Talbot Humane will hold its first annual Bark in the Park Dog Walk and Family Festival on Saturday, October 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Idlewild Park inEaston. Volunteers have been working for months to make this fundraising event a success for the organization.
“The outpouring of community support for Bark in the Park has been tremendous,” said John Barron, chairman of the event and Talbot Humane Board Member. More than fifty sponsors have signed on to date, including major sponsorships from Annapolis Volvo, What’s Up Media and WCEI/WPIX.
Bark in the Park will feature the Grand Dog Walk. Walkers and fundraisers can register online at www.tinyurl.com/Bark-in-the-Park. Using online fundraising tools, Talbot Humane has enlisted friends of the organization to create their own personal pages from which they can encourage donations from friends, family and associates.
Talbot Humane’s Coordinator of Program Development, Patty Crankshaw-Quimby, emphasized how easy and fun it is to be a part of the fundraising effort. “Even if you aren’t going to be walking a dog, you can still help raise funds for our animals,” she said. “There are three easy steps to set up your personal page and email the link to family and friends, then watch your own total grow along with Talbot Humane’s.”
In addition to the Grand Dog Walk, Bark in the Park will have plenty of activities for the entire family, including its canine members. Easton Police will present a demonstration by its K-9 unit. There will be Frisbee and agility dog demonstrations, and festival-goers may enter their own dogs in a Fun Doggie Show for prizes.
Music, food and horse-drawn carriage rides will add to the festival fun. Participating vendors and exhibitors will offer pet-related information and products. The event is free for attendees, with an entrance fee for the Grand Dog Walk. The first 150 dog walk registrants will receive t-shirts and gift bags.
Barron congratulated the volunteers who have given the event such a strong start. “We have raised a lot of money so far, both online and off, and we can’t thank our donors, fundraisers and sponsors enough for their help,” he said. “We still have a way to go to really make this event a huge fundraising success, and hope people will continue to sign up to give us their support.”
Talbot Humane cares for about 200 animals every month at its facility in Easton. “Our volunteers and staff provide extraordinary dedication and compassion to our furry friends until their forever homes can be found,” said Barron.
“The financial commitment necessary to maintain our high level of care is significant.”
Barron encouraged the community to show its support for the organization. “Register as a walker or fundraiser, make a contribution, then come on out and have a great day in the park, all for the animals.”
For more information, to make a contribution, or to volunteer, call Talbot Humane at 410-822-0107 or visit www.talbothumane.org.