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Fourth Annual Salem Dog Festival

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The Salem Lions Club is hosting the 4th Annual Salem Dog Festival on June 8, 2014 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Salem Common in Salem, Mass. The festival will benefit The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem.

The Salem Common will be overflowing with rescue groups, exhibitors, live music and dog demonstrations. There will also be a dog walk, the center of attention, as well as many dogs up for adoption.

The festival will also feature the 2014 Puppy Palooza Championships: a 50/50 raffle. Tennis balls are numbered with the number on each raffle ticket and then thrown into a pit. Dogs get to choose the winning number by jumping in the pit and returning the ball to the host. Each ticket is $5. Enter to have your dog be one of the lucky ones to jump in the pit.

The Dog Walk begins at noon and is $20 to register. Registered walkers get a goodie bag and a t-shirt. Create a fundraising page to help donate more. All money raised goes to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem. The walk route goes through downtown historic Salem.

Enter the pet photo contest for a chance to win a pet photo session with Photography by Corinna.

Some of the vendors are MA Vest-a-Dog, Lions Eyemobile, Oma's Pride, Salem Lion's Club, Salem Saves Animals, Paws 4 a Cure, The Haven Project, Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation and many more.

Other events:
The Sterling Animal Shelter's 7th Annual Whisker Walk
Cat advocacy organization to host fundraising competitions, participants wanted

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