Looking for a special four-legged friend to keep company? Finding that fur-ever friend might be as easy as a walk in the park.

For the third year, the Mondak Animal Rescue is helping people find friends, and pets find homes with their annual Bark in the Park adoption event. The event takes place on Wednesday, July 17 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and has something the entire family can enjoy. The yearly event not only helps find homes for numerous cats and dogs in the shelter’s care, but also serves as a fundraiser to help keep the facility running and the animals healthy, happy and secure.

“This is a big one for us,” Rooks told the Williston Herald. “Everything that we do, like these outdoors events, all that money goes back into the operation of making sure that these dogs and cats have everything that they need.”

Last year, the facility brought 13 animals to the event, with all 10 dogs and three cats getting adopted. Shelter Manager Tamara Rooks said there are currently 76 animals ready for adoption at the center, and many of them will be traveling to the park for the event. The facility made over $3,000 last year, providing food and care for its occupants.

There will be a free-will community barbecue beginning at 5:30 p.m., serving up hamburgers and hotdogs until the food runs out. Hometown Concessions will also be on-hand, selling kettle corn, popcorn, smoothies and mini donuts. Inflatables will be available for kids to enjoy, and mom and dad can enjoy the craft and vendor show.

Rooks said the event is an important way to get the community involved and highlight the need for pet adoption in the area, but also a fun way to get the animals some fresh air.

“I think it’s important not only for us to be able to give back to the community, but for the community to see us out there, too.” She explained. “And it’s nice for the dogs to get out and see people, socialize and just be outside and have fun. Who doesn’t love the park?”

For more information on the Mondak Animal Rescue, including how to adopt a pet, visit www.mondakanimalrescue.org

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