Metro Animal Shelter hosts events and raises funds for the Bark Bowl competition


By Kyrsten Eller, WVUA 23 Digital Journalist

Want to help the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter? There are plenty of ways to do this, including having a drink tonight at Hotel Indigo’s rooftop bar.

The Pups and Pints ​​at the Tuscaloosa Riverfront Hotel offers adoptable dogs, drink specials, and a karaoke contest. In addition, 25% of the profits will be donated to TMAS.

TMAS event coordinator Becki Pate said there are several other upcoming events focused on adoption specials and fundraisers.

A few weeks ago, TMAS hosted a weeklong Empty Shelters event, where all adoption fees were waived. The response has been excellent, Pate said.

“We ended up with 70 adoptions,” Pate said. “It’s very high for us, it’s a week too and we’ve had a few more days than usual. We are very happy.”

Along with this success, one of their biggest events that they look forward to each year is the Bark Bowl, a pet-focused Beat Auburn Beat Hunger food drive.

“It’s a competition between Lee County Humane Society and us,” Pate said. “We see which shelter can raise the most funds for their shelter. There is no loser, but it is a friendly competition that we want to win. Because it’s in the town of Auburn, we take it seriously.

The Lee County Humane Society is the defending Bark Bowl champion, and that’s a title TMAS wants to reclaim this year.

TMAS is hosting a $ 5 car wash at the shelter on November 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to raise funds for the competition.

All donations received for this event and for the entire month of November count towards the Bark Bowl.

Pate said she encouraged community members to come and support these events. If you want to do a little more legwork, there are also volunteer opportunities. Visit here to find out more.

And if you are interested in a collaboration between your company and TMAS, you can too.

“If anyone is interested and has a business and wants us to come and see the dogs, give us a call and we’ll see if we can make it happen,” Pate said.

The dogs are always happy to be away from the shelter, she said, and some of them end up finding their forever homes during these events.

“Come see us,” Pate said. “It’s always fun to go out and see people from Metro with their pets. We love to meet people and see people.

For more information and a calendar of all planned events, click here.

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