HERMITAGE – The second annual Pawz Extravaganza for pet owners and animal lovers stands to be even bigger than the first.
“Last year was our first time with this and we were hoping to get 20 to 25 vendors,’’ Kim Burdick, co-founder of All Paws Matter, which is hosting the event said. “This year we were hoping to get 70 but now we’re almost at 100.’’
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Shenango Valley Mall in Hermitage.
Vendors will represent a variety of businesses and services for pets, such as veterinarians and groomers, Burdick said. All vendors will be located in the mall’s concourse.
“Throughout the day we encourage our vendors to get up on the stage to do some demonstrations and talk about what they do,’’ she said.
The event will include a bake sale, raffle auctions and a 50-50 raffle. Burdick said she expects to have more than 100 baskets in the raffle auction.
All Paws Matter organizes fundraising events to assist rescue organizations, who need funding to assist with adopting out animals. Expenses for rescue agencies can range from feeding to surgery and vaccinations.
Rescue groups will be bringing in adoptable pets, so those attending the Pawz Extravaganza could take home a new best friend. Because of liability insurance concerns, those attending will not be permitted to bring their own pets.
Last year’s event included rescue organizations not only for dogs and cats, but also for parrots and even pot-bellied pigs.
The event will feature a range of activities, including a dog wedding at 1 p.m. to celebrate the union of “Miss Chloe Spumoni’’ and “Don Corle-bone, the Dogfather.’’
“It’s going to be quite elaborate,’’ she said. “Along with the bride and groom, there’s going to be bridesmaids, groomsmen and others.’’
Sally Kurjan, author of “Bernie, the One-Eyed Puppy’’ will sign copies of her book, which tells the story of a disabled dog who inspires people to be kind.
“Struttin’ Mutts and More Fashion Show,’’ for pets is set for around 4:30 p.m. And the group is hoping to get a police K-9 demonstration, Burdick said.
“We got so many good comments last year and we want to be even better this year,’’ she said.