Saturday, Sept. 29 – Barktoberfest
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Lake Eola Park
North Eola Drive and East Robinson Street
If you’re thinking about adding a new pet to your family, for the love of god, steer clear of the puppy store. According to a recent study released by the Humane Society of the United States, Florida ranks No. 1 for the number of complaints about sick puppies purchased from pet stores – that’s because a lot of those pups (and kittens) come straight from puppy mills, where dogs and cats are bred like rabbits to feed the retail demand for adorableness. All the more reason for you, prospective pet owner, to swing by Lake Eola Park this weekend, where Orange County Animal Services hosts Barktoberfest, a pet-rescue fest at which 50 local rescues bring adoptable pets out for you to meet, greet, pet, be slobbered on by
kind of like speed-dating, only your chance of meeting your match is probably better. Even if you’re not looking for a pet, you’re welcome to browse – pet-friendly businesses, food trucks and photo booths should keep you busy enough to resist the temptation of bringing home that adorable puppy you just fell in love with. – Erin Sullivan