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.

Here are the top 10 things you need to know:

  1. Race check-in will be held from 7:30-8:30 am at the Carousel Pavilion on City Island - located across from the train station. This is a rain or shine event! If you registered after October 8, you may check if there are extra t-shirts (sizes not guaranteed) available at the pre-registered tables AFTER 10:00 am.

  2. If you plan to participate in the costume contest, check-in will be held in front of the train station from 7:30 am to 9:00 am. The costume parade will begin promptly at 9:30 am at the conclusion of the 1-mile dog walk.
    Prize categories are:
    - Overall Best in Show
    - 1st, 2nd, 3rd Best Dressed Individual (human or dog)
    - 1st, 2nd, 3rd Best Dressed Duo (human/dog)
    - 1st, 2nd, 3rd Best Dressed Group (humans/dogs) 

  3. We have some great raffles so be sure to bring some cash along. You will receive one free raffle ticket with your race bib and can purchase additional tickets - just $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.

  4. If you collected pledges, you can turn them in at the On-Site Registration Table, located near the registration tables, any time before 9:30 am. If online pledges were made towards you or your team, we will have record of the amount and will add any additional funds you turn in. The top fundraising prize is a Fitbit Versa®!

  5. We are going to have a coffee truck this year. The Perk Up Truck will be selling coffee, chai, lattes and more. They are sharing their proceeds from the event with Animal Care PA. It is going to be a cold morning so bring some extra cash to have a warm drink! 

  6. We have lots of goodies in "Trick-or-Treat Row", located inside the pavilion. Grab a bag and fill it with items such as dog treats, pens, sticky note pads, and more!

  7. SpectaSport will be timing the 5K run - your chip-embedded race bib will have a QR code on it that you can scan with your smartphone to obtain your results - instantly! Or if you prefer, you can use one of the kiosks to obtain your results electronically. You can also follow the results online.f

  8. The 5K course is different than last year's course due to construction. A map will be available soon. 

  9. Take some photos at the photo area located outside of the pavilion. Use #BarkinthePark5K on social media outlets to show the world how much fun you are having! PLUS - a Facebook Profile Frame and Camera Effect have been created just for the event! 

  10. Have some fun while helping a worthy cause. Your participation assists Animal Care PA's core programs that help to feed and save animals in need. 

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, October 27!



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.


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THIS JUST IN!! The deadline has been extended to October 13 to be guaranteed a t-shirt when you register!

You can still register after this date, but shirts are not guaranteed.


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)
If you choose to register after October 8, the prices will increase by $5. 

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

Schedule of Events

7:30 am: Registration / Raffles Begin
8:45 am: 5K Run
9:00 am: 1-Mile Dog Walk
9:30 am: Costume Parade / Raffles Close
10:00 am: Awards

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