Yard sale and festival benefit West York's BARk


An upcoming yard sale and festival being held in West York's Shelly Park will benefit a York County organization that helps pets and their people.

The nonprofit Borough Animal Response Krew, or BARk, will hold the event 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the park on North Highland Avenue.

The group will host games, raffle baskets, food and an eclectic mix of vendors. The event raised $1,300 last year, said spokeswoman Shelley Metzler.

The "Stuff Cletus" police van will be parked on site so people can drop off donations, such as cat litter and pet food and supplies, she said.

Donations will also be accepted through 2 Soles for 4 Legged Souls, through which donated new or gently used shoes are shipped to a company in North Carolina that sends a check in return, she said.

Why: Metzler said she started the fundraiser in 2008 after noticing pet owners could not afford basic necessities such as food and cat litter for their pets, especially during Christmas time.

"Christmas is the biggest time of the year when animals need things," she said. "Their owners and children come first during that time."

When the "krew" has extra money, members lend a hand to owners who need help paying veterinary bills, she said.

The group is also hosting a second upcoming fundraiser. On Saturday, Aug. 29, it'll hold its first-annual Wine Tasting in the Park, from noon to 6 p.m. in Elicker's Grove Park in Spring Grove.

— Reach Brianna Shea at bshea@yorkdispatch.com.