Bark in the Park is coming to Akron on Saturday, May 11!

Join us for the biggest celebration of pets and the people who love them in Summit County!

Pledge Walk and Pet Expo

Pledge Walk | Food Trucks | Beer Garden | Over 80 Local Vendors | Mobile Adoption Center | Blessing of the Animals | Demonstrations | Live Entertainment | Activities | Raffles | Contests | and much, much more!

Schedule of Events:
11:00am Gates open!
Blessing of the Animals & Memorial
(underwritten by Hummel Pet Services)
12:00pm Pledge Walk
Adoptable Animal Showcase
Behavioral Training Demo (with All Dogs Go To Kevin)
1:45pm Dog Agility Demo (with Ohio Disc Dogs)
2:15pm Doggie Ice Cream Eating Contest, Dog & Owner
Look-a-Like Contest, and a Doggie Costume Contest!)
Fundraising Awards Presentation

Contest Information!
Visit our Shelter Carnival area to learn more and sign up for our Doggie Contests!
  • Doggie Ice Cream Eating
  • Best Doggie Costume
  • Dog & Human Look-A-Like

Entry is $5 per entry & takes place on the main stage at 2:15 pm.
Spots are limited and prizes to be awarded to top dogs.

About the Pledge Walk

Join the biggest Dog and People Parade Akron has ever seen! Participants and fundraisers will enjoy a dog-friendly 1-mile leisurely walk through Downtown Akron (at 12:00pm.)

View our Walk Route here

Be a hero and help us reach our goal to raise $30,000 to benefit the animals awaiting adoption at the Humane Society of Summit County! Join our online site or download the form to raise funds individually or as part of a team. Even if you can't come to Bark in the Park, you are welcome to join as a "virtual walker"! As a special thank you - earn rewards for meeting goals and maybe even a coveted trophy for being a Top Dog fundraiser!


Click for fundraising information for:

Individuals | Teams | Virtual Walk

Click here to download the Pledge form:

2019 Event Photos!

Click to view more event photos from C. Nic Photographs

Host Committee

Kathy Romito, Chair - Western Reserve Hospital
Roberta Kleinman - Hummel Pet Services
David Israel - First Energy
Sarah Whitford - Allstate
Jewel Debevec
Alex Kesic
Diane Avery


Animals Adopted in 2018


Cruelty Investigations in 2018


Veterinary Exams and Surgeries in 2018