The Pet Fest is a celebration of animals and the humans who love them. On Sunday, May 21 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. vendors, bakers, crafters, animal lovers, veterinarians, and shelters will gather for the second annual Pet Fest at Two Rivers United Methodist Church at 1820 5th Avenue in Rock Island.
The Rock Island Animal Hospital is co-sponsoring the event. A doctor and staff from the hospital will attend. They will be available for questions, and can meet your animals – although they will not be able to do check-ups. Vendors of pet-related goods are invited to set up a booth in the parking lot. There will also be a photo booth for owners to pose with their animals.
At 3:30 there will be a special “Blessing of the Animals,” led by Pastor Robb McCoy. The blessing will include prayers, some readings, and a special time for prayer with each pet in attendance with their owner. At last year’s event, most of the animals were dogs, although one person brought a chicken and at least two people brought pictures of their cats.
All animals at the Pet Fest must be leashed or caged at all times. They must also be properly vaccinated, and well-socialized to other animals. For the safety of all animals and humans, retractable leads are not allowed.
A collection will also be taken for the Quad City Animal Welfare Center. Animals up for adoption will not be at the event, but information about how to find companions through the QCAWC will be available. Suggested donations for the shelters that come will include paper towels, treats, blankets, towels, disinfectant cleaners, Purina Puppy and/or Kitten Chow, and toys.
If there are vendors interested in reserving a free booth, or if you would like more information, please call 309-788-9384.