A fun-filled day for animal lovers will carry an important message on February 1.
Animal Awareness Day will be at the Western Reserve in Orewa from 9am.
The family day will be packed with things to do such as bouncy castles, face painting, pony rides and market stalls.
A ukulele band and singers provide music, and other entertainment includes cheerleading displays.
A doggy competition will see prizes given to the owner of dogs with the waggiest tail, loudest bark, cutest pooch, biggest and smallest paws, longest ears and best trick.
Prizes will be also be given for the best fancy dressed dog and the owner that most resembles their four-legged friend.
The day is being organised by Gutter Kitties cat rescue owner Danielle Dickie and 4DogSake doggy daycare owner Sarah Churchouse.
It is all in the name of good fun but there will also be educational messages and fundraising too, Sarah says.
"It is being held in conjunction with Gutter Kitties and North Auckland Dog Rescue to raise money for both of those causes and bring about the importance of desexing."
Gutter Kitties Cat Rescue has 96 adult, teen and young kittens in its care, while North Auckland Dog Rescue has seven dogs waiting to be adopted.
"The cost for medical expenses, food, litter, petrol and toys for our rescues is through the roof, so we are once again reaching out to ask for help," Sarah says.
They will also be encouraging people to adopt animals that need homes rather than buy their pets from retailers, she says.
Stalls from other animal charities and awareness groups will showcase what else is on offer to the community.
Every hour school provider BARK will provide short presentations on safety around dogs and keeping pets healthy and happy.
Visitors can check out a New Zealand Fire Service fire engine.
"Hopefully it will be a beautiful sunny day and they'll have the hoses going," Sarah says.
Registrations for the dog competition cost $8 and begin at 9am for a 10am kick-off. Major prizes, spot prizes and raffles will be offered.
Stalls are still available for community groups.
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