A barking good time! Park Slope goes to the dogs at Woofstock Badass Spring Fest

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Big Boi of Badass Animal Rescue had a blast at Woofstock 2024, which took over a stretch of President Street in Park Slope on Saturday, May 4.
Photo by Carly Boyle

It was a dog’s day out in Park Slope on Saturday, as Badass Animal Rescue transformed a stretch of President Street into one big block party for Brooklyn’s four-legged friends.

Woofstock Badass Spring Fest celebrated its ninth year on May 4, and this time around included face-painting stations, a doggy kissing booth, a magician for pups, a dog agility course, and more.

A stretch of President Street in Park Slope went to the dogs on May 4 for Badass Animal Rescue’s annual Woofstock celebration.Photo by Hilda Rodriguez

Hundreds flocked to President Street, from Third Avenue to Nevins Street, for the event highlighting the work of Badass Animal Rescue — a team of rescuers, fosters and volunteers who work together to save and rehabilitate adoptable dogs from high-kill shelters.

With that in mind, Woofstock also served as an adoption event, where more than 30 lovable pooches were offered a chance at a fur-ever home.

The animal rescue has worked since 2011 to find loving families for more than 3,600 dogs. On Saturday, seven doggos were adopted, according to the rescue, and more than $20,000 was raised to support the group’s ongoing efforts — $4,000 more than the previously most successful Woofstock in 2022.

Galileo found his fur-ever home at Woofstock 2024.

Woofstock 2024 took to the streets with support from local favorite Canal Bar, one of several community sponsors whose assistance showcases the community that Badass Animal Rescue has created.

“This event is all about bringing the community together for a day that celebrates every aspect of what makes Badass so special,” Krista Almqvist, executive director at Badass Animal Rescue, said ahead of the event.

The doggy kissing booth was a hit.Photo by Hilda Rodriguez

Almqvist said Saturday was “an amazing day all around.”

“This yearly event is an example of what makes Badass so special — our community,” she said in an emailed statement to Brooklyn Paper. “A day to bring all dog lovers together for a few hours of fun, connecting, celebrating and with SOOOO many happy dog faces.”

The day also served as a homecoming for some of Badass Animal Rescue’s alumni — some of whom have given birth to litters. Organizers say nine of those alumni reunited at Woofstock, including one litter who celebrated their first birthday.