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Furry friends feel the love at 2024 Pet Fest Guam

by | Apr 30, 2024 | Civic and Community Engagement, Guam | 0 comments

As the spring weather rolls around, so are community events. From puppy yoga to concerts, there is sure to be an outdoor activity for everyone. But one notable event in Ypao Beach Park caught everyone’s attention. 

Pet Fest Guam 2024, hosted by Milk-Bone and Guam Animals in Need (GAIN), released a full program of events totaling up to seven hours of fun. From 10 am to 5 pm, puppies and dogs of all breeds and sizes were at Ypao Beach Park. 

The gathering on April 6 was much more than a heartwarming event; it was a community of dog lovers and animal lovers gathering to find funds for the Guam Animals in Need Organization. It is also an act of support towards the organizers and volunteers who work relentlessly to help the island’s homeless animal population. 

The list of events was extensive, with morning puppy yoga to start off the day to a paw massage for furry friends and people alike. Moving on to an afternoon drug detector dog demo, which was followed by a balloon animal opportunity for all of the local youth to leave with balloon art. But it didn’t stop there; the afternoon continued with live music and more demonstrations of other animals, and later, the adoptable dog strut was moved on to encourage attendees to adopt and not shop. The night closed out with a dog costume contest, dance performance, and dog training sessions. 

Throughout the course of the day, there was an obstacle course, pet contests, treats, bouncy houses and ball pits, and even microchipping options provided to pet owners. However, the fundraising didn’t stop at the fun activities and events; the event held a raffle and silent auction in order to bring in extra funds to continue to support the GAIN mission. While fundraising and adoption were the primary goals and focus of the day, the organizers kept their sight set on continuing to build a better community by encouraging attendees to use biodegradable to-go containers, and by using food waste to support a local pig farmer. 

The event was an absolute not for the locals but for their furry friends as well.

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Sophia Motl

Sophia Motl

Sophia Motl grew up in Minneapolis Minnesota. She is currently a high school student, who is preparing to major in international politics when she goes to college. Sophia is passionate about policy, political affairs, and much more. Throughout Sophia's short career in writing, she has earned various awards and continues to pursue other opportunities. She is a Civic & Community Engagement Intern Correspondent at Pasquines.

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