The Paducah Parks & Recreation Department is holding the 7th annual Wooftober on Saturday, October 19. The event which includes a dog costume contest will be held adjacent to the Paducah Dog Park located at Stuart Nelson Park off Park Avenue. Festivities will be from 10:30 a.m. until approximately 3 p.m. The Dog Park will be open before and after the event to let dogs play.
Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. for the 3rd Annual Rover Fun Run/Walk, a fun 5K (3.1 miles) that uses the Greenway Trail. The fun run/walk event begins at 11 a.m. There is a $15 entry fee which provides participants with a t-shirt. All of the proceeds go to local animal charities.
Participants can register for the Doggie Costume Contest between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. There is no charge to enter. The costume contest starts at 2 p.m.
There will be several animal rescue, educational, and service groups in attendance to provide a variety of pet-related information and services. Puppies and dogs will be available for adoption. Services available include micro-chipping, nail trimming, vaccinations, pet boarding, grooming, and healthcare information.
Wooftober is a family-friendly event for all ages; however, some dogs don’t respond well to new places, children, or other animals. Please use your best judgment in determining if your pet will enjoy the event. If you are participating in Wooftober or using the dog park, please make sure to follow the Paducah Dog Park rules including the requirements to keep dogs on leashes until they are inside the dog park enclosure and to clean up after pets using the available doggie bags. Children under age 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Also, please do not bring “human” food into the Paducah Dog Park or to Wooftober.
The City of Paducah opened the Paducah Dog Park in August 2012. The park has water, fencing, shelters, gravel parking, and pet waste receptacles. The park is partitioned into two sections based upon the weight of a dog with 30 pounds as the suggested dividing weight. The Paducah Dog Park is open seven days a week during the normal hours for Stuart Nelson Park.
Event staff has the right to start early or later depending on weather conditions or other factors.
For more information on the upcoming Wooftober event or the Paducah Dog Park, contact Special Events Coordinator Molly Johnson at 270-444-8508.