eventdetailssidebar.pngWHEN:  8 am – 1 pm on Sunday, November 5
WHERE:  Balloon Fiesta Park, 5500 Balloon Fiesta Parkway NW
WHAT:   Animal Humane’s largest fundraiser and signature event – Doggie Dash & Dawdle!
WHO:  More than 4,500 human participants and 2,000 canines of all sizes will be in attendance.
WHY:  100% of net proceeds support homeless pets in Animal Humane’s loving care and our growing community programs – it’s not just about dogs! This event also benefits our cats and cat programs too!

Times to Dash & Dawdle:

  • 5K Dash at 9 am: The 5K run for humans with, or without, canine running companions . This is a timed race with categories based on age, sex, and running with or without a furry friend. Medals will be awarded.
  • 1-Mile Dawdle at 11 am: A fun walk for all ages and breeds — both two and four legged.

Packet Pick Up:

  •  Saturday, November 4 from 11 am - 4 pm at Sport Systems, located at 6915 Montgomery Blvd. NE. 

Click here for more Packet Pick Up info. 

Parking & Directions:

Parking is free and there are plenty of spaces available!

Click here for more parking & direction information as well as a map.

Schedule & Activities:


Best Behavior & Etiquette (For Dogs & Humans):

Though we all know our pets will be on their best behavior, here are a few items to keep in mind for your safety and the safety of those around you:

  • Well behaved dogs are welcome.
  • All dogs must be current on vaccinations to attend.
  • Dogs must be on a non-extendable leash (6 feet or less). 
  • Any dog considered unfit or dangerous can be withdrawn from the event by Doggie Dash & Dawdle staff.
  • Participants in the 5K Dash will be disqualified if dogs are pulled across the Finish Line by their humans.
  • There will be plenty of water to hydrate thirsty pups and people.
  • First Aid will be available for both people & pets. Look for the First Aid tent on the field.