Walk with Purpose at HRA's DC Walk for the Animals
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Walk with Purpose at HRA's DC Walk for the Animals

Two of DC’s great fall traditions, the annual DC Walk for the Animals and On Tap Magazine’s Wiener 500, are coming together to host a dog-friendly community festival on Saturday, September 22 at Yards Park on the Capitol Riverfront.

Come for the Walk and stay for the races!

The DC Walk for the Animals is a fundraising walk hosted by the Humane Rescue Alliance, with the goal this year to raise $125,000 for HRA's vital programs and serivces. The Walk kicks off on the Yards Park boardwalk and weaves through the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. This 0.7 mile course offers plenty of opportunities for dogs and their humans to take in the sights and sounds of this beloved area.

DC Walk for the Animals

The end of the Walk signals the start of the cutest race in town, the Wiener 500 Dachshund Dash, and HRA's community festival.

DC Walk for the Animals

There will be beer and food vendors, the opportunity to bring food from area restaurants and create your own picnic, or hang out at the surrounding restaurants and watch the Wiener 500 from one of their dog friendly patios.

DC Walk for the Animals

This all-day event also includes live music, costume contests, Oktoberfest games, and famed Washington Capital’s announcer and fellow dachshund lover, Wes Johnson, as this year’s MC.

DC Walk for the Animals
 


How to get involved:

Create a Walk team! Encourage your friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors to join you on September 22. The money you and your team raise will help provide comfort, care, and love to the thousands of animals HRA serves each year.

DC Walk for the Animals

A Walk team is simply a group of two or more people that fundraise together. Money can be raised a variety of ways. For example:

  • Bake sales
  • Yard sales
  • Jeans/dress down at work days
  • Happy hours and other small events

To create a Walk team you need to:

  • Choose a team captain
  • Register your team at dcwalkfortheanimals.org
  • Set up your personalized team webpage
  • Send out an email to your colleagues, friends, and family to recruit team members
  • Decide on a team fundraising goal
  • Create fundraising activities to help raise money

You can also join us an individual walker. Register at dcwalkfortheanimals.org today! If you're unable to attend on September 22, you can still participate by fundraising. Fundraise on behalf of the animals in your life, or in honor of a pet that made a special impact on you. Every dollar we raise makes a difference.