The upcoming weekend will be filled with pet-centric activities in downtown Austin. The Austin Pet Expo will be held Saturday, August 18th at the Palmer Events Center, followed by the 2012 Paddle for Puppies Sunday, August 19th at Congress Bridge just below the Austin American-Statesman building.
The Austin Pet Expo will include an agility course, a pet costume contest, a pet talent contest, educational seminars as well as low-cost vaccinations and micro chipping. Many local rescue groups will also be present at the expo with on-site pet adoptions featuring a wide range of rescued animals needing homes. More information can be found at the Austin Pet Expo website.
Sunday’s Paddle for Puppies invites dogs and their human counterparts to kayak, stand up paddle, or canoe and own Lady Bird Lake. The course will lead participants from the Congress Bridge to MoPac and back. Live music and food will immediately follow the race. The annual event benefits the Austin Pet’s Alive Parvo Program which rehabilitates sick animals once meant for euthanasia. More information, including registration and event details, can be found at the Paddle for Puppies website.
With pet-friendly restaurants, shops and venues becoming more common in Austin, pet-focused events are continuing to push adoptions, education and healthy animal population knowledge. For more information about animal adoptions and pet care, please contact Austin Pets Alive and Austin Humane Society.
(Photo credit: The Canine Center)