Barky Pines To Host Puppy Love 5K Feb. 15

Barky Pines Animal Rescue & Sanctuary, in partnership with Leadership Palm Beach County, will host its inaugural Puppy Love 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, Feb. 15 at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. The cost to participate in the 5K is $25 if registered before Feb. 1, when the cost increases to $35 per person. There are also virtual and group registration options. All registrations will include a shirt and participation medal. To register, visit

Grand marshals for the event will be Royal Palm Beach Councilwoman Selena Samios and Councilman Jeff Hmara, who will kick off the 5K at 7:30 a.m., joined by special guest Miss Florida United States 2019 Carla Erskine.

Guests can also look forward to pet adoptions, a variety of exhibitors, kids’ activities, a DJ and more. In conjunction with the event, Barky Pines will be conducting a supply drive. For each supply donated, guests will be entered to win raffle prizes. Supplies needed by Barky Pines include pee pads, cleaning supplies, large dog bowls, small dog beds, small dog harnesses and leashes, and farm animal feed.

Now is the time to get involved. Sponsorship opportunities start at just $100. Benefits for sponsors include the opportunity to showcase their company’s name and/or logo in print and digitally, verbal recognition at the event, complimentary registrations, complimentary exhibit space and more. Select sponsorship levels are limited, so call now. To support this event, view sponsorship opportunities at, call (561) 402-1451 or e-mail

“For our first annual Puppy Love 5K event, we are so excited to be partnering with Leadership Palm Beach County and its Engage Forward program,” Barky Pines Director Elizabeth Accomando said. “Together, we hope that this event will raise awareness of our mission, which is saving the lives of unwanted, homeless and urgent pets at our county shelter. This event will further allow Barky Pines to rehabilitate them and find them loving homes.’

Barky Pines is an animal rescue and sanctuary located in Loxahatchee. It is the second largest rescuer of animals from Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control.