Bark and Bid 2013

Bark and Bid, a charity auction will take place Saturday, May 11, from 5 pm to 9 pm on the third floor of the Tacoma Convention and Trade Center located at 1500 Broadway Street, Tacoma, WA 98402. Bark & Bid is Prison Pet Partnership’s major fundraiser for the year. Mollyrose Sommer, Service Dog Program Assistant with Prison Pet Partnership, stated: “We are excited to be celebrating our 10th year! All funds raised go to support the two major programs of the organization: the vocational training of women inmates and rescuing and training homeless dogs for obedience and assistance work.”

Mollyrose explained details of the event: “The event will start with our silent auction which will have several tables that are set up with items from wine to pottery, doggy gear to adventure experiences! The silent tables close one at a time leading up to dinner which is served at 7:00 pm, catered by the Tacoma Convention Center’s catering group. Toward the end of dinner our guest speakers, three released offenders from our program, will be speaking about their experiences with our program and their life in the community. At 7:45 pm, we will begin our live auction and wrap up the evening around 9:00 pm.”

People that attend the event should dress business casual. Mollyrose commented on the event: “Bark & Bid is always a wonderful night. It is inspiring to meet our supporters and hear the variety of reasons why people come out year after year to support our organization. Because we cover several different areas through our programs, we attract in people who may be drawn to our work with people with disabilities, homeless dogs and others are often our dedicated boarding and grooming customers who are more involved with the offender aspect! Being located in the prison facility the staff does not often get to meet our customers, but talks to them regularly on the phone. It is really fun for us to get to mingle and chat with people we know so well in so many ways. People always love to talk about their pets, and we love talking about their pets too!”

The greatest anticipation of the evening for Mollyrose is the speakers who have personally benefited from the program, “For me the best thing is our guest speakers this year. I am excited to see how the women are doing, and I know that they will have an incredible impact on our supporters there that evening. For anyone to find a consistent, well-paying job in this economy is a feat worth congratulating to anyone – but for women who have spent significant time incarcerated to not only avoid their previous lifestyle choices but to flourish in our community is truly admirable. I don’t think a lot of our supporters really see that side of what we do, even if they know about it. I think it will be a truly inspiring moment.”

It was interesting to find that the Prison Pet Partnership was the first prison dog program of its kind. According to Mollyrose, since its inception in the early 1980’s, hundreds of programs have been started throughout the United States and internationally. Sister Pauline Quinn, who started the program, works tirelessly to get programs up and running in institutions all over the world. She, like those of us who work with the Prison Pet Partnership, believes strongly in the human-animal bond and the power that dogs have to better the lives of individuals deserving of a second chance.”

Mollyrose commented: “This is not ‘just another animal program’ to support. We are involved in so many different avenues that the dogs we are rescuing are affecting so many lives and the effect continues to snowball outward. Community members who use our services often recommend us to friends, and soon their whole neighborhood or family tree is bringing their dogs in to our groom shop or boarding facility! We build a family net with our program and I think people will be excited to be involved with that! Plus, we’ll have service dogs in training walking around the auction; what can be more fun than that??”

When asked who she recommended attend the event, Mollyrose replied, “Well-behaved children aged 12 or older who loves dogs, anyone who supports the rehabilitation of incarcerated women or cares deeply about the equality and independence of people with disabilities!”

Tickets to the event are $50. Tables are available for sale for $500 to seat up to ten people. Mollyrose stated: “We recommend people buy their tickets in advance – registration can be done online through PayPal by visiting our website at: Click on the large “Bark & Bid” button and follow the steps to purchase tickets! Tickets may not be available day of if we sell out so please buy your tickets now!”

For more information, please call: 253-858-4240 or send an email inquiry to: Mollyrose explained: “If people are interested in donating an item or have general questions they can contact us at: To become a sponsor they can register through PayPal on our website, or email us with questions! If people are interested in making a donation even if they cannot attend they can send a check to: “Prison Pet Partnership 9601 Bujacich Road NW Gig Harbor, WA 98332.”


By: Carly Calabrese, staff for

4 thoughts on “Bark and Bid 2013”

  1. We are so excited about our 10th annual auction and really encourage you the community to attend! Please let me know if you have any questions! (And a big Thank You to Carly for covering our event on this awesome website!!) ~ Mollyrose, 253-858-4240

  2. I am a volunteer for this amazing program, and I hope all you readers buy a ticket for the auction! It’s gonna be so much fun and it helps out a great cause.

  3. As a volunteer for this program I found that I started out for the pleasure of working with such amazing dogs, but continued because of being able to work with the incredible inmates who are changing their lives and the lives of dogs, and the lives of the recipients of the service dogs. I will be one of those with tears in her eyes listening to the stories of the released inmate trainers at Bark and Bid. Be there!

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