Barky Pines To Host 5K Fun Run/Walk Event Feb. 15 In RPB

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, starting at 7:30 a.m.

The cost to participate in the 5K is $35. At 8 a.m., there will be a free 1K event for participants running or walking with their pets. There are also virtual and group registration options. All 5K registrations include a shirt and participation medal. To register, visit On-site registration begins at 6:30 a.m.

Grand Marshal Royal Palm Beach Councilwoman Selena Samios will kick off the 5K at 7:30 a.m., joined by special guest Miss Florida United States 2019 Carla Erskine. Alyssa Coons will sing the national anthem.

Guests can also look forward to pet adoptions, a variety of exhibitors, kids’ activities, a DJ, massages, fitness demonstrations, fire safety demonstrations and more.

In conjunction with the event, Barky Pines will conduct 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.

Current sponsors include: Marybel Reinoso Coleman PA; the Parking Solution; Katzman, Wasserman, Bernadinin & Rubenstein; Heather Smith Illustrated Properties; Western Communities Chiropractic; Laura Kline Re/Max; Nomad Mobile Fitness; Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming Wellington; the Berman Law Group; Leonard Bryant Photography; Hendrix Services; DJ Mike Rizz; Jeff & Ileene Fisher; Aqua Soft; Tito’s Handmade Vodka; Thrive; Wellington Agricultural; HealthSource Chiropractic; and U.S. Truss.

To support this inaugural event, view sponsorship opportunities at, call (561) 402-1451 or e-mail

“For our inaugural Puppy Love 5K event, we are so excited to be partnering with Leadership Palm Beach County and its Engage Forward program. 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, or sanctuary them here at the farm,” Barky Pines Director Elizabeth Accomando said.

Barky Pines is an animal rescue and sanctuary located in Loxahatchee. Its mission is to save animals that would otherwise be euthanized and to find furry friends their forever homes. Barky Pines is the second largest rescuer of animals from Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control.