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Walk for Animals

CANINE INFLUENZA UPDATE: No dogs at the Walk this year

With cases of canine influenza on the rise, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health is advising dog lovers to avoid dog-to-dog contact with dogs outside of their household. In accordance with this state guidance, no dogs (except service animals) will be allowed to attend the Walk this year. Visit our updates page for the latest information. 


Rain or shine, gates will open at 9 AM on Saturday, May 6, at the International Bazaar on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. We'll begin walking at 10 AM and wrap up our fun-filled day by 1 PM.

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

Walk route and location

This year, we’re celebrating second chances at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds! The route will take walkers through the Fairgrounds to the Great Big Wheel where you'll then turn around and head back to the International Bazaar for food, entertainment, and more. The Walk is approximately one mile. You can turn around at any time.

How to bring your pet to the Walk

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health issued new public guidance to prevent the spread of canine influenza in our community. With this new guidance, AHS is asking participants to attend Walk for Animals without their canine companions, with the exception of service animals.

Although dogs will have to stay home, cats, critters, and other pets are still welcome. We recommend that pets like rabbits, guinea pigs, and ferrets enjoy the Walk for Animals from the comfort and safety of a carrier or covered stroller.

What to bring

Food, entertainment, and more

After you walk, it's time to celebrate! The Walk features an array of food and beverage vendors to delight your taste buds, as well as an incredible lineup of local retailers, rescues, and pet service providers. See who'll be joining us.

We'll also have a number of fun activities for pets and people alike! Stop by the International Bazaar to dive into the fun.

Event schedule
  • 11 AM: Sign up for the Pet Costume Contest begins!

    It's time for your pet to earn YOU a prize! Dress those guinea pigs in tutus. Put your cat in their favorite banana costume. Get creative and you just might win! Sign up begins at the mainstage. 

  • 11:30 AM: Pet Costume Contest Begins!

    First place winner will win their choice of a hoodie, joggers, or two t-shirts. Don't worry -- the runner up won't walk away empty-handed. Second place wins a t-shirt! 

  • 12:30 PM: Donation drop-off closes

  • 1 PM: Walk for Animals grounds close

    All activities, vendors, and main stage close.

Check back soon for more details on vendors, activities, and all the fun we have planned!


Check out our FAQ page. If your questions aren't answered there, fill out our contact form or call 763-432-4841.