Editor's note: Bark in the Park has been canceled due to the outbreak of coronavirus in the United States.
If you are interested in making new friends and don’t mind if they have a bit of fur, the city of Auburn and Lee County Humane Society are hosting the perfect event for you.
The 2020 Bark in The Park will be held March 21 at Kiesel Park. The free event will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 2 p.m.
Auburn Parks and Recreation community programs coordinator Gabrielle Filgo says the event will be one that you wouldn’t want to miss.
“It’s a free event with some of the sweetest pups in town,” Filgo said. “If you have free time that day, who wouldn’t want to drop by?”
While the dogs will be the main event, the gathering will also feature an assortment of local businesses, including veterinarians, pet supply stores, dog trainers, and vendors with pet-friendly products for attendees to check out.
“We’re also planning on having live music for guests to enjoy,” Filgo said. “Just another way to keep the crowd entertained while the dogs socialize.”
Visitors can also stop by and get balloon animals to take home, bounce on an inflatable bounce house, enter for door prizes and get their face painted all while enjoying the gathering of furry Auburn citizens.
While all dogs are welcome, Filgo wants to remind guests that all dogs must be kept on a leash.
“Just for safety reasons,” Filgo said. “We want everyone to have fun but to be comfortable and safe at all times.”
The Auburn Police Department will showcase K9 Demos at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and the Student Chapter of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians will host the “Doggie Olympics,” allowing attendees a chance to show off their dog’s skills and tricks.
Guests can register their dogs for $3 per event and all proceeds will benefit the Student Chapter of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians.
For those who may be interested in finding a forever friend, the Lee County Humane Society will have adoptable dogs available at the event. PetVet Animal Health Center will also be on standby, providing free dog microchipping.
“A great day would be every dog finding their forever home,” Filgo said. “We’re just happy to be bringing this event back to Auburn after such a great turnout last year.”
For more information, guests are encouraged to head over to the city’s website.
“The day will be great,” Filgo said. “We’re hoping for a fun-filled day. Hope to see everyone there.”