April 29th: PET-A-PALOOZA Brings Furry Fun


First-Ever Galveston Island PET-A-PALOOZA Brings Furry Fun

Saturday, April 29th, 10am-4pm, bring the family and the pets to Galveston Island’s first-ever PET-A-PALOOZA! This is a fun and free family event for pet lovers and a special day for one’s four-legged family members. The event is free to attend, and everyone is welcome.

Benefiting exclusively the Galveston Island Humane Society and presented by Classic AutoGroup Galveston, PET-A- PALOOZA will be held on the courtyard area and grounds of First Lutheran Church on Winnie St., between 24th and 25th Streets in historic Downtown Galveston.

Live entertainment will be provided throughout the day by the legendary Pee Wee Bowen and his band. Also, during the day, Ball High School Media Arts students, in partnership with MyBayArea Radio, will be broadcasting a live-remote.

This new event will feature a main staging area/ring in the courtyard, highlighted with pet and pet owner competitions including Best Costume, Best Pet Dance Move, Best Pet Hairstyle, and Best Pet Trick contests. A Shelter Spotlight Parade and Galveston Police Department K-9 demonstrations will round out the day’s main ring activities. Ribbons will be awarded for the top three winners in each of the contests.

In addition, volunteers from the Galveston Island Humane Society and other local shelters will present animals up for adoption.

There will also be a special competition for “Best Decorated Shelter” as participating animal shelter/humane organizations from Galveston County and the surrounding Gulf Coast area vie for this top award.

Attendees can obtain valuable information about proper pet care from local veterinarians manning the “Ask the Vet” booth. This provides the perfect opportunity to ask questions about one’s existing or new “best friend” adopted at the event. And, as a special incentive to visit the booth, the first 25 pets brought to the “Ask the Vet” booth will be microchipped for free!

In addition to canine activities in the Main Ring, families can look forward to their children having fun in the Kid’s Zone with face-painting, pet paw print art, and Zoo Olympics, to name just a few of the fun activities planned.

Everyone is encouraged to come hungry as four of the area’s most popular Food Trucks will be offering a variety of food favorites including pizza, sandwiches, and burgers and Caribbean Cajun, Puerto Rican, and Mexican cuisine.

Shopping will also highlight the day’s activities, as vendors showcase their signature products/services in both The Lyceum (indoor, air-conditioned venue on the grounds) and outside. Vendors to date include Bone Voyage, Vintage Pet Beds, Jewelry Designers Karla Mock and Margaret Canavan, Healthy Paws, Cruise Cats, Gone Coastal Jewelry, Animeals on Wheels, For a Cause Resale, and Bungee Pupee.

The day’s activities will begin at 10am with a “Blessing of the Animals,” officiated by the Reverend Richard Rhoades, Pastor, First Lutheran Church. Competition will begin at 11am and continue until 3:30pm.

There is no fee to participate in any of the family-friendly canine contests. For info on pet registration go to petapaloozagalveston.com or call GIHS at (409)740-1919.

In addition to fun and games for canines and kids, the Galveston County Food Bank will be accepting non-perishable contributions to encourage attendees to remember not only their four-legged friends in need, but also the residents of Galveston County who could use a helping hand as well.

PET-A-PALOOZA will be the Galveston Island Humane Society’s largest community outreach project. The Shelter is located at 6814 Broadway. For more info about GIHS go to galvestonhumane.org.