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It's a Wrap: World’s Largest Pet Walk 2023

Chelsea Glick
Pet Partners of Arizona WLPW participants pose with their pets.
Pet Partners of Arizona WLPW participants pose with their pets.

The 6th annual World’s Largest Pet Walk took place on Saturday, September 23rd, and it was an amazing event! With people walking all across the world alongside their pets and neighbors, Pet Partners was able to raise vital funds to register more therapy animal teams. Thank you to everyone who registered, walked, fundraised, and donated; we couldn’t have done it without you!

2023 World's Largest Pet Walk banner image with golden retriever.

The Stats on Those Taking Steps

This year’s walk was the largest one yet! People from around the world gathered together to enjoy getting active with their pets while raising funds for Pet Partners’ Therapy Animal Program! This year featured a lot of new corporate teams and participants whom we were so excited to see register!

  • A therapy bunny walks on a leash.Registered Total Walkers: 1,683
  • Registered New Walkers: 416
  • Registered Total Walking Teams: 90
  • Registered New Teams: 57
  • Community Partners Participating: 33
  • Corporate Teams Participating: 32
  • U.S. States Represented: 44
  • Additional Countries with Walkers: 11
  • Walkers who raised $249-$999: 32
  • Walkers who raised $1,000+: 15
  • Amount raised: more than $95,000 so far!

Visit our leaderboard to see information about our top walkers and top teams this year.

Thank You to Our Corporate Sponsors

Pet Partners is grateful to our 2023 corporate sponsors for their dedication to the human-animal bond and support of this walk! Not only did our corporate sponsors fund this year’s walk, but they also participated as corporate  walking teams, getting their employees involved in the fun!

Wellness Pet Company logo.

Presenting Sponsor: Wellness Pet Company

Titanium Sponsor: Blue Shield of California

Bronze Sponsor: Okoa Pet

Leading the Way: Our Walk Champion

A therapy animal handler holds her therapy guinea pigs.We are pleased to present our 2023 National Walk Champion: Dr. Elizabeth Lynch! Elizabeth has been a Pet Partners handler since 2001, a member of the Pet Partners of Fairfield County Community Partner group, an active team evaluator, national program educator, and currently volunteers with her adorable guinea pigs, Cookie and Moo. She also led the way to success for the Walk by raising over $5,000 and becoming our top fundraiser! Read more about Elizabeth, Cookie, and Moo’s work and why they were honored to be this year’s Walk Champions  on our Featured Teams page.

Continue the Celebration

Participants in the 2023 World's Largest Pet Walk walk with their pets.We are thrilled with the success of this year’s walk, but we’re not done yet: fundraising continues through the end of 2023. We are still aiming to reach our fundraising goal of $120,000! Donate today to support the walk and our Therapy Animal Program.

Visit to donate and make sure to check with your place of work to see if they will match your donation and easily double your impact. You can also donate cryptocurrency, stocks, and through donor advised funds.

Cats, dogs, equines, guinea pigs, birds, and more sported their World’s Largest Pet Walk bandanas while walking with their human friends this year. Search #WorldsLargestPetWalk on social media to find all the wonderful photos and videos!

Two donkeys pose during the 2023 World's Largest Pet Walk.A woman poses with her parrot during the 2023 World's Largest Pet Walk.

Sneaker Awards

We had a blast celebrating so many walkers and teams at this year’s 2023 Sneaker Awards! This Facebook Live event celebrates our registered walkers and teams in 29 categories! In case you missed it, we shared photos and stories, recognized our top teams, fundraiser, sponsors, and more! Check out the recording.

Thanks again to everyone who walked, everyone who donated, and everyone who helped spread the word about this year’s walk. Your support of our Therapy Animal Program means even more people can benefit from the powerful effects of the human-animal bond.

A save the date image for the World's Largest Pet Walk on September 28, 2024.

We cannot wait to walk with you again in 2024! Mark your calendars now and look out for our registration emails going out in June 2024. We hope to see you then!