First ever ‘Central Illinois Pet Palooza’ brings hundreds of pets to Peoria Civic Center

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More than sixty pet and animal themed vendors and eight pet adoption agencies took over Hall A at the Peoria Civic Center Saturday. From 10-4 for $5 admission participants could bring their pet and check out everything from t-shirt printing to animal artwork and home baked treats.

‘Foster Pet Outreach’ came up with the idea to host a pet party with all the local rescue and foster organizations. Their goal was to raise money to pay the vet bills for all their adopted pets. “We did over 350 adoptions last year. Each one averages, veterinary bills, anywhere from four to five hundred dollars. Some up to two thousand dollars,” explained Anne Schutt with Foster Pet Outreach.

If you missed this year’s Pet Palooza, don’t worry, Schutt said they plan on doing it again next year.

Kyle Beachy

Kyle Beachy

Kyle Beachy is a Multimedia Journalist for 25 News and Heart of Illinois. Born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana, he attended Indiana Wesleyan University where he studied Education and played baseball. He comes to us from Columbus, Ohio where he received a Master's Degree from The Ohio State University.
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