First ever Central Illinois Pet Palooza benefits rescue and foster furry friends

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PEORIA, Il. Pet lovers from all over Central Illinois traveled to Peoria on Saturday to take part in the first “Pet Palooza” held at the Civic Center.

This pet friendly event was hosted by Foster Pet Outreach to create a singular place where pet parents and other animal organizations could gather in one place.

Over 50 vendors were there, offering products for all kinds of pets. People were also able to see and play with foster animals, waiting to be adopted.

“We really didn’t know when we started planning this last year, what we would get because we had really nothing to base it off of. We sold out very quickly our vendor space and we even had a waiting list. We had multiple people ask about how they can get involved next year either as a sponsor or as a vendor. We are just so humbled and grateful for all the support that the community has given us,” said Anne Schutte, Volunteer at Foster Pet Outreach.

All proceeds of this event went towards supporting the Foster Pet Outreach cause.

Anyone looking for something to do with their pet Saturday night, there’s a free after party being held on the patio at Obed and Isaac’s in downtown Peoria. It runs until 10 PM.

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