If you are interested in registering for this year's Bark in the Park, please note that the registration link will send you to the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association's (PVMA) website. Bark in the Park is a charity event hosted by PVMA's charitable arm, Animal Care PA.


Bark in the Park 5K Run & 1-Mile Dog Walk is held each year in October at City Island in Harrisburg, PA. This is our 10th year doing this event and we're hoping to have another record-breaking year with your help! Participants attending this event get to spend a fun October morning with their pets, dress up in costumes and run and/or walk for a great cause! Your monetary donation helps to fund our core programs that help feed, aid, and educate people, pets, and veterinarians of the Commonwealth. Every dollar makes a difference in the lives of animals and veterinary students.

Last year's Bark in the Park event had: 

  • Over 500 participants in the walk and/or run;
  • Approximately 40 donated raffles; and
  • Over $17,000 raised for Animal Care PA's programs.



Proceeds from this event go to finance Animal Care PA's community-based programs that feed and care for animals in need and educate pet owners and veterinary students of the Commonwealth.

Animals We Helped Daisy


She is a paralyzed Dachshund, who was found abandoned in a trash bag in the middle of winter and now requires a wheelchair to get around. Animal Care PA provided the funds to have extensive, necessary dental surgery, which was brought on from years of neglect.

Animals We Helped Scout


Scout was a barn cat at a local 4H club who had a serious infection in his foot, which lead to the removal his left leg. Animal Care PA's fund stepped in to help Scout continue his work at the barn helping children learn about animal care through the 4H program!

Animals We Helped Bobby Ray

Bobby Ray

Bobby Ray was found roadside with several traumatic injuries, including his spinal cord. He had a guarded prognosis, but after a few days of intensive treatment, his condition improved. No owners could be located, so once healed, he was adopted in to a new, loving home.

Animals We Helped Hefty


Hefty earned his name the hard way as he was put in a trash bag and thrown away. He was badly injured and was discovered trying to claw his way out of the bag. A good Samaritan found him and took him to get treatment. He was treated for his injuries and gradually recovered and was adopted.




2019 Highlights


ACPA Logo stacked 1c k 01About Animal Care PA

The Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation (PVF), d/b/a Animal Care PA, was established in 1983, and serves as the charitable arm of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association but functions as an independent Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation and is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of Animal Care PA is to help caring people help animals by bridging the gap through our animal welfare initiatives like The Last Chance Program and Henry's Helping Paws Program as well as funding Veterinary Student Scholarships.


How much does it cost?

Online registration prices are:

Adult 5K Run $30.00
Adult 1-Mile Walk $30.00
Child 5K Run
(ages 3-11)
Child 1-Mile Walk
(ages 3-11)

All proceeds benefit Animal Care PA's core programs that feed and care for animals in need. 

Schedule of Events

9:00 am: Registration/Raffles Begin
10:00 am: 5K Run
10:30 am: Dog Walk
11:00 am: Costume Parade/Raffles Close
11:30 am: Awards

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