Independence Parks and Recreation will be holding their “Pets in the Park” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 17 at Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive in Independence.

Activities include a pet judging contest, pet parade and attendance prizes. Pet parade participants are asked to bring an item to donate to the animal shelter, such as collars, treats, pet toys, etc. Micro-chipping ($15) and rabies shots ($5) will be available. Visit with area vendors about pet services, products and adoptions.

This is a free event for pets and their families. For questions about the pet judging contest, visit or call 816-719-3743. For other questions, call Independence Parks and Recreation at 816-325-7370.