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Tarboro to host pet festival


The Purina Incredible Dare Devil Dog Team will perform at the Tar River Pet Fest Saturday on the Tarboro Town Common.


Rocky Mount Telegram

Thursday, November 8, 2018

TARBORO — The inaugural Tar River Pet Fest will kick off at 10 a.m. on Saturday on the Tarboro Town Common.

The energy of this first-time event in Edgecombe County will bring pet-friendly artists, therapy and rescue organizations, demonstrations from the  Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office’s K-9 unit and performances by the Purina Incredible Dare Devil Dog Team from Raleigh.

The fun kicks off with a sing-along by Lydia Treneff, owner of Country Feedback Vintage & Vinyl Shop. People are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite animal or just roar like one.

Learn the best way to handle an animal by Pawsitive Pup Training or stop by Fluffy Butts booth to buy smelly good stuff for your dog — both vendors are from Wilmington. Does your critter have what it takes to be a service animal? Find out along with other valuable tips during the day.

“The pet industry is a $70 billion-dollar marketplace and we want to bring attention to our many rescue and pet services available in Edgecombe County and surrounding areas, raise donations to help offset the high cost of caring for these animals and find our four legged friends a fur-ever home,” said Susan A. Freeman, executive director of the Tarboro Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce. “We can’t be more thrilled with the positive feedback we are getting from the community.”

A wish list of items needed by local rescue organizations can be found on the Tar River Pet Fest Facebook page. Some of the items needed are cat carriers, pet beds and toys, food, wipes, puppy pads and funds to care for those critters needing a forever home.

“We are anticipating a great turnout from those who love their pets and want to learn more about the care of them,”  Freeman said. “Please help and be generous as our nonprofits may be keeping your ‘fur-ever’ pet safe until you adopt them.”

This also is a juried event with artists showcasing their handcrafted wares.

For more information, call the Chamber at 823-7241.