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All your favorite activities like the popular 5k race, 1-mile Walk for Animals and the Purina Pro Plan Performance Team will be back, and we're adding even more fun! We'll have PAWsome pet contests, animal-centric vendors, the doggie agility course, and plenty of kid-friendly activities. We're adding more fun to the festivities all the time - you won't want to miss any of the action!

How much does it cost to attend Bark in the Park 2020?
Registration for adults age 13+ is just $25 through 4/30/20, and $35 starting 5/1, so get signed up early before the price goes up! Children 12 and under and dogs are FREE!
Bark in the Park is a fundraiser for our animals and we encourage participants to raise funds to help abused and neglected animals.

What will my registration fee be used for?
All of the proceeds from Bark in the Park go to the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Fund, dedicated to investigating, healing and preventing animal abuse.

May I bring my dog(s)?
Of course! Bark in the Park is the largest dog walk and festival in the Midwest! There will be tons of activities for you and your best canine friends to enjoy. Pooches of all shapes and sizes are free and do not have to register. We do ask that responsible pet owners bring no more than 2 dogs per person and that all of your dog’s vaccinations are up-to-date.
And please, no retractable leashes.

Do I have to bring a dog?
No furry friend? No problem! Join us at Bark in the Park and get lots of lovin' from other pooches in attendance. It's all for a great cause!

Who can participate in the 5k race?
People of all ages are welcome to participate in this professionally-managed, chip-timed race. All participants, including children 12 and under, must register for the 5k to receive a timing bib and join the race. Run, jog, or walk 3.1 miles with or without your pooch! Discuss with your veterinarian whether your dog is in adequate physical condition for the 5k event!

Do I have to participate in the 5K or Walk to attend Bark in the Park?
You are welcome to skip the walk and just enjoy the festivities at Cricket Field. All attendees must register for Bark in the Park, whether or not they participate in the 5K or 1-mile fun walk.

Where is Cricket Field in Forest Park?
Cricket Field is just east of the Muny Circle and the Visitor’s Center Parking Lot. The most convenient entrance to use is off of Lindell at the History Museum. We will have plenty of signage throughout the park to direct you to Cricket Field. View map & directions to Cricket Field.

Directions and Map to Forest ParkMap my trip!
(Use Grand Drive & Cricket Drive, St. Louis MO 63112 as your destination address)

Where should I park?
Plenty of FREE parking is available near Cricket Field - at the Forest Park Visitor’s Center Lot, on the street and at the Lower Muny Lot.

Do I have to raise pledges to attend Bark in the Park?
Raising money above and beyond the requested registration fee means more funding for animals in need, AND you can earn great prizes! However, raising pledges is not a requirement to attend the event.

Bark in the Park Fundraising Teams

Do I have to be on a team to attend Bark in the Park?
All animal lovers are welcome at Bark in the Park whether you’re registered as an individual or as part of a Pack. Families do not have to form a Pack to attend. However, if you do decide to gather your family and friends together to form an official Bark in the Park Pack, you’re eligible for even more great fundraising prizes!
Details on the 2020 fundraising prizes coming soon!

I have received cash and check donations. May I turn this money in to the Humane Society now and have the amount(s) reflected on my Personal Bark Page and fundraising total?
Yes, you may send in these donations in as you receive them. Please be sure to include your name as the “sponsored walker” and/or your team name so that we are able to credit it to the correct participant or team.  Send donations to the Humane Society of Missouri Attn: Bark in the Park, 1201 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110. To have donated money reflected on your personal page prior to the event, please turn in your money by Monday, May 11, 2020.

How do my friends and family make donations in my name (or my Pack's name) online?
It's easy! Just send them to www.hsmo.org/bark and have them click on the Donate to a pack or individual link. They can then search for your name and make a secure donation online that, once processed, will be reflected in your individual total (Mastercard, Visa, Am Ex or Discover are accepted).

If someone supports, are they also considered members of my Pack?
No, they are not. In order to be considered a Pack member, they have to register to join the team their registration fee is credited to them as an individual and to the team goal as a whole.

Do I have to register in advance?
You are welcome to register on-site at Cricket Field in Forest Park on Saturday, May 16, 2020. We strongly encourage you to register in advance to shorten your waiting time.

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I'm a runner. When is packet pick-up?
Packet pickup for 5k participants will be held on Friday, May 20 from 11am - 7pm at Fleet Feet St. Louis - Des Peres, 11731 Manchester Road, Des Peres, MO 63131. You may also pick up your packet on race day, starting at 8am.

How long is the dog walk?
The Walk for Animals is approximately one mile long. The path begins and ends at Cricket Field.

What should my dog bring on the day of the event?
You and your dog should come prepared with a NON-retractable leash and doggie clean-up bags. We’ll provide the doggie water and treats! NOTE: all dogs in attendance should be up-to-date on all of their vaccinations.

My new puppy would love to attend Bark in the Park, is that OK?
We recommended that puppies younger than six months wait a year to attend Bark in the Park. The stress of the event and the company of so many other dogs may be too much for your little guy or gal. All dogs who attend are required to have all of their shots up-to-date.

What payment methods can I use for the Bark in the Park food and goodies?
We will accept cash, checks, debit and credit cards for all purchases at Bark in the Park, although some independent vendors may accept different payment methods.

How can I volunteer at Bark in the Park?
We accept volunteers for both day-of-event roles, as well as pre-event setup in the days before Bark in the Park. Whether you volunteer during the actual event or in the days leading up to it, we ask that you do not bring your personal pets. Volunteer opportunities for Bark in the Park will be announced soon!

Really Rain OR Shine?
Yes, even if it's raining cats and dogs we'll still be at Cricket Field on May 16, 2020. Many event activities will be under tents,  so come and enjoy all of the DOG-GONE fun even if it's a little wet!

Questions? Email bark@hsmo.org or call 314-951-1567, M-F from 8:30-5:00.

We'll see you at Bark in the Park!