Nine local pet organizations participated in this year's Barkin' Brunches fundraising series at The Refuge in Melville. (Photo: The Refuge)

Raising money and spirits for pet charities

Long Island animal rescues and shelters let the dogs out last weekend at The Refuge in Melville for the restaurant’s fifth annual ‘Howl-o-ween’ themed Barkin’ Brunch. The event wrapped up a series of brunch fundraisers that began in April and benefited nine local charity groups.

During the Sunday celebration, which featured food, drinks and a parade of pets in costume, representatives from Tito’s Handmade Vodka presented $1,500 donations to each of the nine organizations.

The groups that took part in this year’s Barkin’ Brunch events were Ruff House Rescue, Bideawee, Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center, Long Island Bulldog Rescue, Last Hope Animal Rescue, Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, Ollie’s Angels Animal Rescue, Long Island Dog Group, and United Against Puppy Mills.

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