Orange County Animal Services (Facebook | Website) will celebrate its ninth annual Barktoberfest event this Sunday, November 20, at Lake Eola from noon–4 p.m.

The annual event highlights the work of theCentral Florida rescue community, brings attention to their individual needs, and showcases available pets. Nearly two dozen local rescue groups will attend the event, including Pet Rescue by Judy, Husky Haven of Florida, Scottish Terrier Rescue of Florida, and Florida Boxer Rescue.

The event will also feature nearly two dozen vendors, four food trucks, and the Orange County Animal Services Mobile Clinic, which will offer free onsite rabies vaccines and microchipping.

“I remember our first Barktoberfest event back in 2011, where we had maybe 1,000 total guests, and enjoying every minute of it,” said Diane Summers, manager for Orange County Animal Services. “It’s been such a joy to watch this event and its notoriety grow over the years. Our last event, which was pre-pandemic, had approximately 8,000 attendees so we’re looking forward to making a splash with our return and welcoming every interested two-legged and four-legged participant.”

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Brendan O'Connor

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