Event Details

October 5th, 1-4 PM  The Green at Southern Village in Chapel Hill

Event Features

Fundraising Walk

You can save lives at PawsFest, just by signing up for the walk. Your registration fee will help us rescue animals, plus you can create a donation page and invite your friends and family to join you in saving lives - you can even collect donations directly on Facebook. At the event, the walk will be a short, fun walk through the Southern Village neighborhood. 

Training and Behavior Topics

Bring your dog and cat training questions! Our professional, certified trainers will be available to talk with you about your pet. We will have special demonstrations about clicker training dogs and cats (yes, we can tell you how to clicker train your cat). 

Pets and Families

Learn about safely introducing pets and children in your family. We will have information to help you guide your children and pets in safe interactions. 

Pet Enrichment

In the home or in the shelter, it is important to keep pets' minds active through enrichment. Learn about games, scents, puzzles, and activities that you can do with your pet at home. You can even make a dog or cat toy to take home to your pet! 

Silent Auction and 50/50 Raffle

Bid on great prizes in our silent auction, or go for the big money by entering our 50/50 raffle where the winner will receive half the raffle ticket sales pot! 

Beer by Dingo Dog Brewing Co. 


Lawn Games

Local Vendors

Walk Registration Details

Walk Registration Details

Register to participate in the fundraising walk at PawsFest! 

Adult Walk Registration
Includes an free event t-shirt!

Adult Early Bird: $20
(Online through Sept. 10)

Adult Advance: $25
(Online through noon on Oct. 4)

Adult Same-Day: $30
(Register in-person at PawsFest)

Kids Walk Registration
Does not include a t-shirt. Kids size t-shirts will be available to purchase. 

Kids 6-14: $5 
Kids 5 and under: Free

General Admission
Come and enjoy the festivities on the Green and spend the afternoon with us! Does not include event shirt or walk participation.
Suggested donation: $5 per person

Why Register to Walk?

Walk registration fees support animals in need, and participants get a fundraising page on this website to raise money for Paws4ever. 

PawsFest FAQ

Where should I park?

Parking is available in the lot in front of Weaver Street Market, on side streets, and in parking decks beneath the 400 and 410 Market Street buildings.

Where are the restrooms?

Restrooms are located inside the Lumina Theater. 

Can my dog come?

Yes, we invite you to bring your dog with you to PawsFest!

Leashes and Collars:
All dogs must be on leash during the entire event. We prefer fixed-length leashes rather than flexi-leads, and any flexi-lead leashes must be locked at a short length.

No prong, choke, or shock collars. 

Interested to find out why we don't recommend flexi-leads or adversive collars? Stop by the Ask a Trainer booth and we'll talk!

Will my dog enjoy PawsFest?
Some dogs love the festival environment with lots of people and other dogs, and some may find it too stressful. If your dog gets overwhelmed around other dogs and crowds of people, they may do better to stay home. Bring pictures of them on your phone so you can still show off how cute they are!

I need help registering, or have additional questions

Send us an email at events@paws4ever.org

Weather Policy

PawsFest will take place rain or shine on October 5th, unless there is catastrophic weather. If such weather occurs, the event will be canceled and a message will be sent to participants and posted on the event website, Paws4ever's website, and our social media pages. There is no rain date for this event. If the event is canceled due to dangerous weather, walk registration fes will not be refunded but will be redesignated as tax-deductible donations to Paws4ever.