By Pati Navalta
DogFest Bay Area: Boo! Bark, Brews + Bites returns this year as a virtual event for the entire family, including, of course, the four-legged members.
The Halloween Day event will offer canine costume contests; tutorials on making homemade pet treats; appearances by Bay Area residents and their service dogs, as well as San Jose Sharks puppy, Finn; and more family-friendly and dog-centric activities. KPIX/CBS5’s Kate Nielsen will serve as the emcee.
The virtual fundraiser benefits Canine Companions for Independence, which is co-hosting DogFest Bay Area with Oakland’s Jack London Square.
Many of Jack London Square’s businesses will be participating in the festivities. Restaurant, beer garden and entertainment concept plank will offer a tutorial on how to make its Halloween-themed cocktail/mocktail Witch’s Brew Bloodhound Punch, and the 90s Experience pop-up will provide gift packs with a 1990s twist to the winners of the costume contests.
The nonprofit Canine Companions for Independence was founded in 1975 to match expertly trained assistance dogs to children, adults and veterans with disabilities. The assistance dogs perform such tasks as opening doors, picking up dropped items and more. The organization does not charge for the dog, its training and ongoing follow-up services.
Those who register for the event can help by creating a DogFest fundraising page or joining an existing fundraising team. Individuals who raise more at least $125 receive a commemorative T-shirt, and those who exceed $250 will receive an exclusive gift.
DogFest Bay Area will be held 3-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 on Facebook and on Canine Companion’s YouTube channel. For more information, visit Canine Companions for Independence.
Photos courtesy DogFest