If you’re going
* What: Mutts & More Festival
* When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 14
* Where: Rucker Pet and Wild Bird, 3540 Keith Bridge Road
* Cost: Free admission; vendors charge for items
* For more information, go to www.forsythpets.org.
FORSYTH COUNTY — The dog — and cat — days of summer will hit a local pet supply store in a unique way next week.
Rucker Pet and Wild Bird on Keith Bridge Road in north Forsyth will be the location of this year’s Mutts & More Festival, an adoption and fundraising event for the Humane Society of Forsyth County.
The fourth annual event, which previously has been held at Fowler Park, is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 14 at Rucker.
Stacey Davis, one of the organizers of the event, said the decision was made to move the festival to Rucker because the locally-owned store, with two sites in Forsyth, has been “an incredible partner to the Humane Society.”
“They donate all the food for our shelter animals, as well as our fosters; they have adoption events on a regular basis for us; and they always run specials where they donate all or a large percentage of proceeds to the Humane Society,” Davis said.
“Now they’re opening up their home to us.”
Among the offerings at the festival, Davis said, will be dock dog demonstrations and a chance for people to have their dogs try their paws at the sport, in which they dive into a pool of water to retrieve floating objects.
“If a person wants their dog to try it, they can pay $10 and all the proceeds benefit the Humane Society.”
In addition, there will be Frisbee dog demonstrations and contests for the cutest dog and those who come to the event in costume.
“We’ll also have an ugly dog contest because we figure ugly dogs can still be champions,” Davis said.
Besides those from the local Humane Society, dogs and cats from several other north Georgia rescue groups will be available for adoption at the event.
Healthy Paws for a Cause will offer discounted vaccines and micro-chipping services, as well.
As for their two-legged friends, the festival will offer plenty of fun, Davis said, including about 50 vendors with pet-focused items and “a big, big children’s area” with inflatables, games and activities, snow cones, face painting and crazy hair.
Davis recommended that participants arrive early as the first 100 families will receive a goody bag with “freebies, samples, coupons and literature.”
“Something else we’re doing that’s a little different this year is all the vendors have donated an item for raffles,” Davis said. “So we’ll be selling tickets for $1 each and you don’t have to be there to win.
“The really nice part is that you can put your ticket stub into the bucket for the item you want to win, so it’s not like a dog person winning cat stuff,” she joked.
Past Mutts & More Festivals have drawn as many as 10,000 people and raised thousands of dollars for the Humane Society.
There isn’t a specific goal for this year’s event, but Davis is hoping for strong numbers.
“We just want people to come out, have a good time and be made aware of more of the things the Humane Society does,” she said.
“It is a fundraiser — our second largest of the year after the Bark and Boogie Ball — so we’re hoping a lot of animals get adopted and we make some money to help take care of the animals we have.”