ST. LOUIS – It was a “paws-itively” “purr-fect” morning in Tower Grove Park as dogs and their owners celebrated the 28th annual ‘Bark in The Park’ event.

Saturday morning was for the dogs.

Dog lovers and their four-legged friends packed Tower Grove Park for the 28th annual ‘Bark in the Park.’

The festival kicked off with a 5k. Dogs representing every breed imaginable took their owners for a walk or sprint. Including, Woody the beagle.

“My husband is a runner, so Woody has been trained up, and he’s done 6 half-marathons and many 10ks and everyday runs a 5K, he’s pure muscle,” said owner of beagles Woody and Jessie, Mollie Heinz.

There was also a spot for agility testing – vendors and a show full of trick put on by the organizer, Purina Farms and benefitting the Humane Society of Missouri.

Dubbed the biggest pet festival in the Midwest, it’s no wonder so many breeds showed up.

“I wanted her to come and get some socializing with other dogs and support the humane Society – and she was from the Humane Society in Hawaii, so I love supporting the rescues,” shared dog owner, Sherri Harred.

All proceeds will go towards the Humane Society’s Animal Cruelty Fund.

It’s dedicated to investigating, healing, and preventing animal abuse and neglect.

“They go across the state of Missouri helping animals in need so they can get the second chance they deserve. It’s our largest fundraiser of the year, so it’s very important,” said The Humane Society of Missouri Marketing Communications Manager, Robyn Dexter.

Many of the attendees adopted once, now throwing a bone to the next litter of Humane Society puppies looking for their fur-ever home.

“It’s definitely a good feeling to have all these dog lovers all in one spot because these are great dogs and great people, so it’s just nice to have everybody around and get to know new people,” said dog owner, Natalie Stoner.