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DOGS & more: THE Great Adoption Event

September 30, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm


Close your eyes and imagine…tails waggin’, furry snouts sniffin’, big and little paws dancin’…so much energy and hope in the air. Can you see it, can you feel it? This is pure bliss for the animal lover.

As nice as it sounds, it is far from perfect without you. All the adorable animals in this image have been neglected, unwanted and/or homeless. But on this day, BACB Unleashed and our partners hope to change that.

This is a day when MN/WI rescue groups and humane societies to come together in one location to highlight and showcase animals (dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits, etc) looking for their forever homes. It is also a day to learn about the mission and the work of each organization.

Is your heart open to fill it with love from a furry companion? This fun-filled event is your day – you can make a difference in the life of a rescued animal. Come join the celebration. Even if you are not looking for a new family member you are welcome to come and enjoy the demos, mini educational sessions, food trucks and vendors.

NOTE: Each participating rescue group/shelter has its own adoption process and sets its own fees. Often times groups will not allow you to adopt on the spot, but you are encouraged to fill out an application prior to the event. Please contact your interested rescue group/shelter directly for their application. Links are provided below from those that will be joining us at THE Great Adoption Event. This list will continue to grow, please check back often.


Minnesota Basset Rescue

Camp Companion, Inc.

English Springer Rescue America, Inc.

Morrison County Animal Humane Society

Retrieve A Golden of Minnesota (RAGOM)

Small Dog Rescue of Minnesota

Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue

Paws & Claws Humane Society

Wags & Whiskers Animal Rescue of MN

MN Pocket Pet Rescue

Doberman Rescue Minnesota

Steele County Humane Society


Helpful items to bring to the event include your driver’s licenses, references (excluding family members), a letter from landlord if you are a renter.

Other family pets are welcome to come the day of the event, however it is mandatory that they are current on their vaccinations.

All animals need to be on a leash or in a crate.


11:30 am DOGS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN. But tricks can be more than just fun. They can help deepen that bond between you and your furry best friend. Annalissa Johnson is Rochester’s first Certified Trick Dog Instructor and will talk about different tricks and building the dog-human relationship. Visit the Good Dog Camp booth for this demonstration.

12:00 pm RAINDROP THERAPY. We know how soothing it can be to listen to the raindrops on a nice summer day. Well YES Massage offers raindrop therapy for your dog to do just that. Using essential oils along the spine and extremities to help relax and rejuvenate, and restore balance in your best friend. Visit Jessica at the YES Massage booth.

12:30 pm SEARCH & RESCUE-Jean Musgjerd. A critical service provided in Minnesota and Wisconsin, the MN-WI Search and Rescue Team assists agencies that search for victims whether it be in the wilderness, in water or in an urban environment. These individuals and their rescue-trained companions provide their own equipment, uniforms, travel expenses, uniforms, seminar fees and training aids. They are truly dedicated to help find closure for families and friends. Donations are appreciated and will help fund this important service.

1:00 pm WE ARE MORE THAN VACCINES. Ever wonder why your dog’s annual exam is so important? Sure, they need those regular shots, but what else is the vet looking for? Northern Valley Animal Clinic will share with us why a regular check-up is more important and just vaccines. Visit the Northern Valley Animal Clinic for this mini session.

1:30 pm OH THOSE DARN TOE NAILS. Ever get a little frustrated trying to cut your pet’s nails? The folks from VCA Cascade Animal Center are coming to your rescue with tips and hints for trimming those nails. Stop by the VCA Cascade Animal Medical Center booth for these informative hints.

ALL DAY DOG TOY TEST DRIVE. located at the BACB Unleashed Van:
“Hmm, I’m just not sure if my dog will like this.” We hear that all the time at the BACB Unleashed van. We like the toys, but will our furry friends? Now you have your chance. You, well your furry friend, can try out a dog toy before you invest in it. We will have some of our most PUPular toys available to “test”


Non-profit rescue groups and humane societies are welcome to attend at no charge. This is an inclusive event–dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, horses, etc. that are up for adoption are encouraged to join us.

For-profit: Please see below on how you can get involved. BACB Unleashed has the right to excuse a vendor from the event based on a non-compete agreement. Please contact us with any questions, bacbunleashed@me.com or 612.816.7366.

2017 VENDORS (**denotes our FETCH LEVEL Sponsors)


**Quarry Hill Park Animal Hospital

**VCA Cascade Animal Medical Center & Inn

Twisted Barrel Wood-fired Pizza

Kooky Concessions LLC

YES Massage

Northern Valley Animal Clinic

Porky Business

Alissa Adamson-Counselor Realty of Rochester

Joan of Art Pottery

Heritage Pet Hospital

Northwest Liquor

Dough Boys

M~W~L (Made With Love)

Stone Photography


September 30, 2017
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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BACB Unleashed
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History Center of Olmsted County
1195 W Circle Dr SW
Rochester, MN 55902 United States
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