There’s a festival coming to town that will be music to a pet’s ears! The St. Tammany Humane Society’s Woofstock returns to the Castine Center in Mandeville’s Pelican Park on Sunday.
In its 27th year, the festival and low-cost canine vaccination clinic is fun for the whole family.
Festival activities include dog contests, such as best hippie costume, best celebrity look-alike, fastest tail wag, cutest dog and best canine trick. Winners of the individual contests will compete for the coveted title of Best in Show.
Entertainment for the kids includes a bounce house, face painting, sno-balls and humane education. There will be raffles, a vendor marketplace, food, music and more.
Also taking place during the festival will be the Mega Pet Adoption Event, featuring more than 200 dogs and cats from the St. Tammany Humane Society, St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services, Animal Assistance Lead with Slidell Animal Control, Jefferson SPCA and many more.
The vaccination clinic will include low-cost, full annual vaccinations, including rabies vaccine, DHPP, Bordetella and a heartworm test, for $68; microchipping for $15; and discounted flea and heartworm preventatives. Individual vaccinations and heartworm tests also will be available.
There will be a table featuring the Greater New Orleans Pet Directory, a new resource guide for pet owners that lists 415 pet-related businesses, rescues, shelters, pet sitters and more in a nine-parish area in southeast Louisiana.
Admission is free, and festival hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The vet clinic will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, visit www.sthumane.org.
THE CAT’S MEOW: Also taking place this weekend is the third annual Paws Cause Benefit for the Spaymart Community Kitten Foster and Adoption Program. Kitten season is right around the corner. This program focuses on kittens and mother cats with litters and provides foster care, medical care, spay/neuter, bottle feeding and adoption services. The Spaymart Kitten Foster and Adoption Program rescued more than 450 kittens last year. This benefit will help increase that number by providing funds to feed, care for and provide medical assistance to the large influx of kittens that soon will be seen in our area. The event, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Homer L. Hilt Alumni Center on the University of New Orleans campus, 200 Lakeshore Drive, will feature music, food, door prizes, a silent auction and a cash bar. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. For more information, visit www.spaymart.org.
Sunday: A pet first aid and CPR course will be held at the Louisiana SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., from 9 a.m. to noon. Find out what to do if your dog suddenly stops breathing or your cat cuts her paw on a piece of glass, and more. This hands-on training course will teach the basics in animal handling, restraint, pet first aid and CPR, using realistic animal mannequins. Taught by a Red Cross-certified instructor, attendees will learn what to do in common emergency situations before seeking veterinary care. Course fee is $65; preregistration is required to secure a seat at www.la-spca.org/cpr.
TUESDAY: A puppy manners class will be held at the Louisiana SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd. Teach your puppy basic manners, address and prevent behavior problems and provide an important socialization experience for your new family member. This is an open enrollment, five-session class. You may start at any time, but your five classes must be used consecutively due to age requirements for this class. Puppies must be less than 16 weeks at the start of their first class and must have received their first two rounds of DHPP vaccinations administered by a licensed veterinarian. Puppies adopted from a shelter must be in the home for two weeks before they may attend a class. Humans may attend without their puppy until their puppy is eligible. The cost for the five sessions is $115; registration is required. Visit www.la-spca.org/grouptraining for more info.
LOST OR FOUND PETS: In Orleans Parish, send a photo, description of your pet, date lost/found and your contact info to email@example.com. In Jefferson Parish, send to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com, and in St. Bernard Parish send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Traci D. Howerton is social media editor of Animal Rescue New Orleans, a nonprofit, volunteer-based, no-kill shelter. Contact ARNO at email@example.com or visit www.animalrescueneworleans.org.