Bark in the Park – October 17, 2020

17th Annual Bark in the Park will be held October 17th, 2020

8-1 pm at Seneca Park

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Bark in the Park is a celebration of all things canine. This October, The Animal Care Society welcomes the general public to one of Metro Louisville’s most popular green spaces – Seneca Park. Participate in the 5K, hang out with your dog(s) by the kiddie pools, let your dogs run the Lure Course by Lucky Dogs Adventures, munch on pizza and hot dogs, participate in fun contests, learn about rescue organizations and animal-friendly businesses nearby, and and meet tons of amazing animal lovers right here in Louisville!

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Here is the TENTATIVE schedule for Bark in the Park, Sat October 17, 2020 at Seneca Park:

7AM- Run/Walk Registration Begins

8AM- Woof Walk/Run Begins

9AM- Vendor Booths Open

10AM- Owner/Pet Look-A-Like Contest and Kissing Contest

10:30AM- Costume Contest


11:30AM- ACS Alumni Picture

11:30 AM –

12:30 PM- Dog of the Year ends

1:00 PM dog of the Year Announced

1:00 PM- Silent Auction Concludes

5K Woof Walk/Run

$25 in advance, $30 at Seneca Park on the day of the event! THANKS!

The day begins with registration for our traditional staple: The Woof Walk/Run. It is literally a stroll in the park! The Animal Care Society patrons preregister for $25, $30 day of event and collect addition pledge donations from pet loving friends and family! Each walker/runner receives a Wag Bag full of coupons, goodies, and an Official 2020 Bark in the Park T-Shirt.  Runners who make the best time will receive prizes, walkers/runners who raise the most money will receive prizes, and the team that raises the most money receive a prize as well!!  To register for the woof walk/run click here.

Contests, Contests, Contests!

Most animal owners think the WORLD of their pets and the turnout at our Bark in the Park contest is a quite a testimony to that notion! This year we’ll put “Puppy Love” to the ultimate test as our judges try to determine which pooch has the best smooch in our Kissing Contest.  Dogs are then transformed in to flights of fantasy, science fiction or even cartoon characters as the Halloween Costume Contest. The Pet/Owner Look Alike Contest will stretch our judges’ imaginations as they try to figure out common features between people and their pets (without insulting dog or human!).

Dog of the Year

This is a day-long contest where pet lovers have submitted their precious pups pictures in advance and the general public has the final vote with the almighty dollar! Participants are encouraged to shamelessly promote their pooch or “put your money where your mutt is” and pre-collect donations for the contest. Your dog could be DOG of the Year and win a huge dog basket with gift card!

Silent Auction and Raffles

We have to brag. Our gift baskets are the best in town. Due to the generosity of area businesses and the creativity of our staff and volunteers the Bark in the Park silent auction offers a diverse  and popular item selection.  Local restaurants, retailers, and even Veterinary offices offer gift cards. Louisville landmarks such as Churchill Downs, Actors Theater, HolidayWorld and Belle of Louisville typically donate admissions and tickets. These gifts and services are artfully combined into packages that delight auction bidders seeking bargains and bring much needed revenue to our little shelter.

Vendors & Sponsors

From Veterinary offices to rescue organizations to you-name-it, we have tons of vendors at Bark in the Park. As a Sponsor, you receive a FREE Vendor space. Learn more about the animal-friendly businesses in Louisville and make new friends with people and dogs from rescues nearby. If you would like to be a vendor or sponsor at Bark in the Park this year, please contact us at  or fill out a Sponsor Form HERE or Vendor Form HERE. Thanks!

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