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Fetch a Friend Adopt-A-Thon & Made Local Marketplace

June 23 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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One event on June 23, 2019 12:00 am at 11:00 am

Dozens of pet rescue, shelter and animal welfare groups are combining their efforts with local vendors at Central Ohio’s single largest pet adoption event. The 4th Fetch a Friend Adopt-a-Thon will be held from 11 am – 4 pm on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 at the Burke Building on the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Hilliard (4100 Columbia Street). Sponsored by Byers Airport Subaru and Mutts & Co., this mega adoption event will feature hundreds of adoptable pets, including dogs, cats, horses and other small animals.

The 2017 event resulted in over 200 animal adoptions, up nearly 70% from the initial event in 2015. In addition, funds raised during the event were used to hold a free Wellness Clinic at the Hilltop Bean Dinner which resulted in over 300 animals getting microchipped and 120 animals getting free spay/neuter vouchers. 100% of any surplus proceeds from this year’s event will go directly back to local animal welfare non-profit groups.

“We will once again have pet rescue, shelter and animal welfare groups coming from all over Ohio to find loving homes for their animals,” said event co-chair Suzee Spencer. “Having so many adoptable animals together in one place, at one time, creates an atmosphere ideal for prospective pet parents to meet the perfect new addition to their family.”

This year’s event will also showcase a Made Local Marketplace, with more than 50 arts and craft vendors on hand displaying a wide array of locally-made products. The show will feature Ohio-made apparel, jewelry, food items, accessories, home items, art, and kids’ items, plus multiple vendors focusing on pet products.

There will be a special book signing by acclaimed author and speaker Erin Merryn on Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm. Named Glamour Magazine’s 2012 Woman of the Year for her social activism efforts, Ms. Merryn will be signing copies of “Bailey, No Ordinary Cat” about her feline family member who reached international fame on Instagram.

“This event is for everyone – those looking to adopt a new pet, others looking to shop for local handmade goods, or just anyone who enjoys a family-friendly festivity,” said event co-chair Kristi Garlow. “Every adopted pet goes home with a bag full of valuable goodies, to get them started on the right path in their new forever home.”

As a courtesy to adoptable animals already on-site, as well as for the safety and well-being of event attendees, owned pets are not allowed at the event. Parking and event attendance is free, but organizers are asking for a $5 donation per family at the door to be used for coordinating free wellness exams and spay/neuter procedures for low income families in Franklin County.

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June 23
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free – $5
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Franklin County Fairgrounds
4100 Columbia
Hilliard, OH,OH43026United States
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