Baseball season and man’s best friend teamed up together to have a day at the park, run around the bases and get your picture with your favorite team at a home game.
Bark in the Park is occurring across the country during this season’s Major League Baseball games. A Bark in the Park Schedule will let you find your team and check out the special Bark in the Park days at a stadium near you. Stadiums are already selling out for those special games so if you have an interest get your tickets soon!
Each stadium has its own requirements for vaccinations, weight limits, and other particulars. Be sure to visit the website or call the ticket office to confirm the details.
Besides the major league, there are several minor league baseball teams that host a similar Bark at the Park event.
Proceeds from AvoDerm and Nylabone Bark at the Park go to Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)
From the Animal Rescue Foundation, or ARF, website, a cool history on how ARF came to be:
The catalyst for ARF came on May 7, 1990 at a televised baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees.
In the middle of an inning and amidst cheers from spectators, a stray tortoiseshell cat looking for food took a wrong turn and suddenly found herself on the playing field.
Trapped in the enormous Oakland Coliseum and frightened by the roar of the crowd, the frantic cat dashed around the field, desperately leaping at any means of escape and eluding the players and umpires who tried to capture her.
Panicked and unable to find a way out, she slinked towards the infield, exhausted from her ordeal. Tony La Russa, then-manager for the Oakland Athletics, coaxed her gently into the A’s dugout where she would spend the rest of the game in safe confines.
Tony and his wife Elaine, a life-long animal advocate, discovered there was not a single no-kill shelter in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area and that the little cat would likely be euthanized. They took her under their wing and exhausted every lead in hopes of finding a safe haven.
At last, they were able to place “Evie” – named after Oakland A’s team owner, Evie Haas – in a permanent, loving home where she could live out her natural life.
Evie wouldn’t be the last “save” of Tony’s career.
The experience awakened Elaine and Tony to the realization of the desperate circumstances in besieged public animal shelters and the plight of homeless dogs and cats, and inspired them to take action. Less than a year later, they co-founded ARF with the goal of rescuing dogs and cats before they ran out of time at high-kill shelters.
There is much more to read about on the ARF website – check it out
But first, go get your Bark in the Park tickets!