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February 4, 2024 (Santee) -- The City of Santee’s eighth annual Fido Fest will take place Saturday, February 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Town Center Community Park East, located at 550 Park Center Drive, Santee 92071. Join the City of Santee for tail-wagging fun at one of San Diego County’s most popular dog events.

This family and dog-friendly event is an opportunity for attendees to view adoptable dogs from about 20 local rescues, shop from various vendors, watch amazing demonstrations, and enjoy giveaways. If walking or shopping through the excitement works up your appetite, 5 food vendors will be serving delectable eats for all to enjoy. There will be a variety of arts and crafts to paw-take in, including: yappy hour, treat finder, doggy tattoos, an off-leash area, fly ball demonstration, an agility course, and a sniff station.

Show off your four-legged friend in costume, size, and trick contests for a chance to win a giveaway item! In addition to the showcase of contest entries, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and Santee Fire Department will demonstrate their canines’ capabilities.

“Santee is proud to be a dog-friendly city, and we are thrilled to host an event where the community can enjoy all things dog-related. The event is filled with exciting activities; make sure you get here early so you don’t miss anything!” exclaims Special Events Supervisor, Becky Lowndes.

In addition to the fun activities at Fido Fest, the San Diego Humane Society will be providing microchipping and pet licensing services (with a copy of a rabies certificate). Microchipping will cost $10 and pet licensing prices will vary.

City staff are collecting donations of unopened dog food, bedding, blankets, new toys, and other items that will be donated to the rescues that attend the event. Stop by the City’s information booth to drop off your donation in exchange for an additional entry into the opportunity drawing.

To ensure a fur-tastic time for all, please view the list of rules and additional information at

A special thank you to the title sponsor, Camp Bow Wow, and other sponsors Allegiance Heating Air Conditioning & Solar Inc., Carlton Oaks, GTM Discount General Stores, FURology Pet SPaw, and Shugarman’s Bath. These businesses make events like this possible in the Santee community.

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