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Top fundraisers and teams

For 50 years, we’ve been inspired by your passion, love, and commitment. Every dollar raised for the Walk for Animals changes lives — and these top fundraisers are leading the pack.

Want to see your name on this list? Visit our Fundraising Tips & Tools page for ideas and resources that'll make your fundraising efforts a big success!

Walk Star fundraising club

Walk Stars are especially passionate Walk participants who raise $1,000 or more for the Walk for Animals. These stars of fundraising make our mission possible day after day, year after year — and we couldn’t be more grateful.

In addition to all the exciting fundraising prizes you’ll earn, Walk Stars are also entered for a chance to have their pet featured on next year’s Walk for Animals promotional materials (billboards, bus tails, and more)!

Walk Stars are crucial to the success of the Virtual Walk for Animals. Check out our fundraising resources (including tips and tools) to help you reach your goals.

The power of $1,000

Your phenomenal fundraising efforts make a difference in the lives of animals.

A lifesaving ride
A gift of $1,000 funds the transport of 25 dogs from overcrowded southern shelters to safety at AHS where they’ll receive the love, care, and second chances they deserve.

A brighter future
We’re combatting animal overpopulation with your help. A gift of $1,000 allows us spay 20 cats — that means fewer unwanted litters of kittens who may become homeless or neglected.

A second chance
AHS is the only shelter in Minnesota that can provide specialty orthopedic and dental surgeries, X-rays, and ultrasounds — all on-site. A gift of $1,000 provides X-rays for 15 animals in need of diagnosis.



Top individuals

  1 -  Congratulations, Walk Star! Personal Gift Harold Anderson ($26,953.60)
  2 -  Congratulations, Walk Star! Sally Thornton ($14,103.81)
  3 -  Congratulations, Walk Star! Personal Gift Larry Gardner ($13,643.79)
  4 -  Congratulations, Walk Star! Personal Gift Jeri Meola ($10,416.93)
  5 -  Congratulations, Walk Star! Janelle Dixon ($10,016.90)
  6 -  Congratulations, Walk Star! Anne Frenchick ($5,905.60)
  7 -  Congratulations, Walk Star! Personal Gift Debbie Lang Chmielewski ($5,787.89)
  8 -  Congratulations, Walk Star! Personal Gift Melissa Peacock ($5,690.20)
  9 -  Congratulations, Walk Star! Personal Gift Luke Eichten ($5,585.66)
  10 -  Congratulations, Walk Star! Howard Wittels ($5,205.46)

Top teams

Friends and Family Team Challenge

  1. California Chihuahuas and Friends - $27,799.16
  2. Happy Tales for Happy Tails - $7,418.78
  3. Team Sidewalk Dog - $6,751.03
  4. Team KDWB - $6,059.12
  5. Marianne Barnett - $3,988.98

Vet Team Challenge

  1. Grand Avenue Veterinary Center - $1,343.00

Corporate Team Challenge

  1. Shepherd Data Pack - $7,208.11
  2. Gardner Builders - $6,044.41
  3. Egan Company - $2,830.15
  4. Allianz - $2,756.34
  5. The VAA Egrets - $1,360.99

AHS Staff and Volunteers

  1. Team Pawsitively United: AHS Staff - $48,776.13
  2. AHS Volunteers Unleashed - $17,571.80
  3. AHS Board of Directors - $12,946.53