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‘Bark in the Park’ fundraising event seeks volunteers, vendors to help local animal rescues

A “doggone” good event is back in Western New York and this year it will benefit four local animal rescues! After a two year hiatus due to COVID, Clarence Bark in the Park, Western New York’s premiere dog event, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at Clarence Town Park. Presented by the Clarence Lions Club, the event will benefit Buddy’s Second Chance Rescue, Awesome Paws, Open Arms Rescue of WNY and Ten Lives Club.

“We chose to partner with rescue groups this year to make it a true pet event. We wanted to make our event better than ever by helping raise funds to save animals right here in our community,” said Event Chairman Timothy Pazda of the Clarence Lions Club. 

The event will feature a wide variety of activities including doxie races, dock diving, a Pomeranian fashion show, herding demonstrations, ball pit photos with Tailor Mayde Photography, kangaroos and a petting zoo from Niagara Downunder, demonstrations from Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, visits from Paw Patrol characters, food, drinks, a basket raffle, adoptable dogs and cats & so much more! Admission is $6 per person at the gate or you can get a discount if you purchase early online! All proceeds will go towards helping rescue animals. 

Organizers of the event are asking for the community’s help to make the event a success! They are in need of volunteers, sponsors & vendors. Visit to get involved!

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