Celebrating its 10th year, the Jefferson SPCA Pet Fest will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at Lafreniere Park in Metairie.

This year’s theme is “Barks and Recreation” and highlights include a huge adopt-a-thon with more than 40 shelter and rescue groups offering hundreds of adoptable pets as well as local cuisine, games, live music and more.

The fest is sponsored by Hill’s Science Diet and Abita Beer. Attendees will also find a Pet Health Watch area with giveaways from Science Diet, a costume contest by Pet Krewe, a raffle and a pet marketplace. 

Owners are encouraged to come dressed with their four-legged companions and to register to compete in the free pet costume contest to win prizes. Animal advocate Angela Hill and Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser will be among the costume contest judges.

Along with brews from Abita Beer, there will be a variety of food for purchase from local vendors including Dat Dog, Ajun Cajun Ninja, Crepes a La Cart, Plum Street Snowballs, Curly Q Fry Co., MRTN Ventures, Lil Dustin’s Italian Ice and more. Guests will also enjoy live musical entertainment by the Band Remedy, Mia Kylie and The Remixers.

Over 21,000 people attended Pet Fest 2016, and over 80 pets were adopted. All proceeds raised from Pet Fest go to Jefferson SPCA to support and assist the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter.

Admission is free, so bring the whole family out to enjoy the festivities.

Pet Fest is a combined effort by Jefferson SPCA, Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter, Jefferson Parish and the City of Kenner. For more information, visit www.jeffersonspca.org/petfest or www.facebook.com/jeffersonSPCAPetFest.


SATURDAY: Animal Rescue New Orleans holds a Howloween Haunted Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 271 Plauche St., Harahan. Spooky refreshments for all, including tricks and treats for all on four legs. There's an 11:30 a.m. haunted cat tour; a noon talk on fostering for ARNO; a 12:30 p.m. Pup Zombie parade; a 2 p.m. talk on fostering and volunteering; and a 3 p.m. raffle drawing. ARNO T-shirts and candles on sale. For more info, email adopt@animalrescueneworleans.org.

SATURDAY: "Feral Cat TNR, The Basics and Beyond" is a free two-hour class taught at the Louisiana SPCA from 10 a.m. to noon. If you have an interest in practicing TNR and want to know how to get started, how to mediate problems, advocate for cats and how to solve difficult trapping situations, then this is the class for you. Attendance is limited; advance registration is required. To register, call (504) 762-3306 or email tnr@la-spca.org.

SATURDAY: Overnight Critter Cinema will be held at the Louisiana SPCA, located at 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. (Saturday, Oct. 21 to Sunday, Oct. 22). Great fun for animal-loving, pizza-eating, movie-watching kids. For kids ages 5-10, bring a sleeping bag, pillow, toothbrush and pajamas. $75 per child. Preregistration is required; call (504) 368-5191, ext. 207 or email erica@la-spca.org. For information, visit www.la-spca.org/crittercinema.

LOST OR FOUND PETS: In Orleans Parish, send a photo, description of your pet, date lost/found and contact info to lostandfound@la-spca.org. In Jefferson Parish, send to molsen@jeffparish.net or bbourgeois@jeffparish.net, and in St. Bernard Parish, send to cluna@sbpg.net.

Traci D. Howerton is social media editor of Animal Rescue New Orleans, a nonprofit, volunteer-based, no-kill shelter. Contact ARNO at animalrescuecolumn@gmail.com or visit www.animalrescueneworleans.org.