Bark in the Park 2016

May 23, 2016

Windy City Paws had so much fun volunteering at Bark in the Park on May 21, 2016! Read on to see what this event is all about!

Windy City Paws Volunteers! Photograph by Wendy Domanski

The Anti-Cruelty Society is Chicago’s oldest and largest private, open-admission animal welfare organization. It has been helping pets and educating the community for more than 117 years!


Julia P. welcoming Chanel to this year’s event! Photograph by Jessica Audette


Bark in the Park is the The Anti-Cruelty Society’s single largest fundraising event of the year. 2016’s event was held at the Stadium Green at Soldier Field on a beautiful and sunny day to mark its 22nd year! This important fundraiser was the first pet-friendly event held in Chicago, and with more than 3,000 participants, it is one of the largest as well!


Kathleen G. hanging out with Rhino!  Photograph by Jessica Audette


At Bark in the Park, participants could run or walk in a 5K race as well as browse local vendors and have their pup go through a free agility course! Participants who walk the 5K were also welcome to bring their dog along for the walk.


Julia P. & Nick A. as part of the event welcome team!  Photograph by Jessica Audette


The Windy City Paws crew came out to volunteer at this wonderful event, and we all had a blast helping to raise awareness and funds for Chicago’s homeless pets at The Anti-Cruelty Society! Check out some of our awesome photos from the event here.


Nick A., Abigail P., Sarah F., Katie P., Megan S. & John C. helping out at the Photo Booth.  Photograph by Jessica Audette


Sam B., Dakota H. & Jenny M. keeping both participants and their dogs hydrated on such a beautiful day!  Photograph by Jessica Audette


Katie P., John C. & Megan S. printing out all of the adorable photographs taken!  Photograph by Jessica Audette


Julia P. with this little princess making her Bark in the Park debut!  Photograph by Jessica Audette


John C. & Megan S. working hard to raise money for The Anti-Cruelty Society!  Photograph by Jessica Audette


Dakota H. volunteering in the hospitality area!  Photograph by Jessica Audette




Photography by Wendy Domanski
Our 2016 Volunteers: John C., Katie P., Jessica A., Nick A., Abigail P., Sam B., Jenny M., Kathleen G., Julia P., Dakota H., Lauren B. & Megan S. (not pictured: Sarah F., Jim A. & Emma L.) Photograph by Wendy Domanski


Thank you to all the amazing volunteers who make this event possible, including our own Windy City Paws staff!

We also want to send a big thank you to Wendy Domanski with The Canines of Chicago for volunteering her time to take photographs of this event for The Anti-Cruelty Society, as well as our Windy City Paws team shots featured above!

We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!