Pet parents have entrusted Best Friends Pet Care with the care of their dogs and cats for more than 14 million pet nights over the past two decades. To say thanks, Best Friends at 60 Harris Road, Avon is hosting a pet festival and adoption day Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with doggy games and activities, pet photography and free treats for dogs.

Six animal rescue organizations will be on site with dozens of adoptable pets looking for homes. There will also be a silent auction to raise funds for the participating rescues, including Double Dog Rescue, Labs 4 Rescue, Bandit’s Place, Sadie Mae Foundation, Our Companions and Bikers Against Animal Cruelty.

Pet lovers who can’t attend the Saturday party are invited to stop in anytime between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, or Sunday, June 3 from 1 to 6 p.m. for free doggy ice cream and cookies in celebration of the anniversary. Guests also have the chance to win special 20th anniversary prizes, including a trip for four to Walt Disney World® Resort. For information, call 860-673-0555 or visit

“We’re very excited to share our anniversary celebration with the community,” said Best Friends Manager Jen Tobias. “We are lucky to have so many loyal clients and friends. We want to thank them and, we hope, make some new friends, too.”

Best Friends owns and operates 42 full-service pet care centers across the U.S., including at Walt Disney World® Resort where Best Friends is the exclusive pet care provider. Founded in 1992, the company employs more than 1,000 people nationwide.

Best Friends Pet Care changed the face of pet boarding by creating the first national hotel chain for pets and by offering comprehensive pet care – boarding, grooming and training — under one roof. Other innovations have included:  its doggy day camp program; the first online reservation system in the industry; introductions of webcams; use of social media; and its travelling Treat Truck, which visits dog parks giving away canine ice cream and cookies.

Over the years, Best Friends has made a priority of giving back to the community, organizing adoption events for animal rescues and hosting pet owner educational programs. The company’s holiday Angel Tree campaign, now in its 12th year, collects donations to help homeless pets at local shelters and rescues.

About Best Friends

Best Friends Pet Care Inc. ( offers customized, comprehensive care – including boarding, day camp, grooming and training — for dogs and cats at 42 centers across the county, including in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and at Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida.