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08 July 2019

Make your pet famous: Archipaws Pet Portrait Competition

The ‘Archipaws’ Pet Portrait competition launches today with great prizes and the opportunity to have your superstar pet portrait become a three-meter tall flag in the Chatswood CBD.

Artists, owners and pet lovers can submit their drawings, paintings or photographs before August 9. Twenty finalists will have their images featured on flags in the Chatswood CBD and be in the running for a prize pack. Enter on our website.

The Pet Portrait competition promotes Willoughby City Council’s Pet Festival that will come alive with activities for pets and their human companions on Saturday, September 21 at OH Reid Oval, Chatswood West.

The Festival invites pet owners, wannabe owners and anyone who loves animals to celebrate all creatures great and small. From doggy fashion parades to games, there’s plenty to do with your furry (or not so furry!) friend.

Pets of all shapes and sizes are welcome – bring your cat, pig or python! Join us to celebrate the value of companion animals and learn more about responsible pet care. The Pet Festival includes:

  • 101 Dalmatians jumping castle
  • Doggy fashion parade
  • Free caricatures of pets and their humans to take home
  • Pet ambulance demonstration
  • Talks by vets and experts on the best pet care, nutrition and behavioural problems
  • Large off-lead area for socialising
  • International food market for the humans
  • Archipaws finalist and people’s choice awards presentation
  • And more to be announced soon!

Don’t have a pet? No worries! Simply enjoy a day out surrounded by animals.

For more on the Pet Festival visit

Archipaws winner  2018        Archipaws Finlaist 2018

Left: ‘Murphy’ by Shona Parker | Right2018 finalist ‘Alfie’ by Anna Sheehan

Media Contact:
Julia Phipps
Media & Marketing Team Leader
Phone: 9777 7896

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