Best Friends Furever: Petapalooza

As we shiver through January, the Midstate rescue group, Best Friends Furever, is looking ahead to late Spring when it hosts the annual Petapalooza event in Harrisburg.

“Petapalooza is a giant pet adoption festival where we have local rescues and animal shelters come out and have some of their animals out with them,” Petapalooza Executive Director Bitsy McCann said on Good Day PA.

So far, a dozen vendors and a dozen rescues/shelters are on board for the June event, but many more are needed. Best Friends Furever hopes to expand the 2015 event, however, grants that it normally has are no longer available. This means that the group must rely on the community more than ever.

“We really do depend on everyone in the community because it’s about $12,000 for us to put on the event,” McCann said. “We’re taking donations all the time at our P.O. Box and of course we’re a 501(c)(3) . We are all volunteer too.”

Petapalooza is currently seeking a web designer to help with its planning and someone to also assist with social media.

For more information, to donate or to volunteer for Petapalooza, please visit:

Saturday June 12
PA United Church Center
900 S. Arlington Ave.


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