Bark in the Park 2017 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When is the Bark in the Park?

A: The Bark in the Park is on Sunday, May 21, in Alton Baker Park. The fun begins at 7 a.m. and lasts until noon.


Q: If I have registered and am walking/running with my dog, is it OK if my husband or child comes along?

A: Registration for the event is per person, not per dog, so if your spouse or other family member wants to walk with you, registration is necessary. An exception is made for children under 6 years old.


Q: How many dogs can I run with?

A: You can run with as many dogs as you can safely handle!


Q: Do I have to raise money to participate?

A: Although Greenhill Humane Society relies on this fundraiser to care for homeless pets, there is no minimum fundraising requirement to attend. However, we do suggest a $25 donation which will help significantly. Remember, the more money we raise, the more animals we can help.


Q: Is my Bark in the Park registration fee tax deductible?

A: Unfortunately, no. The Internal Revenue Service considers entry fees for charitable races and walks to be similar to tickets to sports games, gala events or theater performances—it is the price paid for attending and participating. Since it is considered an entertainment fee, it is not tax deductible. However, although the registration fee is not tax deductible, anything donated above and beyond that fee is. Also, any donation made to support a Bark in the Park participant is tax deductible. 


Q: Where is parking available?

A: Limited parking is available in Alton Baker Park. Parking is also available nearby at EWEB.


Q: What else is there to do at the Bark in the Park? 

A:  There will be Pet/Person Look-alike, Best Tail Wagger and Best Trick contests that you can enter. Plus, you can shop for pet-related products and services for people offered by more than 30 vendors.


Q: How is the money I raise used? 

A: One-hundred percent of the money raised through pledges goes directly to the care of homeless pets in our shelters. Nearly 3,000 cats and dogs, as well as rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and other small pets, are brought to us each year. 


Q: I’m a cat lover. Do I have to bring a dog or may I come by myself?

A: You don’t have to bring a dog in order to participate in the event. We welcome cat lovers! You might consider walking in honor of your cat by pinning a photo of your cat to your shirt.