The 16th annual Pet Fest is a fun-filled day with family-oriented events featuring contests, special attractions and pet adoptions. This year we are BACK at Caras Park with an IN-PERSON event and we couldn’t be more excited!

COVID-19 case rates, hospitalizations, and deaths have decreased and appear to be stable in Missoula County, but COVID-19 continues to pose a high risk to communities and requires all people and businesses to continue to take precautions to reduce the risk of spread. In this effort to keep Pet Fest safe and fun for all, we will make hand sanitizer available at each vendor space as well as our information and registration booth. At this booth, we will sanitize the table regularly throughout the event and ask that a 3 foot distance be kept between attendees waiting in lines. We encourage attendees to wash hands frequently, maintain a safe distance, wear a mask if they are high risk and be polite and mindful of others. As we require all animals attending Pet Fest to be current on their vaccinations, we also encourage all human attendees who are eligible be vaccinated for Covid-19 for the safety and security of all attendees.

Admission
Please bring a donation of pet food to help us feed homeless animals or kindly make a cash donation at the registration booth. Neither are required but both are appreciated!

Our Mission
Pet Fest promotes responsible pet ownership with education through entertainment. Animal shelters are faced with an incredible burden of dogs and cats that they cannot find homes for. Having your pet neutered or spayed ensures that you will not be adding to the problem. Adopting from shelters and rescues provides loving homes for thousands of animals.

Pets are Welcome
All pets must be leashed or contained, current on vaccinations and you MUST be prepared to pick up your pet’s mess. By attending Pet Fest, you take complete responsibility for any risks or actions by your pet or others.

Register Your Pet for a Contest – Have you always wanted to participate in a dog show with your best friend but could not because of his mixed parentage? Don’t miss your chance to prove that your often overlooked mutt is a champion too!

Doggie Olympics – It’s fun and crazy! Pets of all ages, sizes and abilities have a chance to go for the gold in the Doggie Olympics! We have a wide selection of contests for everyone. Dress your pet and yourself for a competitive edge and have fun all day long. You can enter one or all of the many fun contests. Check out the Schedule.

Wacky Wiener Dog Dash – It’s off to the races with the Wiener Dog Dash, “competitive” racing like you’ve never seen it before! Dozens of tiny wiener dogs racing for prizes and glory to round off the end of Pet Fest!  If you’ve never attended a wiener dog dash, get ready to have your heart melt from the sheer cuteness of it all! Dachshunds will compete in the tournament style event on a short course in one of three categories at Caras Park. Depending on the number of entrants, the top finishers of each heat will compete against each other for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in their category.

We have been asked many times if we accept mixed breed dachshunds in the dash. The answer is: Yes, but your dog must have the typical characteristics of a dachshund; low to ground, long body and short legs. If we find that any entered dog does not meet these criteria, it will be disqualified and not eligible to race. This is the only way we can keep the dash fair and safe for your dogs.

Find a New Furry Friend
Visit with pet rescue organizations and animal shelters. Adopt a pet or support their fund-raising efforts. You’ll discover education on behavior issues, choosing the right pet and more.

Like us on Facebook for updated information.

About Marketplace Media and Events: Our events bring people together for a mutually beneficial purpose. As a company, it’s our mission to provide supportive opportunities for small businesses, entrepreneurial endeavors and companies large and small. We provide an entertaining value to attendees and make a positive impact in the community. We spend much time considering the different perspectives of the attendees and community partners. With this in mind, we create a community within our events.

Would you like your business to be a community partner at Pet Fest? Click HERE for an information and registration for exhibitors, shelters and sponsors.