Petapalooza at Central Penn Saturday

Stop by with your pets and family

By Tara Kelley

Special to The Knightly News

It’s time again for Petapalooza!

The celebration of all things pets is returning to Central Penn on Saturday, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Petapalooza is a free event sponsored by local companies to encourage the adoption of dogs, cats and other animals. 

All families are welcome to bring their furry family members. Pets must be behaved, vaccinated and leashed.

This rain-or-shine festival will feature over 30 vendors, along with food trucks, raffles and live music. (It will be held during rain, but postponed if there are thunderstorms. In that case, check the organization’s Facebook page.)

Smiling young woman with Petapalooza sign outside ATEC at Central Penn College,
Hannah Leckey, Central Penn’s front-desk receptionist and 2019 small business and entrepreneurship graduate, will be volunteering at Petapalooza. The festival draws a large crowd from the Central Penn and surrounding communities.
Leckey has a dog and cats.
Photo by Michael Lear-Olimpi

Barkby Plungers will have a dog lure course to test canines with a mechanically operated lure.  (Some of our larger four-legged friends may not be able to enjoy the full benefit of the course because of space constraints.)

Over 20 rescue and shelter organizations, such as the Helen O. Krause Animal Foundation and Castaway Critters, will be onsite with adoptable animals. 

Pennsylvania regulations do not allow pet parents to adopt a potential pet on the same day as the event. The adoption process is different for all the organizations. Although an application, references and a home visit may be necessary before the adoption is complete, people are welcome to find the new love of their life and begin the process.

“I am a huge animal lover, so it’s meaningful to me to see so many amazing community organizations gathered together for the benefit of animals,” Adrienne Thoman, associate vice president of student engagement at Central Penn, said. “Petapalooza supports these organizations, helps to educate others on the great work they are doing and it’s just a fun day to see so many critters on campus.”

For more information, contact Thoman at

Kelley is a corporate communications student in Professor Paul Miller’s writing-for-broadcast class this term.

Comment or story idea? Contact KnightlyEditors@CentralPenn.Edu.

Edited by media-club co-adviser Professor Michael Lear-Olimpi.