Guilford County Animal Services and Guilford County Parks are once again coming together to hose the “Must Love Dogs Spring Festival” on Sunday, April 14.  This year, the event will be held at Northeast Park.

The festival will include a variety of fun activities for dogs – and quite a few fun things for adults and children as well,

There will be  local vendors selling dog-related products and treats – with the proceeds going to the Guilford County Animal Services’ “Have a Heart” program.

That program helps dog adopters at the shelter pay the costs associated with treating heartworm positive dogs.

The staff from the animal shelter will be on hand to educate dog owners about the high heartworm risks here in North Carolina and will also be offering prevention tips.

If you’re a vendor interested in participating in the festival, you can reach out to Lisa Lee, the assistant director of Guilford County Animal Services.  She can be reached  at

According to Lee, “Heartworms continue to be a leading issue in North Carolina pet health. It is our mission and our hope that this festival helps bring awareness of the issue to the public, educates the public on how they can prevent heartworms, raises funds to help treat the many heartworm positive dogs we see come into the shelter, and provides fun for our citizens and their pets.”

Those who can’t make it out to the event but would still like to donate to the cause can visit

Donations go into the fund, which is used to help treat dogs currently in the care of Guilford County Animal Services.

 The goal of the fund is “to give each heartworm positive dog an opportunity to enjoy a second chance of a happy and loving life.”