Why We Walk

A beloved pet, an animal-loving family member, a passion for serving your community... there are countless reasons why people Walk for the Animals. We've listed some of our reasons below.

Do you have a personal reason why you walk? Please send your reason to us at info@walk4theanimals.com


When I was asked to Walk for the Animals with a friend in 2008, I thought it was the coolest thing to walk with a bunch of dogs in downtown Ft. Lauderdale.  

Years later, after being on the Walk committee now for 10 years, not only is it cool to see all the dogs walk, it is even better to know all the things the Humane Society of Broward County does for South Florida.  

It has been a pleasure for me to volunteer for such a healthy organization that does so much for the community. I plan to continue to walk for the animals for many more years. 

 ~Carey Morgan, Walk for the Animals Co-Chair


Why do I walk for the animals? As the dog mom of a 15-year-old rescue, it’s a no-brainer! The Humane Society of Broward County is more than just a shelter: it’s a collection of incredibly dedicated employees and volunteers doing wonderful things for the community and beyond -- from sheltering and aiding animals in need to arranging responsible pet adoptions and educating the community about respect and kindness to all animals. And because HSBC relies solely on donations from the community, I want to do my part to support their efforts.

~Leslie Puro, Walk for the Animals Co-Chair


I walk for my baby, Simon, who we adopted from HSBC in June of 2002. He has been our joy for over 16 years. He is Mom’s first grandchild and our first love. I walk for HSBC who shelters, nurtures and cares for pets like mine while they wait for their furever family. I walk for the animals.

~Wendy Cohen, Walk for the Animals Retention Chair



I walk for the animals because it is a simple way to make a big difference to better their lives. All it takes is a little TLC to help these homeless animals. It is extremely rewarding to be involved with the Humane Society of Broward County. All of the staff and volunteers work tirelessly and selflessly day in and day out to help provide shelter, aid, nutrition and love to these unconditionally loving animals. With the funds received from the Walk, HSBC is able to continue doing all of these things as well as providing education and resources to the public - all for the end goal to be finding these animals their forever homes.

~Alexandra Missan, Walk for the Animals Raffles Chair


I participate in the Walk for the Animals because it fills my heart to know I’m helping abused and homeless animals find a home. To commune with literally hundreds of other people who share the same goal is truly rewarding. Animal lovers are a special “breed” of people and the type of people I prefer to share my time and energy with.

As a major fundraiser for the Humane Society of Broward County, the Walk is not only raising funds to provide shelter, aid and responsible adoptions for homeless animals, they are also using those funds to educate the community about respect and kindness to all animals. I cannot think of a more worthwhile cause!

~ Richard Goodnight, Walk for the Animals Distritution Chair


Why I do participate in the walk?  I walk to give voice to the thousands of shelter dogs and cats in our community that are abandoned, surrendered or left homeless, and to bring attention to the tireless efforts and devotion that the Humane Society of Broward County gives to 

each and every one of these furry babies in providing the care, treatment and eventual loving homes they all deserve. It is just my small contribution in showing them the love and human kindness for which they all need.

~ Deanna Kubinski, Walk for the Animals Committee     


I walk because it's a small way that I can give back.  You get donations from everyone you know and then you get to come out and celebrate with like-minded people and their pets.  Yes, mostly dogs but you never know who might show up - a cat, a pig!  It is just a lot of fun for a good cause. The picture is Lola and Beanie enjoying a sniff stop during the walk! 

~Eleanor McCoy


What a lovely sunny day we were blessed with this year, so many people and their furry friends walking the grounds, filled with colorful tents and kiosks offering fun raffles, free giveaways and lots of information for pet owners from all the welcoming vendors.  The music…very enjoyable, our wonderful hosts from our Walk Committee introducing new donations and raffle winners were truly great…lots of fun to watch them on the stage.  Everywhere people taking photos, stopping to chat, to pet or admire one another’s four-legged friend(s).  The leisurely stroll of the walk with its multitude of people and animals alike; so many breeds, large, small, all strolling side by side…as we, the doggie parents, enjoyed the great views of the channel and boats.  The smiling and helpful volunteers throughout the entire area, everything was just so invigorating. It was truly an amazing event this year. 

Why do I Walk for the animals?  I Walk for the Animals because I know the donations collected ensure these abandoned animals sheltered at the Humane Society of Broward County (“HSBC”) will receive the proper care, love  and attention they so deserve…some for the first time in their lives!  And just as important, to ultimately place these precious animals in loving homes.  My Chiquita Mia (Chihuahua mix) has been such a blessing in our lives for these five years since she was rescued.  This is the reason I participate in the Walk every year, and the reason I attempt to collect donations for the HSBC; it’s a cause I am committed to, firmly believe in, and will continue to do so, God willing!

~Ruth Ramos, Walk for the Animals Committee