Back in 1984, the Kalamazoo Humane Society (KHS) held its first Dog Walkathon to help raise money for its many animal welfare programs and services. Thirty years (and many happy dogs!) later, this event has become the ultimate fundraising Dog Walk & K-9 Festival, featuring top-notch entertainment and competitions, fun participant activities, great exhibitor booths, tempting treats and a kid’s only fun zone. It’s no wonder that now over 4,500 two- and four-legged visitors come to Prairie View Park each year to help raise money for the KHS, making this the largest event of its kind in Michigan! Best of all, you don’t need to be a dog owner to take part in the fun and help animals! So gather your family members and friends (including dogs) on May 3rd and enjoy a day in the park with us.
In honor of our event’s 30th anniversary, we’ve pulled out all the stops! We’ve expanded the hours (the event now runs until 4 pm) and added new activities and food vendors to the lineup. This year a new all-in-one admission fee will give you access to all of the fun Dog Walk & K-9 Festival activities. Purchase your admission wristband in advance by clicking on the “purchase admission wristband” button to the left or buy it onsite at the event on May 3rd to enjoy the fun. You can find all the information you need on our festival information page.
The Dog Walk & K-9 Festival has evolved over the last 30 years, but the KHS’s goal is still the same: to raise money for its vital animal welfare programs. Countless animals and their families have been helped by the KHS’s Emergency Pet Food Bank, Operation Fix-It (low cost spay/neuter program), Safe Pet (aid to victims of domestic assault) and animal education programs. We encourage everyone to help us reach our event fundraising goal of $75,000
by collecting donations to help animals in our community. Want to do even more to help? Then please consider joining others to form a Pack, which is any group of people that bands together to try to make a larger impact as a team. Adding to the fun, we’re offering great prizes and incentives to the individuals who go above and beyond in support of our fundraising goal.