Even though the day had clouds in the sky and a chilly breeze coming off the lake, it was a great day for Bark in the Park.

Even though the day had clouds in the sky and a chilly breeze coming off the lake, it was a great day for Bark in the Park.

Several visitors were heard saying “at least it is not as cold as last year” and that positive attitude continued throughout the day as more than 200 walkers participated in the annual event sponsored by the Humane Society of Greater Akron (HSGA) in conjunction with Springfield Township.

"It was a successful day," said Marissa Gelender, Special Event and Volunteer Coordinator for HSGA.

Bark in the Park is an annual fundraiser for PAWSibilities, the Humane Society of Greater Akron. The society rescues and rehabilitates abused, abandoned and neglected animals of Summit County. They work to place the pets in good homes as well as investigate instances of animal cruelty and prosecute when needed.

The day raises awareness about the mission of the society, "as well as working with other animal-related non-profit organizations in the area like B.A.R.K. and Ohio Search Dog Association (OSDA),” Gelender said. “With the community's wonderful support, we raised over $40,000 and over 700 people attended.”

The day was filled with dog fun including police dog demonstrations by B.A.R.K. and the K-9 Search and Rescue demonstrations by the Ohio Search Dog Association, Inc. Raffle prizes were also donated by Summit County businesses and raffled off to lucky winners.

The event was held on the north shore of Springfield Lake. It is a top-rated event for HSGA and one of the most attended. Karen Hackenberry, executive director of the society, called the family fun event a great way to kick off the summer.

For the fundraiser, dog lovers solicited donations for walking the one-mile hike by the lake. Each walker was challenged to raise $100 and, in doing so, earned a t-shirt for themselves and a bandana for their pet.

The lakefront was filled with walkers, dogs and booths that related to pet care products and treats.

Dogs of all breeds and sizes were took the spotlight, but potbelly pigs Tovin and Penelope riding in style in their strollers garnered some attention, too.

A fun time was had by those participating in the contests which included an ice cream-eating contest, best trick and the best costume.

Roxie, owned by Nicole Street of Canton, won the costume contest by wearing tiny, little sneakers.

Bark in the Park was sponsored by Cascade Subaru, the Lisle M. Buckingham Endowment Foundation of the Akron Community Foundation, First Merit Foundation and Montrose Auto Group.

Several adoptable dogs took part in the day.

"As a result two of our dogs were adopted,” Gelender said. “This is pretty awesome, considering most of the people already had animals at home. We are so happy for them and hope that others will find their new homes soon. Without the support of the community, we could not help the animals in need in Summit County."