Howl it up at the Barkin’ Ball!

Enjoy a fun-filled evening with your best furry buddy at this year’s Barkin’ Ball, the Santa Fe Animal Shelter’s annual fundraiser. This year’s Harvest Gala theme offers a chance to experience Americana at its best, with Yappy bbphotoHour cocktails, a plated dinner by Peas n’ Pod Catering, live music, a silent auction and an opportunity to shop in the Harvest Market store.

The community’s biggest bash to support Northern New Mexico’s furry friends is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at the Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavilion, 1607 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe.

As always, canines are welcome, and special accommodations are set to make the dog guests feel at home, including special diversions and an outside break area.

The unique event, hosted by Honey Harris of KBAC-98.1 FM, begins with a Yappy Hour, followed by the seated dinner and a silent auction. Music is by the Buckarettes. As in years past, Allen Winston of will offer complimentary pet and people portraits.

This year’s Harvest Market store offers unique gifts, jewelry, merchandise, gift certificates and curiosities donated by local artists and businesses that support the shelter. The items, which range in value, can be purchased at any time during the event. Some of the sponsors include: Teca Tu, A Pet-Worthy Emporium, Houshang Gallery, Ojo Caliente, Elite Island Resorts, Nedra Matteucci Gallery and When the Sun Reaches My Sister.

The opportunity to bring along a furry companion makes the gala unique, said Mary Martin, the shelter’s executive director.

“I love that people have an opportunity to socialize with their pet-loving friends as well as have their own pets with them,” she said. “We’ve worked hard to make this a wonderful happening, but most importantly, the Barkin’ Ball is critical to the Shelter and its ability to make a difference for pets and the people who love them. It’s one night of fun, but it supports the shelter for the entire year.”

Tickets are $125 – your dog is welcome for free. Reserved tables for 10 are available. For more information or tickets, call 505-514-0854. You may also purchase your tickets online at