San Diego’s own home grown Doggie Street Festival will take place on Saturday, August 22nd from 9:00 to 4:00 at the NTC Park at Liberty Station. This will be a free family and dog friendly celebration of our companion animals and an adopt-a-thon.
For children, there will be a Kids Stage with invited guests to “shout out” or encourage pet adoption. The organizers of Doggie Street Festival hope to capture the imagination of young people and involve them as advocates, so they will choose adoption as their first option when looking for a four legged friend.
Another highlight at this event will be the presentation of our local Hero Awards. This year KUSI-TV broadcast meteorologist Dave Scott and San Diego VCA Hospital Manager Vilen Vlasov will be honored.
This public service adopt-a-thon and companion animal celebration will provide a great shopping experience as there will be lot’s of deals and free samples as well as more than 100 specialty vendors, showcasing the latest in a variety of pet services and offerings. Finally, there will be food, auction prizes, and music for everyone to enjoy.
The festival is the love child of Jude Pauline Artenstein, a San Diego based independent filmmaker and wife of producer/director Isaac Artenstein. She founded the festival seven years ago as a civic tribute to her golden retriever, Scout. While recuperating from a serious accident that left her unable to walk for months, Scout was her constant and devoted companion who stayed by her side the whole time.
Once her health improved, she felt inspired to do something and create an adoption event that would bring together the rescue community and provide a platform to increase adoption and education on spaying and neutering as well as a festive celebration for all.
Sadly, Scout passed away from cancer and is no longer by Artenstein’s side. However, this festival is a way to not only honor him, but also acknowledge all our four legged friends as they accompany us on life’s journey.
7th Annual Doggie Street Festival on Saturday, August 22nd from 9:00 to 4:00
2455 Cushing Road
San Diego, CA 92106