New Freedom going to the dogs again Aug. 25, all for a good cause

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

Gather up Fido and Fluffy and head to New Freedom later this month to celebrate the 14th annual Dogs' Day in the Park festival, which offers something for everyone — even people who aren't dog enthusiasts. (Yes, they apparently exist.)

Dogs' Day in the Park will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, in New Freedom's Marge Goodfellow Park

The annual Mutt Strutt precedes Dogs' Day. It lets walkers to raise pledge money for Animal Rescue Inc., a nonprofit no-kill rescue in southern York County.

Participants in the Mutt Strutt dog walk and Dogs' Day in the Park at Marge Goodfellow Park in New Freedom  Saturday, August 27, 2016. Bill Kalina photo

The dual events remain Animal Rescue Inc.'s biggest fundraiser, organizer Stacey Helbig said, and thousands of people attend every year.

Helbig said people don't need to own dogs to have fun.

Plenty of vendors: Nearly 140 vendors and rescues will be there this year, according to Helbig.

Kids can have fun doing arts and crafts or having their face painted.

Annual games and contests for dogs and their humans have included the peanut butter-licking contest, a costume contest and awards for prettiest dog, funniest dog and dog with a face only a mom could love.

There's also Temptation Tower, in which people build towers with dog treats while trying to keep their dogs from knocking over the towers to eat the treats.

Animal Rescue Inc. will hold its 14th annual Dogs' Day in the Park on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at Marge Goodfellow Park in New Freedom.

Human food and drinks will be sold as well — all cruelty-free, organizers have said. People can find goodies at the bake sale.

Humans are encouraged to bring their dogs, but dogs must be socialized and on leashes, Helbig has said. Flex-leads and retractable leashes are prohibited, she has said.

Mutt Strutt: The Mutt Strutt starts at 9 a.m. that day at the York County Heritage Rail Trail entrance at Goodfellow Park.

For those who don't know the park by name, it's behind PeoplesBank and also is home to the New Freedom Lions Club Carnival.

To participate in the fundraising walk, visit the Dogs' Day in the Park/Mutt Strutt website at and register as a walker. Then solicit donations through social media or in person.

Once you've signed up as a participant, people who want to pledge money on your behalf can also do so at the website above.

First place in the Mutt Strutt is $500 cash, and all walkers who have collected donations will receive an event T-shirt and a goody bag for their dog while supplies last, according to the event website.

Second place is a custom pastel drawing by Arts d'Tryon Studio in Bel Air, Maryland.

Making a difference: Ten dollars will pay for rabies and distemper vaccines for a dog or cat; $30 will spay or neuter a cat; and $50 will feed a dog at the rescue for 30 days, according to the website.

There's no admission fee, and parking is free.

Animal Rescue Inc. has been rescuing stray and unwanted dogs and cats since 1976.

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