Barks & Recreation 2024 Press Release


Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center Presents  

The 3rd Annual Barks & Recreation Event 

A Dog-Friendly Fundraising Event to Be Held in Stewart Park on Saturday, May 18th 


Roseburg, OR – May 13th, 2024— Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center will host the third annual Barks & Recreation event in Stewart Park on May 18th from 11 am to 3 pm. This event is designed to celebrate the human-canine family bond with fun dog-related activities and raise funds for Saving Grace programs. The event is free to attend and well-behaved dogs on leash are very welcome.  


“Saving Grace is extremely excited to be able to host Barks and Recreation as a fun, family-friendly event for all dog-lovers.  Dogs not only bring tremendous joy to their families, but a sense of purpose, well-being and are a great incentive to exercise.  We will have a variety of activities for the dogs and their human best friends.” says Jennifer Barta, Executive Director of Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center. “This event is also a great opportunity to raise awareness and funds for the programs Saving Grace offers to the Douglas County community.” 


Barks & Recreation will feature something for everyone! Sponsored by First Community Credit Union, the event includes over 30 pet friendly vendors, dog activities (such as pup-cups and bobbing for hot dogs), a wine & beer garden, kid’s activities, reduced-cost vaccinations and microchips for dogs, and food carts. Saving Grace will also bring several dogs available for adoption. So come down to Stewart Park to meet your next best friend! 


An Alumni Walk for dogs previously adopted from Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center, will start at 11 am at the Half Shell, with a free bandana. Doggie Contests will run from 11:45 to 1:15, including Best Trick, Best Costume, Owner-Dog Lookalike, and a Peanut Butter Eating contest that you will not want to miss! (Contest registration is open now on the Saving Grace website.)  The event will also feature live music by Kyra Van Winkle from 1:30 pm to 3 pm. 


In addition, Saving Grace has partnered with CHI Mercy Health to kick off the morning at 9:30, before the main event, with a 3 mile “Walk with a Doc” stroll. Participants are encouraged to enjoy a healthy walk with their dog, starting at the Stewart Park train, while they learn more about the benefits of having a dog as part of their family. Dogs are a terrific way to enjoy the physical and mental benefits of walking outdoors.  


Do not miss out! Come down to Stewart Park on Saturday May 18th, at 9:30 for the Walk with a Doc, and from 11 am to 3 pm for the main event! 



Note: Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center will be closed on Saturday, 5/18 to host this event in Stewart Park. 

Media Contact: 

Jennifer Barta, Executive Director 541-672-3907 ext. 120 

About Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center: 

Saving Grace, Inc. is a 501(c)3 private, non-profit organization dedicated to the direct care of homeless, abandoned, or neglected animals in Douglas County, Oregon. Our mission is to provide temporary refuge, basic veterinary care and a pathway home for companion animals who are homeless in Douglas County so that we may create a more humane community. We are the county’s only full-service, open-admission animal shelter, providing shelter, food, and medical care to thousands of animals each year and matching thousands of people with new best friends! For more information about Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center, visit 


About Walk with a Doc:
Walk with a Doc is a free social community walk outdoors at Stewart Park. The purpose is to create a sustainable education and walking program for our community. The walk is sponsored by CHI Mercy Health, Thrive Umpqua, and site sponsor Roseburg Parks & Recreation. For more information: 541-677-4314 or 


About First Community Credit Union: 

Established in 1957, First Community has deep roots in Oregon. Today, we are among the strongest credit unions in the nation- but we remain true to our local roots. Helping individuals, families, and small businesses achieve their financial goals is central to First Community’s mission. As a federally insured, not-for-profit financial institution, First Community is dedicated to helping members and communities prosper through solutions that result in financial success and personalized service that focuses on transparency, simplicity, and trust. First Community offers competitive rates for mortgage lending, consumer lending such as auto, RV, and watercraft, small business lending, and traditional savings and checking. First Community Credit Union is federally insured by NCUA and is an Equal Housing Opportunity lender.