Walk for Animals 2017
Walk for Animals 2017!
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Event information

The Walk for Animals kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, at Animal Humane Society’s Golden Valley location.

Early check-in and prize pick-up

This year, we’re providing an early check-in option at two locations! Early check-in occurs from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, at the following locations:

Summit Brewery
910 Montreal Circle
St. Paul, MN 55102

AHS Golden Valley
845 Meadow Lane
Golden Valley, MN 55422

Please bring all your cash and check donations, along with a completed donation tracking form. Don’t forget your matching gift forms!

Participants who attend early check-in at either location will be entered for a chance to win one of two Summit cooler and dog gift packs! Participants attending early check-in at the Summit Brewery will also receive a free pint of beer or root beer to enjoy while checking in for the Walk. Summit’s patio is dog-friendly, so feel free to bring your four-legged friend along!

Walk route and location

The Walk for Animals kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, at Animal Humane Society’s Golden Valley location. Walkers will wind their way through beautiful Theodore Wirth Park, turn around at the Golf Chalet, and head back to Animal Humane Society. The Walk is approximately 2.5 miles total, but you can turn around at any time.

For the safety of your dog and others, we highly recommend not using a retractable leash, but rather a 4’ or 6’ flat leash.

Have more questions about the Walk? Visit our FAQ page.

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Walk grounds map

Food and beverages

The Walk features a variety of food options available for purchase, including:

Bacon Me Crazy

Chicks on Wheels

Cookie Cart


Leprechaun's Dreamcycle

SB Concessions

Sweet Dreams Concessions

The Wondering Mug

Free water is provided for people and pets. Along the Walk route, there will be free water stops and complimentary snacks.

Event schedule

7:45 a.m. 2 p.m., Complimentary shuttle service

The first shuttle service will be leaving the satellite lots at 7:45 a.m. They will continue looping from the parking lots to the main event grounds until 2 p.m.

8 a.m., Walk for Animals grounds open

Check-in and prize pick-up

Check in and pick up your prizes any time between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Fundraising prize pick-up will be located in a separate area near check-in.

Walk Stars, participants who raise $1,000 or more, will check in at the front of the building (through Administration Entrance) and collect their prizes in the Walk Star check-in area.

Vendors and activities

Spend time visiting our vendors and participating in fun animal-related activities! Bring cash. There will be no ATM access on the event grounds.

  • Flealess Market and food vendors

  • Dog Games, featuring games and training tips for your dog

  • Hair and face painting

  • Animal Humane Society mascots debut

  • Chip n’ Nail Clinic: where you’ll find reduced fees for nail trims, microchipping, and gland expressions brought to you by MidwestOne Bank

  • Walk for Animals Merchandise Tent (cash and credit cards accepted)

  • Photo booths

  • Party City Pet Contests (Limited space available. Sign-up closes at the Information Tent at 11 a.m.)

  • Walk Star Lounge (For Walk participants who raise $1,000 or more. Includes complimentary breakfast.)

9 a.m., Summit Brewing Company Beer Truck

Enjoy a refreshing beverage at the Summit Brewing Company beer truck (located near the mainstage). Must be 21 years old to enjoy — I.D. required. Cash and credit cards accepted.

9:30 a.m., Walk Rally

Join us in the cul-de-sac near the Information Tent to countdown to the start of the Walk for Animals with AHS President and CEO Janelle Dixon and WCCO on-air personalities.

10 a.m., Walk Kick-off

The Walk starts at the corner of Dahlberg Drive and Meadow Lane. Don’t be late!

Please remember to be courteous to other people enjoying Theodore Wirth Park. Please use the road (not the path) — it will be closed for our use!  

The route follows Theodore Wirth Parkway, turns around at the Golf Chalet, and heads back to Animal Humane Society. The Walk is approximately 2.5 miles total. You’re welcome to turn around at any time along the route.

10–11:30 a.m., 12:30–1:30 p.m., Live music by the Brass Messengers

They’re back! Enjoy live music on the mainstage by the Brass Messengers, a local brass ensemble that plays everything from original music with global inspirations and country, to polka and more. Perfect for all ages.

11:30 a.m., Party City Pet Contests

Hang out at the mainstage with KDWB personalities Falen and Steve to watch the pet contests unfold. Sign up your pet for the Pet Contests at the Information Tent by 11 a.m. to participate. Limited space is available. Your pet has a chance to take part in the following contests:

  • Best Costume

  • Best Trick

  • Best Smooch

12:30 p.m., Check-in and prize pick-up close

Make sure to pick up your prizes at the designated locations no later than 12:30 p.m.!

1:30 p.m., Walk for Animals grounds close

All activities, Flealess Market vendors, food vendors, and mainstage close.

2 p.m., Complimentary shuttle service ends

Goal: $1,000,000

Event Progress: 128% of goal
Raised: $1,283,144.31

WFA17 $1M

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