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New Additions to Popular Dog Festival Keep the Tails Wagging

London, Ontario, August 12, 2019 - Pawlooza—London's festival for dogs—can expect several new attractions at the festival this year when they arrive at the Plunkett Estate on August 17.

Well-loved events like dock diving, Pawlooza's Next Top Model, agility dog demonstrations, and the off-leash Fun Zones will be complemented this Saturday with a new "EntrePAWneurs" vendor area for youth under 18 who make and sell products to benefit animals, local musicians will busk for the crowds, and new performances and demonstrations are scheduled on the main stage.

The well-known festival is in its eleventh year and expects thousands of people and dogs to attend, with all proceeds to benefit ARF Ontario, Leads Employment Services, and other local community non-profits.

"The busker musicians will be such a fun addition with plenty of seating and shady trees nearby to enjoy," says Laurie Ristmae, founder of ARF Ontario. "We're also thrilled about the new EntrePAWneurs area. My kids have been involved in ARF initiatives since birth and encouraging the community-minded, entrepreneurial spirit in this new event area is something I'm very proud of this year."

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. In fact, Pawlooza continues to be 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.

"This exciting day generates awareness of the importance of pet adoption, all while supporting both ARF Ontario and Leads Employment Services," says Brittney Thompson, the festival director. "Every year our volunteers do an excellent job to make Pawlooza one of the best parts of the summer for many in London and the surrounding region."

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 organizations - ARF Ontario and LEADS Employment Services. ARF is a volunteer grassroots community group that works with First Nations and rural communities throughout Ontario to rescue, rehab, and re-home stray dogs and cats. LEADS is a non-profit organization that 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: Monday, 12 August 2019 17:50:54 PM EST

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