PEORIA,Ill.— Despite gloomy weather Sunday, animal lovers and their pets gathered the Peoria Riverfront to have some fun while, also raising money for animals in need.
Bark in the Park 23rd annual event is the Peoria Humane Society’s major fundraising event of the year. This year the organization needed $20,000 more dollars to reach this year’s goal of $40,000.
Peoria Humane Society Education Coordinator Kitty Yanko said the money raised will help fund programs to provide lifesaving care for animals in need, promote adoption of homeless shelter animals, and reduce pet overpopulation.
“This is an amazing event. The community loves it,” she said. “When people come down to the riverfront for this event they just want to come and make a difference for the animals. They feel like they can come and have fun time but also raise money that is needed to take care of animals in this area.”
Yanko said those who missed Sunday’s can still help Humane Society reach their goal by donating on its website.