Beast Bash brings pets and pet owners together for day of fun

Furry friends and their owners are invited to come to the fourth annual Beast Bash, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at Kenton Paw Park. The event benefits the Kenton County Animal Shelter and the dog park, which was named one of the top 10 dog parks in the United States by Dog Fancy magazine.
 
This year, the kids’ area is bigger than ever before, with a craft area, demonstrations by the local sheriff’s department SWAT and K9 teams, a dunking booth, blow up jump house, petting zoo and the fire department’s smoke house. There will also be a look-alike contest for owners and their pets, a best-behaved competition, giveaways, food vendors and a pool party.
 
“Every year, we expand the Beast Bash,” says Dan Evans, director of the Kenton County Animal Shelter. “In the future, we hope to get the entire park—the tennis courts, soccer fields—so we can have events going on everywhere.”
 
The Beast Bash’s emcee this year is JoLynn Johnston, with special guest Fox19’s morning news anchor, Rob Williams. Different vendors will be hand, including local pet stores, rescue groups and vets who will be available for free advice and information.
 
At 8:30 a.m., owners and their dogs can compete in the Beast Bash & Dash. The cost is $25 per dog if you pre-register, $30 per dog if you register day-of. If you pre-register, you’ll get a “doggy bag” with a T-shirt and doggie bandana.
 
The Beast Bash is free, but a $5 donation is encouraged to raise funds for the animal shelter and the dog park. All dogs must be licensed, registered and on a leash, but no retractable leashes.
 
“It’s a fundraiser for the animal shelter, and it’s one of our bigger events,” says Evans. “It showcases the animal shelter and dog park, and shows people what is in the community and the resources that are out there for them.”
 
By Caitlin Koenig
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