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Oct 05, 2022

Fall Fun for Families and Fidos at Marty’s Place Howl-O-Ween Fest

Celebrate the joys of autumn – with or without your canine companion – and help raise funds for senior dogs at Marty’s Place’s Howl-o-Ween Family Fest.

The dog-friendly festival will be celebrated at Marty’s Place, located at 118 Route 526 in Upper Freehold, on Saturday, Oct. 22 from noon to 5 pm. Highlights will include canine costume contests, a fun leisurely walk, agility demonstrations, hayrides, pet photo booth, K9 police dog demonstrations, live music from AlterEgo, vendors, food trucks, basket and 50/50 cash raffles, and other fall-inspired games, challenges and activities for children, adults and canines. 

“This is our largest fundraiser of the year, and we’re so excited to gather again to celebrate senior dogs,” said Doreen Jakubcak, founder and executive director of Marty’s Place. “Senior dogs are the least likely to be rescued or adopted from shelters and are most at risk of being euthanized. The proceeds from this event will allow us to save more seniors.”

Adults, children and dogs are welcome to dress in costume (if your pooch enjoys dressing up) and participate in a variety of fun costume contests. Prizes will be awarded in several categories, including best and scariest costumes, dog/owner duo costume and best overall. 

Admission for the event is $5 for adults; children under 6 are free. All proceeds will benefit the senior dogs cared for by Marty’s Place. 

Inspired by a senior dog adoptee named Marty and the plight of other aging canines with nowhere to live out their “golden” years safely and comfortably, Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary opened its doors in 2015. The 501(c)3 nonprofit organization provides a permanent and protected environment for dogs aged 7 and older when their owners or other animal rescue/shelters can no longer care for them.  

While adoption or long-term foster may be an option for some residents, when it isn’t, Marty’s Place provides senior dogs a loving home for life in a cage-free, family-like environment with full, personalized attention given to their needs for the rest of their lives.

For more information, visit MartysPlace.org or call 609-259-1278.