City of Bloomington Animal Shelter Kicks Off “Barktoberfest”

In recognition of national Adopt-A-Dog Month and to support the City of Bloomington Animal Shelter’s ongoing participation in the ASPCA $100,000 Challenge, the Shelter is pleased to announce several new promotions, events and sponsorships to celebrate all things dog during “Barktoberfest.”

“As we head into the final month of the ASPCA $100,000 Challenge, we are excited to announce these new partnerships and sponsorships,” Laurie Ringquist, director of the City's Animal Care and Control division, said. “The Bloomington community has supported us by adopting, and the business community has been so generous in sponsoring events and making donations. We have been so humbled by this outpouring of support for the animals and look forward to continuing these relationships after the Challenge is over.”

Dog adoption fees are reduced to $40 for the entire month of October. In addition, every Saturday, dog adoption fees will be further reduced to $20. All dogs are vaccinated, micro-chipped, heartworm tested and spayed or neutered. Regular adoption fees are $75 for dogs younger than 5 years and $55 for those 5 years and older.

The Animal Shelter will kickoff Adopt-A-Dog month a day early with a “Pups in the Park” adopt-a-thon from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30 at the Bryan Park Woodlawn Shelter. The Animal Shelter will have a large selection of dogs and puppies available for adoption at the park.

Upland Brewery will host “Hops for Hounds” from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. The band “Kisses for Free” will play from 5 to 7 p.m. and Upland's Oktoberfest special will be on tap. Upland has donated the following items to be raffled, with the proceeds benefiting adoption sponsorships: a 1/6 barrel keg of any of year-round beer, two Upland t-shirts and a $25 gift certificate. Adoptable dogs and puppies will be available at the event.

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