Barktoberfest enters year 10 presented by Pensacola Humane Society

Every dog has its day, especially at Barktoberfest, the annual canine convention presented by the Pensacola Humane Society. Now in its 10th year — or 70 in dog years — the 2022 edition returns to Community Maritime Park on Oct. 30.

“Barktoberfest was originally created as a fundraiser and a fun event for local dogs and their humans,” said Jessica Fischer, head of communications and marketing at the Pensacola Humane Society.

“Barktoberfest helps to enforce our mission about the importance of spaying and neutering, preventing animal cruelty, and providing pet education programs aimed at addressing animal welfare issues within our community,” Fischer continued.

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At least 15,000 attendees with almost as many dogs, are expected for the one-day fest that raises money and pet ownership awareness.

Attendees will have plenty of opportunities to rescue a pooch on site as well. Last year, 20 dogs found their new owners.

“Pensacola Humane Society, along with various other organizations and rescues, will have adoptable dogs available at Barktoberfest,” said Fischer. 

Founded in 1943, the Pensacola Humane Society is 10 years older than its national counterpart. The two are not fiscally connected. The local PHS shelter has been a no-kill facility since 1985 and is supported by a dozen employees and over 200 volunteers.

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