On Saturday, Oct. 18, East Nashville hosts its first Bark for Life event, with dogs and dog lovers crowding into Pavilion East for an afternoon of fun and fundraising.
If you’re not familiar with Bark for Life, here’s the CliffsNotes: It’s a national fundraising effort for the American Cancer Society, focused on celebrating cancer survivors and their canine companions, as well as remembering those we lost to the disease.
Bark For Life of East Nashville will include serious (and seriously worthwhile) fundraising work, and lots of pup-focused fun. Among the day’s offerings and events: guest speakers, live music, adult- and kid-friendly activities, vendors and a whole bunch of ways to prove your pup is a winner (there are contests/prizes for Best Trick, Biggest and Smallest Dog, Best Costume, Owner & Dog Lookalike and more).
Wanna participate/know more about what you might be participating in? We reached out to Relay For Life mid-South division specialist Alexandra Alvarez for some quick facts about Bark For Life of East Nashville:
Bark For Life of East Nashville Quick Facts
You’ll be learning about how you can help your dog, and how dogs help people
“Several of our guest speakers will be discussing early detection and prevention with our dogs, including what symptoms to be aware of to detect if your pet needs to be seen by a veterinarian. We will also have personal stories of how pets have showed unconditional love during some of the hardest times in a cancer survivor and caregivers’ journey.”
Your donations help combat cancer in humans and dogs directly, right here in our community
“The funds raised from Bark For Life directly impact the American Cancer Society’s programs, services and research in the Nashville area. Here in Nashville, the American Cancer Society funds 12 cancer research grants at Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt Medical Center, totaling over $5 million. For years, veterinarians have treated animals using human medications, so our breakthroughs in cancer research are also benefiting our canine companions. The same methods that have been developed to prevent and treat diseases in humans have improved the lives of countless animals. More than 80 medicines and vaccines developed for humans are now used to heal pets, farm animals and wildlife.”
Entering your dog in the contests is easy
“Owners just need to register their dog beforehand or onsite for a donation of $10. Once the dogs are registered, you can sign up onsite for a specific contest.”
Bark For Life had good reasons for coming to East Nashville
“What better place than East Nashville, where there are so many dog-friendly places and tons of pet-friendly residents?”
Moving pictures are worth a lot of words
For more on Bark for Life, watch the video below:
Bark For Life of East Nashville
When: Saturday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Pavilion East, 1006 Fatherland St., #105