Dogs Day Out set to return

There will be fun for dogs, their owners and the whole community

Central Coast Council’s annual Dogs Day Out event will return on Saturday, February 24, offering fun for not only dogs and their owners, but the whole community.

Now in its third year, this year’s event is set to be bigger and better than ever, with more than 30 local businesses hosting stalls, training programs and demonstrations.

Event highlights will include: pet adoption services; dog grooming and free dog massages; dog body balance demonstrations; free dog microchipping; low-cost vaccinations; doggy toys, clothes and treats; and food and drink stalls for the humans.

Council Director Environment and Planning Alice Howe said the event had continued to grow since its inception in February 2022, which was likely due to how much the Central Coast community loved their dogs.

“This annual event is a great way to celebrate our four-legged friends and continue to remind one another of our responsibilities as a dog owner,” she said.

“Since the event’s inception, we have continued to gain the interest of local businesses and pet services wanting to get involved, with a great mix of stalls and training programs scheduled for this year’s event.

“This includes our friends from SoCares who will once again be offering free microchipping and check-your-chip services on the day, while the Animal Welfare League will be offering free health checks, low-cost vaccinations and general pet care advice.

“By offering free pet microchipping, we hope to increase the number of microchipped pets across the Central Coast, so that we can continue to reunite pets with their owners should they become lost.

“If you have been considering adding a four-legged friend to your family, why not give our pet adoption service a visit on the day and give a dog-in-need a home.”

Council Administrator Rik Hart said dogs played a huge role in many local families’ lives and provide companionship, social interaction, and a sense of security.

“We know how much our locals love their pets and this annual event is the perfect way to celebrate how much they mean to us, whilst also socialising with other pets and pet owners from across the region,” he said.

“Dogs Day Out is another way that we can continue to support and educate our community around the importance of responsible pet ownership, so that we can all enjoy our open spaces.”

Dogs Day Out will be held from 9am-3pm on Saturday, February 24, at Terilbah Reserve, Wilfred Barrett Dr, The Entrance North.

Remember, dogs must be on a leash at all times.

Cats are also welcome but must be contained.

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