According to additional promotional literature from the county, the event promises to be a “fun-filled day of adoptable dogs and education on heartworms.”

It will be held on Sunday, April 2 from noon to 4 p.m. at Bur-Mil Park, which is located at 5834 Bur Mill Club Rd. in Greensboro.

Assistant Director of Guilford County Animal Services Lisa Lee stated in a press release announcing the event that “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.”

During the event, 10 percent of all profits from vendors and food trucks will go to the county’s Have-A-Heart Fund to be used to assist with the treatment of heartworm- positive dogs at the shelter.

If anyone is unable to make the event, but would like to donate to the fund they

can do so at

More information on the festival can be found at

According to the American Veterinary Association, North Carolina is one of the

top ten states for most cases of heartworms in dogs.

Heartworms are spread through infected mosquitos. Those mosquitos must have bitten a dog and developed heartworms themselves in order to spread the disease since, according to county officials, heartworms can’t be spread any other way.