Bring the dogs to Dog Gone Holistic’s Fourth Annual Pet Fest, with a 15 percent sale all day on everything in the store, including dog and cat food, on Saturday, December 3.

On Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. outside and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. inside, take your four-legged best friend up to the FishHawk Publix Plaza for Dog Gone Holistic’s Fourth Annual Pet Fest. Your day will benefit five local dog rescue groups: Florida Boxer Rescue, Great Pyrenese Rescue, Doxie Rescue (D.A.R.E.), Heidi’s Legacy and South Florida Golden Retriever Rescue.  
“We collect donations at the register for the entire month of December and then divide the money collected equally between them,” said Dog Gone Holistic co-owner Kimberly Tom, who owns the store along with her husband, Chris. “We also charge a booth fee that we donate.  We will also hold a 50/50 raffle and other gift basket/ free pet food raffles to benefit the attending rescue groups.”
Make a $5 donation and get a raffle ticket to enter to win a year’s supply of Natural Balance Pet Food.
With approximately 15-20 vendors offering pet food samples, dog/ cat treat samples, pet massages, holiday gift items and more, the Toms are hoping for a crowd of 500-plus. Last year, the Pet Fest drew in 400 attendees.
“This year as a big thank you to our customer’s loyalty and dedication to ‘shopping local’ with a small pet supply merchant we are offering our entire store on sale at 15 percent off, including dog and cat foods, which we normally do not discount,” Kim said. “The 15 percent discount applies to all items in the store, no exception, just the one day.  This should draw a huge crowd.”
Smokey Bones BBQ will be there with yummy human food and the proceeds from the food sold that day will be donated to the attending rescue groups. 
“We are also teaming up with Newsome’s Latin Club for a Pet Food Drive to collect food items for Hillsborough County Animal Service’s Food for Families that will help provide pet food for families that cannot afford to feed their pets and would otherwise not be able to keep their pets,” Kim said. “We have a “Wish List” posted at the store and we are a drop off point.”
For more information on the Pet Fest, please visit Dog Gone Holistic’s Website at and click under “Events.”
Dog Gone Holistic is located at 5620 FishHawk Crossing Blvd. in Lithia. Call them at 651-0842.

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Jennifer is the Assistant Editor at the Osprey Observer, having climbed the corporate ladder from intern in 2007. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. She lives in Channing Park with her husband, Eric, and their two dogs.