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Walk for Animals

IMPORTANT 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 households. 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. 


The Walk is Animal Humane Society’s largest fundraiser of the year. Thousands of animal lovers fundraise to give deserving animals a second chance. Event day is a celebration of all they’ve made possible.

In addition to the walk itself, the community gathers with their pets for a festive day of live music, activities, food, vendors, and more!

If you have questions that aren't answered here, please fill out our contact form or call 763-432-4841.

+ Do I need to fundraise to attend the Walk for Animals?

All animal lovers are welcome at the Walk for Animals whether they have fundraised or not. To safeguard all our constituents against spam and phishing, TeamRaiser now requires a minimum of $5 raised to send emails from your Participant Center.

+ Is it free to attend the Walk for Animals?

While there’s no admission fee, the Walk for Animals is Animal Humane Society’s largest and most important fundraiser of the year, helping to make thousands of new beginnings possible for animals in need each year. The suggested donation for non-fundraisers is $20 per person.

+ Will there be changes to the Walk for Animals in light of the Canine Influenza outbreak?

In alignment with new guidance issued by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, Animal Humane Society is asking participants to attend the Walk for Animals without their canine companions, with the exception of service animals. 

+ Are there incentives to fundraise?

Yes! We appreciate the time and energy you put into fundraising for the Walk. Our awesome prizes serve as a small token of our immense thanks for helping animals in our community.

To make it convenient for our Walk attendees, we will ship your awesome prizes right to your door, free of charge, after the event!

+ How do I collect the prizes I’ve earned?

Following the event, we’ll email a prize redemption form to all walkers who qualified for prizes. After you complete the form, we’ll ship your awesome prizes right to your door free of charge.

You’ll also have the option to donate the cost of your prizes back to AHS if there are prizes you don’t want or need to redeem.

+ Is the Walk for Animals an accessible event?

Animal Humane Society is committed to ensuring the Walk is inclusive and accessible to everyone. If you require specific accessibility accommodations, please fill out our contact form or call 763-432-4841.

+ What do I need to bring with me to the Walk?

  • Good news: There’s no need to check-in for prizes. To make it convenient for our Walk attendees, all prizes will be shipped to you after event day.

    You may mail your donations in advance (must be postmarked by May 12 to be counted towards prizes), so there will be nothing for you to bring or pick up on walk day! If you prefer to drop off your cash and check donations along with a completed donation tracking form, you can do so at the donation drop-off tent.

  • Cash for food and merchandise purchases as not all vendors take credit cards. ATMs are also available at the event.

  • Weather-appropriate clothing and supplies such as hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, or an umbrella.

  • To reduce waste, please bring your own water in a reusable container.

  • If you're looking for another way to help make a difference, we will be collecting new and gently used pet supplies at the Walk to support our community outreach and help keep more pets in homes.

    • Canned cat food
    • Bags of dry cat food (preferably 10-15 pounds)
    • Pet store gift cards
    • Cat carriers
    • Cat litter
    • Gendly used dog and cat toys
    • Litter boxes
    • Large dog kennels
    • Dog and cat bowls
    • Cat scratchers
    • Cat and dog treats
    • Cash or check donations or gift cards for training

+ Do I need to bring a pet?

Plenty of attendees do not own pets or have pets that prefer to stay home. In alignment with new guidance from the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, AHS is asking participants to not bring their dogs to the Walk for Animals this year. Although your canine companions will have to stay home this year, cats, critters, and other pets are still welcome at the event. 

+ How long is the Walk route? Do I need to walk the entire distance?

The Walk route winds through the fairgrounds and is approximately one mile. You can turn around at any time.

+ What vaccinations does my pet need to attend the Walk?

While we don't require you to bring proof of vaccinations, we do request your pet be current with the following:

  • Dogs*: Distemper/Parvo combo, Bordetella, and Rabies
  • Cats: PRC and Rabies
  • Ferrets: Distemper and Rabies
*AHS asks that you please attend the Walk for Animals without your canine companions this year, with the exception of service dogs.

+ Can I drop my child off to attend the Walk?

All children must be under direct adult supervision at all times at the Walk.

+ What happens if it rains?

Rain or shine, we'll have a great time! Wonderful things happen when animal lovers come together, no matter the circumstances. Check the weather before you arrive, and dress accordingly.

+ Are food and beverages available at the Walk?

The Walk features a variety of food and drink options available for purchase. Free water is provided for pets.

+ Where should I send cash and check donations?

All funds raised online through your Walk page or social media are counted automatically.

Please mail all offline donations (cash and checks) with your completed Donation Tracker form as well as any matching gift forms to the address below. These funds will be added to your Walk fundraising total.

Animal Humane Society
Attn: Donor Services
845 Meadow Ln N
Golden Valley, MN 55422

All charitable donations toward the Walk for Animals and Animal Humane Society are tax-deductible.



I give Animal Humane Society permission to use my name and photos taken of me during the event in any promotional material, publication, or on the website. I understand that participating in the event can be a hazardous activity. I also understand that I am participating at my own sole risk. I agree that Animal Humane Society, its agents, employees, sponsors, cooperating organizations, and all parties connected to this event, shall not be liable for any claims, demands, injuries, damages, actions, or causes of action, arising out of acts of active or passive negligence. I, and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, expressly release and discharge all such claims and liabilities, even though that liability may arise out of my own negligence or carelessness. I certify that I have read and understand the intent of this waiver and release.

If you need further assistance please call the Walk helpline at 763-432-4841 or fill out our contact form.