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Go ‘Bark to the Future’ with Paws on Parade

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Go ‘Bark to the Future’ with Paws on Parade (photo courtesy Bangor Humane Society)

BANGOR - Hundreds of dogs and their owners will be going “Bark to the Future” along the Bangor Waterfront and along Main Street on September 28.

That’s the theme of this year’s Paws on Parade, an event to raise funds for the Bangor Humane Society and to celebrate the relationship we share with our pets. Last year’s Paws on Parade raised over $91,000 during the agency’s largest annual fundraising event. This year’s major event sponsors are Cross Insurance and Darling’s Volkswagen.

The Society’s 26th Paws on Parade event will feature a two-mile walk down Main Street in Bangor to raise awareness for homeless pets in our community and to celebrate pet companionship. The event will also feature pet contests including: Best costume, Best trick, largest and smallest dog and more; there will also be a shelter dog runway show highlighting dogs available for adoption, prizes and giveaways.

Walkers include pet lovers, dogs of all shapes and sizes and plenty of Humane Society Alumni.

People can register online at or on the day of the event. Those who make a $25 donation with registration will receive a special 26th Event T-Shirt. Individuals can earn fun Bark to the Future swag for reaching fundraising milestones.

The schedule:

8:00 – 9:30 a.m.: Registration and contest entry

8:45 – 9:30 a.m.: Shelter dog runway show

9:45 a.m.: Pet blessing and parade start

11:00 a.m.: Contests and prize announcements

To stay up to date with event details by visiting, via the Facebook page at or by contacting Stacey Coventry.

Additional local events to support Paws on Parade include a team up between Tito’s Vodka, Hero’s Sports Bar and Mason’s Brewing Company, featuring specials with partial proceeds going to Paws. There’s also a Pre-Pawty comedy night. Local improv comedy troupe the Focus Group will be going to the dogs at Brewer’s Next Generation Theatre at 8 p.m. on September 27. It’s the group’s sixth year of the fundraiser; tickets are $10.

Other Parade highlights: A variety of local business vendors will be onsite, Mike Dow will emcee, a Pet Blessing given by Reverend Marguerite Steadman will initiate the walk and the cast of the upcoming holiday show “Matilda” at Penobscot Theater will help lead the parade through downtown.

Friendly dogs on leash are welcome. Please clean up after your pet. BHS encourages all dogs in attendance to be up to date on vaccines and discourages puppies who have not completed their puppy vaccine series (typically under the age of four months) and unvaccinated dogs from attending Paws to ensure their health and the health of all participants.

For more info on Paws on Parade visit their Facebook page, or

Last modified on Wednesday, 25 September 2019 05:30


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