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PetFest launches The Lost Dogs' Home centenary

February 6, 2013

Gracie Street PetFest recognises The Lost Dogs’ Home centenary On Sunday 3 March, iconic Gracie Street in North Melbourne will be transformed into a vibrant and fun street festival. A must for all animal lovers, the free event is dedicated to celebrating the special bond we share with our pets and to mark The Lost Dogs’ Home’s centenary.

Festival-goers will have the chance to delve into the Home’s unique history, broaden their understanding of animal welfare and learn more about the Home’s many pro-active services, including our adoption, foster and volunteer programs.

 “This is quite a significant year for The Lost Dogs’ Home. It’s a time of reflection but also an opportunity to look ahead to the future of animal welfare and our relationship with companion animals,” the Home’s Managing Director Dr Graeme Smith said.

The Home’s Centenary Historical Exhibition will be opened to the public and PetFest activities will include tours of our new and modern, Lost Dogs’ Home Frank Samways Veterinary Clinic.

“We are really excited to commence our centenary year with a community event like PetFest. Aimed at families and pet owners, it provides a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness for the Home’s work and the importance of responsible pet ownership. While at the same time celebrating the companionship of our pets through fun and engaging activities,” Dr Smith added.

Marty Fields and StellaThe pet-friendly event, emceed by the Home’s special patron Marty Fields will feature a range of entertainment and activities for the whole family including:

  • Pet talent and cooking shows
  • Magic show and face painting for the kids
  • Presentation by animal communicator Caroline Pope
  • Diamond Dog Pet Café
  • Professional pet photography by Cas Beaty
  • Dog obedience demonstrations by Planet K9

There will be over thirty stalls featuring pet care and health products, dog hydrobaths, veterinarian advice and information stalls on the Home’s services and programs just to name a few!

National Pet Register will offer discounted microchipping at $12. A booking is strongly advised by calling 1300 734 738 or visiting

We encourage both four and two legged family members alike to come along on Sunday, 3 March from 11.00am – 4.00pm to 2 Gracie Street, North Melbourne.

Please note: All dogs brought to the festival need to be on lead and up to date with their vaccinations. For more information, listen to Pets-A-Loud on Joy 94.9!

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