

Lure Course
How many times have you seen your dog bolting outside, running as fast as he can after a squirrel or a windswept plastic bag or paper cup? He’s going after his “prey” of course, and he’s doing exactly what sighthounds are supposed to do. They’re born and bred to chase their prey! Their natural inclination to hunt by sight, not smell, is literally in their DNA.

So how do you satisfy your dog’s high-energy, inner instincts? Lure Coursing may be the perfect answer! It’s an exciting way for him to do what comes naturally, but in a safe, controlled environment. In this event, dogs chase a mechanized, white plastic lure around a course that simulates the unpredictability of chasing live prey. Zig-zagging through the course is simply heaven for these dogs! At the same time, it helps improve their focus, agility and sportsmanship.

Until you’ve actually seen it in action, it’s hard to imagine the complete and utter joy on your dog’s face as he runs the course, following the lure from start to finish. So, if you’ve been looking for an activity that takes full advantage of your hound’s energy and natural ability, look no further than the Dog Lovers Lure Course at Pet Fest!

Doggie Olympics
It’s fun and crazy! Dogs of all ages, sizes and abilities have a chance to go for the gold in the Doggie Olympics! We have a wide selection of contests for everyone. Dress your pet and yourself for a competitive edge and have fun all day long. You can enter one or all of the many fun contests in the Doggie Olympics.

Wacky Wiener Dog Dash
It’s off to the races with the Wiener Dog Dash, “competitive” racing like you’ve never seen it before! Dozens of tiny wiener dogs racing for prizes and glory to round off the end of Pet Fest! If you’ve never attended a wiener dog dash, get ready to have your heart melt from the sheer cuteness of it all! Dachshunds will compete in the tournament style event on a short course in one of three categories at Caras Park. Depending on the number of entrants, the top finishers of each heat will compete against each other for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in their category. It’s fun, competitive racing like you’ve never seen before! Dozens of tiny wiener dogs racing for prizes and glory to round off the end of Pet Fest! If you’ve never attended the Wiener Dog Dash, get ready to have your heart melt from the sheer cuteness of it all!

Find a New Furry Friend
Visit with pet rescue organizations and animal shelters. Adopt a pet or support their fund-raising efforts. You’ll discover education on behavior issues, choosing the right pet and more.
Age Group: All Ages
Venue: Caras Park
Address: 1 Caras Dr Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 543-4238

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