Have PAWsome time at Blacktown City Pet Festival

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Blacktown City pet lovers are invited to bring their furry, feathered or scaly friends out for a PAWsome time at the 2023 Blacktown City Pet Festival.

The much-loved Pet Festival will return on 15 October for the first time in 3 years, with a brand-new home at the Blacktown Animal Rehoming Centre (BARC) in Glendenning.

The festival will feature a range of fun interactive activities, demonstrations and exhibits for pet lovers.

Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM said the Pet Festival was a celebration of pets of all shapes and sizes and the families who love them.

“Blacktown City residents love their pets, so the Pet Festival is a fantastic way for our City to celebrate these animals, while also promoting responsible pet ownership,” Mayor Bleasdale said.

“Pet Festival provides a great opportunity for local pet organisations and businesses to showcase their causes, products and services in a pet-friendly environment.

“There will be free-microchipping for Blacktown City residents, and free vet checks too.

“This is the first time we will hold this event at the recently-opened BARC, which is changing the face of animal care, adoptions and rehoming in our City and beyond.

“I invite you to bring your pet and your family along to BARC, have a look at the state-of-the-art facilities and enjoy a great family day out.

“BARC has many animals looking for their forever homes, so I encourage everyone to have a look at the animals up for adoption.”

Council will unveil the new Russ Dickens OAM vet clinic, named in honour of the late vet and former Mayor of Blacktown City.

There will be a special guest MC, famous dog trainer Steven Austin and the detection dogs, food trucks, pet stalls and displays.

There will also be a range of competitions to enter, with prizes on offer for: the tallest pet, shortest pet, best trick, ugliest pet, best dressed and most like owner.

The festival will also feature:

• Face painting

• Pony rides

• Reptile display

• Pet caricatures

• Free microchipping (for Blacktown residents only)

• Free vet checks

Visit the website for more details: www.blacktown.nsw.gov.au/Events-and-activities/2023-Blacktown-City-Pet-Festival

Event information

What: 2023 Blacktown City Pet Festival

When: Sunday, 15 October, 10am-2pm

Where: Blacktown Animal Rehoming Centre (BARC), 20 Owen Street, Glendenning

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