By Bill Hendrickson
Sixteen dogs and seven cats were adopted at the 3rd annual Eagle Rock Bark, a block party and pet rescue event at the Eagle Rock City Hall on Oct. 27.
In addition, 121 people signed up at the Bark to become foster volunteers – willing to provide a safe haven for animals that might otherwise be put down until a permanent home can be found.
Foster volunteers make broader scale pet rescue possible because the more volunteers there are to take in rescued pets, the more pets can be rescued from harms’ way.
The Eagle Rock Bark drew nearly 6,000 visitors who visited booths with pet information, listened to live music, indulged in a trick-or-treat village, posed for photos with their pets, took in a classic car show by the Trompers of Eagle Rock and participated in contests and games.
Dozens of pet owners had their pets microchiped for free or vaccinated at low cost; vouchers for free spay/neutering were also distributed. Microchipping was provided by Los Angeles Animal Services; vaccinations were provided by Affordable Animal Hospital.
Eagle Rock Bark – and its companion event, Glassell Bark – were started by 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 Jose Huizar, the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council and L.A. River Studios.
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Bill Hendrickson, MBA, publisher of the Boulevard Sentinel, has extensive small business management, marketing and sales experience in corporate finance and real estate development and plays a not terrible game of golf.