ROCKFORD, Ill. – State Rep. Dave Vella, D-Rockford, is calling on dog lovers to come out for “Bark in the Park,” a free community gathering of local canine organizations that will include training demonstrations, pet safety tips and dog-related goods from local vendors.

“This event will be a celebration of the many great organizations in our community that love dogs,” Vella said. “It’s also a great opportunity to learn about different businesses in our area that cater to our favorite pets, in addition to seeing some of the wonderful dogs that call our community home. Bring out your dog for a fun morning, we hope to see you there!”

Residents are encouraged to bring their dog to the event, where they can learn about pet fire safety, discover goods and services from local businesses and talk to non-profits that serve pets in the Rockford area. Demonstrations will be conducted by the Forest City Dog Training Club (10:30 a.m.) and the Rockford Police K9 Unit (11:30 a.m.). Bark in the Park is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact

Rep. David A. VellaRep. David A. Vella

(D-Loves Park)
68th District

Springfield Office:
242A-W Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-0455

District Office:
4007 N Mulford Rd
Loves Park, IL 61111
(815) 329-6741