Walk for the Animals 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

​1. When and where is the Humane Society Walk for Animals 2018?

Humane Society Walk for the Animals 2018 will be held Saturday, November 3, at on the campus of the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County and beautiful Shelby Farms Park, Memphis, TN.  

Registration begins at 8 am, and the 4 mile Walk for the Animals will start at 10:00 am, and the 2 mile Walk will start at 10:30am. After the Walk, join us for a unique community day of demonstrations, contests, games and more.​

2. Is there a registration fee?

There is no registration fee for the Walk for the Animals 2018, however, this is one of our organizations largest fundraising event of the year.  We encourage all participants to register their team and fundraise with us.  Walkers that raise $100 or more will receive a commemorative Humane Society Walk for the Animals 2018 t-shirt.  

3. How long is the Walk?

The Humane Society Walk for the Animals 2018 is approximately 3.85 miles long.  It begins and ends on the Chickasaw Trail in beautiful Shelby Farms Park, just across the street from the HSMSC facility on Farm Road.  Shorter route options are also available for those who want to get back quicker so they can relax and enjoy the entertainment.

4. Where can I find a schedule of events?

Event information is located on our About Walk for the Animals 2018 page and will be updated periodically. If you can't find what you're looking for, feel free to email kwalker@memphishumane.org. We're here to help.

5. Is there a minimum fundraising goal I must meet to participate?

Although we encourage our Walkers to fundraise, there is no minimum requirement to participate. Walkers that raise $100 or more will receive a commemorative Humane Society Walk for the Animals 2018 t-shirt. 

We encourage Walkers and teams to set their goals high, and when that goal is met, go above and beyond for the animals.  Most people don't realize that fundraising and collecting donations for the animals is a fun experience, especially when you participate as team.  Each dollar raised helps us be ready at a moment's notice when an abused or severely neglected animals needs our help. The more we raise, the more animals we can help.

6. What are the benefits of forming or joining a Team?

Forming a team is a great way to have fun with family, friends and co-workers while raising funds for a cause close to all of our hearts— the animals!  It is also a great team-building exercise for any business interested in becoming a bit more philanthropic.

7. Who do I contact if a donation does not appear on my fundraising page?

Email kwalker@memphishumane.org with the name of the person who made the donation, the amount (if known) and the person and/or team it should be credited to.  We can look it up in our database to make sure it is properly credited to you. Be sure to include a contact phone number.

8. How can I help fundraise for this event?

The possibilities are endless! The best way to start is to create your personal fundraising page on the Humane Society Walk for the Animals 2018 website. 

Your page makes it easy to take advantage of the connectivity options with email, Facebook and Twitter.  You can send a message to all your contacts and they can make a donation directly to your page.  Next, you can raise funds by asking for donations from friends, co-workers, neighbors and family. 

It's also fun to plan events like bake sales and car washes, or you can team up with a local restaurant where a portion of their sales for one evening are donated to your Pack.  Always ask donors to check with their place of employment to see if they offer a matching donation program.  By filling out a few forms and submitting them to the business, you can double their donation!

9. How to I add my fundraising page as an app on my mobile phone?

Details coming soon...

10. Can I bring my pets?

Dogs that are friendly with people of all ages and with other dogs are welcome to attend.  Hundreds of dogs will be in attendance, so we do not recommend bringing those that are not fans of crowds, noise or other dogs.  We highly discourage bringing other types of pets (cats, snakes, birds, etc).  This tends to be a stressful situation for them.  There are many ways to walk while still honoring your pet at home.  You can create T-shirts or posters or bring their photo with you.  They will thank you for giving them the day off.

If your dog is the social type, ready to join in the fun, they must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.  We ask that you do not use retractable leashes as they have been known to cause accidents.  For their protection, please make sure your dog is up to date on their vaccinations.  If your dog is in heat, please let them stay at home.

11. Can my children participate?

Absolutely!  The Humane Society Walk for the Animals 2018 is a family-friendly event.  Children are always welcome!  We even have a Kids Zone where they can do activities and crafts, making it a very memorable day for them.  

Leading up to the Walk, kids can be very active in fundraising, asking friends, neighbors and family members to help them raise money for our animals.  Kids enjoy giving back to the animals!

12. I cannot attend the Walk. How can I still raise funds for the animals?

Although we'd love to see everyone on Walk Day, attendance is not a requirement.  Animal lovers that want to help the homeless animals in our community but cannot make it on November 3, can register as a Virtual Walker.  You will still have access to the website tools to raise funds and you can still have fun planning events, knowing you are helping our Humane Society animals.

13. How can I get a Humane Society Walk for the Animals 2018 poster to hang up at my office?

You can pick up posters at the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County after August 1, 2018.  The animals thank you for helping us to promote this event.  It means the world to us and the animals in our care.

14. What do I do with the cash and checks that I collect?

We can offer you a few choices. For money that you've collected outside of your online options, you can either:

1. Mail them to us. Please place them in a secure envelope clearly marked to:

Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County, ATTN: Walk for the Animals 2018, 935 Farm Road, Memphis, TN 38134.  

We do not recommend mailing cash. Make sure you include your name, your team name (if applicable), contact information and the total amount being sent.

2. Bring them with you on Walk Day.  We have staff set up to accept donations. 

3. Bring them to the Humane Society facility.

15. Do I need to bring a water bottle for me or my dog?

We try to make sure everyone, whether they have two legs or four, is hydrated. Water will be provided along the route for humans and dogs, but you are welcome to bring your own as well. 

16. What if there is a chance of rain?

We walk rain or shine and plan to have fun doing it!