WEST ORANGE, NJ -For the fifth consecutive year “Oliver,” an English Cocker Spaniel, and “Lucy,” a Border Terrier, have been named honorary Co-chairs of the event planning committee for “October Tails,” Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center’s annual Halloween-themed event for dogs and their owners. The event, sponsored by Animal Emergency and Referral Associates (AERA) of Fairfield and the Animal Eye Center (AEC) of Little Falls, will be held on Sunday, October 20, from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. in Verona Park (rain date: 10/27). Special guest emcee Maria Milito of Q104.3 FM will be in attendance. Proceeds will fund Paws for Patients, a canine therapy program offered free of charge to patients served by Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Centers. 

The centerpiece of “October Tails” is a Halloween costume contest for dogs, with prizes in the following categories: Most Original, Funniest, Most Heartwarming and Best in Show. The event also features children’s activities and a poster contest, games, agility demonstrations, obedience games and vendors.  On-site pet therapy evaluators are available for dog owners interested in temperament testing.

 Admission to October Tails is $20 per family, but is free to all fundraising participants who raise a minimum of $25. Ask your friends, family and co-workers to sponsor you and your dog(s) with a minimum donation of $10. Visit octobertails.com to set up your own sponsorship page. Prizes will be awarded to top fundraisers; the first place fundraiser will receive a $250 gift card from amazon.com.  Business sponsorships are available as well as journal advertising in the official October Tails Businesses and Services Directory. Please see octobertails.com for details. 

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To register in advance visit octobertails.com r download a registration form at barnabashealthhospice.org. For more information, call 973-322-4792 or email octobertails@barnabashealth.org.  

About AERA and AEC

For more than 30 years, AERA and the AEC of New Jersey have been considered by pet owners and family veterinarians to be at the forefront of emergency and specialty care in the Northern NJ area. Every day its compassionate team of specialists, veterinarians and staff put their extensive knowledge, experience and skill along with their love and devotion to animals to work so you can feel confident your pet will receive the most comprehensive range of care available. AERA and AEC stand alongside your family veterinarian to provide your pet with cutting edge diagnostic and medical/surgical treatments, and are dedicated to supporting you in caring for your cherished companion.  For more information about AERA or AEC of New Jersey, please call 973-788-0500 or visit www.animalerc.com.


About Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center

The health care team at Barnabas Health’s Hospice and Palliative Care Centers has been privileged to serve more than 52,000 patients and their families during one of the most personal times of their lives. Specially trained experts in end-of-life care are privileged to provide comprehensive and compassionate medical, emotional and spiritual care at a time when it is needed most. Our programs, which serve infants, children, adults and the elderly, honor the individual choices and values of each patient and family, while offering full access to the broad array of services provided by Barnabas Health. For more information, please visit www.barnabashealthhospice.org.