NASHUA – The Humane Society for Greater Nashua will host its annual Wags to Whiskers Festival from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, September 17th at the Anheuser-Busch brewery, 221 DW Highway, in Merrimack.

The spacious fields alongside the brewery have been graciously donated for use by lead sponsor, The Biergarten, Merrimack. Tickets are $12 per adult, and children under the age of 17 can join in for free. Tickets can be purchased online at, and will also be available for purchase at the gate.

The festival features dog-friendly games and demonstrations by the Granite State Disc Dogs, as well as the Merrimack Police Department’s K-9 Unit. Attendees will enjoy many dog-friendly vendors with giveaways and samples, a kids’ Fun Zone with carnival-style games and prizes for little ones, food available for purchase from a selection of food trucks and beer from Anheuser-Busch. There will also be dozens of adoptable puppies and dogs there for you to meet.

The funds raised at the event will help the shelter provide food, vaccines, and medical care for the 2,500-plus animals HSFN serves every year.

The Wags to Whiskers Festival is New England’s largest dog-friendly event and dogs are encouraged to join their families for this fun day out. In consideration of the recent concerns over viral canine illness, individual water bottles will be provided to patrons with dogs, who are encouraged to bring a travel water bowl, instead of placing shared water bowls around the event.

Dogs must remain leashed at all times. Leaving dogs in parked vehicles is prohibited. There will be plenty of available parking which will be clearly marked and attended by volunteers to keep things moving.

For more information about the Wags to Whiskers Festival, call 603-889-2275 x36, or email

The Humane Society for Greater Nashua provides for and protects abandoned, stray, and owner-surrendered pets by connecting them with new families. To see pets currently available for adoption, visit