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Idlewild Park Goes To The Dogs For Talbot Humane

Great fall weather brought animal lovers out in support of Talbot Humane at the organization’s annual Bark in the Park festival at Idlewild Park on October 20th. The family-friendly  day for dogs began with a “moment of howl” following the pet blessing and National Anthem and ended with a tail-wagging contest for people. In between, the fun included a Dog Walk through the streets of Easton, a Dog Show with winners in ten classes, canine demonstrations, horse-drawn carriage rides and more.

A 10K run and a 5K fun run/walk each debuted at the event this year. More than a hundred runners and walkers participated in the races sponsored by Annapolis Volvo, helping to raise additional funds for Talbot Humane.

Educational as well as entertaining, the event featured local veterinarians, and rescue and humane groups that provided information on topics of interest to pet owners. Exhibitors and vendors offered pet-care products and services.

Bark in the Park’s focus is the animals awaiting adoption at Talbot Humane and other area organizations. A Pawrade of Adoptable Dogs allowed each group to showcase several of its dogs currently waiting for loving homes. Two of the Dog Show classes were testimony to those organizations’ efforts. Festival attendees entered a total of forty dogs in the “Dogs Adopted from Talbot Humane” and “Dogs Adopted from Other Organizations” classes.

Tank, owned by Lindsey Hill, received the Best in Show award after winning the Best Costume/Design class.

Now in its third year, Bark in the Park has become Talbot Humane’s biggest annual fundraising event. Volunteers were able to help solicit donations online with prizes for those garnering the most support. While donations are still being accepted and the total amount raised by the event has not yet been determined, Bark in the Park chair Nancy Wells reports that more than $9,000 was raised on site during the festival itself, which she said is a significant increase over last year.

In addition to individual donors, the community’s businesses have supported Talbot Humane in making the event a success each year. This year’s sponsors included WCEI, Big Dogs, C. Albert Matthews, Easton Elks #1622, Easton Utilities Commission, Foxy’s Harbor Grill, Gone for a Run, Hertrich Chevrolet, M & T Bank, Oxford Lawn & Landscape, PetSmart, Pierson’s Comfort Group, Preston Automotive Group, Provident State Bank, Queenstown Bank, Salisbury Gift & Garden, Three Penny Opera, TriCrown Inn for Pets, What’s Up? Media, Curry Wilford, and the YMCA.

For more information, to make a contribution, or to volunteer, call Talbot Humane at 410-822-0107 or visit www.talbothumane.org.

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AdoptMe.jpg:  In Bark in the Park’s Pawrade of Adoptable Dogs, local shelters and rescue groups showed off their dogs waiting for loving homes

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