Homeless Dogs Find Forever Families At Annual ‘Bark-a-Que’

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — Nearly thirty dogs found permanent homes at Home for Good Dog Rescue’s Fifth Annual Bark-a-Que on Sept. 12. In addition to hosting the organization’s largest adoption event of the year, the annual celebration welcomed the organization’s 3,800 adopters back to reunite with their pet’s foster families and siblings.
“We have been celebrating our yearly Bark-a-Que since our inception in 2010,” Home for Good Dog Rescue’s co-founder and treasurer, Rich Errico, said. “Each year, it continues to grow, and we could not be more grateful.” Throngs of happy dogs—many sporting “I was rescued” bandanas—gathered on the Village Green with their families to enjoy live music by New York-based rock, funk, and soul band Deep C Revival, food and merchandise vendors from the local community, and special canine contests.
 This year, Home for Good adoptee Mellow took home the coveted title of ‘Mr. Bark-a-Que’ in a yearly costume contest judged by Summit Mayor Ellen Dickson. Other fun competitions included prizes for the shortest and longest tail and a special doggie obstacle course.
However, despite the crowds that gathered to see the contestants strut the runway, the day’s most popular destination remained the adoption tent, which ultimately placed 24 homeless dogs with loving families of their own.
Home for Good Dog Rescue is committed to rescuing dogs from high-kill shelters throughout South Carolina and Georgia. Once rescued, dogs stay with southern foster families until they are transported north, either by plane or by van. This year’s Bark-a-Que hosted many of those southern fosters, including guest of honor Shari Watt of Swainsboro, Ga. “Bark-a-Que is amazing because our southern fosters get to see just how far their dogs have come,” Matt Holowienka, Home for Good Dog Rescue’s Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator, said. “Many of them take in small, sick puppies only to see them grow into happy, healthy dogs with families who adore them.”
Once Home for Good’s dogs arrive in New Jersey, they are bathed, micro-chipped, and altered as needed. They then remain in one of the organization’s foster homes until adoption. For more information on the organization and its upcoming events, including its first annual 5K and Doggy Dash on Oct. 3, visit www.HomeforGoodDogs.org.
Home for Good Dog Rescue (HFGDR) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization headquartered in Summit with offices in Berkeley Heights, NJ. We rescue dogs from high-kill shelters in the South , transport them to our rescue, and give them a second chance at life. As a 100 percent foster-based rescue,  we place each dog in a loving foster home until adoption. Since our inception in 2010, we have rescued more than 3,800 dogs and given them loving homes for good. To inquire about fostering, adopting or making a donation to help the HFGDR organization, visit our website at www.HomeforGoodDogs.org and on Facebook www.facebook.com/HomeForGoodDogRescue.
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