Event Details

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Event Date: Saturday, June 15, 2024

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 here

Park map: View festival layout 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! Walkers follow after runners

10:15 a.m.: Our family-and-pet-friendly festival begins!

Listen to live music from Betsy Ade & The Well-Known Strangers

Peruse our vendor & exhibitor booths

Earn Tito's swag after trying out their lawn games and doggie water station

Grab a bite from food vendors including Ian's Pizza, BelAir Cantina, and more

Sip a refreshing beer from the beverage tent

Satisfy your dog's need for speed at one of our lure courses

Build your pup's skills at the agility course

Clock Fluffy's new high speed record at the Speed Zone and compete for fastest pup

Try your luck at the 50/50 raffle

Watch your dog create their very own masterpiece at our Pupcasso station

Enjoy kids activities with the kiddos - including an up-close visit to a Milwaukee Fire Department fire engine!

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

Spin the prize wheel – where everyone’s a winner

...and so much more!

11:30 a.m.: Pet 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!

The 50/50 Raffle winner will be 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


2024 Registration Fee Breakdown

Price schedule for registration is as follows:



3/15 - 5/31


6/1 - 6/10











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 12 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 15.

Prizes and shirts not picked up during pre-event pick up on 6/12 can be picked up in the registration tent at Veterans Park on June 15 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.