Lincoln Presidential Library Showcases White House Pets

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SPRINGFIELD – The Lincoln Presidential Library invites families and their pets to show off their furry friends while learning about pets that have lived in the White House.

This event includes a patriotic-themed pet parade with a prize package worth $125 provided by Scheels and the Lincoln Presidential Library. Attendees will also be able to make toys for their cats and dogs, get their faces painted, take pictures in a photo booth and let their animals enjoy a pet pedicure (nail trimming).

Event organizers will also be showing demonstrations of dogs doing search and rescue, military work and agility trials.

They can also learn about presidential pets, such as Lincoln’s two goats and other presidents’ animals including possums, mockingbirds and a pygmy hippopotamus.

No pets under 8 weeks old will be allowed at the event. All pets in attendance must have proof of appropriate shots. A veterinarian will be on hand in case of emergencies.

This event runs from 11 AM – 2 PM on Saturday, September 12 in Union Square Park, next to the museum. It is free to the public.

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