Gilbert pet owners to strut their mutts for good cause

October 10, 2013 by  

Scores of dogs and their owners are preparing to gather in Gilbert for an annual fundraising party. This weekend, the BARKtoberfest celebration will be returning to the town’s Civic Center for the 14th time. Stationery printing is likely on the increase as the organizers of the festivities reach out to this year’s sponsors, which include Jeannie’s Grooming and Natural Balance Pet Foods.

Pet contests will abound at the event. Canines will bob for bones, demonstrate their best tricks, and participate in a costume competition. Although admission to BARKtoberfest will be free of charge, those who would like to enter their dogs into contests will need to make a donation of at least $1 per activity.

Members of the Gilbert Police Department will be on hand to show off the talents of their K-9 Squad. The day will also include a parade featuring dogs adopted through Friends for Life Animal Rescue, a local non-profit organization that strives to find homes for dogs and cats.

More than 20 dogs from the shelter will be available for adoption during the event. If time allows, these animals will participate in a procession of their own.

Proceeds from BARKtoberfest will exclusively benefit Friends for Life. Last year, attendees raised approximately $8,000 for the cause by entering their pets in competitions and purchasing raffle tickets.

BARKtoberfest is scheduled for Saturday, October 12 at 50 East Civic Center Drive. It will run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Those requiring further information should call (480) 497-8296.