“There’s no place like a home” is the theme of the 10th annual Barkitecture fundraising event on April 5, and nothing could come closer to the cause. There really is no place like a home for the hundreds of animals each year that receive refuge, medical care, nourishment and an opportunity for a second chance for life by the Humane Society of the North Bay (HSNB).

Barkitecture has become a household name in the North Bay, an event that began in 2003 with 145 guests has now grown to a sold-out audience of more than 500 passionate supporters each year. The goal for the event is to raise approximately $70,000 to support the mission of HSNB. “It’s all about the animals,” says Peter Wilson, Development Coordinator for the organization. Some 10 to 15 local restaurants and celebrated chefs donate the food and desserts. “The event is incredibly well organized and seamless, and there are great baskets of goodies to bid on,” says long-time supporter Molly Boggs. “It’s a ton of fun and the food is delicious. I highly recommend it.”

Examples of auction items include a two-night stay at Sea Ranch and desert for a month provided by 12 different bakers. The featured live auction items will be the winners of the annual Barkitecture Pet Domicile Competition. Entries are made in the categories of Dog Domicile, Cat Furniture, Bird Roost and Multi-Pet Domicile. “Individuals or groups of people, and sometimes businesses or scout troops come together to create an ideal home for our ultimate clients, which are our pets,” says Wilson. The competition can get serious, and past creations have included a rolling doghouse made from a green garbage can and a domicile made from a wine barrel. “There is lots of re-purposing,” says Wilson,” and a focus on what would be the safest for the pet.”

The voting and first viewing of the domiciles will take place at the People’s Choice Voting & Preview Party on Friday, March 22 from 5:30-8pm at Team Superstores in Vallejo. The entire automobile showroom is cleared out, so guests can view in awe, enjoy refreshments, and vote for their favorite masterpieces. All of this building up to the main event: the Barkitecture Gala & Auction with the theme “There’s No Place Like a Home” to be held Friday, April 5, starting at 6pm in McCormack Hall at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo. Tickets sell out fast, so purchase your tickets now at www.barkitecture.net

All proceeds will support general operating funds needed to care for shelter animals, and as stated as part of the organization’s mission: to help foster a public sentiment of humanity and gentleness toward all animals through education and encouragement, and to promote a lifelong commitment to responsible pet ownership.