Dubai: As the countdown to the annual Dubai Pet Festival begins, pet owners are being urged to make sure their dogs are on short leashes while cats are brought in carriages.
Speaking to XPRESS ahead of the December 15 event at Dubai Municipality’s Birds & Pets Market Grounds at Al Warzan, organiser Shree Nair of PETME said, “Cats that are on leashes or are hand held will not be let in. Neither will dogs that are on long leashes. Also, pet owners must ensure they carry their pet’s vaccination records and passports to avoid last minute disappointment.
He said over 100 dogs have so far been registered for this year’s international dog show whose competitions are held in line with the Federation Cynologique Internationale rules and regulations.
Similarly, more than 50 cats have been registered for the feline beauty contest, which is a major draw at the festival.
The feline beauty contest will be held in a closed, air-conditioned hall. Categories in the competition include best long hair cat, best short hair cat, best kitten, best male, best female, best in show, best opposite sex and best Arabian Mau. Special prize contests have been designed for disabled cats as well.
Nair said the festival will host the UAE’s biggest drive for the adoption of cats and dogs. More than 10 agencies are expected to take part in the drive conducted by the Middle East Animal Foundation.
A special feature of the fair includes a bullies’ specialty show and competition to be held at the Bullies Ring. The show is being organised in association with the International Bullies Kennel Club (IBKC) and will be judged by IBKC judges. “All participating dogs should carry vaccination documents and pet passports and owners should carry muzzles with them and use them if required,” noted Nair. He said, “All pets entering the venue will be checked by veterinary teams. Dogs will also be assessed and classified for aggressive behaviour.”
Other highlights of the festival include special agility rings for dogs, grooming contest, fancy dress competitions for pets and owners, the Abu Dhabi Police dog demonstration and a petting zoo. There will be a separate play area for kids and several stalls selling pet products and services.
Nair said entrance to the pet festival, which will be held from 10am to 8pm, is free.