Carrollton Holds Paws on the Square Event to Benefit Local Pets
Bring the family (both furry and otherwise) to Downtown Carrollton (1106 S. Broadway Street) for a tail-wagging good time and learn how to keep our community safe and friendly for pets. The City of Carrollton will host its 3rd annual Paws on the Square: Play, Shop, Learn, Adopt event on Saturday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine. The free event brings people, pets, animal welfare organizations, and pet-friendly companies together.
Browse the pet-focused vendor booths where you’ll find everything from pet accessories to people food. Put your competitive pooch through an agility course filled with dog toys and pamper your pet with calming dog yoga sessions at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Adrienne Abrahim, owner of Pawtastic Snacks-Mobile Dog Barkery, will return with her fabulous truck of treats for the four-legged friends.
“In general people love the truck and we welcome pups on board to sniff out their favorite snacks,” Abrahim said. “Last year, the crowd was great. The doggie fro-yo was a huge success as people strolled around the Square on a warm spring day.”
This year, Pawtastic Snacks plans to bring out some new doggy snack flavors including bacon and peanut butter, banana and peanut butter, and apple juice and cheddar.
Onsite adoptions will be provided by Operation Kindness. Come out to meet your new best friend and add a canine kid to the family. Last year, 10 lucky dogs found their forever homes through Operation Kindness’ mobile adoption program, and 39 Carrollton pets were registered with the City. The event also raised more than $450 in donations for the Carrollton Animal Services & Adoption Center.
Want to foster, adopt, or volunteer to transport dogs to their future home? Cane Rosso Rescue supports local dog rescue groups, and a network of foster homes will be on the Square to answer your questions.
Low cost $5 vaccinations will be provided by the Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP) from 12-2 p.m. The event will also include free City registration with proof of rabies vaccination for Carrollton residents. Pet registrations are not only helpful in reuniting lost pets with their owners, they are also required by City ordinances.
A DJ will be onsite for the entire event, so you can sit and enjoy the tunes while your dog sniffs out a personalized doggy snack at the doggy goody bag bar.
Two caricature artists will also be available to capture your pet’s best pose.
Stop by the Dog Kissing Booth to hug an adorable animal. The booth is accepting donations for kisses in support of Carrollton Animal Services.
“There are few opportunities each year that focus on the special relationships between pets and their human companions like Paws on the Square does,” said Carrollton Animal Services Manager Carl Shooter. “This is also an awesome opportunity to share information about our programs in Animal Services and offer advice on keeping pets. If you are looking to share another great memory with your pet, we encourage you to come out to Downtown Carrollton for a good time.” Shooter said.
All dogs must have ID tags, be on a leash at all times, have a current rabies vaccination (or about to receive one), and be accompanied by someone 18 years or older.
The first 250 attendees will receive a doggy trash bag dispenser in the shape of a fire hydrant.
The event is sponsored by the North Texas Emergency Clinic, Ebby Halliday Realtor Julie Strauss, and Valwood Park.
For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/pawsonthesquare.