Katong Kids Inc have a close affinity to furkids. We love to blog and share about dogs. To many, they may look the same by their colours and breeds but take a closer look, these furkids do have a life larger than themselves. Each of them carries a different, unique and lovable personality that they are yearning to show to their human friends.
After blogging for nearly a year, we realize the public do love to read about dogs. When we heard from Exclusively Mongrels on an adoption drive in East Coast Park, we went to check it out.
Adoption Drive: PawFestSG
A creative and nice advertisement done by the organizers. They have put in lots of thoughts to cater to public’s demand. As you can see, this event is not solely on dogs. There are cats, rabbits, educational talks and others as well.
Great Day, Great Event
We would like to thank organizers of PawFestSG for putting on a great event. I mentioned earlier they put in many thoughts to ensure this event will be successful. As you can see, a big tentage was set up in event of inclement weather. A shelter not just for humans, but for animals as set.
Many fun-filled activities to keep everyone entertained.
Responsible Pet Ownership
Not every attendees are potential dog adopters. Some of us came due to curiosity. As such, partnership with AVA to educate the public on responsible pet ownership is really helpful. An information booth was there to attend to public queries.
We agreed and are pleased that education should start from young. Getting to know more about pet-ownership by coloring and easy-to-read booklets make it even easier for Big and Small M to learn about animals.
Dogs Can Socialize
We know humans need to socialize. Hey, furkids need that too as well. Very much! Many dog-owners took the opportunity to bring their little furkids out for a walk to mingle with other dogs.
PawFestSG was a resounding success. Look at the turnout!
Exclusively Mongrels | Animal Lovers League
So often, we hear of Save Our Street Dogs (SOSD). Do you know Exclusively Mongrels and Animal Lovers League are another non-profit organizations that have been serving the strays and animals passionately day and night?
[Photo Credit: Animal Lovers League]
The volunteers are there to attend to enquiries from potential dog adopters. As we always say, adopt, don’t buy!
We had fun as well with free photo-taking session! An event for whole family to bond, to learn and be entertained.
An Excellent Project by Team PawFest!
Katong Kids Inc went behind the scene to catch up with the organizers. And surprise, surprise and surprise! The organizers are these young, energetic and bright students from ITE College Central! We were literally blown away by their spirit of excellence in making PawFestSG a resounding success.
Hey, we were grateful to do an interview with them:
1) First of all, let’s introduce yourself?
The 9 of us are final year students from ITE College Central’s Higher Nitec in Event Management course, (Group Name: PawFestSG).
As part of our final year project, we needed to conceptualize, coordinate and complete an event centered on the general theme of “Reaching out & Giving back” to special interests groups and organizations. Among other stipulated requirements and guidelines, all funding for this event are to be sourced by ourselves and any surplus will have to go entirely to pre-identified.
2) How did this idea of PawFestSG come about?
3) Being a pet event, are you a pet-lover? a) If yes, which animals you like or currently keeping? b) If no, why not?
4) What are some of the challenges you faced when organizing this event?
Some challenges we faced are:
- Planning of the programme for pets, as we have to consider the safety of the animals and also their capabilities.
- Choosing for right venue
- Resource developments such as funding and sponsors
- Time constraint
5) How long did you take to prepare for this event?
We took 3 months in total to conceptualise, coordinate and complete this event.
6) What have you learnt and hope to improve on after this event?
Things we felt that could be improved on includes
- Making our programme more interesting and engaging
- Handling of manpower; more efficient and empowering
- Proper signages and directions onsite to guide visitors and participantsr
- Launching of the Marketing & Promotion plan with a minimal of 4 weeks prior to event.
7) It was a successful PawFestSG! What do you think you have achieved from this event?
Some achievements we felt we have achieved:
- Satisfaction, our handwork paid off on a positive note
- Our goals and objectives that we set
- Turnout was unexpectedly overwhelming, especially given our very very short marketing and promotion period.
- Lasting friendship and bond among the core members of the team. We worked hard and laughed hard together.
8) We are interested to know will there be another PawFestSG event in the future and where/where will it be?
There are no plans for another PawFestSG in the near future. But we would love to make it happen again.
9) You are young, bold and an inspiration to the youths. Coming together to organize this event is no mean feat. What are some advises / quotes you would encourage the youth?
- Teamwork is important
- Unity is strength
- Pre-event planning is important
- We learnt a lot on how to interact with animals
- We have to think quick on feet when unexpected problems arises
Some advises/quotes we would love to share are:
- Believe in yourself and your group
- Priority trumps excuses
- Challenges are inevitable. Don’t give up in what you want to achieve at the end of the day.
- If you fail to plan, you really are planning to fail.
- Tough times don’t last, tough people do.
10) As you are in the final year of your studies (to confirm), what are your plans after graduation?
Yes, we are all final years student graduating in 2 weeks‘ time. Our plans after graduation, pending our final results is to either pursue further education in polytechnics, or enter into some sort of employment or for the guys, enlist to do their national service.
All thanks to ITE College Central’s Higher Nitec, these 9 students are just part of the many many more talents produced by the Institute. So, event management companies, watch out for these 9 new kids on the block. Next time you need someone to do the job right for you, you know who to look for! 🙂
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