Tail waggin’ fun set for IndyVet’s Pet Carnival, July 12

For the 16th consecutive year, IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital will host a free Pet Carnival for animals and pet lovers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 12 right outside of its facility, 5425 Victory Drive, on Indianapolis’ southeast side near Beech Grove.

Although the event is free, IndyVet encourages guests to bring an item(s) or monetary donation for the Humane Society of Indianapolis and the Morgan County Humane Society. Items needed include, but are not limited to: tall kitchen garage bags, paper towels, Dawn dish soap, food and cat litter.

“Every year, we see over 1500 people come together with one common interest—pets!” said Dr. Speiser, founder of IndyVet. “It’s a great way to connect people (and businesses) in the pet community, as well as showcase special talents from our four-legged friends.”

“It’s also important for us to utilize the event to give back to area shelters, and help rescues find new homes for animals, straight from the carnival,” Speiser added.

Over 40 pet-related vendors will feature fashion wear, pet accessories, specialty food, doggie daycares and spas, homemade treats, beds, and even memoriam services. Area rescues will have cats and dogs up for adoption including beagles, greyhounds, bulldogs and shelties, to name a few.

Justin the Artistic Horse, who has appeared on CNN and ABC’s “Good Morning America,” and more recently in National Geographic Kids “125 Stories of Amazing Pets,” will showcase one-of-a-kind painting demonstrations throughout the carnival. Tony Hoard and his high-flying K9 Crew, “America’s Got Talent” Season 4 semi-finalists, will perform two shows along with obedience, and search and rescue groups like the Indiana State Police K9 Unit, and Koorsen’s Kasey the Fire and Life Safety Dog.

Performances and contests will take place at:

10:30 a.m. – Indiana State Police K9 Unit

11 a.m. – Tony Hoard & the K9 Crew

11:30 a.m. – “Best Dressed Pet” Contest, followed by “Best Pet Trick” Contest, judged by Rowdie of Indianapolis Indians, WTHR-TV/13 Meterologist Nicole Misencik, and Country 97.1 HANK FM Morning Show Host Dave O’ Brien

Noon – Koorsen’s Fire & Life Safety Dog

12:30 p.m. – P.E.T.S. Award Presentation

1 p.m. – Tony Hoard & the K9 Crew.

Other highlights include free pet psychic readings and caricatures (both on a first-come, first-served basis), low-cost pet photos by Smiling Dog Photography, miniature horses, discount microchipping, Indy’s original Bark Truck, creative expressions paw-print area, and mascot appearances by Rowdie from the Indianapolis Indians, and McGruff the Crime Dog.

Guests can enter to win door prizes, and register pets in the “Best Dressed Pet” and “Best Pet Trick” competitions the day of. Owners can register pets at check-in and up to at least 15 minutes prior to start time.

Scout’s Treat Truck will offer sweet treats and fresh squeezed lemon-shake ups, and a portion of the refreshment proceeds will benefit the two chosen shelters. IndyVet will provide complimentary popcorn and hot dogs, as well as tours of its 22,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility.

Misting fans, along with a Splash Zone will be on-site to keep all guests cool. Any pet attending must be on a 6’ leash, or in a carrier.

For more information, and a complete list of vendors, log on www.IndyVet.com, or call 317.782.4484.

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