Bark-a-Paw-Looza returns Aug. 20

The dog days of summer may be coming to a close, but there is no shortage of activities benefitting animal welfare on the Square.

Bark-a-Paw-Looza, a dog-friendly event featuring live music, vendors and raffles will take place Sunday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event, now in its third year, is hosted by Rescued Dog Resource Center, a nonprofit based in Woodstock.

Rescued Dog Resource Center is designed to help families that may need assistance with dogs – whether it is funding for vet care, training or grooming – even assisting dog owners who have physical limitations and need help with their dogs.

“Everyone goes through tough times. Surprises come up, and we want to make sure we can help keep families together with their dogs,” said founder Jenny Schneider.

Four bands will join more than 31 vendors on the Square featuring plenty of pet-related  and non-pet-related goods and services. Six different shelters and rescues will have adoptable dogs for meet-and-greet with potential families.

Usually dogs are not allowed in the Square, with the exception of Farmers Market days, but the group has special approval to allow dogs to accompany their owners for the event. Schneider recalled more than 100 dogs in the Square for a past event.

“We love that it can be a community event. It’s a great opportunity to get people out and not just see our vendors but visit businesses around the Square,” Schneider said.

Returning for its fourth year is the Paw Crawl hosted by Helping Paws Animal Shelter of Woodstock. The adults-only event kicks off at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, and runs through 1 a.m.

Nine establishments on the Square will offer food and drink specials, most of them keeping with the pet theme of the evening. A 50/50 raffle is among several offered, and two games for participants to play have been added.

Sharon Bono-Fabian, director at Helping Paws and event coordinator, said last year’s Paw Crawl saw around 200 participants and raised approximately $9,000 to help animals in the shelter.

“We tried to keep things interesting so people continue to attend. A lot of preregistrations are returning from last year. It’s cool that people are coming back to support these animals,” Bono-Fabian said.

New to the event this year is a commemorative shot glass included with each ‘Raise Your Glass’ registration. Participating bars will offer $1 shots to patrons with the shot glass in hand.

A ‘Raise Your Glass’ registration will cost $45 and will include a T-shirt, koozie, shot glass, game card, map and five drink tokens that can be used at any of the participating locations. Additional drink tokens will be available at check-in. For the designated drivers, $30 will get all of the goodies minus the drink tokens and shot glass. All participating establishments will offer free soft drinks to designated drivers. After Aug. 12, registration fees will go up to $50 and $35, respectively, and T-shirts cannot be guaranteed. Registration is available online or in-person in front of the Old Courthouse from 5 to 8 p.m. the day of the crawl. Participants also can snap a selfie in the photo booth area near check-in.

For information about Bark-a-Paw-Looza visit For information about the Paw Crawl, visit Click on the below images to visit event pages on Facebook.


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