Last weekend, I participated in the first annual Brooklyn Bridge Pup Crawl to raise money for three animal shelters across the country.
We all received Lulu light-up leashes for our pups, waited until sundown and walked over the bridge, lighting up the night to bring awareness to homeless animals. It was a fun way to meet other dog lovers, hang out with our pets and benefit a good cause.
It turns out that September and October is a popular time for rescue groups to organize fundraising dog walks. Courses range from less than one mile to more than six miles, although most are around two miles.
Besides the walking part, many of these events have all sorts of fun activities like agility demos, doggy massages, costume contests, live music, animal psychics, face painting and more.
Here is a sampling of events that I found online (I’ll be at the Hounds on the Sound event to benefit the New Rochelle Humane Society!).
Saturday, October 3rd
- Greyhound Festival and Fundraiser Walk-a-thon for Greyhound Rescue of N.E. - Uxbridge, Mass.
- Monmouth County SPCA Dog Walk & Pet Fair - Lincroft, N.J.
- Fair Oaks Dog Walk - Fair Oaks, Calif.
Sunday, October 4th
- Hounds on the Sound for the New Rochelle Humane Society - New Rochelle, N.Y.
- Woofstock El Dorado County - El Dorado Hills, Calif.
- Steps for Pets for the Lowell Humane Society - Lowell, Mass.
- Dog Walk & Homecoming for Homeless Animals Rescue Team - Centreville, Va.
Saturday, October 10th
- The Music City Mutt Strutt for the Nashville Humane Association - Nashville, Tenn.
- Walk for the Animals for the Washington Humane Society - Wash. D.C.
- Dogtoberfest for First Coast No More Homeless Pets - Jacksonville, Fla.
- Stroll to the Sea Walk for Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons - East Hampton, N.Y.
- Dog 'n' Jog for SCAVMA at UC Davis - Davis, Calif.
Sunday, October 11th
- Bark in the Park for Liberty Humane Society - Jersey City, N.J.
- Paws for a Cause Walk-a-thon for Bingo’s Foundation - Levittown, Penn.
Dog walks have become so popular that some "human" organizations are inviting dogs to their events. AIDS Walk Wisconsin on October 10th welcomes dogs who will have their own registration area. Four-legged participants will receive treats in exchange for their pledge forms. And the Hadley School for the Blind is putting on Hounds for Hadley Dog Walk on October 24th in Winnetka, Ill.
Who can resist a day with the pups for a good cause?