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What's Going On :  6th Annual Bark Out Against Battering Pet Fest
Date posted:  October 1, 2015
Posted by: YWCA of Greater Cincinnati
Photos/images:  YWCA of Greater Cincinnati

Get ready for one of Washington Park’s most popular events, the 6th annual Bark Out Against
Battering Pet Fest at Washington Park on Saturday, October 17th from 11am until 1:30pm!  Event
proceeds support a unique program of the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati and the SPCA-Cincinnati.  
The program helps find temporary and confidential homes for the pets of survivors who have
escaped an abusive relationship. This year’s Bark Out partners include the YWCA of Greater
Cincinnati, SPCA-Cincinnati, Women Helping Women, Too Apparel and major sponsor Active
Paws Mobile Grooming.

Rabbit Hash, Kentucky mayor Lucy Lou will lead the parade and serve as lead judge this year.
Mayor Lucy Lou is a red & white border collie who has lived her whole life in Rabbit Hash.  She
broke the glass ceiling in 2008 as the first female to be elected mayor there.  Bark Out Against
Battering will also feature a photo booth for pet and owner pictures, a caricature artist, food
trucks, 12 costume contest winners, pet trick-or-treating and over 20 vendors for both pets and
owners!  We are now accepting online registration for the pet costume contest at cincinnati.ywca.

The annual event’s goal is help to connect the link between domestic violence and animal abuse
in a fun and informative way.  Not only is cruelty to animals frequently both an indicator and
predictor of interpersonal, family, and community violence, but an alarming number of women
report that threats to their companion and farm animals prevent them from leaving abusive
relationships.  This event allows the YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter to further emphasize that

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