that save hundreds of pets’ lives each year. The Goal for Canine Christmas is 100 adoptions, so if you’re looking for a dog or cat, this is the day to see many pets for adoption.
The festival has new features for 2014, including live music performed by Kim
Betts and the Gamble Creek Band. Also new is the Doggy Fun Zone obstacle course for all size dogs to run as they chase an elusive lure through a fully enclosed Grand
Prix style raceway. Absolutely no prior training or experience is needed.
Pets can have their portraits taken with Santa Claus and enter the Fashion Show
and Costume Contest hosted again this year by Susan Marie of “The Doggy
Diva,” show. Prizes will be awarded for Best Overall, Best Christmas, Most
Creative, Best Group (2 or more) , Best Dog Owner Look-A-Like and Best Diva.
The Parade of Adoptable Dogs at 12:00 will shine a spotlight on the adoptable dogs available, which range from tiny Chihuahuas to large Bulldog mixes.
There will be food trucks, a variety of vendors at the event, offering holiday toys, treats,
apparel and gifts for people and for pets. The festival t-shirt will be a collector’s
item. The shirt is custom designed by Emerson Quillin, a well known artist. The
custom design is available for purchase as a t-shirt, tote bag, coffee mug,
ornament and Christmas stocking.
There will also be a 50/50 auction, raffle prizes and silent auction,.
Manatee County Animal Services Officers will also be on hand to educate pet
owners on the importance of tag compliance and microchipping. County
residents can purchase their Pet License for just $15 with proof of a current
Dogs are welcome to attend the festival, but must be social, on a 6 foot leash,
and wearing their county tags.
Admission to Canine Christmas is $3 per person and kids under 12 are free.
Entrance to the festival grounds is located at 5781 21st Avenue West in
Bradenton. Handicapped parking is available, and the property is wheelchair
accessible. For more information, a schedule of events, directions to the event
and vendor applications, please visit www.caninechristmas.com.