Helen Schwab

Eat, drink, help pets at Charlotte Pet Palooza festival

Last year’s event.

Dogs will walk runways, and a garden will flow with both beer and wine in the year’s biggest fundraiser for Humane Society of Charlotte: Saturday’s Pet Palooza at Independence Park.

Among the festivities: A 2K dog walk (it starts at 10 a.m. and includes contests), food trucks, a vendor fair, a fashion show including adoptable and alumni dogs from the Humane Society, live music (both Americana and dance), discounted microchipping, pet and people massages, paw-print painting and more.

Last year’s event raised more than $100,000, according to the Humane Society, which provides low-cost spay/neuter and wellness services along with adoptions and owner and pet training and education. It estimates there are more than 22,000 homeless or in-need pets in the Charlotte area.

The event is rain-or-shine, slated for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Independence Park (7th Street and Hawthorne Lane, with WBTV anchors Kristen Miranda and Brody O’Connell hosting. Info: www.humanecharlotte.org.