A young girl strolls with a dog. Courtesy image.

In 2007, the San Antonio Area Foundation launched the Talk About It! program in order to help San Antonio become an animal no-kill city for dogs and cats. Since 2011, Talk About It! has successfully produced Bark in the Park — Perrito Grito, an educational pet fiesta community event.

The fourth annual Bark in the Park – Perrito Grito will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 10  a.m.-3 p.m. at Rosedale Park located at 340 Dartmouth off of General McMullen.

Flyer for Bark in the Park. Courtesy image.
Flyer for Bark in the Park. Courtesy image.

Bark in the Park — Perrito Grito serves as a community event that aims to educate and entertain San Antonio pet owners on how to be the best pet parents they can be. The services and edu-tainment provided shows that having your pet properly vaccinated, microchipped, and spayed/neutered are all ways to ensure your pet stays healthy and lives a long, happy life. Free spay and neuters will be provided by the San Antonio Humane Society with registration starting at 6:30 a.m., low cost shots will be provided throughout the day by Pet Shotz, and Animal Care Services will be administering microchips for $5.

Adoption is key to help San Antonio’s no-kill effort. Last year more than 60 pets found their forever homes at Bark in the Park—Perrito Grito. This year we want the number of adoptions to increase until every pet has a home.

Talk About It! has been spending the last couple of weeks rallying exhibitors to be at the event. Many of our exhibitors are from the animal welfare industry such as Therapy Animals of San Antonio, DaisyCares and SNIPSA. Exhibitors from the human services sector like The Salvation Army, the San Antonio Current and the Mexican American Unity Council will be here as well. These organizations will come together to bring awareness, education, and services to people and their pets.

Entertainment for the day goes as follows: our national anthem will be sung by Katy McKenzie from the Network for Young Artist and our nation’s colors will be presented alongside a three legged canine Rambo, Sergeant USMC. We will also have a lovely performance by the Thomas Jefferson High School Mariachi and music you can really groove to from the band, Like, Wow.

A mother and her sons surround their dog. Courtesy image.
A mother and her sons surround their dog. Courtesy image.

There will also be an array of fun things to do for the whole family. Enjoy delicious food from local food vendors Cotton Candy Kings, Cheesy Jane’s and Krazy Kettle Korn; take the kids to the Salvation Army Kid’s Zone to play in the moon bounce, get their face painted and play games. Most importantly, stop by and visit all of the exhibits to find out information on what they can do for you and your pets.

Does Fido or Whiskers have a competitive edge? Enter them in the pet contests. Dress up your pup or cat in a funky costume (maybe you’ll get extra points if you match), take the stage and compete for best dressed, look-a-like and best trick. You will be judged by local celebrity judges, Nina Duran, San Antonio Current, Bill Taylor, Kens5, Alanna Sarabia, San Antonio Living, Raul Flores, K-Love, Keyhla Calderon, Univision 41, and Ruby, 2015 El Rey Fido.

Bring out the family, kids and fur babies for a paw-some day of fun and education and join us at this year’s Bark in the Park — Perrito Grito. Together we C.A.N make a difference-Care. Adopt. Neuter

If you wish to be a sponsor, exhibitor or to find out more visit www.perritogrito.org

Learn more about Talk About It! at www.talkaboutitsa.org.

*Featured/top image: A young girl strolls with her dog. Courtesy image. 

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Parker McCoy

Parker McCoy is the Talk About It! Specialist at the San Antonio Area Foundation. She is a graduate of UTSA.