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The Ultimate Fur-Filled Weekend: Brisbane Dog and Cat Lovers Festival

Tide Communications 3 mins read
Brisbane Dog and Cat Lovers Festival

Brisbane’s favourite dog-dedicated festival returns for the first time in six years to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, alongside the inaugural Cat Lovers Festival running side-by-side for the very first time!


“We are so excited to be back in Brisbane with not one, but two epic festivals in one co-located event. With a star-studded line-up of talent appearing at both Festivals, we have no doubt that Queensland canine and feline lovers will relish the opportunity to unite for one weekend to celebrate our tail-wagging best buddies! The weekend is all about celebrating these wonderful companions, getting trusted insights on how to be the best pet parent we can be, and of course sniffing out all the latest & greatest stuff to spoil our pets”, said Festival Founder, Jason Humphris.


As the presenting human at both festivals, beloved TV Vet Dr. Claire Stevens is a true animal advocate, unifying the age-old debate of ‘cats vs dogs’ and she will present illuminating talks each day on the Advance (Dog) and Whiskas (Cat) stages on how to keep your furry friends safe and stress-free.


Beloved larrikin Ryan Gallagher will make his Dog Lovers Festival debut as the MC of the jaw-dropping Antinol® DockDogs. Dog behaviourist and host of Pooches At Play Lara Shannon returns to the festival line-up, co-hosting Temptation Alley with Farmer Dave Graham and interviewing our four-legged social media influencers for the Insta-Pooch runway. For the feline fans, Jackson Galaxy aka America’s “Cat Daddy” will stream live from the USA onto the WHISKAS® Stage big screen to speak about ‘Catification’ in your home. 


Over 500 delightful dogs, more than 200 beautiful cats and dozens of breeds will warm hearts across the weekend at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and be showered with love from the most passionate Queensland pet owners.



  • In her show debut, TV presenter Shelly Horton will MC the ADVANCE Stage, hosting some of Australia’s top trainers and industry talent including TV Vet Dr Claire Stevens, along with educational workshops from dynamic duo Dr Katrina Warren, Kelly Gill and The Wonderdogs.
  • The VitaPet Arena will wow visitors with Farmer Dave Graham’s K9 Superwall, QLD’s fastest dog in Flying Fast Flyball, see Australia’s smartest dogs - The Wonderdogs - perform human-like tricks and see true will-power in Temptation Alley with Lara Shannon.
  • Choose kindness at the PEDIGREE® Adoption Zone and improve your dog-knowledge at the Ask-A-Breeder Stage.
  • Antinol® DockDogs will showcase impressive canines going head-to-head in Big Air, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieval competitions, launching themselves into an indoor 100,000-litre pool with Ryan Gallagher as MC!
  • Festivalgoers can get their ‘feel good’ hormones at the Lyka Pat-A-Pooch Zone by getting up close and personal with an array of dogs.
  • Bluey & Bingo from the Aussie-made animated series will perform on-stage, plus do meet & greets.
  • Plus, grab a selfie with everyone’s favourite puppy influencers at InstaPooch on the ADVANCE Stage.



  • The WHISKAS® Stage hosts the ultimate entertainment destination with educational talks, live demonstrations, and Q&As: ‘Cat Daddy’ Jackson Galaxy streaming live from Los Angeles, talking all things ‘Catification’, Aussie vet and TV star Dr Claire Stevens helps keep your cat stress-free, and see CATMANTOO & Didga, the internet famous skateboarding cat!
  • Festivalgoers can meet more than 200 rare and popular breeds of cats in the Breed Showcase – it’s the A-Z of cat breeds!
  • Find a suitable breed for your home at the Purrrfect Match Zone and start the adoption process at the WHISKAS® Adoption Zone and help a kitty find the fur-over home.
  • The Antinol® Pat-A-Cat Zone will provide the opportunity to connect with these curious creatures, safely and securely, and much more feline fun can be found at the huge Kitty Supermarket.


Plus, more furry fun can be found with free Kitty &  Doggy face painting and the neon glitter selfie walls to put a smile on the face of every kid (big kids too!).


Tickets will provide access to both festivals in a two-for-one special to celebrate the return to Brisbane, making it the most value-packed day-out for Queenslanders to come together to celebrate their love of cats and dog. Don’t act all bark and no bite - pounce on the festival websites to fetch your tickets now. Note: Tickets are limited and may sell-out so grab yours now to avoid sour-puss syndrome! Advanced ticket bookings is essential as tickets may not be available on the door.






FESTIVAL LOCATION: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC)

DATES & TIMES: Saturday 9 & 10 March 2024, 9:30am till 5pm daily


Please kindly leave your fur-babies at home as this is a Festival for animal lovers, not dogs and cats.

Contact details:

For further press information contact Tide Comms:                                                                                                 

Zoe Morley | | 0413 408 677

Laura Power | | 0467 967 416


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