We are excited to announce the Bark in the Park 2018 will be held in the heart of Downtown Akron at Lock 3! We hope you will join us for a celebration of our beloved furry best friends. This family- and dog-friendly event will feature:

1-mile Pledge Walk with the new addition of a Fun Run option
Over 80 vendors
Food trucks
A local beer garden
Our Mobile Adoption Center with adoptable dogs cats and critters
Games, contests, & activities
Dog and human yoga
Live demonstrations of cunning dog agility

Check back for a full schedule of events.


Animals Adopted in 2017


Cruelty Investigations in 2017


Veterinary Exams and Surgeries in 2017

About the Pledge Walk/Fun Run

Join the biggest Dog and People Parade Akron has ever seen! Participants will enjoy a dog-friendly 1-mile fun run (at noon) or 1-mile leisurely walk (at 12:15pm) on a looping route on Main St. and the Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Note: the Fun Run will not be timed and medals will not be awarded.

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! Even better – earn rewards for meeting goals and maybe even a coveted trophy for being a Top Dog fundraiser!

Start Fundraising!

Click for fundraising information for:

Virtual Walk/Run

View Photos from 2017!

Bark in the Park Host Committee

Kathy Romito, Chair
Western Reserve Hospital

Allan Brown
FedEx Custom Critical

Kathy Kraft
Montrose Ford

Katie Sutter
Excelsior Marking

Sarah Whitford