Vega family

Stephanie and Jonathan Vega pose with their dogs, KC and Vega, during a previous Dog Days of Glendale event. This year's event is set for March 24 at Murphy Park.

Historic Downtown Glendale’s town square will be transformed into Murphy “Bark” March 24 during the Dog Days of Glendale-Woof Fest 2018. Dogs and their humans are invited to the eighth annual canine-centric event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Murphy Park, 5812 W. Glendale Ave.

Midwestern University, this year’s “Top Dog” sponsor, will have its ambulatory unit designed for large animals on site for attendees to check out, along with information about its companion animal clinic services.

The event will include:

• Low-cost immunizations

• The chance to meet Ranger, Glendale Parks & Recreation community outreach dog

• “Woof Games,” an activity area for people and their dogs

• A training demo from Glendale’s Police K9 unit

• Product and food samples

• The “Walk a Hound-Lose a Pound” walking map challenge

• A photo booth

• More than 40 pet-related vendors

This year’s event will raise funds and collect pet food and supplies to benefit “Animals in Disaster - Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry,” a nonprofit group that helps humans and animals through disastrous situations. For more information and a wish list of items needed, visit the website www.emptybowlpetfoodpantry.org.

The Glendale Chamber of Commerce booth in Murphy Park will have a run-down of the day’s activities. Water stations for pets will be provided throughout the area. Admission and parking are free. Visitors are encouraged to park in the free covered parking garage at 58th and Palmaire avenues. For more information, go to www.Facebook.com/dogdaysofglendale, follow on Instagram @woof_fest_2018, or email dogdaysofglendale@gmail.com.