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.