Organizers cancel La Jolla Pet Parade for this year

By Dave Schwab

Staff Writer

The annual La Jolla Pet Parade & Festival, which netted about $12,000 in 2010 in a surf-themed event to support the animal-welfare nonprofit Spay Neuter Action Project (SNAP), is a no-go this year.

“At the last minute we had to postpone it to next year,” said La Jolla bookstore owner Nancy Warwick, an event originator.

Held the last two years in May, the fest featured a pet parade around the Village, a festival with vendor booths, an adoption fair and numerous pet-judging contests.

The event had been rescheduled for Halloween this year and its venue was changed to the La Jolla Rec Center from the corner of Silverado Street and Herschel Avenue, where it was held the first two years. But an illness among the organizing group prompted the change.

“It will definitely continue,” said Warwick of the event’s future. “We’re going to do a Halloween version with the new venue next year.”

Warwick said those interested in getting involved in planning next year’s pet fest can e-mail

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