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Bark in the Park

The 20th Annual Bark in the Park

was Sunday, October 9th, 2016!

11am-3pm at Festival Park on the Peoria Riverfront



What is Bark in the Park? 

Bark in the Park is by far the largest fundraising event hosted by the Peoria Humane Society.  It started back in 1997 with a handful of volunteers and about 50 participants at Glen Oak Park.  The event has grown to over 1000 registrants in its largest year, and now requires more than 150 volunteers.  It is a family friendly event that has something for pets, pet lovers, kids, and adults.  It's held the second Sunday in October at the Peoria Riverfront Festival Park.  One of the highlights of the Bark is seeing hundreds of feet and paws join together as they take the "Walk for Animals" along the Peoria riverfront.  The goal of Bark in the Park is to raise money to help the animals of the Peoria area as well as provide a fun event for pets and their family's to share together.


"Bark in the Park definitely puts the "fun" in fundraiser!  It's all about bringing people who care about animals together in one huge effort to raise money to improve the lives of animals in our community!"

                            ~Patti Schaffner, Event Chair


Each year the event features the hilariously funny "Mutt Show" in which your dog can sign up to showcase a special talent and win prizes, an outstanding raffle tent, cash raffle, Canine Carnival, professional photo with you and your dog, pawprint painting, kids activity center, and more! You can find more information on this year's Bark at the bottom of this webpage.

Event Information

General Info.
Details about Bark in the Park 2016

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Get Involved
Volunteer, Fundraise, and Donate to the Event!

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Exhibitor Info
Learn How to Participate as an Exhibitor

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Frequently Asked Questions

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See Pictures from the Event

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Want to attend this year's Bark in the Park?  

Online registration has ended for Bark in the Park 2016.

You can still register at the gate on event day for $30. We hope to see you there!



Can't Attend? Click here to donate to the cause!







The Peoria Humane Society would like to thank our 2016 Sponsors:


Presenting Sponsor





Canine Crusader



Jon & Sharon Michael




Leaders of the Pack


Peoria County Veterinary Medical Association




Dog Gone Great

Ameren Illinois

Associated Bank

Balzell Photography

Community Lawn Care

Dan and Shaun Cusack

Deiters Pet Services & Pet Crematory

Intellihot Green Technologies, Inc.

Janssen Law Center

John Wangelin Photography

Legacie's Photography

Shutter Hound Pet Photography

Southside Bank