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Pawlooza Dog Festival Celebrates Tenth Year This Saturday

London, Ontario, August 13, 2018 - Pawlooza-London's festival for dogs-is celebrating a major milestone this Saturday when the festival takes place for the tenth consecutive year. Thousands of people and dogs are expected to once again descend on the Plunkett Estate for the event on August 18.

This beloved festival is a highlight of summer for many in the London and surrounding region. Over the years the festival has expanded to include new attractions, contests and vendors, all while supporting two local non-profit organizations: ARF Ontario and Leads Employment Services.

"Pawlooza is a day with so much joy, a party for people and pooches like no other, and at the same time has a life-saving ripple effect that eases the suffering of countless dogs and cats throughout the rest of the year," says Laurie Ristmae, founder of ARF Ontario. "Our tenth anniversary sees the return of many festival favourites, but to keep things fresh we've also made some fun layout changes and lined up lots of new stage events, including Canadian musicians playing live music!"

The new music performances and layout enhancements complement the already highly popular event areas that take place each year including doggie dock diving, a lure course, Pawlooza's Next Top Model competition, off-leash fun zones, the VIP tent and the exciting demonstrations from the London-based agility dog team Cruisin' K9s. In addition to the fun events and activities for dog-lovers and their furry companions, Pawlooza features 175 pet-industry vendors and dozens of animal rescue groups.

A variety of animal welfare and rescue groups are prominently featured at the festival, making it once again one of the largest one-day gatherings of animal rescue organizations in all of North America. Pawlooza aims to educate the public about Canada's homeless pet epidemic and encourage people to adopt their next pet.

"It's great to see everyone come out and support adoption awareness, find the perfect matches and forever homes, and to support both ARF Ontario and Leads Employment Services," says Brittney Thompson, the festival director. "We spend countless hours ensuring that this will be our best year yet, but we couldn't do this without all the volunteers who assist with every aspect of this festival."

Pawlooza takes place every year on International Homeless Animal Day. This is a day reserved by the International Society for Animal Rights, featuring dozens of rallies and adopt-a-thons across the globe to raise awareness about pet overpopulation, with Pawlooza being one of the largest. The rescue groups exhibiting at Pawlooza will showcase their adoptable pets, talk about their initiatives, network, and fundraise.

The festival takes place at the multi-million dollar Plunkett Estate in West London, which is generously donated by the Plunkett family for the event each year.

About Pawlooza

Pawlooza is a 100 per cent volunteer-driven project between two Ontario non-profit organizations - ARF Ontario and LEADS Employment Services. ARF works with First Nations and rural communities throughout Ontario to rescue, rehab, and re-home stray dogs and cats. LEADS assists people living with disabilities throughout Southwestern Ontario find employment and gain skills training.

The festival details and more information about the organizations involved can be found on the official Pawlooza web site at http://www.pawlooza.com

Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 August 2018 11:23:50 AM EST

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