‘Bark in The Bay’ For Animal Lovers Arrives

By  //  April 6, 2013

Free Public Event

BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Every dog has his day and soon people will too.

The sixth annual “Bark In the Bay” event for pet lovers will be held at Palm Bay Regional Park’s youth camping area on Saturday, April 4. (Shutterstock image)

The city of Palm Bay, the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, Brevard County Parks and Recreation, and Space Coast Pet Sitters Network are sponsoring the sixth annual “Bark in the Bay” on Saturday, April 6.

The event will be from 9 am. To 1 p.m. at Palm Bay Regional Park’s Youth Camping Area, adjacent to the dog park.

Palm Bay Regional Park is at 1951 Malabar Road in Palm Bay.

This free event for dog owners and their pets will feature a variety of pet-related educational displays, adoptable pets and a number of demonstrations.

Pet-care providers, dog clubs, pet trainers and other exhibitors will have staff available to answer questions and give advice about dog care and behavior. A number of pet rescue groups also will have adoptable dogs at the event and pet artists will be on hand to showcase their artwork.

The Lagoon Program and the city of Palm Bay will distribute educational materials and pet waste bag dispensers to highlight the importance of cleaning up and disposing of pet waste, which has been found to be a contributing factor to bacterial pollution in the Indian River Lagoon.

Rain often washes pet waste left on trails, sidewalks, and streets into the nearest storm drain, many of which flow to canals that drain directly into the lagoon.

Participants will be eligible for door prizes during the event and food vendors will be on site for guests to enjoy a nice lunch in the park. Water and dog treats will be available.

Pets must be leashed while at the event, however, pet owners and their dogs are encouraged to make use of the five-acre off-leash dog park adjacent to the Youth Camping Area.

Dogs attending the event and using the park must be current on vaccinations and well-socialized toward both people and other dogs.

For more information, call 321-722-5363 or 321-953-8985.