Live in Philly: University City bar hosts pop-up dog charity event

City Tap House in University City hosted BARKtoberfest: Pups ‘n’ Pints on Saturday. The charity event ­— where attendees brought their dogs to the participating bar — benefited local animal shelters by donating some of its proceeds and featured dogs in costumes, adoptions, craft beer and raffles.

“I’ve always wanted a dog event,” said Kathryn Gallagher, a City Tap House employee and 2012 Drexel University biology alumna. “We have such a large space. Why not use it for dogs?”

Troy Blatchely and Samantha Blaszyk, who are from Boston, founded the Pups ‘n’ Pints organization. Blatchely and Blaszyk travel to different states to host events similar to the one at City Tap House. Gillian Kocher, director of public relations and marketing at the Philadelphia SPCA, attended with her dog, Henry.

“You can tell that everyone here loves dogs because everyone is smiling and having a good time,” Kocher said.

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