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Walk Day FAQ

Is the Walk cancelled?

No! The Walk will go on. That’s right, we’re #stillwalking for animals with passionate folks just like you by our sides. However, rather than gathering at our Golden Valley shelter, we’ll be celebrating this year’s Walk virtually.

What is a virtual Walk, and where and when will it take place?

The Virtual Walk for Animals is Saturday, May 2 and will take place in neighborhoods all across Minnesota. At 10 a.m. lace up your shoes, leash up your pets, and take a stroll for second chances! You can walk around your block, hike a local trail, or even powerwalk on a treadmill. The important part is that we'll be showing our solidarity together.

While you’re walking, take a photo and share it using the hashtag #stillwalking and #walkforanimals. Then, join your fellow Walkers at walkforanimalsmn.org to watch the love pour in and enjoy exclusive virtual Walk day content.

Why is the Walk virtual?

Out of an abundance of caution and concern for our staff, volunteers, and community and under the guidance of expert recommendations from the CDC, WHO, and MN DOH, we’ve decided to hold a virtual Walk this year. We feel this is the safest and most responsible option to ensure we can continue providing exceptional care to animals in need while ensuring the health of our community.

How can I participate?

1. Register for the virtual Walk to let animals know they can count on you.

2. Fundraise to help us continue our life-saving work.

3. Spread the word to family and friends who want to make a difference.

4. Join in on the virtual Walk on Saturday, May 2 at 10 a.m.

Will you still be hosting early check-in events?

Out of concern for the safety of our supporters and staff, early check-in has been cancelled at both our Golden Valley shelter and Summit Brewery in St. Paul.

How long do I need to Walk? Is there a requirement?

Whether you walk around the block, around the entire neighborhood, or walk in place on your treadmill, you’ll be making a difference for animals. Plus, you’ll be part of a virtual movement of animal lovers who are all walking for animals at the same time. A virtual walk means you can set your own pace and distance while making a difference.

Are there incentives to fundraise?

Yes! We appreciate the time and energy you put into fundraising for the virtual Walk. Our awesome prizes serve as a small token of our immense thanks for helping animals in our community. Plus, leading up to the virtual Walk we’re hosting our Best in Showdown challenge presented by Purina. For every $50 you raise by May 1, you’ll be entered in a drawing for a chance to win extra funds applied directly to your Virtual Walk for Animals fundraising total. That means you can help more animals and earn more prizes!

I mailed in checks and/or cash. Why aren't those gifts appearing on my personal page?

Thank you for your generosity! We’re hard at work opening mail and counting gifts from supporters like you. Rest assured, all gifts postmarked by May 4 will count toward your fundraising total and the prizes you’ll earn. If you have questions about your fundraising totals, please email walk@animalhumanesociety.org, and we’ll respond as soon as we’re able. Thank you!

How do I confirm my donations and earn my prizes?

All funds raised online through your virtual 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 virtual Walk fundraising total.

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

*Due to staff capacity, it may take us longer than normal to enter your offline gifts. We apologize for the inconvenience and want you to rest assured that every donation counts! We’ll make every effort to update your virtual Walk total as quickly as possible after receiving your offline donations with your completed donation tracker form.

How do I collect the prizes I've earned?

After the virtual Walk, 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. This year, you’ll also have the option to donate prizes you don’t want or may not need back to AHS.

Are gifts toward the Virtual Walk for Animals tax deductible?

Yes, all charitable donations toward the Virtual Walk for Animals and Animal Humane Society are tax deductible. And as a result of new legislation in the CARES act, you may be eligible for additional tax benefits. Speak with your financial advisor for more information.

If your questions aren't answered here, please call the Walk helpline at 763-432-4841 or email walk@animalhumanesociety.org.

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.