Dogs Have Their Day at Downtown Haddonfield’s 2nd annual ‘Pet-a-Palooza’ Charity Event April 10

Hundreds of our four legged friends and their owners visited Downtown Haddonfield for the second annual ‘Pet-a-Palooza’ charity event on April 10.

The event featured a Pet Fashion Walk, Pet Talent Contest, pet vendors and an opportunity to adopt a pet from the Camden County Animal Shelter (CCAS) as well as other shelters throughout the day. Pet-a-Palooza’s participating vendors’ fees were collected by the Partnership for Haddonfield (PfH) and donated to the CCAS.

A Chihuahua mix was happily adopted at the Camden County Animal Shelter following the event. Three cats from the CCAS also have pending adoptions.

Pets were dressed to the nines for the Pet Fashion Walk, with fuzzy sweaters, bows and ribbons and dresses too. Sandy, a sassy Yorkshire Terrier won the Fashion Show competition, sporting flashy sunglasses and an island-fun Hawaiian T-shirt.

During the weeks leading up to the event, proud pet owners were able to submit a unique photo of their pet for a chance to win a $25 townwide gift certificate. Photos were displayed on the Downtown Haddonfield website in an online gallery that was available to the public. The winner of the Photo Contest was Atlas, a black and white Pitbull mix.

“Pet-a-Palooza brought out the pet lover in everyone,” said Remi Fortunato, Retail Recruiter for the Partnership for Haddonfield. “It was a great opportunity for visitors to bring their pets with them as they visit our Downtown shops for special treats and treatment all day,” she added.

The Pet Talent Show featured some of the best tricks from an array of small and large dogs. The winners of the talent contest were Muppet, a Cavapoo therapy dog who showcased an exciting hoop jumping performance, and Cora, a Labrador who performed incredible spin turns.

Owners and their four-legged friends were able to receive Pet Portraits during the event, courtesy of Colette Oswald Photography. A face painter was on hand to paint children’s faces to look like puppies, while other vendors offered handcrafted pet products for all furry friends to enjoy. DJ music was played throughout the day.

Founded by the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1997, the Camden County Animal Shelter (CCAS) has been fighting to reduce the overwhelming stray/unwanted animal population in its county. CCAS is an open admissions shelter and takes in over 6,000 companion animals from 17 municipalities in Camden County every year. CCAS provides Camden County with low-cost spay and neutering options. By providing the service at such a low cost, CCAS hopes to reduce the number of stray/unwanted animals in the county.

For more information about Downtown Haddonfield and Pet-a-Palooza, please visit DowntownHaddonfield.com.