Pensacola parties with pups for annual Barktoberfest

By Anna Smith
Staff writer

The Pensacola Humane Society hosted the 16th annual Barktoberfest on Oct. 28 at Freedom Park in Historic Seville Square in Downtown Pensacola to benefit the organization’s animal welfare efforts.

The event was kid-friendly and encouraged families to bring their dogs to participate in activities like the costume contest, K9 demonstrations and various games.

Food trucks and vendors lined the streets to help raise money and showcase their products and services.

There were more than 100 vendors at the event from across the Pensacola community, including the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida, American Red Cross of Northwest Florida and the Animal Hospital of Pensacola.

At the Most Adorable Pet contest, which has been running since Sept. 22, a cat and dog winner was announced. This contest gave the community the opportunity to donate a dollar per vote which raised more than $13,000.

Anna, a blind dog adopted from the Humane Society, won most adorable dog. Mia , adopted from the Humane Society, won most adorable cat.

Discounted rabies shots and microchipping services were available for dogs in need. Dogs from the humane society shelter were available for rescue with volunteers assisting in the adoption process.

“Our team puts in countless hours to help maintain our facility, run our clinic, raise money and advocate,” Jennifer Bitner, the executive director of the Pensacola Humane Society, said in an interview with the Pensacola News Journal. “On any given day, we have 10 to 20 people who give their time to help clean, walk dogs and assist with adoptions. I’ve never seen a volunteer coalition like this one.”

The event raised over $40,000, which will go to the Barbara Grice Memorial Spay and Neuter Clinic for dogs and cats and serve as primary funding for the year.

Contact Jennifer Bitner at 898-3384 or visit pensacolahumane.org for more information.

 

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