With Halloween fast approaching, the time is ripe for revels that Rover can relish too. If you're in the city, you can masquerade with your mutt at the East Passyunk Fall Fest & Spooky Saturday on October 26, 2013 in Philadelphia at the intersection of East Passyunk Avenue and Tasker Street from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. this Saturday. The gala will feature live music, a Halloween dance party hosted by Philly's own BEN FM, costume contests for the kids and the canines, more than thirty crafters selling their wares, pumpkin carving and other youth-oriented arts and crafts, trick-or-treating down the Avenue (with free bags!) as well as refreshments from street vendors along the way. Judging for the contests starts at 11:00 a.m. and is staggered by age groups and, well, species. Little humans four (4) and under will compete at 11:00 a.m., children ages 5 through 8 will vie for titles at 11:30 a.m, 'tweens aged 9 to 12 will be judged at 12:00 p.m., and dogs of all ages will show off their seasonal sumptuousness at 12:30 p.m. Dress up your dog in his most scary, funny, or original disguise and get ready for some good-natured rivalry with your neighbors. Don't have a dog? Don't worry. Representatives from the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), Philadelphia's largest no-kill shelter dedicated to saving the lives of homeless, unwanted and abandoned pets all over the city, will be on hand with eligible pets for you to adopt. Follow the fun and forge a forever friendship with one of their fetching furry fellows. For more information and/or directions, check out the PAWS website at www.phillypaws.org or go to www.visiteastpassyunk.com.
For our neighbors farther to the west, the Oley Fairgrounds in Berks County, Pennsylvania is hosting the Buddy Rescue Foundation's Fall Fest 2013 on Saturday, October 26, 2013, a Halloween-themed fundraiser benefiting the Buddy Rescue Foundation, a nonprofit rescue organization dedicated to saving, supporting, fostering and finding permanent loving homes for abandoned and/or special needs pets, and animals in straitened circumstances. The Buddy Rescue Foundation formed in 2008 to honor the memory of Buddy, a beagle/basset hound mix the organizers rescued from the streets, with whom they shared eight contented happy years. The Buddy Rescue Foundation operates primarily in Central and Eastern Pennsylvania and has opened its doors over the years to many different types of animals, from dogs and horses to llamas and goats. The Fall Fest runs from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and offers fun for the whole family, with pet-friendly vendors, face painting, a moonbounce, raffles, food and drinks, and entertainment by DJ Sincere, as well as opportunities to adopt pets from several local rescues. In the spirit of the season, there will be a Best Costume Contest for pets and their parents as well as mini-training clinics and other pet-related activities. The Oley Fairgrounds are located at 27 Jefferson Street, Oley, Pennsylvania 19547. Admission is free. For additional information, visit www.buddyrescue.org, or call 201-264-6968.