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March aims to foster better health for pets
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Touching Hearts Across the World, One Paw at a Time
What: Pet march
Where: Downtown Flowery Branch
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Cost: Free
Contact: 770-868-7397

Local animal lovers will take to the streets of Flowery Branch on Saturday to show support for local animal rescue groups.

March on Main Street organizer and Pet Pawlor owner Kasey Grindle said her goal is to raise awareness about animal cruelty and neglect as well as to promote animal health and pet rescue.

“I want to educate the community about animal cruelty,” Grindle said.

“I see a lot of stuff going on with animal neglect, just at my facility as a dog groomer.”

Grindle said she hopes the exposure to rescue groups will show people how many options there are for animals. She said many who are unable to care for a pet do not realize that traditional shelters are not the only resource available.

“(Rescue groups) can foster dogs out until they can find a home,” Grindle said.

Grindle said she hopes to make the March on Main Street an annual event in Flowery Branch.

“One day I want it to be huge,” Grindle said. “When you affect your neighbor, you affect the world.”

Grindle said about 50 vendors will be at the event representing local businesses and rescue groups. Some of the rescue groups will bring dogs that are up for adoption.

“We’ve got plenty of room for vendors,” Grindle said.

Some vendors will also sell food.

“The German Shepherd rescue group is doing bratwursts,” Grindle said.

The march itself will be held at 2 p.m., but activities will last most of the day.

Inflatable jumping toys, face painting and balloons will entertain the kids, and there will be costume and talent contests for the pets.

“The community can come out and walk with the dogs and just support the rescue groups and what they do and what they stand for,” Grindle said.