Columbus is always easily excitable when it comes to spring. There’s nothing to look forward to but sunshine, flowers blooming, storing away winter wear, and of course — how could one forget? — pets walking the streets with their owners in one of the most animal-friendly districts around, the Short North. That being said, this March marks the fifth annual Short North Easter Begg Hunt!

Hosted by Three Dog Bakery in cooperation with Posh Pets Boutique, the Easter Begg Hunt is a casual, small business- and family-friendly event held throughout the Short North Arts District. With an initiative to encourage visitors to stop into local businesses with their pets, Three Dog owner Susan Oilar began the Hunt five years ago. She had hoped that the event would have the same enjoyment as an Easter egg hunt in a place such as Goodale Park, but with even more benefits to the businesses, people, and their pets alike, to much success.

Participants begin at either Three Dog or Posh Pets, bring their pets into partnering businesses along High Street to find plastic eggs containing prizes for their pets, and end at the same starting point to recycle their used eggs. Also ongoing is a raffle for prizes ranging from $100.00 to $250.00, with tickets being sold at one for $2.00 or three for $5.00. Although the event is made possible to be free because of the generosity of Short North business owners who pay to participate, there is a charitable organization in mind. Any proceeds, made from the raffle or something such as water sales for dogs during the event, are donated to the Powell Animal Welfare Society.

With such a great cause in mind and such great history of past success, pets and owners are crossing their paws to increase their donations even more from last year. The Easter Begg Hunt will be held Saturday, March 23, from 11:00am until 2:00pm. Those interested are encouraged to register on the Eventbrite page, and the Facebook page for the event can be found here.