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2016 Pooch Parade – Friends Are Fur-Ever

by Daniel Elliot


Hundreds of dogs to march down San Buenaventura State Beach at 19th Annual Pooch Parade

Ventura, CA – June 3, 2016 – Local non-profit dog rescue Canine Adoption and Rescue League (C.A.R.L.) will host its 19th Annual Pooch Parade fundraising event on July 17th at San Buenaventura State Beach. The theme of this year’s event is “Friends are Fur-Ever”, highlighting the lifelong commitment between a family and their pets.

The Pooch Parade is a Ventura County tradition, with attendance in the thousands. The event begins with the parade itself, which is a 3-mile fundraising dog walk from San Buenaventura State Beach to the Ventura Pier and back. In 2015, approximately 250 dogs and their owners participated, many in costume. Registration numbers are expected to increase this year.

The event continues at San Buenaventura State Beach for the rest of the day, featuring:

• Live blues music by Kelly’s Lot
• DJ and MC Marty Glassman
• Over 50 booths
• Pet-related arts, crafts, and services
• Local animal rescues
• Food trucks
• Silent auction
• Agility and Disco Dog demonstrations
• Dog contests, including Best Costume and Best Kisser

“The Pooch Parade is our biggest and my favorite event of the year,” said C.A.R.L. President Mary Saputo. “It’s like a fair, but everything is all about dogs and other pets. C.A.R.L. runs entirely on volunteers and donations, so the Pooch Parade is vitally important to the work we do saving the lives of homeless dogs. We’re very grateful to the community for welcoming C.A.R.L. and the Pooch Parade, and everyone gives 100% to make it a big success.”

The 19th Annual Pooch Parade will be held on Sunday, July 17th from 9:00am-4:00pm at San Buenaventura State Beach. Admission is free, and community members are welcome to volunteer to support the rescue. To learn more about the Pooch Parade, how to register, or how to volunteer, visit or call (805) 644-PETS.

About Canine Adoption and Rescue League (C.A.R.L.)

Canine Adoption and Rescue League (C.A.R.L.) is a 501c3 registered non-profit, no-kill dog rescue and sanctuary. Its mission is to advocate for animal welfare, seeking to end the needless deaths of companion animals through its adoption, education, and outreach programs.

Since 1996, C.A.R.L. has rescued and placed thousands of unwanted, sick, abandoned, and homeless dogs. Dogs in the adoption program are placed in pre-screened, loving and secure homes.

To learn more about C.A.R.L., how to donate, how to adopt, or how to volunteer, visit or call (805) 644-PETS.

Daniel Elliot
PO Box 5022
Ventura, CA 93005
(805) 826-3347

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