It's a big party for canines, felines and their accompanying humans on May 3 when the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons marks its 40th year rescuing dogs and cats, and matching them up with homes.

More than 20,000 animals have been rescued since the organization's founding in 1974, Animal Rescue president Lisa McCarthy said on its website,

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The celebration, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the adoption center, 90 Daniels Hole Rd., Wainscott, gives owners a chance to show off their adoptees and staffers the opportunity to see how well their former charges are doing. The party, which is free, also is open to those who want to celebrate their pets, said Jamie Berger, director of marketing and communication.

Microchipping and rabies vaccinations will be available at no charge, donated by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services. A veterinarian will also be on hand for "Ask the Vet" sessions.

Dogs are to be brought on leashes and cats in carriers. Send RSVPs to