Forsyth Park will be going to the dogs May 7 as the Humane Society for Greater Savannah hosts the 17th annual Doggie Carnival.

Admission to the carnival, set for noon-4 p.m., is free, but there will be lots of vendors and activities on site, so be sure to bring your wallet and your pooch to enjoy all that will be offered.

Doggie Carnival is HSGS's biggest fundraising event of the year and never fails to draw a large crowd of dog lovers and people who want to support a worthy cause.

"By coming out to the carnival and having a great day, you're not just enjoying your spring Sunday, but you're really making a difference in the lives of the pets of the greater Savannah area," said HSGS director of development and marketing Rebecca Bruni.

The carnival is a family- and dog-friendly festival with activities for everyone to enjoy. Four-legged guests can partake in the doggie derby, agility equipment, paw print art, pet paint, pools, photo booths, treat decorating, fortune telling, doggie ice cream and more.

Those accompanying their furry friends won't feel left out, as there will plenty for people to do as well, including a bounce house and a dunk tank featuring Savannah's own Derby Devils. There will also be several food truck options and for those over 21, a beer truck will be on site.

HSGS does not receive government funding, relying instead on community support.

"We are able to achieve our mission of bettering the lives of pets and people through community support⦠It is events like this and private donations that enable us to make a difference in this community," Bruni said.


What: HSGS 17th annual Doggie Carnival

When: Noon-4 p.m. May 7

Where: Forsyth Park

Cost: Admission is free; tickets for activities, merchandise, food and beverages must be purchased