Scenes from the 12th annual DogFest at Duboce Park

Scenes from the 12th annual DogFest at Duboce ParkPapyrus, a nine-week-old spayed female dachshund puppy, can be adopted via ACC.  | Photos: Teresa Hammerl/Hoodline
Teresa Hammerl
Published on April 29, 2019

On Saturday, the 12th annual DogFest brought hundreds of wagging tails to Duboce Park. The event, which benefits the academic and enrichment programs at the nearby McKinley Elementary School, raised $112,000 this year, about $95,000 of which will go directly to the school.

Mayor London Breed, District 5 Supervisor Vallie Brown and District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman were among the dog show judges on the main stage, awarding prizes for best costume, tail, tricks or lapdog skills.

The event also featured food, a silent auction, a vendor marketplace and a Scholastic book fair. Children got busy with face painting, carnival games, bounce houses and snow cones, while a "rescue zone" showcased adoptable dogs from Family Dog Rescue, Animal Care & Control (ACC) and Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, all searching for their forever homes. [Editor's note: The author of this story is a volunteer at ACC and Muttville.]

Here's what we saw.

Fashionable participants line up for the costume contest.
Muttville alumni dogs and their owners joined adoptable dogs Guava (third from right) and Tugboat (second from right) at the event.
A "poop transporter" sold by Palo Alto-based Hanks Dog Stuff.
Mayor London Breed (left) cheers dogs walking the red carpet.
The neighborhood's new Castro Animal Hospital was on hand to offer veterinary advice.
Guava is up for adoption at Muttville.