August 16, 2011
MANCHESTER GROUP TO OBSERVE HOMELESS ANIMALS DAY
The Queenie Foundation, a Manchester nonprofit, will hold its 16th annual observance of International Homeless Animals Day on Saturday, Aug. 20, on Hubbard Green, Hubbard Street, Glastonbury, from 3 to 7:30 p.m.
For the first time, the event will include a pooch parade and costume contest with prizes for dogs in three weight divisions and the best pet and owner lookalikes.
Celebrity judges are Clark Denis, lead singer from local band DiamondBack; Rep. Jason Rojas, D-East Hartford, and Bob Kester from Rock 102FM.
Meet adoptable dogs and cats; eat delicious food from Hartford’s Lion’s Den, browse at vendors’ booths while listening to groovy music provided by local duo Unsung Heroes.
Sponsors include Design 4 Paws, Be the Dog, Leaps & Bones, Sweet Pea Natural Pet Food, Lesson Pros, and BJ’s Wholesale Club.
Sponsored services are ear cleaning and nail clipping, paw reading and massage from Zodiapet, reiki for you and your companion from Cosmos & Sage, and a dog wash.
Vendors will offer a variety of items from chair massage to jewelry to homemade dog clothes and accessories. Visitors can also commemorate the day with their companion’s paw print. Raffles include a wide array of items from fine wine to gift certificates for grooming.
The event will conclude with an interfaith Blessing of the Animals and a candlelight remembrance of the companion animals who were killed in shelters this year.
All proceeds benefit The Queenie Foundation’s rescue and adoption program.