Photos by Frankie Saint
By William Tauro
The Somerville Dog Festival even that held at Trum Field this past Sunday was a free event and the only one of its kind in the country. The goals of the event were two-fold: to educate and promote healthy, happy pet ownership and activities, thereby lowering the need for relinquishment and euthanasia of animals due to behavior problems, and to raise funds for those in need within our community.
The Somerville Dog Festival was organized by the Somerville Foundation for Animals, which works to make sure no one ever has to choose between feeding themselves and their pets.
Through your activity donations and through our sponsors’ generosity, the Festival raises money for the Foundation’s Somerville Pet Food Bank, providing pet food to food banks and outreach programs throughout Eastern Massachusetts. The Foundation also purchases one K9 protective vest for local law enforcement K9 officers each year through Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog.
SomDogFest was a day full of fun activities that families enjoyed (including your dog!), contests, demonstrations, vendors and food for people and pets alike.