By Lexy Brodt6 A.M.JULY 9, 2014http://focuz.ru
There’s nothing better than kicking back with a furry friend to celebrate the World Cup finale.
The sixth Doggie Street Festival, which takes place on Saturday, July 12, at 9 a.m. at Park Liberty Station in Point Loma, is a perfect opportunity to bond with your four-legged companion, or better yet, adopt a new pet.
The festival, started by San Diego indie filmmaker Jude Artenstein, provides a platform for dog-lovers and animal-newbies alike to adopt a loving dog or cat into their family.
For the first time, the festival will host a World Pup Parade, giving owners the chance to dress up their pups in soccer jerseys. In addition, there will be a pet book pavilion, where a dozen authors will sign their pet-related books and conduct meet-and-greets. The Oscar-nominated actress Quinn Cummings (for Neil Simon’s 1977 movie “The Goodbye Girl”) will be attending, signing copies of her book “Pet Sounds.”
Although the festival’s main goal is to promote adoption for a variety of dogs and cats, Artenstein asserts that disseminating information on pet health and nutrition is an equally important mission.
“The festival is dedicated to educating and informing pet people about how to care for their animals,” she said by phone on Tuesday. “A huge (number) of veterinarians and pet experts (will) come out and talk onstage … people can gather all kinds of amazing information.”
The festival/”adoptathon” came to being six years ago as a result of the 2008 financial crisis. Many families who could no longer afford an extra mouth to feed were forced to leave their animals behind.
“There were a lot of rescue groups and shelters that were being overwhelmed with animals being given up. The festival was created as a way to bring rescue groups and shelters county-wide together and to provide a platform (where) families can come out and see different types of dogs,” Artenstein said. “We have a number of breed-specific rescue groups … (families) can see Dobermans, Labradors, Chihuahuas, Spaniels, Shepherds … It’s a great way to come out and really find the right animal to fit their family.”
The event, which started in San Diego and now hosts festivals in both San Diego and Los Angeles, gives interested, potential pet owners all of the resources they need to consider adoption. There will be free pet exams for adopting parents, but also a variety of casual, fun attractions to enjoy. Music, an auction, and a kids art booth are among the myriad of things to enjoy at the festival.
The Doggie Street Festival is a great way to celebrate pets, while also helping homeless animals find a new home. There’s much reason to be optimistic considering the festival’s past success:
“Last year, at the festival in San Diego, easily 200 dogs found new families and new homes,” Artenstein said.
So bring your dog (on a leash), get pumped for some soccer, and support San Diego’s animal community.