Barky Pines Announces Second Annual Puppy Love 5K Fun Run/Walk Event

Barky Pines Animal Rescue & Sanctuary is excited to announce its second annual Puppy Love 5K Run/Walk event to take place Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021 at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park.

The chip-timed race will begin at 7:30 a.m. Participants wishing to do the “fun run” and/or walk with their pets will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The cost to participate in the 5K will be $35 if registered on or before Jan. 31. Beginning on Feb. 1, the cost will increase to $45 per person. There will also be virtual and group registration options. All registrations include a shirt and participation medal. To register, visit Registration opened on Oct. 15.

Day-of registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. at Commons Park. Packet pickup locations will be posted closer to race time for those registered in advance. All participants are asked to follow current CDC guidance at that time, to include but not be limited to, socially distancing as much as possible, and to wear masks up until race start, as well as after the race upon cool down.

The grand marshal will kick off the 5K at 7:30 a.m. Guests can also look forward to pet adoptions, a variety of exhibitors, 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 include small breed dog food, pee pads, cleaning supplies, large dog bowls, small dog beds, small dog harnesses and leashes, and farm animal feed.

This year’s sponsors include Storm Roofing. To support this inaugural event, view sponsorship opportunities at, call (561) 402-1451 or e-mail

“We remain honored and humbled by the turnout of support for our inaugural race,” Barky Pines Director Elizabeth Accomando said. “We had more than 300 participants both in-person and virtual, and dozens more who showed up with a friend, family member or participant to be supportive. We remain appreciative of the many sponsors we had and the outpouring of support where people learned of our mission. We look forward to an even better race for 2021, even with social distancing requirements in place.”

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