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By Daniela Torres

March 15, 2023 (Santee) -- The 7th annual Fido Fest was held Saturday, March 11 at the Town Center Community Park East. This event provided a great opportunity for dogs and dog lovers to enjoy themselves with giveaways, an agility course, contests, and much more for a tail-waggin’ good time.

Originally, Fido Fest was supposed to take place on February 25. However, it was rescheduled to March 11th due to weather concerns, according to the City of Santee.

The rescue foundations and non-profit organizations present included the following:

A Way Home for Dogs           

Labradors and Friends           


Amazing Strays Rescue        

Leonberger Rescue   

Rescue Fenix Friends of Humane Services TJ        

Lionel's Legacy          

Rescuing Cujo

Frosted Faces Foundation     

Open Arms Rescue   

SoCal Golden Retriever Rescue

It's the Pits       

Passion for Pitties

Labrador Rescuers

PAWS of Coronado

The event also hosted contests, such as best costumes and best tricks. Services such as microchipping, pet licensing, and setting up appointments for spaying/neuturing were available at different booths.

The Spay Neuter Action Project offered low-cost spay or neuter services for cats, dogs, and rabbits - ranging from $55 to $125 depending on the animal. In addition, they also offered free vaccines and microchipping for $10.

There were also demonstrations held by the Santee’s Sheriff’s Department and the City of Santee Fire Department. Fido Fest also featured the event’s sponsors - Allegiance Heating and Air, GTM, Veterinary Urgent Care by Ethos, Tito’s Vodka, and FURology Pet SPaw.

More information about the event can be found at the City of Santee website.



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