‘Bark in the Dark’ takes over the streets of Grand Rapids

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Animals and their owners took over Grand Rapids on Saturday night for the Humane Society of West Michigan’s second annual “Bark in the Dark” event.

The event was more than just a 5k run/ walk, with pet lovers dressing their furry friends up in some unique attire. This of course included some glow in the dark items to go along with the event’s theme.

The Human Society of West Michigan said that it is ran 100 percent on donations from the public, so events like “Bark in the Dark” can help benefit a large number of animals that the shelter provides care for.

Last year’s event brought in more than $20,000 dollars.

Along with getting some exercise, people were also treated to music, food and a beer tent.

“It’s been overwhelming. We have about 600 people here tonight and we are thrilled. We are really thrilled with the response,” said Director of Development Tammy Hagedorn. “We wanted an opportunity for animal lovers in west Michigan to bring out their pets and deck them out in their glow wear and really celebrate just the bond between people and their animals and have a great time doing it.”

The Humane Society of West Michigan also said that their current needs include moist cat food, and those donations can be brought to the shelter directly.

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