Event Details

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Event Date: Saturday, June 17, 2023

Location: Veterans Park on Milwaukee's lakefront (Next to the Gift of Wings Kite Store at 1300 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr. Milwaukee, WI 53202)

Route: view route map here

Park map: View park map here

Race Start Time: 10:00 a.m. 5K fun run starts; 5K walk and 1-mile walk to follow (Registration starts at 8:00 a.m.)

8:00 a.m.: Registration & prize pick-up begins! 

Turn in all donations & receive your prizes!
Day-of registration opens!
Start visiting our vendors and exhibitors
Entertainment begins!

9:45 a.m.: Welcome & pre-race countdown at the Start line arch

10:00 a.m.: 5K Fun Run starts!

Enjoy a beautiful 5K fun run around the lagoon and through Veterans Park!

10:15 a.m.: Walk starts!

Enjoy a relaxing 5K or 1-mile stroll on the lakefront at Veterans Park!

10:15 a.m.: Our post run/walk festival begins!

Enjoy live music from Betsy Ade & The Well-Known Strangers

Visit our vendor & exhibitor booths (view the list of on-site sponsors and vendors here)

Grab a bite from food vendors, including Ians Pizza, Wisconsin Fried Cheese Curds, and coffee from Rescued Roasters!

Enjoy a refreshing beer, Mike's Hard Lemonade or water at our New Belgium Beer & Beverage tent!

Lure courses

Try your luck at our 50/50 raffle

Pupcasso - where your pup can create their very own masterpiece!

Free dog games and activities

Let Fido "bob" in our mini pools for delicious treats they can't resist!

Prize Wheel – where everyone’s a winner!

And so much more!

11:30 a.m.: Doggie Costume Contest!

Strut your stuff on our "catwalk" to compete for best dressed, voted on by the audience! Located on the Entertainment Stage.

Interested in joining the Costume contest? Simply meet with your pet at the Entertainment stage by 11:15 a.m. and we'll get you entered!

50/50 Raffle winner drawn immeditely following Costume contest


1:00 p.m. Pet Walk festival ends



All paid participants receive:

Event T-shirt

Access to our post-race festival



2023 Registration Fee Breakdown

Price schedule for registration is as follows:



3/15 - 3/31


4/1 - 5/31


6/1 - 6/12













Virtual Walker

*includes T-shirt + shipping





Virtual Walker without T-shirt

FREE. All funds raised go to the animals and qualify for fundraising prizes!

Children 5 & under Free admission into Pet Walk and post-race festival. Do not receive T-shirt.



Pet Walk MKE T-shirts and prizes will be available for pick up at our Milwaukee Campus on Wednesday, June 14 between 3-6pm. Due to staffing and space limitations, this is the only day/time/location shirts and prizes will be available for pick up before June 17.

Prizes and shirts not picked up during pre-event pick up on 6/14 can be picked up in the registration tent at Veterans Park on June 17 starting at 8am.

Event Rules

All participating dogs must be currently licensed with proof of their Rabies (if over 4 months of age), Distemper, and Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccines.  Please check your records because even if you adopted from us, you may not have all the vaccinations required.  If an incident occurs, you must be able to produce proof in a reasonable amount of time.

For safety reasons, retractable leashes or electric collars will NOT be allowed.  Dogs must be kept on a leash at ALL times, with no exceptions. Leashes should be no more than six feet in length while on the walk.

Female dogs in heat are not permitted.

Participants are responsible for cleaning up after their dogs during the entire event.

Event officials and WHS staff reserve the right to refuse entry to any dog whose behavior could be dangerous to others.  Please use good judgment regarding the temperament of your dog so that this event will be safe and enjoyable for everyone.

No bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, etc. are permitted for safety reasons.

Baby strollers are permitted. Be sure that you and your dog are conditioned and in proper health for this event.