Furbaby Lovefest: Totally “80s Paw-ty” Oct. 1 in Gardena

Kandace Kuwahara rescued Sweetie Pie from the South LA Animal Shelter (Chesterfield Square Animal Services Center). Sweetie Pie had eye surgery and extensive dental work before being happily adopted.

For the second year in a row, Gardena-based nonprofit Infinite Love Animal Rescue is partnering with the City of Gardena for a community event to raise funds for dogs and cats rescued from the streets and shelters.

Since its founding in 2017, Infinite Love Animal Rescue has found loving homes for hundreds of animals.

“Furbaby Lovefest: Totally ’80s Paw-ty” is free to attend and will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, from 1 to 6 on the lawn in front of Gardena City Hall, 1700 W. 162nd St., Gardena. pm Free parking is also available.

According to Kandace Kuwahara, Founder and Executive Director of Endless Love Animal Rescue, “In addition to raising funds for our animals, our goal is to provide a fun and engaging outdoor event for furries and their families, including three dog games. For dogs from the 80s costume contest, over 40 vendor booths, food trucks, raffle, silent auction, pet photo booth, paw print art created by your kids, dog baths, animal adoptions, music and more!

Well-behaved dogs and cats in secure carriers are welcome.

Kuwahara adds, “This year, we’re throwing an ’80s-themed event with lots of fun music, creating a memorable and uplifting event. One of the most iconic aspects of this era was bold style and fashion, which I think will add some paws and creative entries to our dog costume contest. Since the 80s are making a comeback, like fanny packs and saturated colors, pulling off an 80s theme will help bridge the generation gap. “Parents who grew up in the ’80s now have millennial children, and they can relive their teenage years.”

Free dog nail and ear grooming will be provided by Kat Nolasco, owner of One 4 One Grooming and More in Norwalk.

Kuwahara notes, “Kat does a lot to help her community, including a pet pantry to help any family in need of pet food. and supplies. She is a longtime partner with Infinite Love Animal Rescue and cares for our dogs who need it most. This will be her third year with free nail trims and ear cleanings for cats and dogs participating in the Furbaby Lovefest.

Discounted rates for spay and neuter services and vaccinations will be available to event attendees.

Vendors at the event include handmade jewelry, candles, furbaby accessories (doors, collars, etc.), nail polish, refurbished vintage furbaby bandanas, t-shirts and carriers, essential oils, bags, purses, personalized pet portraits, rock art, a- one-of-a-kind succulents, dog and cat toys, furry strollers, pet food and treats, dog training, dog boarding and an 80s photo booth. One of the vendors will be giving away small dog baths for a donation to Endless Love

Kuwahara explains that the costume contest is sponsored by real estate team Yoshiko Oest and Russell Nomura (Live South Bay Local). First place is a trophy plus a $100 Visa card, second place is a $60 Visa card, and third place is a $40 Visa card. Oest and Nomura are also donating a two-day Park Hopper ticket to Disneyland ($315 each) for this year’s silent auction.

“In addition to hosting the contest, every time they sell a home, they make a donation to Infinite Love Animal Rescue,” Kuwahara said. “This is their third year supporting Infinite Love Animal Rescue.

“We are asking for a $10 donation to participate in three dog games (including a costume contest). “Each participant will receive a gift bag worth more than $25, dog treats, a raffle ticket and additional surprises.”

Dr. from the North Figueroa Animal Hospital, which provides veterinary care to many Infinite Love dogs and cats, with lottery winnings. Includes a Wi-Fi connected Roomba 694 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner donated by Ronaldo Joey Vasquez.

Funds raised will go towards Infinite Love Animal Rescue’s rescue efforts, including senior and bonded dogs, disabled dogs, and pregnant cats and kittens from last year.

Infinite Love Animal Rescue also teaches humane education classes. Kuwahara describes the programs: “They include teaching dog safety – how to stay safe around dogs; pet care – the needs of various companion animals; and pet overpopulation—explains the causes of pet overpopulation and provides numerous solutions to the problem and highlights the importance of spay and neuter.

Follow the organization on Instagram and Facebook at @InfiniteLoveRescue or visit www.infiniteloverescue.org/furbabylovefest.

For monetary, raffle and silent auction donations, email Kandace@InfiniteLoveRescue.org.

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