Believe the hype, because I almost didn't! Never in my wildest dreams would I have predicted the outcome of the first inaugural Toronto Pignic. With an expected 40-70 attendees initially, then a last minute bump up to 50-120 to play it safe, upon learning that 467 attendees were documented, I was shocked to say the least. Who would have guessed these fascinating little fuzz balls we call Guinea Pigs, would grow to be so popular? Across the board, from Rescues to Breeders, Pet Owners to enthusiasts from Brampton to Black Creek, Downtown to Mississauga- floods of people made the journey to Leslieville, marking Saturday 3rd September, a significant day in Guinea Pig history.
Greenwood Park was the location for this unique event, hosting approx. 167 Guinea Pigs, 2 rabbits and 1 hamster, and 2 dogs (One that thought he was a Guinea Pig and one that got mistaken for one) and for many people, this was heaven. Piggy Pageants, Door Prize Draws, Gift Bags, Bean Ball Throw Contests, a Wealth of Information, Health Checks, Nail Trims, and Boar Cleans, even a Mini Red Carpet with Media Board for the piggy’s to pose! - These are just some of the things that kept piggies and people occupied, whilst raising much needed funds for the Toronto Humane Society and Piggles Rescue. Pierce Grey from CityPigs brought along with him Poquito- the famous Lunkarya Guinea Pig, whilst Caroline Lane from Piggles had a strong presence alongside The Guinea Pig Store. We raised $1209 by the end of the day, and 100% of these proceeds were distributed to the aforementioned organizations 70/30.
Pre event Q107, Boom 97.3 and 840 News Radio caught the buzz, and spoke briefly about the Pignic, whilst CityTV News came down to see for themselves, and before leaving they squeezed in a brief interview with Event Organiser- Olivia Pudney, and managed to get some close-ups of the furry little things themselves.
A huge contribution to the day’s success was not only from the enthusiastic patrons, but also from the super dedicated volunteer team, and of course the impressive Product Donations generously given by bigwig Supporters VitaKraft SunSeed, Oxbow Animal Health, and Coastal Pet Products. All of the above deserving, a huge honorary mention.
For highlights and Information, or to be kept in the loop about the next Toronto Pignic (Yes there will be another, and yes, planning is already under way!) visit www.torontopignic.com or visit www.Facebook.com/TorontoPignic