Barks and Blues Festival provides fun for furry family members

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - One festival in Columbus is providing a fun, family environment for their furry, four-legged family members.

The third annual Barks and Blues Festival made its way into Uptown Columbus May 19.

Organizers of the event made it very clear that rain or shine, the festival would not end before it was time for it to because the event wants to make sure everyone has a good time.

"It's for pets and the people who love them basically and we provide a lot of support," says Bobbi Yeo with PAWS Humane, the event's sponsor. "We consider ourselves a community resource to anyone and everyone who owns a pet."

Hundreds of people are kicking off the summer with their furry friends by Woodruff Park to a festival those in attendance say is like no other.

"It's nice to have a festival where dogs are allowed because they are not down here because of young children and adults, so it's nice to have one where the dogs can come out and play with other dogs," says Edward Parrish, an attendee of the event.

"To be able to include our dogs in the fun that we're having is more than just going out for a run in the park or whatever," said John George, another of the festival's attendees. "It's coming to an event and it's pretty fun."

Organizers with PAWS Humane says it gives those in the community a chance to enjoy a day with their pets and offering live music, food and even a costume contest for the dogs.

Both organizers and those in attendance say the best part of this festival is that it is free for the public and serves a great purpose to the community.

"It's all for a good cause, PAWS Humane, which is even cooler to see everyone's dogs out," says George.

"It's our biggest fundraiser of the year and it also let people know what we do and what we're working toward. We're trying to achieve no-kill," says Lindsey Ellis, who is with PAWS Humane's Community Outreach. "The more adoptions we get, the more we can pull from our animal control and we can eventually reach it. We're right there on the edge, so we can reach this no-kill status."

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