Dog­gone Good Time

Hu­mane So­ci­ety’s DogFest ben­e­fits shel­ter, pro­grams

The Avenue News - - EDITORIAL - By: LISA HAR­LOW

On Satur­day, Septem­ber 15, leash up your fa­vorite four-legged friend and head to the Bal­ti­more Hu­mane So­ci­ety (BHS)’s An­nual DogFest! DogFest is the Hu­mane So­ci­ety’s largest fundraiser and com­mu­nity event of the year, fea­tur­ing a one-mile char­ity walk, games, con­tests, dog swim­ming, demos, food, and dogs and cats avail­able for adop­tion.

New this year, the Kids Ken­nel will in­clude crafts, a moon bounce, the Irvine Na­ture Cen­ter An­i­mal Pro­gram, Pet BINGO, tem­po­rary tat­toos, CrossFit and more. Kids and adults can test their skills on the 20-foot climb­ing wall, and Charm City He­li­copter Rides will be of­fer­ing he­li­copter rides with a por­tion of ride sales go­ing to BHS.

BHS op­er­ates a no-kill shel­ter on 365 acres in Reis­ter­stown, which pro­vides a tem­po­rary home, safe refuge, and care for un­wanted and home­less an­i­mals. Since its found­ing in 1927, BHS has found de­voted for­ever homes for hun­dreds of thou­sands of an­i­mals, as well as pro­vided low-cost spay/neuter and vac­ci­na­tion ser­vices to the com­mu­nity in its Veterinary Cen­ter.

BHS also houses a pet me­mo­rial park and of­fers free pet loss group and in­di­vid­ual coun­sel­ing to the pub­lic. The re­main­ing 343 acres of the BHS cam­pus serve as a pro­tected wildlife sanc­tu­ary.

Ad­di­tional ser­vices pro­vided by BHS in­clude hu­mane ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams to City and County schools, li­braries, and youth groups, low-cost vac­ci­na­tion and mi­crochip clin­ics, and sev­eral other pro­grams to grow hu­mane treat­ment of an­i­mals in our com­mu­nity.

The DogFest Walk helps raise funds to ben­e­fit BHS while guests tour the grounds. Bring your pet, your friends, and your fam­ily and en­joy a one-mile trail walk through BHS’s 365-acre wildlife sanc­tu­ary. Prizes will be awarded to top fundrais­ers.

Last year, DogFest wel­comed more than 5,000 an­i­mal lovers. Games will be on­go­ing through­out the day. Dogs will have a great time ten pin bowl­ing, play­ing hide and seek, cre­at­ing a paw paint­ing, run­ning agility cour­ses, and much more. You can also en­ter your pup in one of the many con­tests, in­clud­ing Best Kisser, Best Cos­tume, Best Tail Wag­ger,

and Owner/Pet Looka­like. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place win­ners for all con­tests.

The Shel­ter Dog Show­case will take place in the con­test ring at 10:30 am and again at 3:30 pm. The shel­ter dogs will be dressed to the nines, show­ing off their best tricks and sport­ing their cutest cos­tumes for all to see.

DogFest demos in­clude the Dept. of Pub­lic Safety & Cor­rec­tions Ser­vices K-9 Unit CDS De­tec­tion Dogs and Ori­ole Dog Train­ing Club Fly­ball. These ac­tiv­i­ties will be on­go­ing dur­ing the day. There will also be “Ask the Trainer” and “Ask the Vet” ses­sions to an­swer any ques­tions about your pet’s be­hav­ior and health.

At the Dog­gie Swim Party, dogs can swim in the above-ground pool for $5 per ses­sion. Each swim­mer will also re­ceive a free pool pass to Pet De­pot. There will even be a Four-Legged Beach Club, where dogs can play in a 20’x20’ sand pit, and an agility course open to ev­ery­one.

More ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude the Best of the Fest Photo Con­test, AKC Ca­nine Good Cit­i­zen Test­ing, Pet Car­i­ca­tures and a Kiss­ing Booth. Who doesn’t love a good dog­gie smooch for a good cause?

2018 DogFest

Satur­day, Septem­ber 15 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Bal­ti­more Hu­mane So­ci­ety

1601 Ni­code­mus Road Reis­ter­stown, MD 21136 Dis­counted tick­ets avail­able on­line through Sept. 13: $10 per per­son. Kids 12 and un­der: free. Tick­ets at the door: $15. Kids 6-12: $5. Kids 5 and un­der: free. Rain or shine.

For tick­ets and more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://www. dogfest.org.

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