Rose City goes to the dogs with the Texas Petapalooza

Published on Thursday, 4 September 2014 21:17 - Written by Kelly Gooch

A large pet adoption event will take place this weekend in Tyler.

The event, Texas Petapalooza, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Bergfeld Park.

More than 15 animal rescues, along with their foster animals, will be at the park, according to a news release.

“This event was such a success last year it has literally doubled in size and is now officially proclaimed as Tyler’s very own Petapalooza Day. This pet-friendly event is the perfect way to spend a day with the family,” the news release reads.

Texas Petapalooza Public Relations Director LeAnn Sellers said animals up for adoption at Texas Petapalooza, a program of the SPCA of East Texas, include cats, dogs and horses of all breeds and sizes.

She said via email that some animals up for adoption will be available the same day and some will have a required home check.

All of the animals will be vaccinated and spayed/neutered as age appropriate, and veterinary records will be available by request, she said.

And Mrs. Sellers said the rescues that come in are certified and must be in good standing with their community.

“We’ve tried to screen it as much as possible and ensure a healthy animal for our guests,” she added.

A number of vendors of products and services such as a low-cost pet vaccination clinic, a low-cost pet microchip clinic, grooming, specialty pet foods, training demonstrations, pet accessories, event T-shirts and other clothes, crafts and goods also will be on hand Saturday, according to a news release.

Additionally, there will be various attractions such as face painting, a bounce house, pony rides, a fire truck, the Tyler Police Department I-Dent-a-Kid van, weenie dog races, food, live music and raffle drawings, Mrs. Sellers said. Weenie Dog races begin at 2 p.m. The grand prize winner of the weenie dog races will receive a six-month supply of dog food.

According to the release, attendees may bring family pets to Saturday’s event, but they are asked to have their pets vaccinated, and the animal must be on a leash.

Mrs. Sellers said there is a low-cost vaccination clinic there if the pets need to get shots.

Large sponsors are Spine Specialist Dr. Kevin Pauza, Hall Buick GMC and Brookshire’s. More sponsors are welcome.

For more information, visit

Texaspetapalooza or email