By Tess Malijenovsky
Beaufort Dog at Habersham and The Green Room present the Fourth Annual Beaufort Pet & Kid Fair, a benefit for rescue animals. This event is not exclusive to your adorable, furry friends — bring the whole family for a jam-packed day of performances, demonstrations, veterinarian clinics, contests, entertainment and more from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 14.
When Kelley Blackston of Beaufort Dog at Habersham took over the annual Pet Spring Fling four years ago, she brought Beaufort the Pet & Kid Fair. Its first year coincided with the opening of Beaufort Dog. “The concept was to have a benefit where all the rescues could come out at one time,” said Kelley.
“A lot of people don’t realize that there are local rescues that have just golden retrievers and labs and puppies. People are shying away from going to rescue sites because they want a certain type of dog.”
The Pet & Kid Fair raises money for all participating rescues, but everyone can benefit from the fun and games. There will be music by Beaufort’s Junior Orchestra, gymnastics with the Sports Academy, dance with Studio B and a karate demonstration. Kids can run and play on the inflatables and playground or participate in kid activities put on by Jumpin’ Jaxx throughout the day.
Come with your pooches for some dog agility demonstrations, dog contests and games. There will also be a low cost wellness and rabies vaccine clinic (make your reservations at the vet clinic).
One of the ways the fair is raising money for the participating rescues is through its photo contest. Submit your cutest, ugliest, silliest and most talented pictures of your dog for a chance to win prizes from stores in the area. Log onto BeaufortDog.com and click the link to submit your photos. The cost to enter or vote is only $1 and 100% of the proceeds go to charity.
Beaufort Dog provides a variety of services for your pets while you’re away at work or vacation including dog boarding, daycare, grooming and training. The Beaufort Pet & Kid Fair is a free event at the Habersham town center, located off Joe Frazier Road.