In a place full of lush greenery, sprawling spaces, and all kinds of themed gardens, a pet-cum-gardening event that included free microchipping and health checkups, a variety of pet-friendly competitions and activities, and lots of tasty morsels for you and your furry friend was happening in full swing last Saturday, 17th August.
It was the inaugural NParks Pets’ Day Out, which was held in conjunction for the first time ever with NParks’ signature monthly event, Gardeners’ Day Out! Meant to bring together pet lovers with the same interests in hopes of building a stronger, more bonded community, here are some highlights that you missed out on if you weren’t there:
Pet microchipping usually costs about $50 – $80 at most vet clinics, but pet owners who went down to NParks Pets’ Day Out managed to get their furry friends microchipped for free, along with a complimentary health checkup!
Done by Animal & Veterinary Services’ vets at the Leaf Room, it was such a hit that the pre-registration for the health check sessions and microchipping services were fully subscribed. Walk-in pawrents could only wait for updates on available slots, so if you’re planning on heading down to the next Pets’ Day Out event, remember to pre-register your pet too!
What went down in the Flower Room was a series of informative workshops that could potentially save a pet’s life one day. From talks on the importance of pet grooming here in Singapore’s climate to professional grooming tips and advice on how to prevent toy and food aggression, pet owners also learnt how to check their pet’s vitals and administer pet first-aid!
For dogs prone to stress and anxiety, there was even a Japanese healing therapy technique shared so that pet owners can help their dogs relax better.
At Hort Lawn, gorgeous, colourful birds were available for event-goers to snap pictures with at the BirdCraze Showcase. There’s dog agility training and dog frisbee demonstration by Smartdoggy Academy were also ongoing, and many people were treated to impressive stunts and tricks by our four-legged friends!
Pet-owners and their paw pals at the event were also able to shop to their hearts’ content at the pet-friendly F&B and retail zone in the Greenhouse Open Space.
Besides the usual pet merchandises and treats, some of the interesting discoveries at the space include lactose-free human-grade ice cream for pets from Talya’s Sorvete, custom-made and ready-made pet art paintings from Amber Art Gallery, and macaroon bath bombs and salts for pets from MW Treats!
Stationed by the Footpath was the Pet Rehoming and AWGs Fund Raising booth, where event-goers could interact with the precious critters that were up for adoption and register their interest with the respective participating animal welfare groups (AWG).
There were also many at the event who had green fingers, and these passionate gardeners were treated to free garden tours of HortPark, tips and workshops on upcycling, hybridising, and the benefits of blooming teas, plus the crowd-favourite Gardeners’ Market and Food Bazaar at the Exhibition Gallery, which featured over 90 plant vendors, unique blooms, and goodies like local organic soaps and coffee!
With all these workshops, events, and retail zones available at NPark’s Pets’ Day Out event, there was undoubtedly something for everyone. Not to worry if you weren’t able to attend this round though – the next Pets’ Day Out is happening on 21st September at HortPark once more, so click here for more information and updates! This article was written in collaboration with the National Parks Board (NParks).