Pet Events in Hilo and Kona This Weekend

March 14, 2013, 1:09 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 7:12 PM
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From a dog wash in Keaau to pet tricks in Kona, there’s plenty of ways for pet lovers to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend.

On Saturday, Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary will hold a “Shampooch” dog wash fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Eagles Club in Keaau, across from the Hawaii Island Humane Society.

The event will include dog washing, nail trimming, and “bling bling” for your favorite pooch by Shear Magic.

Other activities include dog games, a “photo shoot” with your companion, and treats and people prizes.

Cost for dog shampooing depends on dog size and runs from $5 to $10. Photos and nail trims are $5 each.


Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary, is a 501(c)3 non-profit no-kill sanctuary in Kurtistown that cares for and finds homes for abused, neglected or homeless animals.


On any given day the facility provides shelter, food, grooming, and veterinary care for 325 dogs and cats.

For more information on the “Shampooch” fundraiser call 990-6105.

On Sunday, the Hawaii Island Humane Society will hold a St. Pet-Tricks Day event at Kona Commons from 9 a.m. to noon.


The family friendly event is a pet-food drive and attendees are encouraged to donate canned and unopened bags of dog and cat food that will be donated to local animal organizations.

In addition to the drive, there will be special demonstrations, a pet trick contest, and free pictures with your pet and more. You can also enter to win a trip for four on Go! Airlines.

Petco mascots Blue Mew and Red Ruff will be on hand during the festivities, which also include a mega pet adoption event.

For more information, call Donna Whitaker, executive director of the Hawaii Island Humane Society, at 329-8002.

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