Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

October 10, 2012

Barktoberfest

Downtown event will benefit county animal shelter

A fun event Saturday in the downtown that’s aimed at easing the overcrowded condition at the Allegany County Animal Shelter may not be a purrfect solution — but the organizers certainly are barking up the right tree.

“Barktoberfest” will have activities for children, adults and even animals, and music will be provided by a disc jockey.

An animal adopt-a-thon will be held from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. at the Liberty Street Stage. All the animals will be up-to-date on their shots, and many have been spayed or neutered.

This will be part of the shelter’s ongoing effort to find good homes for dogs and cats.

At one time, the shelter’s euthanasia rate topped 90 percent, but lately it has a record of saving 92 percent of the animals.

A recent large influx of animals has put a considerable strain on the shelter’s resources. Some of the dogs are older, which makes them less likely to be adopted, but they are otherwise in good health and would make good pets.

Other activities for kids include pumpkin painting and face painting. Free bicycle helmets will be given out to children in exchange for the donation of a food bank to the Western Maryland Food Bank while the supply of helmets lasts.

Sidewalk sales will be set up by vendors, and the animal shelter’s new bus, donated by the Allegany County Transit Authority, will be unveiled. It will transport shelter animals to adopt-a-thons, veterinary appointments and rescues.

A bluegrass music concert benefit featuring The Travelin’ McCourys, Frost Mountain Revival and Half-Lit will be held Friday at the Windsor Castle Event Center, formerly the National Guard Armory, on North Centre Street. Reserve table and general admission seats are on sale at The Book Center in Cumberland and Main Street Books in Frostburg.

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