Category Archives: Bark in the Park

Speakers For 10th Anniversary Event

There are so many new things to share!  We have updated the information for our 10th Anniversary Event, and we are pleased to share information on the speakers that will be helping us out this year.

Karen Russell (HCHS President) will be speaking on the status of the new shelter. The new shelter is much more roomy than our previous location, and we are looking forward to telling you all about it.

Sargent Chavez (Geneseo Police) will be speaking on National Night Out Dog Walker Watch.  This is a program which is aimed to enhance the partnership between police and community while walking your dog. 

Angie Hall Of QC CAN will be speaking on “What Is A Therapy Dog And What Do They Do?”  You have probably heard of service dogs, but therapy dogs (and their human partners) are something different.  And something special.

Alexis Weber () will be speaking about “Fun Activities With Your Dog/Getting AKC Titles”.

Have a chance to meet Sonja Benavidez & Amber (her Cardigan Welsh Corgi). They won the American Kennel Club (AKC) Exemplary Companion Dog award for 2017.


Coming Into Focus… The Tenth Anniversary Event

We are pleased to announce more details on our 10th anniversary event.

We now have a dedicated area where details on our 2018 event may be found. 

As previously announced, the Bark In The Park will be held on Saturday, 13 October 2018.  Events will be starting at 10AM at the Geneseo City Park.  During the day, there will be presentations on pet related topics, kids games, vendors, and pet contests. 

Registration is now open for the 1 mile dog walk (starting at 11AM).  Do not have a dog but would still like to participate?  Everyone is welcome to join!  Go to to register for the walk and to choose your T-Shirt.  Are you not able to join the walk, but still wishing to support the shelter? No problem!  You can also order T-Shirts at our shop.

Bark In The Park 2017…In Pictures

Pictures for the 2017 Bark In The Park event are now live! You can go to the direct link at, or navigate to that location through the historical picture links.

Remember that the 10th annual Bark in the Park will be held Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Geneseo City Park.  We will undoubtedly have even more pictures to share at that time.

Excuse Our Mess… But Change Is Coming

We are working hard to update the website, so excuse our mess while we are under construction. We will be back soon better than ever!

Remember to save our date: The 10th annual Bark in the Park will be held Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Geneseo City Park. Much like our website, it is being revamped for the big anniversary.  The focus of the family event will be on dog-related races, contests, exhibits, and educational opportunities.

Would you like more information about the Tenth Anniversary Bark in the Park? Would you be interested in being a sponsor or perhaps a vendor? Do you have an idea of exhibitors you would be interested in seeing?

For these (or any other inquires) send an e-mail to and we will get back to you.

2017 Thanks a Million!

MANY THANKS to the sponsors, committee members, helpers and volunteers of the Henry County Humane Society – Geneseo’s 9th Annual Bark in the Park Races!

THE SPONSORS AND DONORS: Barb and Bob Kuhns; Miller Veterinary Service; New Horizon Kennels; Oakwood Veterinary Service; Alexis’ Doggie Spa LLC; Bob Johnson Construction, Inc.; Central Bank; Charlet, Vandersnick & Associates; Chicago Street Decorating; DeDecker’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling; Edward Jones — Paul Rapps, Doug Curran, Tyler Richards; Julie & Larry Riney; Mallard Pointe Kennel; Springfield Inc.; Vandemore Pet Cremations; Fareway; Hammond-Henry Hospital; Mowers Photography; Purina; Vibrant Credit Union; Becker & Becker Plumbing – Heating – Cooling; The Best Upholstery Shop; Casey’s General Stores; Contented Canines; Dr. Fehlman & Dr. Hirschfelder; Farmers National Bank; Geneseo Home Furnishings; Growth, Inc.; Hanford Insurance Agency; Jagers’ Pet Grooming; Lohman Companies Insurance; Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP; One Way Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning; Precision Solutions Ag; Salem Lutheran Church, Moline; Smith Studio & Gallery; Snap Fitness; Village Florist; Village Home Stores; Vision Source Geneseo, LLC; Vorac Pharmacy; Wisdom Financial Services L.L.C.; Wyffels Hybrids; B&B Lawn Equipment; Daniels Family Dentistry; Hazelwood Homes; Raelyn’s Pub & Eatery; Tim & Angie Kincaid; Union Federal Savings & Loan, and the employees of Nash Nash Bean & Ford.

THE HELPERS and VOLUNTEERS: James Stratton, Emcee (KWQC Weekend Anchor); Geneseo Police Department and City of Geneseo employees, Geneseo and Genesis Ambulance Services, Andrew Roseman, Dr. Christina Causemaker, Alexis Weber, Kaitlyn Ebarb, Tracy Diehl, Weisser and Son Electric, Creative Images; Jim Ash, 2017 Music Festival Queen and Court, Sugar Maple Golf Club, Bonnie Wick, and the many volunteers and helpers who assisted in planning and manning the race route and city park.

THE COMMITTEE: Barb Sigwalt, Kim Sefton, Amanda Farmer, Margaret Starkey, Julie Thiell, Tina Mattan, Brandi Catton, Susan Pierce, Kalie Vandersnick, Mark Dial, Doug Kuriger, Kasey Zibton, Katie Lenz, Evelyn Watkins, Gay Hull, Pat DeLeon, Karen Russell.

2017 On Your Marks, Get Ready, . . .

We’re almost ready to run the 2017 Bark in the Park events:

Volunteer Information

Below are three handouts from Kimberly for volunteers:

Looking forward to another great Bark in the Park event.


5k Run at Geneseo Bark in the Park

5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Walk, Kids' Races and more at Geneseo Bark in the Park

5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Walk, Kids’ Races and More

Please save the date for the 2017 5K Run/Walk at the Geneseo Bark in the Park event this year on:

Saturday July 22, 2017 at 8 a.m.

Here is a link to the PDF version of registration form that can be printed and mailed or dropped off: Geneseo-2017-Bark-in-the-Park-Registration-b

You can also register on-line at

The event includes:

  • 5K Run/Walk has no age limitations and starts at 8:00 A.M.
  • 1 Mile Walk (with or without your dog) starts at 8:10 A.M.
  • Kid Races (no age limitations) start at 8:45 A.M.
  • There will be post race snacks, awards, kid’s games, the pet contest, and more.

Registration Options:

  • 5k Run/Walk fee is $20 ($25 after June 23). This option includes a Race T-shirt and packet
  • 1 Mile Walk (with or without your dog) fee is $20 ($25 after June 23). This option also includes one race T-shirt and packet. Plus, all participating walkers & dogs get a ribbon!
  • Kid Races (no age restrictions) fee is $5, does not include a T-shirt. (Cost remains $5 even after June 23.
  • Family Rate (must register 3 or more family members at the same time) fee is $30. The Family rate receives NO t-shirt, packet, kid’s games, or Dog Gifts.
  • T-shirts may be purchased separately after the race – subject to availability for $10 for sizes S thru XL, XXL & XXXL are $13. Again, there is no implied guarantee of availability if not ordered before June 23.

Packet Pickup and Late Registration:

  • Friday, July 21st from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the Geneseo City Park (west side of City Park on Center St.)
  • Race Day, July 22nd from 6:00 A.M. to 7:30 A.M. at the Geneseo City Park Pavilion (west side of City Park on Center St.)
  • For more information explore this website, or contact Kalie at 309.507.0187.

On your marks . . . Get ready . . .