WARRAGUL’S Burke Street Park hosted the first Baw Baw Shire Pop-up Pet Expo last Sunday, an event which aimed to promote responsible pet ownership and local pet organisations.
Above: Penny Gibson of Crossover with Solomon and Gracie, winners of the Best Groomed parade category. Photos by William PJ Kulich.
The expo attracted over one thousand visitors, many of whom brought their dogs, rabbits, goats or birds to take part in the event’s pet parade, which was run by GippsTAFE animal studies students.
Over 50 pets took part in the parade in categories of Pet with Best Trick, Smallest Pet, Largest Pet, Waggiest Tail, Best Groomed Pet and Best Dressed Pet.
While entering their animals in the parade and browsing pet-related stalls, visitors were able to renew registrations and network with other pet owners.
Above: Ebony with Keelyanker’s dog Doc, who won the Smallest Pet category of the parade.
Baw Baw mayor Murray Cook said in a media release it was important for the council to remind pet owners of their responsibilities.
“It was great to see so many pet owners having a social day out with their dogs, rabbits, goats and even birds, and learning about the services that are available to them in the Shire,” Cr Cook said.
“Owning a pet goes beyond simply feeding them and giving them a place to sleep. Along with regular exercise and grooming, making sure your pet is microchipped, desexed, vaccinated and registered will go a long way in keeping them safe and happy.”
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