Oakland Athletics to Host Bark at the Park (+ a contest)


Baseball buffs and their dogs can watch the Oakland Athletics go to bat against the Cleveland Indians and help two worthy causes in the process when the team hosts Bark at the Park on July 14, 2017.

Prior to the first pitch, pooches and their pet parents can celebrate with other two-and-four-legged fans at a pre-game party, then let their inner major league star enjoy a moment in the spotlight while promenading on the field in a Pup Parade.

As with any Dog Day baseball event, attendees must make sure that their buddy who barks is wearing proper identification, provide proof of current vaccination from a licensed veterinarian, keep their canine companion on a leash at all times and pick up after their pet.

Not only will sports fans of both the two-and four-legged variety get to cheer for players as they dive for home plate at Bark at the Park, they will also get applaud some totally tubular tail-waggers who will make a big splash aboard the Gnarly Crankin’ Wave Maker!

Currently on a 20-city “Wave Tour II,” Lucy Pet Products’ Gnarly Crankin’ Wave Maker — which helped to make Guinness World Record history during the 2017 Rose Parade as an attraction on the longest and heaviest float ever — is also a vehicle for change. The surfing tour is helping to raise awareness of the family-owned and operated business Lucy Pet Products, which features dog and cat care products with a cause. All of the net proceeds from sales aid the efforts of The Lucy Pet Foundation, a non-profit striving to end the euthanasia of over four million companion animals annually by working toward the day when there are Lucy Pet Foundation spay/neuter and pet adoption mobile clinics in every major US city.

Stepping Up to the Plate in Support of People and Pets

A portion of the proceeds from Bark at the Park will be donated to:

  • Dogs4Diabetics, which has provided medical assistance dogs to those who are insulin-dependent in order to increase their sense of personal independence since its start in 2004.
  • Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), a non-profit founded by baseball great Tony La Russa which has found forever homes for more than 35,000 companion animals who were facing their fate in the shelter system, and has helped to curb pet overpopulation through more than 33,000 spay/neuter procedures.

Admission: Separate tickets must be purchased for people and their dogs. Prices are $15 for a human Plaza Reserved ticket, $6 for a dog ticket in the Plaza Reserved section, and $15 for each extra fan without a dog sitting in the Plaza Reserved section (maximum five additional tickets)

When: July 14, 2017

Where: Oakland Coliseum, located at 7000 Coliseum Way in Oakland, California

Bark in the Park Photo Contest

Dogs who can’t make it to Bark at the Park can still “get in the game” by showing off their pride for their favorite team in the Bark at the Park online Photo Contest. Through June 23rd, pet parents living in the US can submit a snapshot of their sport-loving Spot in one of four categories:

  • Dog’s Best Smile
  • Dog’s Best Action Shot
  • Dog Most Convincingly Dressed as an Oakland A’s Player
  • Dog Most Stylishly Dressed in Green and Gold Attire

The winner in each category will receive a gift basket for their dog.

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About Grace Sydney

Grace Sydney is the Assistant Editor of DogTipper.com and CatTipper.com, covering celebrity-related rescue news. She operates the @HollywoodDogs Twitter account sharing information on celebrity fundraising for rescues and shelters.

  • Cathy Keisha

    There are a lot of cats who walk on leashes. I wonder if they’re invited too if that would disturb the dogs too much.