Finding Shelter Animal Rescue will honor three-time Olympic gold medalist Heather Mitts at the 10th Annual Sproutfest, a community pet event. Sproutfest is scheduled for Sunday, October 20th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Upper Merion Township Building Park (175 West Valley Forge Road) in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Rain date is Sunday, October 27, 2019.
Sproutfest is a free family event featuring pets for adoption from local rescues, music by 95.7 BEN FM, food, unique vendors, raffles, a Fun Dog Show and new this year; a kid’s wagon parade! Kids can decorate their wagons with rescue pet themes and participate in a free parade.
Many local rescues and shelters are signed up to attend, including Cavalier Rescue USA, Finding Shelter Animal Rescue, Forever Home Animal Rescue, Mid-Atlantic Jack Rescue and Kelly’s Cats. Nonprofit United Against Puppy Mills will also join the festivities.
Rescues and shelters will be giving potential adopters the opportunity to ask questions, learn more about responsible pet ownership and meet many adoptable pets all in one place.
For the fourth year, Sproutfest will include a fun dog show, with categories including Amazing Mutts, Special Needs, Best Trick, Best Dressed, Spectacular Seniors, and of course, Best in Show. Entries cost $5 per dog, per category. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Attendees can also enjoy plenty of delicious vegan food.
Grace Kelly Herbert, Founder and President of Finding Shelter Animal Rescue, says, “This year, we’re proud to present Heather Mitts with the Outstanding Achievement in Animal Welfare award and appreciate her support of Victoria’s Law to end puppy mill cruelty in Pennsylvania. She’s an animal lover and we’re thrilled to have her at Sproutfest.”
Heather Mitts is a former United States women’s national soccer team defender and three-time Olympic gold medalist (one of only four US soccer players with this honor). During and after playing, Heather became a sports broadcaster and soccer analyst for ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and Fox covering the Women’s World Cup in 2003, 2007 and 2015. She enjoys motivational speaking and has spoken for Humane, American Heart Association, Crozer-Keystone and numerous other organizations. She’s co-founder of Ceres Platinum Group, which assists female athletes and businesswomen as they transition to a new career. She holds soccer camps in Cincinnati and Philadelphia.
Sproutfest is hosted by Finding Shelter Animal Rescue, a no-kill, all-volunteer
organization, the Upper Merion Township Park and Recreation Department and sponsored by the Brindisi Animal Foundation and Metropolitan Veterinary Associates.
This event is free. For more information about Sproutfest, please contact Finding Shelter Animal Rescue at (610) 272-2293 or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/420358771937718/.