By T. A. Hendrickson
Bark! The Festival of Pets in NELA
Thirty dogs, 10 cats and 2 guinea pigs were adopted at the third annual Glassell Bark! (and Meow), a block party and pet rescue event held on Verdugo Road in Glassell Park on June 8.
The event drew nearly 7,500 animal lovers who visited booths with pet products and information, listened to live music, took in a classic car show by the Trompers of Eagle Rock and participated in contests, including the human barking challenge and the humans v. dogs watermelon eating contest. A human won.
The Bark! also brought pet owners and animal caretakers together. Seventy-five pets received low-cost vaccinations at the Bark!, thanks to Affordable Animal Hospital. Another 72 pets were microchipped for free, thanks to L.A. Animals Services, which also gave out 88 vouchers for free spaying and neutering.
Glassell Bark! is the brainchild of Brian Fitzburgh, owner of Fitzburgh Realty in Glassell Park and the founder of Homes Fur All, a nonprofit that works to increase the number of foster volunteers for rescue pets. The Bark’s major sponsors include the office of Councilmember Gil Cedillo, the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council, the Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance and L.A. River Studios.