Irving’s Dog Park will be transformed into an amusement park for canines during Pet Pawlooza. Preceding the pet festival will be Wags and Whiskers Week, when animals without families can be adopted for little or no cost.
Pet Paw-looza will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 29 at the Irving Animal Care Campus (IACC), 4140 Valley View Lane. Pet Pawlooza, which celebrates the fourth anniversary of the Irving Animal Care Campus, will be the culmination of a week’s worth of low- to no-cost pet adoption opportunities during Wags and Whiskers Week, March 25−29.
- March 25 – Two animals can be adopted for the price of one on Two-Furr Tuesday.
- March 26 – Animal adoptions will be discounted by 50 percent.
- March 27 – Dogs weighing 40 pounds and heavier will be available for free adoption.
- March 28 – Cats, ages 1 and older, will be available for free adoption on Clare Morris Free Feline Friday.
- March 29 – Free adoptions for animals ages 4 and older; and half off for younger pets.
“It is through special events, like Wags and Whiskers Week, when the IACC experiences a boom in adoptions, donations and visitors,” said IACC Shelter Supervisor Ashley Woolnough. “During the 2013 Wags and Whiskers Week, 220 homeless animals found families; $640 in donations were collected to help Irving animals; and the IACC welcomed 880 visitors on the day of Pet Pawlooza.”
Pet Pawlooza, which caps off Wags and Whiskers Week, is the pinnacle of pet-friendly entertainment. Dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes will enjoy an atmosphere that can best be described as a canine-friendly amusement park. The canine-carnival will feature pet product vendors, demonstrations, as well as costume and agility contests. Entry fees collected from contest participants and other donations will benefit IACC animals.
“Wags and Whiskers Week featuring Pet Pawlooza is all about family as many homeless animals will find loving, forever homes,” Woolnough said. “Excitement for Wags and Whiskers featuring Pet Pawlooza is spreading as this year’s events show promise of being the best yet.”
At Pet Pawlooza, children can get a free safety kit. The free child ID kits include photos and fingerprints of children, and a personal data form for parents or guardians to update on an annual basis. Admission to the Pet Pawlooza is free and the first 100 Pet Pawlooza attendees will receive a voucher for a free future pet microchipping service (Irving residents only; one voucher per household).
Attending dogs must be on a leash with up-to-date vaccinations. Complimentary shuttle service will be available to transport attendees to Pet Pawlooza from the SanMar Distribution Center parking lot, 4701 Northview Drive, as IACC parking is expected to fill up quickly. The IACC, which is a cooperative partnership between the City of Irving’s Animal Services Department and the DFW Humane Society, is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Adoptions must be processed 30 minutes before closing.