BRISTOL - Rockwell Park was filled with people and their four-legged friends Saturday for the 3rd annual Bow Wow Bark in the Park.
In the all day event, families and their dogs had their pick of food, vendors, contests, raffles and more, which went to help good animal-oriented causes.
“Basically we’re here to raise awareness for pit bulls and shelter animals here in Connecticut. We’re also trying to get some dogs adopted, or at least start the adoption process with them,” said Alexandria Paulette, the organizer for Saturday’s event.
All proceeds raised during the event were donated to the more than 25 rescue shelters that attended. Admission to the event was free, but organizers encouraged that people bring an item to donate to one of the shelters.
“This is an incredible event. It’s a great time not only for the dogs, but for the people, too,” said Bristol Mayor Ken Cockayne, who attended Bow Wow Bark in the Park with his four-legged friend, Jack. “I know Jack’s having a great time meeting people.”
The day’s big show was at 1 p.m. for the Pitty March, where dozens of breeds of all kinds led their humans in a walk around Rockwell Park.
Throug-hout the day there were many other events for dogs and their companions to participate in, like the costume contest and talent show. While the top three winners were crowned, all participants were given prizes for their effort. Lee Beers’s dachshund Frank embraced his breed’s “wiener-dog” nickname, dressing up as a hotdog with buns on either side of his body.
More than 100 vendors and rescue organizations like Furry Friends Foster and Rescue, Super Paws Rescue and New Hope Clinic were on hand promoting their causes and selling goods.
Bikers Against Animal Cruelty had a booth with merchandise and volunteers on hand to tell people what they do.
“Our organization helps in deferring medical bills for animals that have been abused and neglected,” said Rosalie DeCrosta, a member of the volunteer organization.
DeCrosta said that BAAC advocates against animal cruelty and supports responsible pet ownership. The group hosts training sessions for children to teach kids how they should treat animals. Vicki Perazzella, another member of BAAC, said the organization gives money they raise directly to veterinarians.
Organizers said hundred of dogs had passed through the park within a few hours of the event beginning.
“This is our third year, and this is the biggest it’s ever been,” Paulette said. “There’s probably as many people here now as there was the full day the past two years, so this is amazing.”
Skyler Frazer can be reached at 860-801-5087 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.