On Saturday, May 19, 2018, we hosted the third annual ‘World Dog Day’ in West Hollywood, California. The event, presented by NexGard (www.nexgardfordogs.com) and SUR Restaurant & Lounge (www.surrestaurant.com) focused on the celebration of dogs as well as raising awareness about global dog abuse and ending the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China that begins later next month.
Nearly 4000 people and their dogs were in attendance to join in on the festivities. This included, over 35 pet-centered vendors, dog agility park, a morning “Doga” class and the Lucy Pet K-9 Wave Machine truck that enabled over 100 dogs to surf on San Vicente BLVD.
Singer, songwriter and animal welfare campaigner, Leona Lewis welcomed the thousands of guests to the event and presented the “Vanderpump Dog Foundation Awareness Ambassador” to ‘Bo,’ who was rescued by Executive Director of the Foundation, Dr. John Sessa last year while aiding survivors of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. Additionally, singer Lance Bass and his husband, Michael Turchin, served as hosts of the 2nd Annual “VP Posh Puppy Pageant” sponsored by Posh Puppy Boutique (www.poshpuppyboutique.com) and 1st Annual “Doggy Look a Like Contest” sponsored by Kickee Pets (www.kickeepants.com) that crowned, Vanderpump Rules’ Brittany Cartwright and her dog, Monroe, for the second year in a row.
Since opening the doors of our Rescue Center on W. 3rd Street in Los Angeles in March of 2017, the Vanderpump Dog Foundation has adopted out over 550 dogs. Events like ‘World Dog Day’ help with accomplishments like this. We cannot wait to see you all next year!