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Bark Out Against Battering Pet Fest
October 1 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Get ready for one of Washington Park’s most popular events, the 7th annual Bark Out Against Battering Pet Fest at Washington Park on Saturday, October 1st from 11am until 1:30pm! Event proceeds support a unique program of the YWCA Greater Cincinnati and the SPCA-Cincinnati. The program helps find temporary and confidential homes for the pets of survivors who have escaped an abusive relationship. This year’s Bark Out partners include the YWCA Greater Cincinnati, SPCA-Cincinnati, Women Helping Women, LUVSOME, Corporate Printing, Too Apparel and various local businesses as sponsors.
Amanda Ingram Brennaman and her dog Millie will lead the parade and serve as judges for the Costume Contest. Other celebrity judges are Cincinnati City Council member Yvette Simpson, and Mix 94.9 “The Morning Misfits” hosts Ray and Karen. Bark Out Against Battering will also feature a photo booth for pet and owner pictures, food trucks, 12 costume contest winners, pet trick-or-treating, Cincinnati Circus performers, pet adoptions and vendors for both pets and owners! Online registration for the pet costume contest is currently open at ywcacincinnati.org/barkout.
The annual event’s goal is help to connect the link between domestic violence and animal abuse in a fun and informative way. Not only is cruelty to animals frequently both an indicator and predictor of interpersonal, family, and community violence, but an alarming number of women report that threats to their companion and farm animals prevent them from leaving abusive relationships. This event allows the YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter to further emphasize that connection.
About the YWCA:
The YWCA is the voice for every woman. The largest women’s organization in the world, it is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The Greater Cincinnati YWCA has been serving the community for 148 years. Led by President/CEO Barbara C. Perez, the YWCA serves more than 35,000 women, men and families each year through programs in crisis intervention, health and wellness, education and training, youth services, and recognition and advocacy. For more information about the YWCA and ways to help abused animals please visit: www.ywcacincinnati.org or www.spcacincinnati.org.