Portland, OR. What’s the biggest event of the year for the Oregon Humane Society? The Doggie Dash. Registration opens Thursday, February 14th and is free until March 31. Doggie Dash is a Portland tradition and one of the largest gatherings of pets and people in the country.

In 2018, more than 7,000 people and thousands of pets converged on Waterfront Park for the epic celebration.

Doggie Dash is also the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Oregon Humane Society. Donations raised by Dashers help fund critical life-saving services including adoptions, veterinary care, pet behavior services, disaster response and help for abused and neglected animals.

What – Oregon Humane Society Doggie Dash

When – 7:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. run/walk, Saturday, May 11

Where – Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Naito Parkway and SW Stark

Registration – Free before March 31. Register online starting Feb. 14 – https://www.oregonhumane.org/doggiedash/

Participants can sign up for a specific wave time and have the option of a 1.5 or 2.5 mile loop. A huge pet festival with entertainment, raffles, a free pancake breakfast and activities will greet finishers. Dashers who raise $500 or more will have access to a VIP area with snacks, bag and coat check and deluxe bathroom facilities. Prizes are also available for Dashers who reach specific fundraising levels. New for 2019 – the first 100 Dashers who raise $25 will receive an adorable pair of pet-themed slippers.

Dog-less dashers, cat fans and all animal-lovers are welcome at this fun event!

Some quick facts about the Oregon Humane Society:

  • In 2018, OHS found homes for more than 12,000 pets. It was the ninth year that adoptions exceeded 11,000 and the first time 12,000 pets found their new home through OHS.
  • OHS receives no tax dollars and relies on private donations to help pets in need.
  • The OHS medical team provides free and low-cost spay and neuter surgeries for thousands of pets owned by low-income families.
  • In 2018, OHS’s Second Chance program set another record by welcoming more than 8,000 pets from shelters around the region, across the country and from areas affected by disasters.
  • From Basic Manners to Reactive Rover, OHS offers dozens of pet behavior classes and workshops plus a free pet behavior helpline.
  • OHS educators reach more than 12,000 youths and about 2,000 adults annually through humane education programs.

The Oregon Humane Society is the Northwest’s oldest and largest humane society, with one of the highest adoption rates in the nation. OHS receives no government funds for its adoption, education, medical and behavior programs. Visit oregonhumane.org for more information.