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Rain or shine, the Walk for Animals kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, at Animal Humane Society's Golden Valley location.

All animal lovers are welcome at the Walk! Didn't fundraise? No problem, there will plenty of opportunities to make a difference at the Walk with both cash and credit card donations.

Early check-in and prize pick-up

Early check-in is the best way to avoid the lines on Saturday! You can get your prizes early, freeing your hands to pet more animals on Saturday. This year, we’re providing an early check-in option at two locations! Early check-in occurs from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, at the following locations:

· Summit Brewery (910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul, MN 55102)

· AHS Golden Valley (845 Meadow Lane, Golden Valley, MN 55422)

Please bring all your cash and check donations, along with a completed donation tracking form. Don’t forget your matching gift forms!

Participants who attend early check-in at either location will be entered for a chance to win a gift from Summit! Participants attending early check-in at the Summit Brewery will also receive a free pint of beer or root beer to enjoy while checking in for the Walk. Summit's patio is dog-friendly, so feel free to bring your four-legged friend along.

Walk route and location

Walkers will wind their way through beautiful Theodore Wirth Park, turn around at the Golf Chalet, and head back to Animal Humane Society for food, entertainment, and more. The Walk is approximately 2.5 miles, but you can turn around at any time. View Walk map.

For the safety of your dog and others, we highly recommend a 4’ or 6’ flat leash. Retractable leashes are not advised.

We also recommend that small animals like cats, rabbits, and ferrets enjoy the Walk for Animals from the comfort and safety of a carrier or covered stroller.

What to bring

Cash and check donations along with a completed donation tracking form

You'll also want to bring cash for food and merchandise purchases (not all vendors take credit cards). And finally, the Walk will go on rain or shine! Wear weather appropriate clothing and sunscreen if necessary!

Food and beverages

We have an awesome selection of food and beverage vendors to delight your taste buds at the Walk, plus free snacks at the turn-a-round for those who participate in the walk. In an effort to reduce waste, please pack your own water in a reusable container. Bottled water will be available for $1 at two H2O stands. Please note a valid I.D. will be required to purchase alcoholic beverages. Learn more.

Event schedule

7:45 a.m. ‒ 2 p.m., Complimentary shuttle service

The first shuttle service will be leaving the satellite lots at 7:45 a.m. Shuttles will continue looping from the parking lots to the main event grounds until 2 p.m.

8 a.m., Walk for Animals grounds open

Check-in and prize pick-up

Check in and gather your fundraising prizes any time between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. If you have no donations to turn in or fundraising prizes to pick up, you do not have to check in.

Walk Stars, participants who raise $1,000 or more, will check in at the front of the building (through Administration Entrance) and collect their prizes in the Walk Star check-in area.

Vendors and activities

Visit our vendors and participate in fun animal-related activities! Plan to bring cash — there will be no ATM access on the event grounds.

9 a.m., Summit Brewing Company Beer Truck & Bloody Marys courtesy of Crooked Water Spirits and Fast Mary's

Enjoy refreshing beverages at the Summit Brewing Company beer tent and our NEW Bloody Mary stand (located near the mainstage). Must be 21-years old to enjoy — I.D. required. Cash and credit cards accepted.

9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., Purina Pro Plan Performance Team

The high-flying Purina Pro Plan Performance Team is a collection of some of the world’s most athletic canines performing amazing flying disc routines.

10 a.m., Walk begins

The Walk starts at the corner of Dahlberg Drive and Meadow Lane. While walking, please remember to be courteous to other people enjoying Theodore Wirth Park. You may use the road (not the path) — it will be closed for our use!

As the walk gets underway, enjoy live entertainment from the main stage!

11:30 a.m., Pet Costume Contest

Hang out at the main stage to watch the pet contests. Sign your pet up for the costume contest now or at at the main stage by 11 a.m. on Walk day. Limited space available.

12:30 p.m., Check-in and prize pick-up close

Make sure to pick up your prizes at the designated locations no later than 12:30 p.m.!

1:30 p.m., Walk for Animals grounds close

All activities, vendors, and main stage close.

2 p.m., Complimentary shuttle service ends

Is your pet Walk ready?

For the safety of your dog and others, we highly recommend a 4’ or 6’ flat leash. Retractable leashes are not advised. We also recommend that small animals like cats, rabbits, and ferrets enjoy the Walk for Animals from the comfort and safety of a carrier or covered stroller.

Watch our video on preparing your pet for the walk.