Humane Society Hosts Largest Fundraiser Saturday

by Elizabeth Pitts-Hibbard

Stephens County Humane Society will take over Fuqua Park in Duncan on Saturday for the organization’s largest annual fundraiser, Bark in the Park. The family-friendly, pet-friendly event kicks off with the Wag Walk at 9:30am and lasts until 3pm.

“Bark in the Park is not only a day packed with fun, it’s also a much-needed fundraiser for the shelter animals,” said Patti Whitaker, Stephens County Humane Society Board member. “It provides the financial foundation for our day-to-day operations. Our focus is always son providing happy, healthy, adoptable dogs and cats in a clean environment, each and every day, 365 days a year.”

The Wag Walk raises funds by individuals collecting pledges; there are prizes given to the most pledges collected. Registration can be completed online at the Humane Society website or on the morning of the event at 9am.

Opening ceremonies begin at 11am and includes a parade of rescued dogs. Heats for Weenie Dog Races are at 11:15, noon, 12:45, and 1:30 with the final race at 2:30. Other contests include Best Bark, Best Trick (adult and youth), Best Pet Costume (adult and youth), an Owner Look-Alike contest, and wiener bobbing races. There is a $5 entry fee for contests.

The “Kitty Korner” offers cat owners the chance to bring their best photos for a Cutest Cat Contest.

All dogs in attendance must remain on leashes, be currently vaccinated and licensed and are expected to be well-behaved.

“Don’t have a dog? We’ve got you covered,” Whitaker added. “We will have some awesome dogs available for adoption at the event.”

Funds raised at Bark in the Park ensure that the Stephens County Humane Society can continue working in the community to provide a safe shelter for animals until they can be adopted.

“Owner surrenders to county strays to dogs and cats from area animal control departments, the need for a shelter such as ours is as important as ever,” Whitaker said.

For more information, contact Patti Whitaker at 580-641-0667.

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