Fur-friendly Pet Carnival set for July 13
Animal lovers are invited to bring pets of all types, shapes and sizes to the 15th annual Pet Carnival from 10 am to 2pm on Saturday, July 13, hosted by the Indianapolis Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center (IVR/IVEC) near Beech Grove on Indianapolis' southeast side, 5425 Victory Drive.
The event is free to the public and takes place rain or shine. Guests are encouraged to bring items like food and cleaning supplies to help fulfill wishlists for the Humane Society of Johnson County and Morgan County Humane Society.
"It's like the social affair of the year for pets here in Indy!" said Dr. James Speiser, owner and founder of IVR/IVEC. "It's a great way to meet pet owners and fur friends alike," he said, "and for some, the perfect place to find an adoptable pet."
An anticipated 1,500 people and hundreds of furry friends can expect to find products displays and samples from around 40 pet-related vendors including specialty foods, pet beds, custom-made fashion wear, waste management, memorial services, daycare and even original artwork from a horse. Special attractions include pet psychic readings, caricatures, face painting, low-cost pet photos by King Shots photography, paw print creations and much more.
IVR/IVEC is shining the spotlight on animal talents this year by featuring for one, Justin the Artistic Horse. Justin's owner Adonna Combs chooses paint colors and brushes, while Justin applies them to a canvas to blend in his own fashion. His one-of-a-kind paintings, sold across the country and Canada, will be on display and for sale as he conducts book signings and ongoing demonstrations during the event.
Tony Hoard and his K9 Friz B Crew (seven Australian Shepherds and a Border Collie mix) are set to return with high-flying aerial tricks choreographed to upbeat music. Hoard is best known for appearing on NBC's fourth season of "America's Got Talent" as a semi-finalist with Rockin' Rory.
Other highlights include appearances by McGruff the Crime Dog and UIndy's Ace the Greyhound. In addition, the IMPD Mounted Horse Patrol and Indiana State Police K9 Unit will showcase obedience, search and rescue demonstrations.
Guests can enter to win door prizes and register for the "Best Dressed Pet" and "Best Pet Trick" competitions as celebrity judges vote for the "top dog," but of course, not limited to only dogs. Owners can register pets on the day of the event up to 15 minutes prior to its start time.
The entertainment schedule includes:
WISH-TV feature reporter Dick Wolfsie will also host a meet and greet and offer book signings of "Mornings With Barney: The True Story of an Extraordinary Beagle" and "Ain't Misbehavin'."
- 10:30 a.m.- Indiana State Police K9 Unit
- 11 a.m.- Tony Hoard & the K9 Friz B Crew
- 11:30 a.m.- "Best Dressed Pet" competition
- 12 p.m.- "Best Pet Trick" competition
- 12:30 p.m.- Tony Hoard & the K9 Friz B Crew
- 1 p.m.- P.E.T.S. Award
- 1:30 p.m.- IMPD Mounted Horse Patrol
Pet owners can learn more about IVR/IVEC's unique canine and feline blood donor program. The program provides animal blood for use at veterinary practices across Indiana and nationwide, and is continually seeking new donors, especially bully breeds.
Emergency pet first aid kits, discount microchipping and tours of IVR/IVEC's state-of-the-art facility will also be available.
Misting fans, kiddie pools and plenty of water will be on-site, along with a Splash Zone area to keep pets cool from the summer's heat.
IVR/IVEC will provide complimentary refreshments, popcorn and hot dogs.
All animals must be kept on a leash extended no more than 6', or placed in a carrier.
If any pets need extra space from other four-legged friends, guests are encouraged to adorn their animal with a yellow insignia whether it's a ribbon tied on a leash or bandana. This effort is part of the Yellow Dog Project, a global movement for pet owners that identifies aggressive behavior, issues of fear and/or perhaps pain from recent surgery.
For more information, call (317) 782-4484.