April 22, 2011
The 37th annual Walk for Animals is days away and is the greatest way to celebrate the human-animal bond in Minnesota. More than 10,000 people and 5,000 animals are expected to join on April 30th in Golden Valley at the nation’s largest human/pet walk, all to ensure that homeless, neglected and unwanted animals have the help they deserve.
Animal Humane Society will care for more than 30,000 animals this year at its five locations in Buffalo, Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, St. Paul and Woodbury. The community programs and services provided are funded in part by this important fundraiser. Last year, Walk for Animals participants raised more than $1 million dollars to support adoption, rescue, outreach and training efforts at Animal Humane Society.
There is still plenty of time to register and raise pledges for the Walk and it’s easy. Those interested can create a personal fundraising webpage, and encourage family, friends and colleagues to pledge money to help animals in our community. To sign up as an individual or with a team, or to raise funds click here.
Click here for complete schedule and activities
Where: Animal Humane Society, Golden Valley 845 Meadow Lane North
Route: Begins at AHS, walks north into Theodore Wirth Park and then back; approximately 5 miles, but walkers can turn back at any time
Saturday, April 30, 2011
• 8:30 a.m.—Registration and activities begin
• 10:00 a.m.—Opening rally and walk begins
• Post walk activities run until 2 p.m.
• The “Flealess Market” of pet & people vendors
• Live music w/ Amadillo Jump
• AHS dog training and education demonstrations
• Stunt Dog Pet Contest
• Talent Show Contest
• Dog/Owner Look-alike & Cutest Pet Contest
• Games for you and your dog
• Radio Disney Team Magic Dancers
• Pet microchip and nail trim clinic
• Recognition awards
• Better than festival food with a CRAVE Burger Bar, wood fire pizza, roasted corn, Caribou Coffee and more
• Featuring your favorite personalities from FOX 9, Cities 97 and Radio Disney
• Roughly 10,000 walkers and 5,000 animals participated in last year’s Walk.
• The Walk attracts all types of companion animals including dogs, cats, parrots, ferrets, rabbits, pot-bellied pigs, miniature horses, guinea pigs, rats, goats and even snakes.
• It takes nearly 500 volunteers to organize and produce this event.
Where a Walker’s Contribution Goes
$10,000 Supports the operating expenses of our Woodbury location for six days
$5,000 Helps fund a cruelty investigation and animal rescue
$2,500 Provides medical supplies and medications for 41 spay/neuter surgeries
$1,000 Gives housing and care to 67 animals in the shelter for one day
$ 500 Helps three dogs through the Adoption Preparation program which readies
shy or fearful dogs for adoption
$ 250 Provides X-rays for two injured animals
$ 100 Provides sterilization surgery for two puppies
$ 50 Two stray cats receive full vaccinations
Animal Humane Society has been helping animals since 1878 and is a private non-profit organization that receives no federal, state or government funding and relies totally on private donations, merchandise sales and adoption