Move over, chickens: Gainesville will be the dog capital of the world this month.
Or, at least, it’ll be the dog capital of Hall County as Mutts on Main returns to downtown Gainesville beginning Saturday, March 23.
The event put on by Main Street Gainesville and the Hall County Animal Shelter will offer shelter dogs for adoption, a dog fashion show, pet vendors and artisans, a few clinics and low-cost pet care options. Events run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mutts on Main
What: A celebration of dogs in downtown Gainesville
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 23
Where: Gainesville square
How much: Free to enter
Accepting cash only, the shelter will offer pet owners $10 rabies shots, $20 microchipping and a $25 deal for both on the square during the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23.
A new offering is coming this year: A pop-up dog park in Roosevelt Square set up by Carroll Daniel Construction.
It will include separate spaces for small and large dogs, according to Kristen Redmon, manager of Main Street Gainesville.
The park opens as soon as its finished being assembled on Friday, she said, and will then be open from dawn to dusk on Saturday and Sunday.
Vendors setting up shop for Mutts on Main include:
Main Street Gainesville
Mary Puppins the Pet Nanny
Tiny Paws Creations
I Speak K-9
94.5 FM The Lake
Browns Bridge Animal Hospital
Hartville Pet Insurance
Just SNYP It
Pet Portraits by Olivia
The Creative Mutt
Redmon also noted the first 100 people to the Main Street Gainesville booth on Saturday get a doggie bag with goods for their pups.