“The Bark For Life event is an opportunity for people to celebrate canine companionship and fight back against cancer with their dogs,” said Jessica Poff, community development manager for the American Cancer Society. “Everyone in the community and surrounding area is invited to participate and bring their dog for an afternoon of fun.”
The event is part of the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Carter County. Funds raised through the events help the society save lives by funding groundbreaking research, supporting education efforts, and providing free information and critical services for cancer patients in our region. This year’s event is chaired by Amanda Birchfield and Bridget Whitehead. Sponsors include Elizabethton Collision and Bath Fitters.
All dogs and their humans are invited to attend the inaugural Carter County event. There will be a $15 donation per human/dog team. But that donation brings a great goody bag, a Bark for Life bandana for the dog, a shirt for the human, entrance into all contests and more. Additional dogs are admitted for only $5 each.
The motto of the event is “We bark because cancer bites.”
The schedule for the event at the Covered Bridge Park is as follows:
10 a.m.: Registration.
10:30 a.m.: Survivor and caregiver recognition.
10:45 a.m.: Contests, activities and more.
Noon: Awards and closing ceremony.
The contests include Best Costume, Best Dressed, Best Tail Wag, Happiest Dog, Best Trick, Best Vocal Performance, Oldest/Youngest and Largest/Smallest.
There will also be a “strut your mutt” parade.
The organizers said 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society, which is working to save all lives from cancer, and recognizes the caregiving qualities of pets. Donations such as animal food, blankets and treats are being collected during the event to support local rescues and shelters.
The top 13 fundraising pets for the organization will be included on the 2019 calendar. The fundraising pets may be of any species, but it will be dogs and humans only at the Bark for Life on Saturday.