Event information

The Walk for Animals kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, at Animal Humane Society’s Golden Valley location.

It's spring in Minnesota, which means road construction! Please note that I-94 will be closed between I-35W and I-394 in both directions. Plan accordingly and allow yourself plenty of time to get to the Walk!

Walk route and location

The Walk for Animals kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, at Animal Humane Society's Golden Valley location. Walkers will wind their way through beautiful Theodore Wirth Park, turn around at the Golf Chalet, and head back to Animal Humane Society. The Walk is approximately 2.5 miles total, but you can turn around at any time.

If you plan to bring your dog, we highly recommend not using a retractable leash, but rather a 4’ or 6’ flat leash.

WFA 2018 Parking Map

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. They 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 pick up your prizes any time between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Fundraising prize pick-up will be located in a separate area near 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

Spend time visiting our vendors and participating in fun animal-related activities! Bring cash. There will be no ATM access on the event grounds.

9 a.m., Summit Brewing Company Beer Truck

Enjoy a refreshing beverage at the Summit Brewing Company beer truck (located near the mainstage). Must be 21 years old to enjoy — I.D. required. Cash and credit cards accepted.

9 a.m., Purina Pro Plan Performance Team

These high-flying dogs are described as some of the world's most athletic pups. Check out their amazing skills located by general prize pick-up.

9:30 a.m., Walk Rally

Join us in the cul-de-sac near the Information Tent to countdown to the start of the Walk for Animals with AHS President and CEO Janelle Dixon.

10 a.m., Walk Kick-off

The Walk starts at the corner of Dahlberg Drive and Meadow Lane. Don't be late!

Please remember to be courteous to other people enjoying Theodore Wirth Park. Please use the road (not the path) — it will be closed for our use!

The route follows Theodore Wirth Parkway, turns around at the Golf Chalet, and heads back to Animal Humane Society. The Walk is approximately 2.5 miles total. You’re welcome to turn around at any time along the route.

As the walk gets underway, enjoy live music from Brass Messengers!

11 a.m., Purina Pro Plan Performance Team

These high-flying dogs are described as some of the world's most athletic pups. Check out their amazing skills located by general prize pick-up.

11:30 a.m., Pet Contests

Hang out at the mainstage with the KDWB Morning Show to watch the pet contests. Sign your pet up for the Pet Contests at the Information tent by 11:00 a.m. to participate. 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.!

12:30 p.m., Live music from Brass Messengers

Enjoy live music from local street band, Brass Messengers! Stop by the main stage to get groovy.

1 p.m., Purina Pro Plan Performance Team

These high-flying dogs are described as some of the world's most athletic pups. Check out their amazing skills located by general prize pick-up.

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

All activities, Flealess Market vendors, food vendors, and mainstage close.

2 p.m., Complimentary shuttle service ends

Is your pet Walk ready?