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Sep 09, 2021

Pups and People Welcome to Marty’s Place Howl-o-Ween Family 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. 23 from noon to 4 pm. Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 24.

Highlights will include canine costume contests, a fun leisurely walk, hay rides, pet photo booth, K9 police dog demonstrations, sanctuary tours, live music from the SunDog Band, 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 glad that we can gather again in person to celebrate our four-legged friends and help raise much-needed funds to help 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. We want to continue to help as many as older dogs as we can and 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 safely and comfortably live out their “golden” years, Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary was founded 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.