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The Suburbanite
  • CALLING ALL DOGS: Canine-centered event supports Humane Society

  • This event is going to the dogs. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 10, the Humane Society of Greater Akron (HSGA) will host its annual Bark in the Park event at Springfield Lake Park. It is held in conjunction with Springfield Township and also benefits PAWSibilities.
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  • This event is going to the dogs.
    From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 10, the Humane Society of Greater Akron (HSGA) will host its annual Bark in the Park event at Springfield Lake Park. It is held in conjunction with Springfield Township and also benefits PAWSibilities.
    This year, the HSGA hopes to see 1,000 people attend Bark in the Park, which traditionally has been its most popular event and second-largest fundraiser.
    Pet owners, pet lovers or anyone wanting to help a great cause can gather at the lakefront on Canfield Road in the township for the family-friendly event.
    It is a chance for pets to take their people on a one-mile lakeside hike and support efforts to find forever homes for homeless animals. The day consists of the pledge walk and a pet expo with plenty of activities during the event including police dog demonstrations by B.A.R.K. as well as K-9 search and rescue demonstrations by Ohio Search Dog Association, Inc.
    All dogs are welcome to show off special talents such as walking on back legs or high-fiving friends. Awards will be given for best trick and best costume. An ice cream eating contest for dogs will also be held. There is a $2 participation cost for the contests which begin at 1:15 p.m. in the demonstration area.
    All dogs and humans are encouraged to help raise funds for the Bark in the Park walk which is held in front of the town hall. Registration for walkers can be done online or sign-ups begin at 11 a.m. the day of the event. The walk begins at noon. The registration fee is $5 per walker. There is no charge for pets or for children ages 12 and younger.
    The money walkers raise helps homeless pets live better lives. Many of the animals seeking homes are victims of cruelty, neglect, illness and injury. The funding also provides education, community outreach programs and adoption services.
    Walkers are challenged to raise $100 each and those meeting that goal receive a Bark in the Park T-shirt and a bandana for their pet.
    More than 90 percent of PAWSibilities and Humane Society of Greater Akron's funding is from individual donors.
    Marissa Gelender, Special Event and Volunteer Coordinator said Bark in the Park is a great event to gather your Scout troop, sorority or fraternity, friends and family.
    Those wanting to pledge to the fundraiser, visit Saverno the dog’s FirstGiving page at www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/Savreno/bitp2014.
    To register for the Bark in the Park walk, visit www.summithumane.org/Bark_in_the_Park