Walk & Wag is HSHV’s biggest fundraiser of the year


Your dog walks. Runs. Would he like to fly?

At the 39th annual Walk & Wag by the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV), he’ll have the chance. The Ultimate Air Dogs event features a 40-foot dock linked to a 41-foot pool, and dogs of all shapes and sizes are allowed to join the fun.

The idea is simple: toss a toy into the pool, and water-loving dogs will make the leaping jump. Some dogs do it over and over again for fun; others scratch their competitive itch and do it to win prizes. Up for grabs: prizes for “Big Air” (how far they jump), “Extreme Vertical” (how high they jump), and “Speed Retrieve” (how fast). To show people (and shy dogs) how it’s done, professional jumping dogs will be performing shows throughout the morning, too. And it’s not just fun; it’s all for a good cause.

As HSHV’s biggest fundraiser of the year, Walk & Wag attempts to raise $300,000 for the needy animals in our community. Last year’s event brought over 1,500 people and 600 dogs out to Washtenaw County’s Rolling Hills Park in Ypsilanti.

“In addition to the Ultimate Air Dogs, we have a lot of new things planned for Walk & Wag,” says Joy Johnsen, Special Events Coordinator at HSHV. “So this year is going to be more exciting than ever for people—and dogs!”

Walk & Wag also features the area’s only 5K run that folks can do with their dogs, a popular “lure” chase where dogs enjoy dashing around a closed course in pursuit of a flag, and lots of other dog-friendly vendors and activities such as “Bobbing for weenies,” “Pawparazzi dress up station,” and the “Trick and Biscuit” station. Register and help fundraise at hshv.org/walkandwag.

About The Humane Society of Huron Valley:

The Humane Society of Huron Valley, located in Ann Arbor, is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and relies solely on the generosity of our supporters to provide critical community programs and services. HSHV is an award-winning organization, recognized for our best practices and highest animal “save-rate” among all similar shelters in Michigan. Charity Navigator, the nation’s top charity evaluator, awarded HSHV a 4-star ranking, the highest possible. The mission of HSHV is to promote the loving, responsible care of all animals in our community. HSHV is not affiliated with any other humane organization and does not receive funding from the United Way. More information can be found on HSHV’s website (hshv.org) and on our annual report (www.hshv.org/annualreport).


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