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DogToberFest in Austin is Coming: Grab Your Leash and Let’s Go

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Mark your calendars for October 21 and plan to be at 10th annual Austin DogToberFest, held at the Domain in Austin. DogToberFest was created for the purpose of instilling awareness about dog rescue, as well as raising much-needed funds for local dog rescue organizations. They have no paid staff and all of the proceeds benefit local dog rescue organizations. Over the past nine years, they have raised over $250,000 for their beneficiaries.

What is There to do at DogToberFest?

Wiener dog races

Photo: Facebook/DogToberFest Austin

Saturday, October 21 starts out with a 1K-trot around Domain Phase II. Come on out with your 2-legged and 4-legged companions for a fun-filled morning prior to the 10th annual DogToberFest at the Domain. After the trot, the real fun begins with a costume contest (for you and your dogs), wiener dog races, raffles and auctions, and live pet demonstrations as well as food and beverages. In 2016, over 6,000 people and their canine companions were in attendance, so you’ll be in good company with lots of animal-loving friends.

Austin is Working Hard to be a No-Kill City


Photo: Facebook/DogToberFest Austin

Each day, area animal shelters take in abused, neglected, and homeless pets. There they are cared for, treated and re-homed. The Austin City Council passed a plan in 2010 to make Austin a no-kill community for pets. Since then, the Austin community has made huge strides in the no-kill movement, becoming the largest no-kill city in the country within less than a year of the plan. February 2017 marks six years of Austin’s no-kill status and Austin regularly achieves a no-kill rate at over 95 percent.

Saturday, October 21


Photo: Facebook/DogToberFest Austin

For the sixth year in a row, DogToberfest Austin was named “Most Awesome-ist Pet Related Event” in the Austin Pets Directory Annual Readers Poll so come out and see what all of the fuss is about. To learn more about DogToberfest, check out their website or follow them on Facebook. To get involved in Austin’s animal shelters, visit Austin Pets Alive to find out how you can help.