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Second Annual ‘BARKtoberfest’ Draws a Crowd

Pet Adoption Event Raised Funds, Awareness for Local Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups 

WEST ORANGE, N.J. – The second annual “BARKtoberfest” pet adoption event recently took place in the Berson Learning Center parking lot at Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, a facility of the Essex County Parks Department. The event raised funds for participating animal shelters and rescue groups, and resulted in a number of pet adoptions with additional applications pending. Donating their time to make the event a success were volunteers from nonprofit organization, Jersey Cares.

Livingston-based Eastman Companies  and The Shoppes at the Livingston Circle lent their support by sponsoring a Pet Photo Booth & Costume Contest. Those in attendance had the opportunity to have their dog’s photo entered in a contest on The Shoppes at the Livingston Circle’s Facebook page. Prizes were donated by Friends of the Livingston Animal Shelter and the shopping center’s tenants, including Ike’s Bagel Café, CycleBar, Goldfish Swim School, Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, and Wine Legend.

Pictured is the first place winner, Kuma, whose adoption is pending at the Sedona Shepherd Sanctuary in Millburn.

Participating animal shelters and rescue groups included Friends of the Livingston Animal Shelter, Brendan’s Meadows Rescue, Rescue Haven Foundation, Greyhound Friends of New Jersey, Purrfect Pals, Wise Animal Rescue, People for Animals Spay/Neuter Clinics, Sedona Shepherd Sanctuary, Newark Associated Humane Society, Emerald City Rescue, PSD Rescue, Miss Pat’s Cats, FOWA Rescue and Supporters of the Bloomfield Animal Shelter.