Bar K Barks Back
St. Louis

Teaming up to help others

it's all about community

At Bar K, we believe that dogs have a unique ability to bring people together in a way that few things are able to do. When people come together, communities are built and there is tremendous power in communities to make a difference in this world.

Bar K Barks Back is an initiative that brings the Bar K team, Members, and guests together to help to serve our communities.

Each quarter, Bar K partners with a nonprofit in each community to volunteer, raise money and ultimately help these organizations achieve their mission.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

– Mahatma gandhi

Our October partner

Domestic violence statistics show that an estimated one in three women and one in four men experience some form of domestic abuse in their lifetimes, but only 15 percent of domestic violence shelters accept pets. In addition, over 70 percent of women in domestic violence shelters report their abuser threatened, injured or killed a pet as a means of control. As a result, nearly half (48%) of domestic abuse survivors delay leaving because they can’t take their pets with them.

The Purple Leash Project was born out of the Purina mission to bring and keep pets and people together and the RedRover® mission to bring animals and their owners from crisis to care.

How you can Participate


To help support our Bar K Barks Back partner, we’re teaming up with Urban Chestnut to serve a special Bar K Charity beer that you’re going to love!  For the month of October, for each Bar K IPA sold, Bar K and Urban Chestnut will combine to donate $1 to Purple Leash Project!  That’s right, you drink beer and $1 goes to help this wonderful organization.  Prost!

Give Back Night - Monday October 17th (6-8pm)

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Bar K is partnering with Purina to raise awareness and funds for the Purple Leash Project, which aims to help 25 percent of domestic violence shelters in the U.S. become pet-friendly by 2025.  

As part of the event, we are hosting a special panel discussion to share how domestic violence impacts people and pets, and how several local organizations are teaming up to help.


Mary Ann Owens, Executive Director of The Women’s Safe House

Sarah Javier, President and CEO of the APA Adoption Center

Jackie Gilliland, Programs Director at Lydia’s House

Andy Bond, Co-Founder of BestyBnB


Lorie Westhoff, Senior Director of Corporate PR at Nestlé Purina PetCare Company