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It’s Barktober Time

By Jennie McKeon

The 11th Annual Barktober Fest returns this weekend at Seville Square. The Humane Society event unites dog lovers with activities, contests, giveaways and pet friendly raffle prizes.

“It’s our biggest fundraiser and the proceeds go to the care of homeless and abandoned cats and dogs at the Humane Society, which is a no-kill facility,” said Eloise de Varona, publicity chair for Humane Society of Pensacola Board of Directors. “In 2011 we estimated attendance at about 10,000 people, so the event has grown by leaps and bounds.”

Local vets will be at the event offering information about products and animal care. Also, the Five Flags Dog Training Club and the Canine Country Square Dancing will present their skills. If you find yourself without a pet to celebrate with, there will be animals ready for adoption and a loving home.

“There will be adoptable animals at the event, with several rescue groups bringing their own animals also available for adoption,” said de Varona.

You can show off your pet’s good looks and talents with contests such as: Best Trick, Best Costume, Best Kisser and the Owner/Pet Look-Alike competition.

“Prizes are awarded for the first three finishers in each category and there is a morning contest and an afternoon contest,” de Varona explained. “The doggie races are also a big hit.”
And what good would a fundraiser be without food? Vendors will surround Fountain Park and the Humane Society will be offering up hamburgers, hot dogs and bake sale items—even gourmet treats for your dog.
Be sure not to leave Barktober Fest without a t-shirt, designed by the Pensacola News Journal’s Andy Marlette and a 2013 calendar.
“It all started with just a couple dozen animal lovers who wanted to do something to help the Humane Society of Pensacola by raising a little extra money,” de Varona said of Barktober’s history. “It’s such fun to see so many people with their dogs and the dogs absolutely love it.”

BARKTOBER FEST
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6
WHERE: Seville Square and Fountain Park
DETAILS: humanesocietyofpensacola.org