From beagles to birds to barnyard animals, attendees can see them all at the Third Annual Pet-A-Palooza at Westminster Place retirement community on Saturday, Sept. 12, from Noon to 4 p.m.
The free event takes place on the McGaw Care Center parking lot of Presbyterian Homes, 3200 Grant St.
Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl will open the event at 1:15 p.m., followed by a blessing of the animals by Westminster Place Chaplain Janet Aldrich and the pet parade. More than 300 people from Westminster Place and the local community attended last year's Pet-A-Palooza.
New this year's are an exotic animal show on the main stage at 2:30 p.m. by Animal Quest Inc., a pet caricature artist to create custom drawings of pets and people, and the Chicago Turtle Club. Returning to Pet-A-Palooza is the petting zoo featuring rabbits, ducks, llamas, goats, sheep and other farm animals.
Shop at the pet vendor market featuring Petco, Cooper's Way gourmet jerky dog treats, artist Janet Wojciechowski who photographs pets to create custom note cards and animal sculptor Michael Arnold. Representing animal health care services are Eye Care for Animals, Berglund Animal Hospital and Animal Medical Center. Also at the vendor market will be K-9 Lovers Mobile Grooming and Massage.
"Pet-a-Paloozers" can look into adopting a retired racer or retriever from Greyhounds Only and As Good As Gold (Golden Retrievers) rescue groups. Other attractions include children's activities and Your Dog Guru will help solve the most vexing questions about dog training.
Attendees can purchase raffle tickets for great prizes donated by area businesses and buy hot dogs and other refreshments. All raffle and food sale proceeds benefit the rescue groups.
Pets must be on a leash, have a current rabies immunization, and be in good health. Pet owners are responsible for their pet's actions and must clean up after them (bags supplied). Please stop at the registration desk starting at noon to participate in the pet parade and contests. For more information, please contact Debbie Seiller at 847-570-3439.