Hip Pooches and Parents Are Invited to WooFest!

Got plans this Saturday? If you live in Toronto, you do now! Grab your dog and head to WOOFEST, the coolest High Park pet party that features live music, swag and nom noms.


On Saturday, May 14 one of Toronto’s toniest neighborhoods goes straight to the dogs as WOOFEST turns this quiet High Park community into the ultimate pooch-parent destination – all for a good cause.


Right off the bat, this day-long event is absolutely free and runs from 11 am to 4 pm at the Master Mechanic High Park location and you’re going to want to block your afternoon ‘cause there’s lots of fun stuff for you and your little guy to do and it all wraps up with a rooftop concert by Canadian Music Hall of Famer, Daniel Lanois.


First of all, let’s talk prizes and free stuff: from best costume to best wiggle, to even a dog-owner look-alike contest, every pooch has a chance to shine in his own special way and walk away with some great rewards!


If you love nothing more than chatting with fellow pet parents and industry pros you’re going to be in hound heaven here. Booths include a number of dog walking, daycare and boarding services, the dog training gurus When Hounds Fly, professional grooming service providers such as Park 9 Resort and PetAgree as well as the Animal Rehabilitation Centre. If you’re a natural born shopper, pet products abound including dog beds, cushions and crate pads as well as the opportunity to add to your fur-child family with a mini puppy adoption booth led by Moosonee Puppy rescue.


Related: Get Your Woof On At Woofstock 2016


Of course no street festival is complete without lots of eats and WOOFEST won’t disappoint. Sponsors include BARQUE Smokehouse, Dundas Park Kitchen (who whip up some delish desserts for both pups and parents), as well as Ice Cream Sponsored by Purina and Nestle.


Got a pooped pup? Kick back, put your feet up at the “Dawg Lounge” or park it on a seat in the photo booth where you can memorialize the day (with props available for both kids and dogs).


And if your kids aren’t of the fur variety, there’s face painting (for both kids and dogs), balloon animals, video games, nail painting…


Live music, silent auctions, raffles and more… this great fundraising event benefits Moosonee Puppy Rescue, The Farley Foundation, The Parkside Food Bank and The Redwood women’s shelter and is the brainchild of Dr. Scott Bainbridge of Dundas West Hospital and Josie Candito of Master Mechanic.


Rain or shine, WOOFEST takes place at Master Mechanic High Park, 2 Howard Park Avenue on Saturday May 14 from 11 – 4 pm. Pets and kids welcome and admission is free! Visit the WOOFEST website for more deets.

Mary Simpson
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