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Walk Day FAQ

Walk for Animals

The Walk is Animal Humane Society’s largest fundraising event 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 fundraising event 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.

+ How do I customize my personal fundraising page?

When logged in to your Participant Center, scroll down to the section titled “Personal Page.” Here you’ll see the option to edit your personal page content, including the page title, body copy, and photo. If you’re part of a team, you’ll also have the option to edit your team page content in this area. Just be sure you’re working in the “My Team” tab to edit team content and fundraising goals.

Editing your participant center

You’ll also see your personal page URL. Select the “URL Settings” button to create a personalized URL if you’d like.

Also toward the bottom of your Participant Center you’ll find the option to edit your fundraising goal.

Editing your fundraising goal.

+ How do I fundraise for the Walk on Facebook?

Sharing your fundraiser on Facebook is quick and easy. From your Participant Center, locate the dark blue box that reads “Reach your goal faster” and select the “Edit fundraising content” button.

Sharing your fundraiser on Facebook.

A pop-up should appear stating that the Luminate Integration App is requesting access to manage your fundraiser. Follow the prompts to grant access, and you’ll also have the option to edit the title and content of your fundraiser.

Facebook fundraiser permission.

In the dark blue box in your Participant Center, you’ll now see that your fundraiser has successfully been connected to Facebook. From this box, you can navigate directly to your Facebook fundraiser, or copy the unique URL for your Facebook fundraiser. Please note: To grant Facebook access, you’ll need to have pop-ups enabled on your web browser.

Don’t forget — there are several graphics available for you to share on social media which can be found in our digital fundraising toolkit.

+ How do I send emails from my Participant Center?

We want to help make fundraising easy with helpful tools and support. That’s why you’ll find several ready-to-use, easily customizable email templates in your Participant Center.

You’ll want to start by adding contacts to your address book. When logged in, select #2 in the list of “What to do next.” Here you can add contacts individually, or import a group of contacts. If you’re a returning walker, you’ll see contacts and prior donors saved here already.

What to do next.

Now you’re ready to email your friends, family, and coworkers! From the contacts page, you can select the email addresses you’d like to contact in bulk. To return to the email page in the future, select #3 in the list of “What to do next” when you login, or navigate to the “Email” tab.

Choose from several email templates, including three requests for support and one thank you. Each template can be customized however you’d like, or you can choose to create your own from scratch. Then select an email header to accompany your email. From here you can save your customized template for future use, or simply select the “Preview & Send” button to review your email and then send it on to your recipients.

Composing an email.

All emails sent from your Participant Center will automatically include a direct link to your personal page at the bottom of the email.

+ Where do I park and enter the event?

Please enter the Walk for Animals from the Fairgrounds entrance on Como Avenue where free parking is available for all walkers. Find more on parking and transportation.

+ 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 10 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.

+ Do I need to bring a pet?

Everyone is welcome at the Walk for Animals! Plenty of attendees do not own pets or have pets that prefer to stay home.

+ 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

+ 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.