Orange County Animal Services Announces Two Major October Events
Shelter Invites Public to “Furry Fall Festival” and “Barktoberfest”
Orange County, Fla. – Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) has announced two upcoming fall events. The first is the shelter’s annual “Furry Fall Festival” followed by its annual “Barktoberfest.” Both events provide an opportunity for the community to meet available pets and become more familiar with OCAS services and programs.
“These are the two major events we excitedly plan and look forward to each year,” said Diane Summers, manager for Orange County Animal Services. “This year they fall within the same week, which will be double the excitement for anyone who loves animals.”
The Furry Fall Festival is set to take place on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, from 2 p.m. through 6 p.m. The event was founded five years ago to celebrate the life of former Animal Services Officer Joey Campo, who passed away in 2017.
The event takes place at Orange County Animal Services near the Mall at Millenia and will waive adoption fees for all available pets. Food trucks, music, and Halloween-themed entertainment will also be provided.
“Furry Fall Festival is a staff favorite event, with many of us dressing up and taking an opportunity to enjoy the Halloween holiday and time with one another,” said Summers. “Last year’s event resulted in 34 pets finding new homes so we’re hoping to best that.”
The shelter’s rescue appreciation event, Barktoberfest, turns 10 this year and takes place on Sunday, October 29, 2023, at Lake Eola, adjacent to the Farmers’ Market, from 12 p.m. through 4 p.m.
“It has been such a blessing to watch Barktoberfest grow year after year,” said Summers. “This is our chance to illuminate the relationship between Animal Services and the rescue community, and to drive the message home that lifesaving is accomplished as a team effort, with these rescue groups needing adopters, foster homes and donations to continue to thrive.”
Barktoberfest offers pets available for adoption from various rescue groups, resulting in the availability of several different breeds, ages, and sizes.
“It’s the perfect adoption event for anyone considering adding a pet to their family,” said Summers. “You’re sure to find your right match if you come with an open heart.”
Barktoberfest offers free rabies vaccines and microchipping to the public via the Animal Services mobile clinic, plus food trucks, entertainment for children, pet-related vendors and a complimentary photo booth.