Win Tickets ($90): Walk / Run For the Animals @ Esther Short Park | Dog-friendly Chip Timed 5K, Beer Garden, Music by Cat Rapper iAmMoshow, Benefit for Humane Society, 40+ Vendors

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Walk / Run For the Animals @ Esther Short Park on May 6. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, May 1.


From our sponsors:
2017 Walk/Run for the Animals
May 6, 2017
All Ages
7 a.m. registration opens
9 a.m. Run Starts

Esther Short Park
605 Esther St, Vancouver, WA 98660

People and pets are lining up for this year’s Walk/Run for the Animals on May 6. The fundraising event, organized by the Humane Society for Southwest Washington (HSSW), lets people and their dogs participate in a chip-timed 5K run, or a 3-mile walk to raise money for shelter animals. In addition to helping HSSW animals receive healing, training, and medical services, Walk/Run participants can earn prizes and party in the park.

This year, cat lovers take center stage with a live performance by iAmMoshow, the Cat Rapper. A viral social media star, iAmMoshow spreads positivity and love for cats and cat people from all walks of life.

Not to be outdone, approximately 800 dogs will be on parade at Esther Short Park during the fundraising event. “Many of the dogs who come with their families were adopted from HSSW, so it feels like a family reunion,” remarks Denise Barr, VP of Marketing at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. “They can walk or run on-leash with their owners, show off in our pet trick competition, and watch professional dogs and handlers zip through an agility course with obstacles, then try it with their owners.”

Raise everyone’s spirits

Anyone can join one of the fundraising teams, start their own, and/or make an online donation until Saturday, May 6 at 9 a.m. (the day of the event). Fundraisers who collect donations of $30 or more score a fabulous super-soft T-shirt – and just $30 helps HSSW purchase 40 jars of baby food to feed orphan kittens.

Participants get a special treat for crossing the finish line, and walkers or runners age 21+ can enjoy two handcrafted brews at the Ghost Runners Brewery beer garden as part of their registration. Registration also includes an event bag with goodies for people and pets, and an “I’m Loved” pet medal for cats or dogs. Registration is available for the event is available at

Everyone can browse 40+ pet-friendly businesses in the Vendor Village and party in the park until noon. Come join the fun and make a difference in the lives of animals on their way to their forever home!

The Walk/Run takes place on Saturday, May 6, at Esther Short Park in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Runners and walkers will depart in waves to accommodate what is expected to be large numbers of participants. Registration for the event is now available at

The Annual Walk/Run for the Animals is funded in part by the Thomas A. Plein Foundation, Riverview Community Bank, Waste Connections, Main Event Sports Grill, Café Yumm!, Columbia River Veterinary Specialists, Mud Bay, VCA, Leonardo’s Pizzeria, Allied Fastening Supply, Inc., Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, A Dog’s Best Friend and Ghost Runners Brewery with additional support from the PetCo Foundation.

  • Cost:
  • Walkers: $40 through April 30; $45 May 1 – 5; $50 May 6 (event day); kids 12 and under free
  • Runners: $45 through April 30; $50 May 1 – 5; $55 May 6 (event day); kids 12 and under free

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26 Responses to Win Tickets ($90): Walk / Run For the Animals @ Esther Short Park | Dog-friendly Chip Timed 5K, Beer Garden, Music by Cat Rapper iAmMoshow, Benefit for Humane Society, 40+ Vendors

  1. Aleks April 24, 2017 at 7:44 pm #

    This sounds fun! Doggies!

  2. Kelsey April 25, 2017 at 12:20 pm #

    I like running and dogs!

  3. Megan Papis April 25, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

    Puppies and a performance by the cat rapper?? Count me in!!

  4. Kim April 25, 2017 at 12:44 pm #

    Love doing races like this with my dog!

  5. Cathy Ransier April 25, 2017 at 12:44 pm #


  6. Tonya April 25, 2017 at 1:00 pm #

    Would love to help raise some money for HSSW!

  7. Kara Landen April 25, 2017 at 1:41 pm #

    I’m currently looking to adopt a puppy from Oregon Humane Society, so I would love to help them out and raise money for their cause!

  8. Rebecca Blomquist April 25, 2017 at 2:59 pm #

    Heck yeah, this would be awesome!

  9. TIM April 25, 2017 at 3:04 pm #

    This fits right in with my love of dogs and exercise. I would love to win tickets to this event to help the animals.

  10. Laura April 25, 2017 at 3:08 pm #

    Sounds like a great way to support the Humane Society!

  11. Mia B. April 25, 2017 at 6:14 pm #

    I just wanna see Cat Rapper like one time before I die, is that too much to ask of the universe?

  12. molli taylor April 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm #

    oh my goodness, this is the most amazing family friendly event. my kids want to get involved in stuff like this to support animal rights, we are HUGE advocates over here. we would be delighted to attend!

  13. Naomi April 26, 2017 at 3:58 pm #

    Yes to dogs and getting off my butt!

  14. Emily April 26, 2017 at 9:12 pm #

    Sounds like a great time for a great cause!

  15. Bree April 27, 2017 at 3:08 pm #

    Love running, love dogs. That is all.

  16. April c. April 27, 2017 at 3:11 pm #


  17. alison t. April 27, 2017 at 5:18 pm #

    This sounds PAW-sitively PUP-tacular! My dog Willa would have the time (seven times??) of her life!

  18. Dana April 27, 2017 at 8:57 pm #

    I’d love to bring my border collie and join in on this run!

  19. Katie April 27, 2017 at 9:26 pm #

    I’ve never done this walk/run before and have some doggies that would LOVE it, as would I! AND it’s for a GREAT cause!

  20. Speedypup April 27, 2017 at 10:10 pm #

    My dog has been training me for the Hood to Coast run this year. We want in!!

  21. Jorge Caravia April 28, 2017 at 1:37 pm #

    Running and the humane society! I would love free tickets.

  22. Monte May 2, 2017 at 12:17 pm #

    We got our little man from the humane society last year and it’s coming up on his third birthday! He would love to attend with his newly found social skills! Go check his Instagram @renzitothebandito

  23. Hayley May 2, 2017 at 12:33 pm #

    I think this is a great event – for a great cause! What a great way to make animals lives important BUT also make it fun! Thanks for all you are doing!

  24. Erin B May 2, 2017 at 2:04 pm #

    Oh our beautiful mystery mutt would just ruff this :D Fun!

  25. Kalahulani May 3, 2017 at 2:01 am #

    I’LL probably walk..but I do want to see this cat rapper! That sounds amazing.

  26. Jessica May 4, 2017 at 5:02 pm #

    Pick me and the pooches!

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