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SHIRLINGTON, VA (8/13/12) – The Village at Shirlingtoninvites all animal lovers to the village Saturday, August 25, 11am-4pm, for the Fifth Annual Wags n’ Whiskers, a community-oriented event for animal enthusiasts and their four-legged friends. The afternoon animal extravaganza will feature pet adoptions from local shelters, pet contests, demonstrations, exhibitions, pet portrait photos, live music, and children’s activities including face painting, balloon animals and more. The merchants at Village at Shirlington will also host in-store specials, promotions and free giveaways. Top Dog Sponsors include: Barkley Square Pets, Caring Hands Animal Hospital, Dog Paws n Cat Claws Pet Care, Dogma Bakery & Boutique , Fetch! Pet Care, Fur-Get Me Not, Helping Hands Affordable Veterinary Surgery and Dental Care, Man-Machine Systems Assessment, The Mid-Atlantic Chinese Shar-Pei Rescue Operation, Inc., My Life Simpler, Nova Mobile Vet and NOVADog Magazine.

Long known as a dog haven (The Washington Post has referred to it as a “walkable, dog friendly” community), The Village at Shirlington is also virtually hosting pet owners via the Wags n’ Whiskers Virtual Pet Park contest. Dog lovers can submit and vote for the best pet pictures on The Village at Shirlington Facebook page; the pet with the most votes wins a signature gift basket from Dogma Bakery & Boutique valued at $250. The second-place winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Dogma and the third- place winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Dogma. Entries and voting are open now through Thursday, August 23. To enter, visit and “like” The Village at Shirlington on Facebook.

About The Village at Shirlington

The Village at Shirlington has long been the community center and heart of the Shirlington area. Originally built In 1944 as the Shirlington Shopping Center, the Village at Shirlington stretches along a main, pedestrian-friendly street, Campbell Avenue and features a diverse array restaurants and shops as well as apartments and condominiums, a branch library, a Harris Teeter grocery store, and the Signature Theatre. Called a “walkable neighborhood where people could live, work and find entertainment without getting into their cars” by The Washington Post, The Village at Shirlington is the region’s best option to live, work and play.

For more information on Wags n’ Whiskers at the Village at Shirlington, please contact Danielle Bolger,, 301.229.6770.

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