The Arizona Animal Fair happens this Saturday (supposed to be sunny and warm) at Reid Park. This is a family-friendly and pet-friendly event and it’s free. Be sure to visit all the different rescues and perhaps put some spare change or a few bucks in their donation jars. Our rescues and shelters constantly struggle financially. The goal of the Super Adoption area is to find 100 forever homes in one day. You might not leave with a pet but you can fill out the paperwork or at the very least — consider the options. Here are some tips for enjoying the Fair.
from the press release
Tucson is home to one of the largest festivals celebrating animals in the Southwest – the annual Arizona Animal Fair! The event takes place Saturday, March 2 from 10 am to 4 pm in Reid Park at the NW corner of 22nd Street and Country Club (near the off-leash dog park).
It is free for people and their pets and any proceeds from fair events are returned to the animal rescue community.
Pets are welcome as long as they are on a 6-foot or shorter leash, are well behaved, and do well in crowds, with other animals, and loud noises.
More than 30 animal rescue groups will be on hand bringing the widest array of animals available for adoption in any one place. This includes dogs and puppies, cats and kittens, ferrets, rabbits, and reptiles. Other rescues, sanctuaries, trained therapy animals for humans, and businesses with pet products will be there as well. Also on hand for fun, education and petting will be llamas, miniature horses, and goats.
Entertainment is scheduled throughout the day with demonstrations by Police K-9 dogs, flyball dog racing, Tucson Musical Canine Freestyle (otherwise known as doggie dancing) and dog trick demonstrations.
In addition, musicians and DJ’s will provide music in the pet-friendly beer garden from 11 am to 4 pm and food vendors will be present throughout the day.
Low-cost vaccinations and micro-chipping for pets will be available by various veterinary organizations and the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. Fairgoers are also encouraged to learn about the many low- or no-cost spay and neuter options available in Pima County.
The Arizona Animal Fair is hosted by Tucson-based nonprofit Saving Animals from Euthanasia (SAFE). The purpose of the event is to promote the welfare of animals by educating the community about sterilization to prevent pet overpopulation; promote micro-chipping; adopting lost, abandoned or unwanted shelter or rescue group pets; and the humane treatment of animals.