Pets and their people will be in the spotlight today in downtown Garden City.

It’s time again for an event designed to entertain and raise funds for a good cause.

This year’s version of what was known as the Pet Expo — Barktober Fest — will take place at Stevens Park, starting at 11 a.m.

Credit folks involved with the Finney County Humane Society for organizing another fun-filled event. Along with a morning Dog Jog, activities throughout the day include Kid Booths with face painting, pumpkin painting and more. Representatives of the Finney County Public Library will read to children and their pets.

Interesting presentations will captivate adults, as well, to include a K-9 demonstration and obedience class.

Dog races, costume contests for pets, a raffle and silent auction also are on the itinerary.

Dollars donated support the important mission of the FCHS, which does its best to find homes for adoptable dogs and cats. Too many animals land in the local animal shelter, with a significant number eventually put down.

Humane society volunteers also help educate the public on the importance of spaying or neutering their pets.

To cull the unwanted pet population, greater access to low-cost spay and neuter services remains a priority to reverse a troubling trend caused in large part by irresponsible pet owners who allow dogs and cats to run loose and multiply. Unfortunately, they contribute to a seemingly constant flood of stray and abandoned animals ending up in the shelter.

A spay or neuter procedure could run about $150, so having a pet sterilized may not be possible for some families. One strategy is in offering local residents more affordable options for the service. Fundraisers like the one today help.

The FCHS has pursued a mix of strategies designed to alleviate other costly problems associated with the community’s unwanted pet population, to include animal control-related expenses.

When it comes to today's event, the annual Spay-ghetti Supper or other FCHS activities, they're designed to benefit the animals and support various education programs and services.

The problem of unwanted pets must be addressed proactively, and with enthusiastic community support. Consider Barktober Fest an ideal opportunity to help the cause.