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“BARKtoberfest” Pet Adoption to Return to Turtle Back Zoo

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Local animal shelters and rescue groups will benefit from the second annual “BARKtoberfest” at the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo on Saturday, where the public is invited to meet adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens while also enjoying a pet costume contest, food trucks and more.

Last year’s event raised more than $3,300 for participating animal shelters and rescue groups.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the zoo’s Berson Education Center at 560 Northfield Avenue, Livingston-based Eastman Companies and The Shoppes at the Livingston Circle will sponsor a Pet Photo Booth & Costume Contest. For a $2 donation, attendees can have their pet’s photo taken and entered in a contest on The Shoppes at the Livingston Circle’s Facebook page.

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Friends, family and members of the community will be able to vote for their favorite costume, and prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.

Area animal shelters and rescue groups expected to participate include 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, and Emerald City Rescue.

PSD Rescue—which provides food, care and shelter for street dogs living in Punta Santiago, an area of Puerto Rico impacted by Hurricane Maria—will be collecting bed sheets, flashlights and batteries (size C and D) at the event.

The day’s events will also feature food trucks, entertainment, local vendors, and animal enrichment and education tables. For more information about BARKtoberfest, contact Andrea Caserta at andreazoologicalsociety@gmail.com.

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