One of the best parts of living in Orlando is the ability to take your dog down to Lake Eola in downtown Orlando when the fall weather starts to get a little cooler and you can comfortably take a walk around the lake.
Many of the restaurants are dog-friendly putting out a bowl of water for Fido and it’s just a great atmosphere all around. If you don’t happen to have a dog or are looking to add another one to your family, Barktoberfest on Saturday, September 28th, 2013 will provide you with the chance to adopt a dog that has been rescued by Orange County Animal Services.
A play on the words of Octoberfest that is associated with this time of year in Germany, Barktoberfest is the Orange County Animal Services annual event that hopes to raise awareness of the recovery and rescue efforts of homeless pets and aims to match up rescued dogs to new owners at the event. There were 20 animals adopted in the inaugural event in 2011 and nearly 50 animals were adopted at the event last year.
“Our Division receives around 24,000 pets annually and our rescue partners help to save many of those lives,” said Dil Luther, Division Manager of Orange County Animal Services. “Hosting this event is our way of saying thank you to our rescue partners and letting them know that we appreciate all they do.”
“The event will offer adoptable dogs of all different breeds and sizes,” said Luther. “Whether you’re looking for a Golden Retriever, Beagle, puppy or mixed breed dog, Barktoberfest will have it. Along with a variety of dogs, we’ve also received support from a variety of amazing pet businesses.”
In addition to the adoption of animals, there will also be a bounce house at Lake Eola for the kids to run around and play in, a caricaturist painter who will be drawing pets and owners as well as two photography booths where owners can have family portraits taken with their pets.
Barktoberfest Food Trucks
Various food trucks will be at this years event. The following Food Trucks were at Lake Eola for the 2012 Barktoberfest event:
- Allan’s Jerk Shack
- Beard Papas
- Fork in the Road
- Kona Dog
- Louie’s Bistro Truck
- Sweet City Gelato and Gourmet Desserts, Inc.
- The Flattery
- Tree house Truck
The event will be held on Saturday, September 28th, 2013 from 10 am until 4 pm.
Other Pet Events
After spending a few weeks with your new adopted pet, take them to the Dash for Dogs 1-mile doggie dash and Halloween Pet Festival at Fort Melon Park in Sanford on Saturday, October 26th, 2013 that benefits Pet Rescue by Judy. Click here for details.
Lake Eola Map