On Oct. 28, the paws and hands of the community joined together for a good cause.
At Corpus Christi’s fifth annual Bark in the Park at Cole Park Amphitheater, dogs and their owners dressed up to support local animal shelters.
Bark in the Park started back in 2012 as a community-building event bringing pet-owners, local pet businesses, no-kill pet shelters and pet rescue organizations together to raise money and awareness for pet initiatives. All proceeds from the event go towards funding local shelters such as PeeWee’s Pet Adoption World and Sanctuary, the Gulf Coast Humane Society and Pets and Animals Life Shelter (PALS). The pet costume contest was the event’s main attraction, where contestants competed in their best Halloween garb for the chance to win up to $1000 in cash.
Liz Martinez, assistant event coordinator, said she was tasked with planning, setting up and coordinating the event, as well as contacting all the event vendors. Martinez said the work that was put into the event was worth it because they had a great community turnout and great weather to accompany it.
“It was a really beautiful day, and everything just worked out perfectly,” Martinez said.
“The contestants really impressed us, just seeing how much people were into the contest was amazing.”
The event featured a kid’s zone, inflatables, face painting, free cotton candy and a pet costume contest. Martinez said the community looks forward to this event as a family-friendly and inexpensive way to get involved and have fun.
“Families can come out, dress up and just have a good time,” Martinez said. “It’s just an all-around great benefit for these pet organizations and the community.”
“After everything the community has been through, we need events like this,” Robles said. “This is something really good for everyone to get involved with.”
While the event was held as a benefit for local animal shelters, Robles said she saw how it benefitted the community as well. She also said she wished the event was more than one day to allow for more community participation, since some people can’t have Saturdays off from work.
“We really don’t have a lot of events in Corpus like this, but we should,” Robles said. “It’s definitely a family-oriented thing and a great way to bring something good from the bad.”