The Beloved Annual Celebration of Pets and Their People is Back for its 24th Year 


Joybound Around Town, formerly Animal Rescue Foundation’s (ARF’s) Animals on Broadway, is a community celebration of the special bond between pets and people, and the happiness and wellbeing it brings to families and communities. For 24 years, the Bay Area community has gathered with family and friends (including the furry ones!) to enjoy a fun day out for a good cause.  

The event begins with the Paw-rade Pet Walk – a fundraising walk where teams and individuals, joined by their four-legged pals, take a one-mile stroll around Broadway Plaza in Downtown Walnut Creek to raise “fun” and funds for Joybound’s programming that forms, supports, and elevates the human-animal bond. 

The day continues with the Pet Wellness Festival featuring animal product and services booths, games, and entertainment, including the popular Best-dressed Pet Contest on the main stage. Adoptable animals from Joybound and partner shelters will be onsite, ready to go home with a loving family. All fees for Joybound adoptions at the event will be sponsored by Pet Food Express.


Sunday, May 19, 2024 – 10 am to 3 pm 

  • 10 – 11 am: Paw-rade Pet Walk 
  • 11 am – 3 pm: Pet Wellness Festival 
  • 11:30 am: Best-dressed Pet Contest 


Broadway Plaza 

1275 Broadway Plaza 
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596 


Joybound People & Pets hopes to raise not only awareness but $100,000 through the support of individual and team fundraisers, sponsors, and donations. Funds raised will go towards Joybound’s work rescuing and finding loving families for dogs and cats; critical veterinary care and resource support to keep animals safe, healthy, and with their families; therapy and service-animal programs; training and learning resources for all pet families; vocational training, and more.  


A diverse crowd of families and animal lovers with their pets, many of whom will be decked out in colorful costumes. People of all ages meeting, playing, and snuggling with cats and dogs available for adoption. 


Joybound Around Town on Broadway community partners include Club K9, Contra Costa Water District, HardyPaw, Guide Dogs for the Blind, JUNKED: Powered by Veterans, and Woodiwiss Painting 

The event wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our sponsors:  

  • Platinum: Purina 
  • Gold: Broadway Plaza, Nylabone, Perfect Star Heating and Air Conditioning, Pet Food Express, PNC, Treatly, VCA Animal Hospitals, Veterinary Emergency Group (VEG) 
  • Silver:, Boehringer Ingelheim, DLHA Law Group, Injoya
  • Bronze: Charles Schwab, Denon & Doyle Entertainment, Diablo Subaru of Walnut Creek, Modern Animal 

About Joybound

We are Joybound People & Pets Alliance, formerly Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), a privately funded, 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Walnut Creek, California. With dog and cat rescue and adoption at the heart of its mission, Joybound forms, supports, elevates, and celebrates the human-animal bond through services such as training and veterinary care, food and supply assistance, therapy and service-animal programs, and rich learning resources for all pet families. We serve our community through programs for children, seniors, Veterans, and animal guardians who need a helping hand to keep their pets in safe, healthy, forever homes. Joybound’s goal is for every adoption story to become a lasting tale of friendship, love, and mutual happiness. 

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