Bark in the Park 2023

Frequently Asked Questions

​Q: Is there a registration fee?
A: No, there is not a registration fee, but if you need to raise or donate $25 to receive an event t-shirt and participate in the one-mile Walk for the Animals.

Q: Where does Bark in the Park take place?
A: Bark in the Park takes place at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Downtown Tampa, and the Walk for the Animals takes place on the Riverwalk between Curtis Hixon and USF Parks.

Q: Where should I park?
A: Downtown Tampa offers a variety of parking garages, flat lots and street parking around Curtis Hixon Park. The Poe Garage (800 N Ashley Drive) is the closest garage to the event.

Q: Where does the money go?
A: All money raised through Bark in the Park stays right here in your community and supports the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Your donations directly funds the care of homeless animals in Tampa Bay - including housing, food, enrichment and medical care - and supports HSTB community programs such as the Food Pantry and low-cost Animal Hospital. 

Q: What does it mean to have a Pack or be a Lone Wolf?
A: A Pack is a group of co-workers, fellow students, friends and/or family members that register and raise money for homeless animals in Tampa Bay. Lone Wolves also register and raise funds, but do not form a group to do so. 

Q: Are there advantages to fundraising online?
A: Yes! The Bark in the Park website is packed with features to help you achieve your fundraising goals. Come features include:
  • Once you register, you will have your own fundraising page that makes it easy to reach out to people and raise money.
  • Each donation appears on your page automatically, helping you keep track of your progress.
  • Friends and family can log on and support your efforts quickly and easily.
  • Automated acknowledgement messages are sent to all your online supporters.

Q: How can I promote Bark in the Park and fundraise successfully?
A: We suggest trying all of the following:
  • Register and set up your Bark in the Park fundraising page.
  • Consider finding teammates to form a Pack to fundraise as a group.
  • Send out an email to your contacts to share your personal Bark in the Park fundraising page.
  • Share your fundraising page through social media.
  • Follow up with the people in your Pack to discuss fundraising goals and strategies.

Q: Is my information secure?
A: Yes. OneCause, the company that the Humane Society of Tampa Bay uses to store all Bark in the Park data, makes every effort to protect your data. They use encryption techniques to make sure that credit card information, passwords and personal information travel securely over the Internet. 

Q: What if I have a question that is not answered here?
A: Please feel free to contact Liz McCoy at or (813) 252-2027