What's happening at the event?

The greatest pup party of the year, that’s what! Walk & Wag participants fundraise in the months and weeks leading up to the event, then on event day we all get to celebrate your hard work with loads of family and dog-friendly games and activities, vendors and sponsors. See a previous year's itinerary and map of the activities, games, vendors and more here.

Can I bring my pets?

Yes! Friendly, on-leash dogs are welcome. We ask that dogs be up to date on all vaccinations and not in heat. Waste bags are provided for your convenience.

What if I cannot attend, but I want to raise funds for the animals?

Attendance is not required! You can still register online (as a "Cat Napper") and use the website tools to raise funds, or use a printed pledge form to raise money.

Is there a registration fee?

Yes: Your registration fee not only helps us pay for the event, but also kicks off your personal fundraising page with a bang! A $39 Walker Registration includes a Walk & Wag bandana and access to all Walk & Wag activities and contests. A $59 Runner Registration includes all of the above in addition to a Walk & Wag medal and eligibility for a dri-fit athletic t-shirt fundraising milestone. For youth under 12, there's no registration fee!

Do I have to register online?

No way! You can also download our registration form, fill it out, and either mail it or drop it off in person (along with any donations you receive) at HSHV. Mail to Attn: Walk & Wag, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

How do I register for other people (e.g., my kids)?

Every individual must be registered separately, but families often form teams in order to fundraise together! Pick a "captain," click “Start a Team” or “Join a Team”, and reach your goal together. Please note: Each family member must register as an individual and have their own email. This way, everyone will receive their own milestone prizes as they fundraise, and notifications of all upcoming promotions, contest, matches and event details (need an email for your child? We suggest Zillamail or Tocomail).

How do I fundraise?

We make it easy! When you register, you'll get your very own Walk & Wag participant page that you can customize and email to family, friends, enemies, and long-lost loves -- and they can sponsor you by making donations to that page. Or, you can fundraise offline! Find fundraising tips here.

What do my fundraising dollars support?

Walk & Wag is HSHV's largest annual fundraiser, and is critical for supporting our community’s most vulnerable animals. Walk & Wag dollars fund HSHV’s lifesaving programs, including cruelty rescue, wildlife rescue, our shelter medical team, the Bountiful Bowls pet food pantry, emergency harbor, humane education, foster care, the Love Train, and much more!

Are there any kids' activities?

Of course, what would Walk & Wag be without kids?! Youth under 12 can register for FREE, participate in all event activities and contests, and earn special animal-themed charms for their fundraising! They can also have custom race bibs and run in the Kids Dash at 10:30am, which is a short sprint that ends with snacks and a special prize.

What does the 5k run look like and what are the age brackets for it?

See the 5k course map here. Brackets for the 5K run are: Under 19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+. There are prizes for the top men and women in each bracket.

What is the raffle? And did I win a raffle prize?

The Walk & Wag raffle is a major annual fundraiser. We'll announce winners at the event, but you don't have to be present to win. Chcek out this page for details on the prizes, how to check out tickets to sell and raise money, or how to purchase them yourself. Winners will be announced here as well!

How do I turn in cash and check donations?

You can bring them with you to the event (bring them to the pavilion), or to early check-in (on Friday, May 20th 4-7 p.m. at HSHV), or if you won't be attending, you can drop them off or send them to: Humane Society of Huron Valley, Att'n: Walk & Wag; 3100 Cherry Hill Road; Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Questions? Call (734) 661-3554.

How do I add cash and checks to my online total?

Go to your Participant Center and scroll down to "Personal Donations" at the bottom. Click "Add" to manually enter a new gift amount. After you save, it should immediately show up on your page!

Where can I see photos that were taken at the event? How do I share photos I took?

If you're on Facebook, you can post in our Walk & Waggers Group. You can also upload photos to our online gallery here. After Walk & Wag, photos will be posted at hshv.org/walkandwagphotos.