Hundreds of Londoners are expected to come out with their furry friends Sunday to the Plunkett Estate for the 32nd edition of the London Humane Society’s annual Bark in the Park Festival.
The event is the London Humane Society’s largest fundraiser. All money raised goes towards covering the costs of helping the nearly 2,000 animals that come into the Humane Society’s care every year. Like last year, this year’s fundraising goal is $100,000.
“This is an incredibly important event for the London Humane Society,” said Judy Foster, Executive Director at the London Humane Society. “We operate 100 percent by donation, and we’re not here if we don’t have community support. We know that everyone wants animals that are being neglected, can’t be cared for, being abused, to have a place to go, and also to be protected.”
“We enforce the legislation that protects animals, so this fundraiser goes 100 percent back to the shelter to pay our costs so that we can do all of those for all of the animals.”
Foster says attendees to this year’s event can take in agility contests and shows, Frisbee demonstrations, a scavenger hunt walk, a performance by Melissa Millet & The Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show, and live music.
“We’ve got four live bands that are going to be playing music throughout the day for the humans that are going to be out,” Foster said. “Rose Cora Perry, Mud Creek, Shawn Cowan, and Partners in Health are all going to be playing.”
Food vendors will also be on hand to dish out meals, Foster says.
“In the last few years it’s grown tremendously,” Foster said. “We’re so grateful for the Plunkett Estate, it’s a perfect venue. We’ve got an off-leash pond area, we’ve got dog diving, those kinds of things people love to be able to do with their doggies.”
Foster says this year’s edition of the Festival includes a “Kiddie Carnival” where kids can play carnival games, jump in a bouncy castle, traverse through an obstacle course or fun house, and win prizes.
The event runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Plunkett Estate at 9282 Elviage Drive, Foster says. All are welcome to attend the event, and admission is set at $10 per car for those who have not collected pledges.
More information about the event can be found here.