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More than 20,000 turn out for London’s Pawlooza

Some of the roughly 6,000 dogs that visited the Plunkett Estate for the 9th edition of Pawlooza. Jess Brady/AM980 London

North America’s largest dog festival went off without a hitch at The Plunkett Estate over the weekend.

Pawlooza supports ARF, the Animal Rescue Foundation, as well as Leads Employment Services.

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“We feel that we hit capacity earlier than we ever have before which means we were in the 20,000 – 25,000 range for the people coming in,” Laurie Ristmae, ARF’s founder, told AM980.

“And dogs? There were thousands of dogs, we figure upwards of 6,000 dogs arrived.”

Ristmae added that one of the adoption agencies on site received over 40 applications by Sunday.

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“The rescue groups were extremely pleased with not only the volume – the number of families who were there and the adopters who were there – but, of course, the calibre for lack of a better word. These are great people coming out looking for new family members.”

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Planning for the 10th-anniversary event is already underway for the third Saturday in August 2018.

“So mark it in your calendars now because it will be a sight to behold. You will not want to miss it!”

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