The field takes off at the start of the Rover Romp on Saturday. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

The field takes off at the start of the Rover Romp on Saturday. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

Pet lovers, furry Fidos take in Barkfest and Rover Romp

Event raises money for the Auburn Valley Humane Society

  • Monday, August 26, 2019 12:13pm
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The Auburn Valley Humane Society presented the eighth annual Barkfest & Rover Romp on Saturday at Illako Elementary School.

The annual free family and dog-friendly event – a major fundraiser for the Auburn shelter – featured a 3K and 5K run/walk along the scenic White River trail in Roegner Park.

There were canine agility demonstrations, specialty vendor village, contests, raffles and pet licensing.

The AVHS and its supporters were looking to meet a $35,000 goal for their continuing mission help save the lives of homeless pets.

Efforts from Barkfest & Rover Romp 2018 raised more than $27,000 from donations, vendors, sponsors, registrations, and in-kind donations.

AVHS sheltered, fed, microchipped and provided quality medical and dental care to more than 2,200 homeless and abandoned pets last year.

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