This Saturday in Baltimore: DogFest featuring Paws on Parade Walkathon

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Mark your calendar and be sure to attend Baltimore Humane Society’s DogFest featuring Paws on Parade Walkathon on Saturday, October 5th for the entire family!  Thousands of people are expected to gather on the grounds of Baltimore Humane Society in Reisterstown for a fundraising walk and to participate in games, contests, demonstrations, and kid activities.  This event is not just for people, though.  It’s also for the dogs!

DogFest, a dog day extravaganza for pets and pet lovers is the event’s sixth year celebrating the love of dogs and benefiting animals in need of care and refuge at the no-kill shelter.  Enjoy Paws on Parade’s 1-mile or 1.6-mile trail walk through Baltimore Humane Society’s beautiful 365-acre wildlife sanctuary. Then join the fun and excitement at DogFest!


DogFest is the opportunity for pet lovers to watch Rover knock down 10 pins in a game of bowling!  Enjoy the antics of dogs trying to find their owners in a game of Hide ‘n Seek or playing Musical Sit ‘n Stay.  Dog owners can have their pet tested for the AKC Canine Good Citizenship Award or get some information at the Ask the Vet and Ask the Trainer Booths.  Decide for yourself if the celebrity judges make the right call for the Best Costume contest, Best Trick, or Best Kisser while 101.9 FM radio personality, Fran Lane, and Eddie Applefeld, Mr. Entertainment, each emcee for part of the day. Watch Shakespeare scenes performed about our furry friends or challenge your own dog with an agility course!  There’s even swimming for dogs!

Sit back while enjoying a delicious treat from one of the many food vendors and get some hearty chuckles as every type dog imaginable parades by in their best costume regalia.  Stroll around and explore the various vendors and information booths.  And of course, come inside the kennels and meet the many dogs and cats who are staying at the Baltimore Humane Society’s no-kill shelter while waiting to find their forever homes.

Form a Team for Paws on Parade and multiply the fun and the fundraising! A Team is simply a group of friends, family, co-workers, or neighbors that choose to walk together! Four to twenty people may form a Team. Each member must raise a minimum of $35 and the Team as a whole must raise at least $300.  Every Team chooses their own Team name and a lead “alpha dog” to represent the group! Teams can even design their own fundraising page to raise awareness and pledges! All walkers get a free DogFest t-shirt and free admission to DogFest.  And there are prizes for the top fundraisers. The top individual wins an 8×10 charcoal portrait by Chris Powell Fine Art ($350 value).  The top Team wins a Tour & Wine Tasting at Basignani Winery.  And the top kids team wins a party gift certificate to Rebounders Gymnastics. The walk is from 10am to 12pm and you can start any time you like until noon.

Non-Profits Working Together

We’re especially excited to announce that Special Olympics Maryland will be teaming up with us this year!  Our inaugural Paws On Parade Walkathon ribbon cutting ceremony will be led by Special Olympics Athletes who will be our official ribbon cutters!  Yukon, the Yukon Medical Fund’s namesake, will then lead the walk.  His presence is a reminder of the critical need for donations to Baltimore Humane Society’s Medical Fund so other homeless animals like him can get the care they need at the no-kill shelter.


Join us for this doggone fun day! It all takes place on the grounds of the no-kill shelter on 1601 Nicodemus Road in Reisterstown, rain or shine from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, October 5th.  Don’t miss it!  Beat the lines.  Register for the walkathon or buy your tickets ahead of time at!

Event:          DogFest featuring Paws on Parade Walkathon

Where:        Baltmore Humane Society, 1601 Nicodemus Rd., Reisterstown, MD   21136

Date:           Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Time:            Dogfest – 10am-5pm

Paws on Parade Walkathon – 10am-12pm, rolling start times

Admission:  $10, children in strollers and animals are free

Paws on Parade walkers – admission to DogFest is free + get free DogFest t-shirt


About the Baltimore Humane Society

The Baltimore Humane Society, founded in 1927 by Mrs. Elsie Seeger Barton, is an independent, non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, which offers low-cost veterinary care to the public, and a pet cemetery with grief support services.  We receive no operational funding from the local or federal governments, or any national animal welfare organizations.  For more information about BHS, and how you can contribute, volunteer, adopt, or foster, please visit or call 410-833-8848.