For years, animal rescuers have pressured Canton, Texas city officials to stop the sale of live animals at First Monday Trade Days. Reports of substandard conditions and unscrupulous vendors in “Dog Alley” abound on the Internet – even USA Today did a feature story on animal advocates’ concerns in 2009. But money talks and the City of Canton makes a lot of money on Dog Alley and First Monday.
So now rescue groups and shelters are trying something different. They’re coming together for Petapalooza! Cheri Fults of Recylced Poms & Schipperkes describes the event as “an alternative to buying expensive and often unhealthy puppy mill puppies”. Petapalooza! will take place in downtown Ben Wheeler, located off Highway 64 about 15 miles southeast of Canton, and will feature hundreds of adoptable mixed and purebred puppies, kittens, dogs, and cats. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 5th and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 6th. The venue is being provided free of charge by Ben Wheeler Development.
In addition to being an adoption event, Petapalooza! will be fun for everyone with vendors, dog agility and obedience training demonstrations, and pet photography. Admission is free, so don’t miss what Natural Awakenings Pet Magazines calls “the largest adoption event and celebration of pets in East Texas”.
Photo: “Rusty” available for adoption from Recylced Poms