Woofa-Roo Pet Fest hoping to fetch money for charities this weekend


By Josh Beneteau

Amherstburg will go crazy for dogs with the first Woofa-Roo Pet Fest at the UCCU Complex this weekend.

TwistedLogo copyThe charity event will run all day Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

“It is the first festival of its kind in the area,” festival director Lorene Clayton said. “There are many pet events in the area but there is nothing like this. This is a full blown out festival.”

With over 60 vendors and events, this massive pet festival has everything.

“There is something for everyone,” Clayton said. “We have some fantastic vendors, with everything from dog groomers and trainers to large pet food companies and artisans.”

The headliner of the event will be Zeus, the world’s tallest dog. Standing at 44 inches in height, this three-year-old Great Dane from Michigan will be available to pose for pictures and sign autographs.

“They are an incredibly busy family and have been since he received his title,” Clayton said. “It’s quite a chore to travel with him, but we are really thrilled to have him at our show.”

All the proceeds from the photos taken with Zeus will go to the Windsor/ Essex County Humane Society, just one of the many charities benefiting from this festival. There will be other shows at the festival too. The Border City Barkers and the Ultimate Air Dogs divers will see dogs performing some tricks for charity, while a variety of speakers will teach pet owners how to train and take care of their pets.

“The great thing about our event is we are indoors and out,” Clayton said. “We have a wonderful facility that we can take advantage of and the inside of the UCCU will be just as busy as outside.”

Another major component of the festival is the adoption corner, located on the Miracle League baseball diamond.

“We will be having, depending what is available, various types of cats and dogs available to be adopted,” Clayton said. “The humane society will be bringing Guinea pigs and rabbits for adoption too.”

But amongst all the events that will be going on, Clayton says that the charitable side is the most important. There will be more than 10 charities benefiting from the festival and they range from pet rescue facilities to training programs among others.

“The greatest thing about our festival is the charitable component and all of our contests benefit our charities,” Clayton said. “I wanted to try a pet festival and put it towards charity and so when the opportunity came along, I had to do the cause justice.”

While it’s too early to tell, Clayton is expecting between 5,000 and 10,000 people over the two days.

“Being the first year, we have no record of attendance,” said Clayton. “The fact that we have close to 5,000 people on our Facebook page is our best indication of our interest.”

Clayton emphasised that while cats and dogs are allowed to attend, they do have a pet policy and will be holding people accountable for their pet’s actions. “

We anticipate a lot of dogs and so if your dog gets nervous with other dogs, please leave them at home,” she said. “However, if they are a happy dog and not aggressive, by all means they are more than welcome.”

Admission to the festival is $2 and kids under 5 are free. For more information on the Woofa-Roo Pet Fest, schedules and to read the pet policy, go to www.woofaroo.com.

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