Frequently Asked Questions


2024 Registration Fee Breakdown

Please see our registration pricing breakdown for Pet Walk below:



3/15 - 5/31


6/1 - 9/6



ADULT (18+ yrs)




YOUTH (6-17 yrs)

$10 $20 $30

Virtual Walker with T-shirt
includes 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.




You can register as an individual or you can create or join a team. 

Teams are simply made up of two or more people who want to compete for our top team prizes, as well as awesome individual fundraising prizes!


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Your registration fee includes one Pet Walk T-shirt. You also get a personal web page you can personalize with pictures and stories of you and your furry friends. It's easy to earn great prizes by collecting donations for animals in need!


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Looking for something great to do with a group?  Start a team with your friends, co-workers or family! Each team member can win individual prizes.  If you have already registered as an individual and would like to join a team, please contact Lori at

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Have your friends, co-workers or family already started a team you want to join?  Your team can compete for one of our top team prizes and each team member can also win individual prizes.  If you have already registered as an individual and would like to join a team, please contact Lori at

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Can't attend on September 8, but still want to support the animals and earn your Pet Walk T-shirt? It's easy! Register as a "Virtual Walker" and you'll receive your official T-shirt mailed directly to you after the walk, as well as your own web page that you can personalize and use to send out fundraising emails to friends and family. And remember, Virtual Walkers are eligible for all fundraising prizes! For questions, please contact Lori at




When can I pick up my T-shirt?

Shirts and prizes can be picked up at Pet Walk Door County on Sunday, September 8 in the registration tent starting at 9:00 a.m.

Can I pick up shirts for my entire team?

Yes! You can pick up just your shirt or have one-person pick-up shirts for the entire team or your family!

What is included with my registration?

Every registered walker will receive a Pet Walk T-shirt, and those who raise $50 or more in donations on top of that registration fee will also earn sweet prizes!

Can I pick up my shirt and prizes at the event on September 9?

Yes. Everyone is able to pick up your shirt at the registration tent starting at 9:00 am on September 8.


Is this a race?

No. The run/walk will not be timed, so you can run or walk at your own pace or enjoy a leisurely stroll.

Should I still attend Pet Walk if I can't bring my pet?

Yes! Pet Walk is a pet-friendly walk, which means everyone is welcome to Pet Walk with or without a pet, and there will be plenty of people who do not have pets or have their pets stay at home.


Can I attend/enjoy Pet Walk if I don't have a dog?

Absolutely! Pet Walk is a fun family-friendly and dog-friendly walk for anyone who wants to support the work WHS does for animals in need in our community. Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy the festivities, regardless of whether or not you have your own pet to bring. Trust us, whether you're participating with friends, family or co-workers, this fun-filled event will have something for everyone! Check out our day-of activities here.


I’ve registered for Pet Walk; can my children and spouse walk with me?

Children 5 and under are free, but everyone else must register for the walk. Day-of registration fees increase by $10.00 per participation type. The festival portion of Pet Walk is for registered participants only, and you can listen to music, visit vendor booths, enjoy our games and activities, food and beverages, and much more after the walk!

Can I register the day of the event?

Yes, you can register on-site, although the fee will increase by $10.00 per participation type. This means fees increase to $40 per adult walker (age 18+) and $30 for youth walkers (ages 6-17 years old).

Can I register by mail?

Yes. For those who aren't able to register online, download our Offline Registration Form and fill one out for each person registering for the event. Send this form, along with your registration fee and any donations before Sept. 6, 2024, to:

Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus
Attn: Pet Walk
3475 Park Dr
Sturgeon Bay, WI 53235

After Sept. 6, you will need to register at the event on Sunday, September 8 starting at 9:00 a.m. Day-of registration increases by $10 per registration type.

What do you do with the money raised from Pet Walk?

100% of the proceeds from Pet Walk go right back to helping the animals our WHS Door County Campus cares for every year. Because of your support for events like Pet Walk, every adoptable animal has as long as it takes to find a home, regardless of time or space. WHS does not receive general government funding. We are funded through the generous support of community-minded companies, foundations, and caring individuals and through special events like Pet Walk.

Is my registration fee tax-deductible?

The IRS considers the entry fee for a charitable walk to be the price paid for attending and participating in the event, and, as such, the fee is not tax-deductible. However, anything donated above and beyond your Pet Walk registration fee is deductible. 100% of donations made to support Pet Walk participants and WHS are tax deductible. If you’re asking friends, family and co-workers to sponsor you for the walk, let them know that their sponsorship is tax-deductible.

What vaccinations does my dog need to attend the event?

All dogs need to be current on their Rabies (if over 4 months of age), Distemper, and Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccines before the walk. Please check your records because even if you adopted from us, you may not have all the vaccinations required.

Can I drop my child off to do the walk with our dog?

No. All children under 16 years old must be under direct adult supervision at all times during the event.

How do I get to the event?

Pet Walk 2024 will be held at YMCA Peterson Park in Sturgeon Bay. Address is 1900 Michigan Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

Where can I park?

Please stay tuned for more details soon! 




Can I raise money offline (checks and cash) even if I sign up online? 

Absolutely! Every participant can choose their preferred fundraising format. You can send your cash and check donations directly to WHS and we'll enter the donations in your participant center for you. Just be sure to record names, addresses and amount for these donations on our collection form here so that we can track them properly and include them on your fundraising web page.  


Do I still qualify for fundraising prizes?

Yes! Prizes start for those who raise $50 or more and can be found on our prize page here.

How do I collect my fundraising prizes?

Prizes will be available at the walk on Sunday, September 8 in the registration tent starting at 9:00 a.m.

What's the deadline to collect donations to earn prizes?

Participants can still qualify for prizes for donations they collect through September 8.


Is donating online safe and secure? 

You can donate without worry knowing that we partner with the online fundraising experts at Luminate Online to ensure the safest and most secure transactions possible. 


Can you change the recognition name of a donation I’ve already made? 

Yes.  Please contact Lori at so that we can credit donations to the proper person.  



Should we create teams for this event?

Definitely! Those happy hours, friends and family video calls, and work meetings are great opportunities to ask others to join your team for this year's Pet Walk! Many people are looking for positive ways to engage with their community and the people they're used to seeing every day, and coming together to support a charity you care about is a great way to help everyone join in something bigger than themselves and feel good. 


How many people make up a team?  

Two or more people are required to form a team.    

I registered as an individual but now would like to join or create a team.  What do I do? 

Contact Lori at and request your desired team.  We’ll update your record for you.  

How are the prizes distributed to me if I’m part of a team? 

Prizes are distributed based on individual fundraising accomplishments, regardless of whether or not you are on a team.