Worlds Largest Pet Walk | Pet Partners

Step by Step: The World’s Largest Pet Walk

August 5, 2021

It’s that time once again: September 25, 2021 is the 4th annual World’s Largest Pet Walk! We’re excited to have thousands of people and pets walking all over the country and around the world again this year.

Worlds Largest Pet Walk 2021

The World’s Largest Pet Walk is an official Pet Partners walking event and signature fundraiser. This event is for everyone who wants to enjoy the health benefits of being active with pets, while also supporting Pet Partners.

Steps for Taking Part

It’s so easy to take part in the World’s Largest Pet Walk! It’s all about getting in your steps—on the day of the walk, to be sure, but also in preparation.

First Step

Register for the walk, set up your fundraising page, and invite your friends and family to donate in honor of your efforts. Be sure to sign up as a team if you have a group of folks who will be walking together. You can even name your team after your sweet pet! You can also choose to join an existing team, or support other walkers and teams.

This year we’ve made fundraising even easier with our new Facebook integration and text-to-donate options, so your smartphone can help you reach your goals with a touch of a button.

We know that fundraising is a lot of effort, and we want to recognize the work done by our walk fundraisers. So we have some great rewards:

  • Walkers who raise $50 or more will receive a pet bandanna.

  • Walkers who raise $100 or more will receive a pet bandanna and an official World’s Largest Pet Walk T-shirt.

  • Walkers who raise $250 or more will receive both of those, plus select from this prize list!

Second Step

Determine what type of walk you and your pets will participate in. You can choose an activity as simple as just you and your pet taking your normal stroll, or you can plan a safe group activity. The great thing about the World’s Largest Pet Walk is the flexibility to set up the type of walk that works for you and make sure that everyone involved can participate safely.

A group of walkers featuring dogs and mini horses participates in the World's Largest Pet Walk

We’ve seen numerous creative ways of participating in the World’s Largest Pet Walk! Here are just a few of them:

  • Corporate teams are planning pet-friendly virtual meetups on Zoom or other platforms to kick off their participation, encouraging employees to log in to the group call with their pets, and asking everyone to share their plans for how they will participate in the World’s Largest Pet Walk.
  • Friends and neighbors are organizing small gatherings with their pets at local parks and trails.
  • Some of our Community Partner groups are hosting Pet Parades outside of facilities they visit at with their registered Pet Partners therapy animal teams leading the way.
  • We’ve even had people walking all around the world, including in Canada, Colombia, and Romania!

Bonus: You can even track every walk you take from the moment you register all the way to walk day. It’s easy to use our fitness activity tracker through your walk fundraising page:

  1. Log in to your page.
  2. Click Complete Activities.
  3. Select Record Fitness Activity.
  4. Enter how many minutes or miles you and your animal walked.

Third Step

Be sure to print your official World’s Largest Pet Walk bib and wear it during your walk, along with the special Walk bandannas and shirts.

The walker bib for World's Largest Pet Walk 2021

Final Step

Take your walk on the big day, September 25! And remember to take pictures and videos, post selfies of you and your pets, and share your participation on social media. Tag us using #WorldsLargestPetWalk and #PetPartners so others can see what you are doing to celebrate the World’s Largest Pet Walk.

A costumed walker and dog taking part in The World's Largest Pet Walk

For more tips on how to participate, contact Ashley at 425-679-5535 or AshleyD@petpartners.org for great suggestions or customized ideas just for you.

Why a Pet Walk?

Increasing a person’s physical activity level significantly reduces their risk of chronic diseases and related risk factors. And physical activity has numerous other health benefits, such as supporting positive mental health and healthy aging, so it’s one of the most important actions people can take to improve their overall health. Walking is an easy way for people to engage in regular physical activity, and walking with pets provides additional reason and motivation.

A woman exercising along with her dog

Pet Partners encourages walking for healthy communities through Walk With Me, our program initiative designed to integrate walking into the overall health benefits offered through therapy animal visits. The World’s Largest Pet Walk expands that idea to everyone by encouraging people and pets everywhere to get out and walk in order to demonstrate the benefits of walking with pets.

The World’s Largest Pet Walk is also a way to raise crucial financial support for the vital services Pet Partners provides through our Therapy Animal Program. The benefits of the World’s Largest Pet Walk extend far beyond this one day.

And the World’s Largest Pet Walk is for anyone who wants to participate—you don’t need to be a registered therapy animal team. It’s for every person, every age, and every level of walker. It’s also for every pet who wants to walk with their people. Past years have seen plenty of dogs walking, but we’ve also had cats, horses, llamas, and even rabbits and guinea pigs!

A cat in a stroller participating in the World's Largest Pet Walk

Walking Safely

The health benefits of the World’s Largest Pet Walk also include ensuring that the health of everyone taking part is protected. COVID-19 is still a consideration, and all walkers should take appropriate measures to help everyone stay safe. Be sure you are following local government and state guidelines for social distancing and wearing face coverings.

A woman wearing a mask and holding a fluffy terrier-type dog that is on a leash

One great thing about the World’s Largest Pet Walk is that it’s designed for participants to set up their own walking times, routes, and details. This means that every walk event can be held in ways that allow safety measures such as small groups and spreading out to maintain safe distances.

You choose how you wish to participate—no need to get up early or be in a particular place at a particular time! You can take a leisurely stroll in your neighborhood or a challenging hike in the wilderness. Walk independently or invite family and friends to join you. Start at daybreak or stretch your legs after dinner. You can even get creative with your walk and take your animal for a swim if the weather permits!

If you would like to find other walkers in your area, reach out to Ashley at AshleyD@petpartners.org.

For those who participate in fundraising, there are all of the benefits of a traditional charity walk event: cool pet bandannas and T-shirts, fun photos with your walking bib, and a sense of accomplishment in supporting a cause that you believe in.

A man, a golden retriever, and a young girl posing with their World's Largest Pet Walk walker bib

Take that First Step

Now that you know how easy it is, you’re ready to join the fun! Go to worldslargestpetwalk.org to register and plan your walk. Then step out on September 25 in support of Pet Partners.

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