Bark in the Park is a 5K Run & 1-Mile Dog Walk 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 in 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 directly helps to provide veterinary care and treatment, often life-saving, to animals in need. The Last Chance (TLC) program provides financial grants for those animals when limited or no financial means exist to pay for the care.

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 the TLC program.



Proceeds from this event go to finance the Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation’s “The Last Chance” (TLC) program. The mission of this program is to help create a healthier future for animals and owners by providing necessary funds to administer veterinary care to those who need it and do not have the means to pay. These are just a few animals that TLC has helped over the years.

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. PVF 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 led to the removal his left leg. PVF'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.




2018 Bark in the Park Photos



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PVF 1 black title no tagline 01About the Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation's The Last Chance (TLC) Program

This program is administered by the Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation (PVF) and was established in 2009 to help ensure a source of funding for the care of abused or neglected, unowned companion animals that might otherwise be euthanized or turned over to an animal shelter that is already overburdened.

We see the TLC program as a true partnership between veterinary practices, their clients, other pet owners, and the animal-loving public that will result in the emergency care and necessary treatment of animals who might not get the proper care without this fund.


Schedule of Events

7:30 am: Registration / Raffles Begin
8:45 am: 5K Run
9:00 am: Dog Walk
9:30 am: Costume Parade / Raffles Close
10:00 am: Awards

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