Frequently Asked Questions

1. When and where is Walk for Animals?
2. Is there a registration fee?
3. How long is the Walk?
4. Where can I find a schedule of events?
5. Is there a minimum fundraising goal I must meet to participate?
6. What are the benefits of forming or joining a Pack?
7. I registered as an individual – how can I join a Pack?
8. Who do I contact if a donation does not appear on my fundraising page?
9. How can I help fundraise for this event?
10. What exactly are matching donations or company matches?
11. Can I bring my pets?
12. Can my children participate?
13. I cannot attend the Walk, how can I still raise funds for the animals?
14. How can I get a Walk for the Animals poster to hang up in my office?
15. What do I do with the cash and checks that I collect?
16. Do I need to bring a water bottle?
17. What if there is a chance of rain?

1. When and where is Walk for Animals?

The Walk will be held Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Huizenga Plaza, 32 East Las Olas Boulevard, Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Registration begins at 8 am, and the optional Walk starts at 10:00 am. Until that time there are over 40 booths to visit, games to play, entertainment and more.

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2. Is there a registration fee?

There is no registration fee for the Walk, however, this is our shelter's largest fundraising event of the year. We  encourage all participants to register and fundraise with us. All proceeds benefit the homeless animals in our care, the educational programs we support and the services we extend to the community. 

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3. How long is the Walk?

The optional Walk is approximately 1.25 miles long. It begins and ends at Huizenga Plaza. Shorter route options are also available for those who want to get back quicker so they can relax and enjoy the entertainment.

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4. Where can I find a schedule of events?

Event information is located on our Event Day Info page and will be updated periodically. If you can't find what you're looking for you can always email info@walk4theanimals.com. We're here to help.

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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.

The minimum amount required to qualify for incentive prizes is $150 for every Individual Walker and $1500 for each Pack (team), but the more we raise the more animals we can help. We're paw-sitive you can raise more! We encourage Walkers to set their goal 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 a Pack (team). Each dollar raised counts towards caring for the homeless animals and the educational programs that we offer.  

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

Forming a Pack 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. Many of our Packs come from large corporations and clubs around Broward County, but we also have many Family and Friends Packs. In addition, qualifying Packs (those reaching $1,500 or above collectively) are eligible for special prizes and incentives on Walk Day including Pack photos, exclusive prize drawings, Pack signs and a Pack prize for all members of your group. The more you raise, the more prizes you'll qualify for.

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7. I registered as an individual – how can I join a Pack?

If you’ve decided to create or join a Pack (team), but already registered as an Individual Walker, we can certainly help. All you have to do is send an email to info@walk4theanimals.com. Let us know the name of the Pack you'd like to be added to, or the name of the new Pack you'd like to form. If forming a new Pack, you will be designated the Pack leader. If you have NOT registered and would like to start or join a Pack, start here. Registration is easy, but we're always here to help.

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

Email info@walk4theanimals.com with the name of the person who made the donation, the amount (if known) and the person and/or Pack 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 just in case we need clarification.

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9. 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 Walk for the Animals 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 of 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. Most people are anxious to donate when they know their donation goes directly to help the animals. 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!

If you're interested in attending a Pack Leader seminar, email info@walk4theanimals.com for dates and times. Everyone is welcome to attend whether you're a Pack Leader or a member of a team. You'll learn some great fundraising ideas!

Your online fundraising page will help you keep track of your pledges and your goal, or you can use a printable donation sheet from our Helpful Downloads page.Thank you letters and tax receipts are automatically sent to everyone who donates if their contact information is provided.

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10. What exactly are matching donations or company matches?

Company matches are a GREAT way to double your donations and make your fundraising soar! Many companies give back by matching employees' charitable contributions dollar for dollar. Check with the company you work for to see if they offer a match. You should also check with everyone who makes a donation to your page and ask if their company does the same. It's a simple process. A form is filled out letting the company know who you contributed to. Most forms are now processed electronically.

We are listed as the Humane Society of Broward County, a 501 (c)(3) organization, when searching in the electronic systems. We can help process the forms for you or your donors. Just email us at info@walk4theanimals.com with your information.

The check is then processed and sent directly to us. If you chose "matching donation" when making your online donation, we will have everything we need to credit your fundraising page.

Here are some resources to check out more about matching donations and to learn about some of the generous companies that take part in this program. If your company is not involved, maybe you can present it to them.

https://www.frontstream.com/4-reasons-company-needs-matching-gifts-program/

https://doublethedonation.com/matching-grant-resources/list-matching-gifts-companies/

https://www.1800runaway.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/corporate-match-directory.pdf
 

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11. Can I bring my pets?

Dogs that are friendly with people of all ages and with other dogs are welcome to attend. More than 2,000 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 and we do not condone it. 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.

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12. Can my children participate?

Absolutely! Walk for the Animals 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 are very active in fundraising. They go trick-or-treating with thier donation cans, they collect coins from family and friends and they ask for donations for the animals in lieu of holiday gifts. Kids enjoy giving back to the animals.

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13. 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 March 3rd can register as a Virtual Walker.* You will still have access to the website tools to raise funds and and you can still have fun planning events, knowing you are helping the animals. Track your donations on your Personal Fundraising page or use the donation form available on our Helpful Downloads page. Donations that are not collected online can be sent to: 

Humane Society of Broward County, ATTN: Walk for the Animals
2070 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

-or you can attend the Individual Donation Drop day:

Individual/Virtual Walker Donation Drop Off (no appointment necessary):
Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

* Please note: To minimize costs and maximize funds for the animals, we are not able to mail incentive items.

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14. How can I get a Walk for the Animals poster to hang up at my office?

You can pick up posters at the Humane Society of Broward County or let us know and we can mail a few to you. You can also print them directly from our Helpful Downloads page. The animals thank you for helping us to promote this event. It's so important to our shelter.

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15. 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 Broward County, ATTN: Walk for the Animals
2070 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

 

We do not recommend mailing cash. Make sure you include your name, your Pack 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. You will still be eligible for incentives if you reach the next level of fundraising.

3. Attend one of our Donation Drop Off/Goodie Bag Pick Up days before the Walk at our shelter (visit the animals while you're here!):

Individual/Virtual Walker Donation Drop Off (no appointment necessary):
Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

Pack Leader Donation Drop Off/Goodie Bag Pick Up (by appointment only):
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 9:00am - 6:30pm 
Friday, February 23, 2018 - 9:00am - 6:30pm 
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am - 3:30pm

If you receive donations after the Walk, that's ok, too! Just drop them by the shelter. Yet another opportunity to see our furry friends!

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16. Do I need to bring a water bottle?

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. 

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17. What if there is a chance of rain?

We are die hards! We walk rain or shine and the humans and dogs have so much fun doing it. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is Walk for Animals?

The Walk is Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at University Village. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the Walk starts at 10:00 a.m.

Is there a registration fee?

There is a $25 registration fee for the Early Bird rate. After Sept. 1, registration increases to $30 for each participant (youth and adult). Each registered walker will receive a Walk event T-shirt.

How long is the Walk?

The Walk is approximately two miles. It begins in University Village, winds through the Union Bay Natural Area Trails, and ends back at U Village. Shorter route options also available.

Where can I find a schedule of events?

Event information is located on our schedule page and will be updated periodically.

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

Although we encourage our Walkers to fundraise, there is no minimum requirement for our walkers. Every dollar counts and we hope you’ll have fun raising awareness and funds with your friends and colleagues. Every donation helps pets in need at Seattle Humane. - See more at: http://www.seattlehumane.org/walk/faq.html#sthash.ojsR0czY.dpuf

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