Tullahoma Bark in the Park set for Oct. 29

Donations matched by anonymous sponsor

Dogs looks out of their crates Wednesday, September 16, 2015, at the East Ridge Animal Shelter. Many animals who once lived at Superior Creek Lodge are currently being housed at the shelter.

The Tullahoma Animal Shelter will hold their 13th Annual Bark in the Park fundraiser on Oct. 29, 2016, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Waggoner Park in Tullahoma. The event will raise money for medical care for the dogs in the no-kill shelter.

Officials say a generous anonymous donor will match all donations up to $5,000 given at the event.

"Tullahoma is very fortunate to have citizens that have such a caring heart," Mayor Lane Curlee said. "I want to encourage everyone to please support this effort and come out and place your donations in the Special Jar for Veterinarian Care. Your gift will be doubled, so each dollar counts."

The Tullahoma Animal Shelter is a no-kill facility, that provides medical care for dogs it houses.

"If a dog comes to our facility needing medical attention, it will get the needed treatment," Animal Control Supervisor Teresa Holt said. "Often animals are picked up needing medical treatment or surgery. Bark in the park is their primary fundraiser for the veterinarian care."

"This will be a great day to be in Tullahoma," said Mayor Lane Curlee. "Bark in the Park is a great way to support the Animal Shelter's mission. We are asking the community to consider sponsoring the event or making a donation to the silent auction. Any interested businesses or individuals can call Teresa Holt to sign up."

"We want this to be the best event we've hosted," said Holt. "We are planning to make it the most fun for the dogs by making a few changes and adding some new activities."

Officials plan fun for the humans and plenty of dog games like a cookie walk, dog parade, wacky photo booth, photo portraits and pup paw art, officials said.

Visitors are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes to coincide with the Fall/Halloween theme. Other activities include doggie Trick or Treating, silent auction items, adopt a dog, bubble machine and bounce houses, according to organizers.

"There are many ways for concerned residents to help our Animal Shelter," Community Development Coordinator Winston Brooks said. "We have some sponsorship opportunities still available, silent auctions items are needed and volunteers are welcome. And we need visitors."

Admission is free and tickets are available to purchase for games and food.

To be a sponsor or volunteer, contact Teresa Holt at 931-454-9580 for more information about the event or to set up an animal-related booth.