Bark in the park! Pups celebrated at adopt-a-thon

Dream team: Organizer Marion Fiore and her dog Crystal were the dynamic duo behind the fourth annual Bark Ave. Adopt-A-Thon in Carroll Park on Sunday.
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It is the not-so-ruff life they were meant to live!

Kings County shelter dogs sashayed down the red carpet at the annual Bark Avenue Adopt-A-Thon in Carroll Park on Sunday and even though most of the furballs had rough lives before baring their canines for the cameras, the pups knew the spotlight was right where they belonged, according to the event’s organizer.

“I have to say, the dogs really seem happy when they walk on the red carpet, like they know they’re stars,” said Marion Fiore, who has been running the event for four years. “Most of them are happy to be stars for the day.”

Prospective owners who turned out to the event must have been impressed with the pooches’ confidence — 20 dogs were adopted during the day, said Fiore.

Organizers outfitted the park with a vintage travel theme that included old-timey decorations such as a departure board alerting people to “fur-ever home boarding” and a delay sign for “Bark Airways.”

And once they stepped off the red carpet, pups struck their best poses against an old train background in a photo booth, where they modeled accessories including travel scarves.

Along with the adoptable pups, the furry fest was also enjoyed by canines around the neighborhood who checked out the activities and mix and mingle with their own kind. “It’s a dog’s day out,” said Fiore.

And the humans who attended saw it as a great way to find a new best friend that really needed them.

“They had a whole variety of dogs, just a little bit of something for everyone,” said Crown Heights resident Rivka Teich, who fosters pups. “There’s just no reason for people to go to a pet shop, there’s dogs that are just waiting.”

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 5:59 pm, July 9, 2018
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