As the weather cools down, Ardmore Parks and Recreation is preparing for a new dog-centric event at Regional Park’s dog park.
Barksgiving will serve as a fun event for dogs and their owners alike as well as a chance for families to meet dogs that are up for adoption. Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Alicia Henry said Ardmore Animal Shelter will bring adoptable dogs to Regional Park from noon to 3 p.m on Saturday, November 10.  
“[We all] really love animals,” Henry said. “We’re trying to have two animal-related events a year. This year, this is our third event and Home for the Holidays will be our fourth.”
Henry said 10 or so puppies and older dogs were adopted out at a similar event last year. Home for the Holidays, a similar event, is slated for December 15.
“We want them to bring their dogs, obviously, but then if you’re looking for a dog to add to your family, this would be a great opportunity,” Henry said. “You can bring your dog to meet this other dog, see how they interact.”
There will be activities for pets as well. Henry said dogs will be rewarded for their skills during Tricks for Treats, an informal trick contest. Guests can take pictures with their dogs in a “kissing booth” set for the occasion. Henry said parks staff will be taking photos at the event.
“We always love to see what dogs can do,” Henry said. “[Judges] will be out there, giving out little treats.”
Goodie bags will be available for four-legged guests, and dog-themed candy will be available for humans. The costume contest will be a little different than the ones held on Halloween or Christmas.
 “I’m expecting anything,” Henry said. “We could see little pilgrim outfits, a turkey or anything cute.”
Henry said the event is a unique opportunity for anyone looking to adopt a new dog. At the dog park, dogs can play together off their leashes, giving potential adopters a chance to get to know the shelter dogs.
“I think it helps,” Henry said. “I mean, I guess you could take your dog with you to the shelter, but it really helps to have the dog park.”