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Frequently Asked Questions


When is the Virtual Walk for Animals?

Registration is open now — and it’s free! Sign up today to unlock personal fundraising tools and start raising support for animals in need. You’ll also have access to Walk Week’s (April 11-17) engaging online content, including behind-the-scenes tours, fundraising contests, social media surprises, pancake making and more!

Traditionally held at Kit Carson Park in Escondido and Liberty Station in San Diego, our annual Walk for Animals is combined into a single virtual event this year. In addition to fundraising and engaging with online content, during Walk Week you are invited to walk in your own way (with safety and social distancing in mind) — around the block, around the living room, in the backyard, on a patio or even on the treadmill.


Is there a registration fee?

Registration is free! Participants who raise or donate at least $50 will receive a custom Virtual Walk for Animals T-shirt. New this year! When you fundraise or donate $50 or more by March 19, you will be able to pick up your custom 2021 Virtual Walk for Animals T-shirt to wear during Walk Week (April 11-17). We will be providing safe and socially distanced shirt pick-up options the week before. Stay tuned for more info! If you reach the fundraising minimum of $50 after March 19, you will have the option to have the shirt mailed to you after the event


How can my business support the Walk for Animals and be featured in the Virtual Vendor Village?

To learn more about ways your business can make an impact for animals in need, view our Sponsorship Opportunities packet, visit our Sponsor the Walk page, or contact Bobbie Barnes by email at bbarnes@sdhumane.org or by calling 619-243-6147.


What do I do with cash and checks that I collect?

Keep track of your check and cash donations with this donation tracking form. Please print the form, fill it out completely and mail it to San Diego Humane Society, along with your collected cash and check donations.

San Diego Humane Society
ATTN: Walk for Animals
5500 Gaines St.
San Diego, CA 92110


How do I add cash and checks to my online total?

If you would like to add the cash or checks you receive to the donation total on your personal fundraising page, follow these instructions:

  1. Go to your Participant Center.
  2. Click the blue 'Add' button next to "Your Donations" at the bottom of the page. 
  3. Enter the value of your check and cash gifts on the pop up screen.


How do I claim my prizes and T-shirt?

After Walk Week ends, participants will receive an email with a link to choose and claim their prizes and T-shirts. Once a prize is selected for each fundraising level, you’ll receive your well-earned prizes by mail within 4-6 weeks. Reminder: Please provide a valid email address when you register for the Virtual Walk for Animals in order to claim your prizes! If you weren’t able to pick up your shirt prior to the event, we will reach out to you to coordinate receiving your shirt.


How are prizes awarded to team members?

Team members qualify for fundraising prizes based on their individual fundraising achievements.

Prizes are redeemed individually by email after the event. Once a prize is selected for each fundraising level achieved, each participant will receive their well-earned prizes by mail within 4-6 weeks. Participants are reminded to provide a valid email address when registering for the Walk in order to claim their prizes.If you weren’t able to pick up your shirt prior to the event, we will reach out to you to coordinate receiving your shirt.

If a team raises money together by holding a socially distanced event, a San Diego Humane Society staff member can apply the proceeds to the team's fundraising total OR proceeds can be split up between individual team members. Please email walk@sdhumane.org or call 619-243-3469 for more information.


This is my first time fundraising — do you have tips?

Yes! Visit our Fundraising Tips page for fundraising ideas and if you have any questions about navigating the Participant Center check out this video guide for help!


How far should I walk?

The walk course has traditionally been about 2 miles long, but with the Virtual Walk for Animals, the distance is now up to you! Feel free to walk a few feet or a few miles with your furry friend.