By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Oct 12, 2023 at 5:01 PM Photography: Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) Facebook

Adorable doggos. Delicious food. More adorable doggos. Goodie bags and VIB bonuses. Did I mention adorable doggos, in Halloween costumes and bopping around activity courses? Yes, there are tons of good reasons to head over to OnMilwaukee and B93.3's inaugural Bark & BBQ at the Harley-Davidson Museum Campus on Saturday, Oct. 14 – but there's also one paw-ticularly good cause at the center of it all.

During Saturday's free-to-attend free-fur-all – running from noon until 4 p.m., rain or shine – attendees' canine companions will be able to bound in a ball pit and chase on the lure course, each costing $7. The proceeds from those aww-worthy activities – along with a donation from event sponsor Tito's Vodka – will go toward Friends of MADACC

Friends of MADACC (Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving and drawing awareness toward the welfare of domestic animals in Milwaukee County – whether that's providing wellness programs for pet health, promoting pet ownership education for all ages, aiding in local spay and neutering programs, and more. 

There are many wonderful ways to help Friends of MADACC's mission and the paw-fect pet pals under their watch – whether that's volunteering, adopting, fostering or donating. (You find out more about all of that at their website.) But arguably the easiest and most entertaining way to help their cause is by joining for Bark & BBQ on Saturday, letting your dogs have a ball in the ball pit, loping after the lure on the course or by simply donating in between all the eating and puppy-watching. 

For more information on Friends of MADACC, check out their website. And for more information on Bark & BBQ – from who's all serving food, to all the fun games and vendors in attendance – visit the event's website.

And we can't wait to see you and your furry forever friends on Saturday, rain or shine! Because even if it's gray outside, you can't feel gray when you're hanging out with precious puppers!

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.