American Cancer Society’s Bark For Life of the Wissahickon Valley will be back again this year on Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Fort Washington State Park. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Seen here is Lani McCrossin, of Oreland, and her dog, Bindi, at Bark For Life last year. (Photo by Greg Mitchell)

American Cancer Society’s Bark For Life of the Wissahickon Valley will be back again this year on Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Fort Washington State Park. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Seen here is Lani McCrossin, of Oreland, and her dog, Bindi, at Bark For Life last year. (Photo by Greg Mitchell)

by Jodi Benjamin

From Chihuahuas to Mastiffs, Bichons to Labradoodles, dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds have been gathering annually – owners in tow – for the American Cancer Society’s Bark For Life of the Wissahickon Valley. And they will be back again this year on Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Fort Washington State Park.

A warm, welcoming event for people and pooches, Bark For Life includes a one-mile dog walk, an obedience demonstration and a host of contests and games. There are also pet vendors with canine crafts and services on display, as well as raffle — or “ruff-le” — baskets filled with all kinds of enticing items. New this year is a doggy costume competition, with the winning dog being crowned “Cancer-Crushing Canine.”

Bark For Life is an opportunity to thank the dog in your life for all that unconditional love by sharing a special morning together in the park. It is also a chance to partner with your pet in the fight against cancer because the proceeds from Bark benefit the American Cancer Society.

Bark For Life also welcomes the participation of businesses or nonprofit organizations that cater to canines — or to the people who love them — including vets, groomers, trainers, crafters, pet stores, rescue organizations and more.

Set up under a pavilion, Bark For Life is a rain-or-shine event, held at the Militia Hill Area – Lot #1 of Fort Washington State Park. The address is 420 Militia Hill Rd., and it is accessed through the Joshua Road entrance to the park.

To register for Bark, visit www.relayforlife.org/barkwvpa. For more information, contact Pam Snyder at 215-582-8865 or pamtsny@hotmail.com. Or, reach out to Brittany MacLeod at 215-985-5339 or brittany.macleod@cancer.org.

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