On July 13, 2016, DTLA residents and their four-legged friends gathered at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels to celebrate the 10th Annual Dog Day at the Cathedral, organized and hosted by the Downtown Center Business Improvement District and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The DCBID would like to thank Forest City, Pet Project LA and Pussy and Pooch for being the Premier event sponsors.
With over 1,500 humans and 900 dogs in attendance, this was the largest dog celebration in Downtown to date. Attendees had the opportunity to meet over 30 pet related vendors, fill up their bags with goodies and samples, and enter drawings to win prizes. Guests also enjoyed a live DJ, Dodger Dogs and drinks by Levy Restaurants, and a stop at the Helpful Honda Guys photo booth.
Each year, the DCBID honors an individual or organization that has shown exceptional leadership in the community - what dogs may call "the pack leader." This year the "Top Dog" award went to Bark Avenue Foundation. Bark Avenue Foundation was founded in 2004 in Downtown LA with a mission to address pet overpopulation through spay, neuter and adoption. Since 2004, the Foundation has been a close community partner and friend to families and their pets in Downtown LA, providing free pet collars and tags, support services for at-risk pet owners, and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries. Bark Avenue Foundation founder, Melanie Pozez, was on hand to accept the Top Dog award.
As the Downtown resident population continues to grow, so will the population of our canine companions. It is incredible to see how the event has grown from hosting one hundred or so residents in 2006 to over 1,500 in 2016. Community events such as Dog Day are important to help build community as they help introduce neighbors to each other, and bring life to our streets and parks. We can't wait to start planning next year's event!