May 7, 2024

Greenhill’s 31st Annual Bark in the Park Returns

The community event and fundraiser to help thousands of local, homeless pets returns to Alton Baker Park on May 19

EUGENE, OREGON – (May 7, 2024) – Alton Baker Park goes to the dogs when Greenhill Humane Society’s 31st Annual Bark in the Park returns on Sunday, May 19th. This annual dog-friendly event draws over 1,000 people and their pups and is one of Greenhill’s biggest fundraisers with the shelter’s goal to raise $100,000 to help care for over 5,000 animals in 2024.

“Bark in the Park is one big party for pups and their people! Rain or shine, this event is always so much fun and filled with lots of smiles and dog kisses,” said Sarah Bouzad, Greenhill’s Community Engagement and Events Manager. “Regardless if you are interested in running or walking in the races, or even have a dog to bring, as an animal-lover you are invited! This is one of Greenhill’s biggest fundraisers and we hope to raise much-needed funds to care for the vulnerable pets in Lane County.”

Festivities of Bark in the Park include a 2K, 5K, 10K run or walk, canine activities, vendor booths, food trucks, demonstrations, contests, prizes and more. This annual event draws more than 1,000 people and their pets in celebration of the human-animal bond. Bark in the Park is the largest pet event in the Southern Willamette Valley and one of the largest run/walks in Eugene. Runners can participate as an individual with or without a dog and start or join a team.

Participants are encouraged to fundraise for the animals. 100% percent of donations raised go towards helping the animals. For perspective:

Every $5 raised can help feed an animal for a day.

Every $15 raised can help provide a microchip for a pet.

Every $35 raised can help provide vaccines.

Every $75 raised can help provide a spay or neuter surgery.

This year, Greenhill hopes to raise $100,000 for the animals. The shelter relies on donations and grants for much of its funding, which is used for a variety of services and resources for the animals and the community. In addition to caring for over 5,000 homeless, lost and neglected pets, Greenhill programs include adoption services, humane education, a Community Pet Pantry, domestic violence assistance, senior assistance, pet retention assistance, spay/neuter programs, disaster response, volunteer opportunities, and foster care opportunities.

Event details:

Register and learn more about Bark in the Park at 

When: Sunday, May 19, 2024, activities begin at 7 a.m. with festivities concluded at 12 p.m.

Where: Alton Baker Park


-Pre-registration until Saturday, May 18 is $35 and includes a doggie bandana or $50 with a doggie bandana and a t-shirt for humans. Children 12 and under are free to register and may purchase a t-shirt.

-Day-of Registration is $40 with a doggie bandana or $55 with a doggie bandana and a t-shirt (while supplies last.)

-Fundraising Registration (raising money but not participating in the event) is free.

To learn more about Greenhill Humane Society and Bark in the Park, visit 


About Greenhill Humane Society
Greenhill Humane Society has been caring for animals in Lane County since 1944. It is a private, non-profit organization that relies on charitable donations. Greenhill is located at 88530 Green Hill Road in Eugene. We envision a world in which all animals are treated with compassion and respect. In 2023, Greenhill assisted 5,356 animals through our life-saving programs. Greenhill dogs, cats, and rabbits are spayed or neutered prior to adoption, receive recommended vaccinations, and are microchipped. To learn more visit and follow on Facebook, InstagramX, and TikTok.