NEW DELHI: If hanging out with furry friends is your idea of a good weekend, head over to NSIC Grounds, Okhla, to spend quality time with them. The fifth edition of Pet Fed, to be held on Saturday and Sunday, promises a unique and fun experience for pets and pet lovers alike. And
not just owners, all animal enthusiasts are invited.
“Delhi is our home ground and this is where Pet Fed began. Our idea has always been that our pets give their entire lives to us, so we should give them these two days,” said Akshay Gupta, founder of Pet Fed. “So, our main goal is to ensure that the pets enjoy themselves thoroughly. We want
more and more pet lovers to come and support us, our cause, and dedicate the two days to their pets,” he added.
The festival is packed with activities and contests to give owners a chance to show off the skills of their pets. A fashion show will be one of the major highlights of the show, where the animals will get judged on their costumes, gait and grooming. The show stopper will get to walk the ramp with actor Dino Morea.
“With pets from across the city, Pet Fed is going to be a great experience. The larger-than-life ambience will make pet lovers forget all their worries,” said Morea.
A demo show by armed forces dogs from Sashastra Seema Bal will be another major feature. The highly trained dogs will showcase on stage how they defend the nation. These dogs have been taught to be alert to any suspicious or criminal activity, and can disable an offender on their own or on command. A separate cat zone will also be available for the felines to relax and have fun with lots of activities.
The event also promotes pet adoption, especially for Indian dog breeds. Many NGOs, including CUPA and CARE, will put up pets in need of loving homes. “We want to encourage adoption of Indie pets and so the entry for the people coming with Indie pets will be completely free,” Gupta said.
A frequent question that pet lovers ask is this: how to care for different dog breeds? The event will provide answers. “When people adopt pets, we want them to keep various factors in mind, like climate, food, prescribed area needed for dogs to run around, etc. The knowledge of dog breeds and their needs is very limited in India,” said an organiser.
Over 120 brands catering to pets from across India and abroad will also showcase their products.