Friday, August 21, 2015

Record adoptions at Bark & Meow Around the Block 2015

The Third Annual Bark (& Meow) Around the Block on August 15th was a phenomenal, record-breaking success.

Twenty Bay Area rescue groups joined together at Berkeley Humane to "Clear the Shelters" with support from NBC Bay Area. This is the first year that Bark (& Meow) has partnered with NBC's Clear the Shelters event, which helped over 17,000 animals get adopted nationwide.

We were so happy to see so many community members join us for food, drink, dancing, raffle drawings, games, and (of course) meeting adoptable dogs, cats, rabbits, and birds.

Bark & Meow Around the Block captured hearts online as well as in person: Cute Overload chose us at their ResQte of the Week! Check out their photos and videos of the event!

Berkeley Humane alone facilitated 48 adoptions, breaking our own record of the highest number of adoptions to take place within six hours.

Picture by Berkeley Humane Adoption Specialist Krista May Carpenetti
Across all rescue groups, 135 animals went home with delighted adopters. That total smashes last year's record!


Enthusiastic thanks go out to the event's committee members, whose tireless efforts since spring brought about this successful event:
  • Event Chair: Catherine Culhane
  • Logistic Chair: Rosemary Dutra
  • Adoptions Chair: Erin Chandler
  • Marketing Chair: Melissa Mangini
  • Hoopla Chair: John Culhane
  • Raffle Chair: Emily Murphy
  • Sponsorship Chairs: Amy Ertekin & Tatiana Ware
  • Volunteer Chair: Jin Yoo
Sponsors also helped make the event sing, from advertising to prize donations.
  • NBC Bay Area
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Pet Food Express
  • Berkeley Police Association
  • Berkeley Dog & Cat Services
  • SnapLogic
  • Alpha Dog Marketing
  • The Rare Barrel
  • Lions Club
  • Kruse Plumbing
  • Kaiser Permanente Thrive
  • Rosemary Dutra, Intero Real Estate
  • Monty Lee, EA
  • Celery Design Collaborative
  • Berkeley Chamber of Commerce
We'd particularly like to thank the Berkeley Lions Club who, in addition to being a sponsor, arrived early in the morning to offer hours of back-breaking labor to set up the event.

Thanks again to the volunteers and community members who joined us on Saturday. Berkeley Humane works every day to support and provide animal welfare resources to the community, and Saturday was a great reminder of how the community supports us, too.

See you next year at Bark (& Meow) Around the Block!

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