WHO WE ARE
Spring Fling Annual Dog & Cat Fundraiser is the pet project (see what I did there?) of Amy, the owner of Unleashed, the Dog & Cat Store. Unleashed is a local, independent, dog & cat nutrition store with locations in Raleigh, Cary, and Wilmington, NC.
The idea is to put on a fun, community event that is a celebration of spring and pets and raises awareness (& donations) for local area animals in need.
When looking for a space, we chose the NC State Fairgrounds, which is where Unleashed got it's start (as a booth at the Flea Market!) The event started in the Heritage Circle, and has grown to include the Tobacco Pavilion, and this year, the Holshouser building too! Click here for a map!
We aim to host the event annually on the Sunday following Easter (or as close as possible), as one of our main attractions is our HUGE doggie Easter Egg Hunt. For 2020, we will be celebrating on Sunday, April 19. The event goes from 11 am - 3 pm.
We love animals, and spring, and our community! Spring Fling focuses on the bright side of a rather grim situation. 69,396 cats and 36,518 dogs were euthanized in North Carolina shelters in 2015¹. That’s over 105,000 pets across our great state being euthanized every year. There are hundreds² of rescue organizations around the state manned by compassionate volunteers doing everything they can to reduce these numbers. To be able to put a dent, even just one, in over 105,000, these rescue organizations need more volunteers, fosters, adopters, supplies, and your support.
We work hard everyday to help dogs and cats, including hosting fundraisers like adoption events and dog washes at our stores. We collect donations from manufacturers and customers daily. We offer a standing discount to all local rescue organizations. We host raffles in our stores and donate to raffles that local rescue groups have. But we felt we could still do more. So we created Spring Fling.
Unleashed's owners and employees contribute countless hours to making this event a success, and so far for 6 years it has been (even despite some imperfect weather some years!) We are excited for our 7th year!
¹2015 Public Animal Shelter Report available at http://ncagr.gov/vet/aws/Fix/documents/2015AnimalShelterReport12-29-16.pdf.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Each year the event grows bigger and bigger! We bring together hundreds of people to peruse dozens of vendors, dozens of rescue groups/shelters/non-profits, and participate in many fun activities. Leashed dogs are welcome, kids are welcome, people with neither are welcome! Come one, come all, and tell everyone you know! A few highlights:
Local Rescue Groups, Shelters, and other Animal Welfare non-profits
HUGE Doggie Easter Egg Hunt, with prizes of all size! Thousands of eggs are stuffed with prizes from our vendors, sponsors, and Unleashed! The Grand Prize Egg has 1 YEAR of FREE Super Premium Pet Food from Unleashed!
Raffle: Enter to win a $100 gift certificate from Unleashed! 100% of the money goes to the rescues in attendance.
Scavenger Hunt: Visit the vendors to collect stickers for the FREE Scavenger Hunt. One winner will be chosen to receive a gift basket full of goodies from the vendors.
Demos from Local Dog Trainers
And lots of Dogs! And some puppies, and some cats too!!
Check out pictures from our past years!