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Walk for Animals FAQ

Walk for Animals

The Walk is Animal Humane Society’s largest fundraiser of the year. Thousands of animal lovers fundraise in support of the Walk. 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!

This year, we’ll be celebrating at a brand new venue: the Minnesota State Fairgrounds! This new location provides plenty of space for social distancing and offers ample free parking ― no more shuttle buses with your pet or waiting in line to get back to your car.

If you have questions that aren't answered here, please contact us at 763-432-4841 or send us an email at walk@animalhumanesociety.org.

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

All animal lovers and their pets are welcome at the Walk for Animals whether they have fundraised or not.

+ 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.

+ Is there a virtual option this year for participants who aren’t comfortable attending an in-person event?

We want every supporter to feel safe. If there’s one thing we learned from the last two years of virtual celebrations, it’s that you don’t have to attend a physical event to make a difference. We won’t be hosting a virtual version of the event, but whether you join us at the Fairgrounds or take a walk around the block, your fundraising efforts are still just as valuable and make a huge impact animals in need.

+ 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.

+ 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 tracking 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.

+ Are there fundraising prizes or incentives?

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

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

One of the many things we learned during our "virtual years" is that the Walk is better when your hands are free (especially if one hand is on a leash)! On May 12, 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 contact walk@animalhumanesociety.org.

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

  • There's no need to check-in for prizes this year! You can mail your donations in advance (must be postmarked by May 6 to be counted towards prizes) — so there will be nothing for you to bring or pickup 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 pack 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
  • Horses: Updated on all standard vaccines

+ 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! Check the weather before you arrive, and dress accordingly.

+ Are food and beverages available at the Walk?

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


WAIVER AND RELEASE
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.