Food, drink and fun are common at a spring festival, but this one also featured a lot of kissing.

The Sixth Annual New Canaan Dog Days event on Sunday drew dozens of area residents who brought their furry companions for a sniff around vendor booths, contests, art and photography creation, and canine socializing.

“I love it,” said Pam Swindon of New Canaan, who was joined by her dog Remy. “I told him about it three days ago and he’s been (excited) ever since.”

For the first time, Pet Pantry Warehouse hosted the charity event, which raised money for Adopt-a-Dog and Strays and Others — two area shelters.

“We’re always looking for ways to give back to the organizations when we find a good organization to work with,” said Cynthia Fox, creative director for Pet Pantry Corp., which operates five area stores.

Along with about 25 vendors giving out samples and promotional products, Dog Days also had three trainers on hand to offer advice to visitors.

“I think sometimes you don’t want to call a trainer and have them come out for just a silly question, so I think this is an opportunity to ask (and) get to test the waters,” said Heather Trocola, a Norwalk-based trainer.

“She had some really good advice,” said Diane Sorcher of New Canaan, who took advantage of Trocola’s expertise on behalf of Maisie. “Maisie is very exuberant and she gave me some ideas on how to reel her in when we’re in a public place like this, so I was very pleased.”

Megan DeMott, 15, of New Canaan, brought Ollie, who competed in the Kissing Contest.

“This dog gives so much love,” said Frank Delio of New Canaan, speaking of Ali, who placed second in the Kissing Contest. “You can’t buy love and she gives unconditional love to every person she meets.”

For 14-year-old Chloe Stanley of New Canaan, there’s an added benefit as well: “They’re really soft.”