The Bark in the Park and Fall Festival, sponsored by the Delaware County SPCA of Media, Pennsylvania, is slated to occur on Saturday, October 09, 2010. This annual fund-raiser typically attracts well over a thousand pet-loving visitors. While many visitors bring their beloved four-legged fur-friends, others come looking to add to their family by either adopting or fostering. With the recent announcement of the shelter’s plan to become a no-kill shelter, some expect an even greater number of supporters to attend.
The Fall Festival follows a format that is now a tradition. It begins with some of the most stalwart staff members, volunteers and foster families creating fundraising walk teams on www.firstgiving.com. This enables anyone to help support the Delaware County SPCA through the Bark in the Park festival, regardless of whether they live near or far. Teams do pre-event fundraising in the weeks and even months prior to the event, seeking park land as well as narrow wooded paths. Individuals interested in pre-registering for the walk can register at www.firstgiving.com/DELCOSPCA.
Early in the morning, even as tables and tents are first being set up, the Walk Registration table will open at 9 am. The walk typically gets started at 10 am, with many walkers joining throughout the hour, creating a steady stream of humans and canines parading through the 120 acre park.
The festival part officially begins at 11 AM and runs until 4 pm, although typically many of the sponsor tables are ready before 11. Pet owners visit the numerous vendor tables – most of them pet-related, not surprisingly – and many receive free samples, gifts and valuable coupons from local businesses. A children’s tent offers children the opportunity to make crafts, have their face painted, and to participate in other age-appropriate activities.
Some tables, such as the bake sale table, offer freshly made baked goods – many home-made by volunteers – for purchase to benefit the SPCA. Many businesses donate product or services to be raffled or bid on, again to benefit the shelter. The SPCA will have many of their adoptable pets on-site; many of the families fostering dogs adorn their fosters with bright bandanas to help draw attention to them throughout the day. This is a great way to meet adoptable dogs in a public setting.
The SPCA veterinarians will be on-site to conduct an all-day micro-chipping and low-cost vaccination clinic; this is a popular event for cost-conscious pet owners. The day isn’t all about samples, raffles and clinics, however. There will also be a variety of contests, a pet photo booth, canine obedience and agility demonstrations. Canine trainers will be on-hand as well.
To sponsor the Lucky Dog team, visit: http://www.firstgiving.com/harrietlaurin1.
Rose Tree Park
Route 252 and Rose Tree Road
Media, PA 19063
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
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