Cauley Square Historic Village to host ‘Pet Fest’ on May 22

By Sherry Miller….
The very popular “Pet Fests” at Cauley Square Historic Railroad Village in South Miami-Dade County will host its next event on Sunday, May 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Open to the public with free entry and free parking, all pets must be on leashes or caged, as applicable, with current vaccinations. Exotic birds are welcome. No aggressive pets are permitted.

Adding to the exciting family Sunday afternoon “Pet Fest” will be the “Pet Pageant,” officiated by the honorary inaugural sponsor, Redland Animal Hospital. The judging panel will be headed by Dr. Maureen Bushnell, DVM.

Prizes will be awarded to winners in several unique categories of competition that include: Best Dressed, Smallest, Largest, Furriest and Most Beautiful. Registration for the “Pet Pageant” will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Redland Animal Hospital sponsors booth on Cauley Square’s Main Street adjacent to the Main Patio where the contest will take place.

K-9 Specialist In-Home Professional Dog Training founder and president Dennis Urrutia will conduct a special person-to-person training session with his staff, experts in the field of animal behavior. Pet owners will learn how to solve problems ranging from housebreaking to leash walking to personal commands.

Honorary inaugural sponsor PETCO will be giving away free pet toys, supplies and special coupons at its booth located at the entrance to the main patio.

Pet rescue organizations will be present for adoptions of beautiful pets who need good homes and include: Marrvelous Pet Rescues, Paws 4 You Rescue, United Wag, Born Free, and others.

Cauley Square’s own Aviary and Top Hat Aquarium are located on-site near the main entrance to the village.

There is no charge for entry for “Pet Fest” events. Parking is free in lots at both ends of the 10-acre property located at 22400 Old Dixie Hwy. (Take S. Dixie Highway to SW 224th Street.)

All pets are welcome daily at Cauley Square, on leashes or caged as applicable, and may accompany their masters’ dining on the patios of both the Village Chalet and the Tea Room Restaurants open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.  Facilities for private parties, weddings and business meetings  may be reserved by calling direct to 305-258-8900.

The some 20 Cottage Shops at Cauley Square are open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Shops are closed on Monday.

Upcoming “Pet Fests” are scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 18, and Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For information on vendor’s booths at “Pet Fest,” call direct to Cauley Square’s Administrative Office at 305-258-3543.

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