Monadnock Humane Society (MHS) is pleased to announce that its 33rd Annual Walk for Animals will take place as an in-person event (with social distancing and safety protocols in place) on Saturday, September 18, from 9 a.m.to 1 p.m. rain or shine (sign in begins at 9 a.m.). This year the Walk will return to the Keene Dillant-Hopkins Airport – a venue that is made possible by the kind support of the City of Keene and the Town of Swanzey. The theme for the 33rd Annual Walk for Animals is “Celebrating Missed Holidays Together” – a time to celebrate the special holidays that we missed during the past year due to the pandemic. Fun contests and activities have been created around the theme.
The Walk for Animals is a crowdfunding event. Before the Walk itself, animal lovers in the community ask family, friends, coworkers, colleagues – everyone they know – to sponsor them (all money raised goes towards the care of the homeless animals of our community and to support the programs and services provided by MHS). On Saturday, September 18th, everyone walks a maximum of three miles together on a scenic paved road at the airport that is accessible for all.Walkers may choose whatever distance they prefer (with or without a leashed dog). The “day of” program will feature a fun schedule of events – including Yappy Hour, a Vendor Village, a DJ with music, best holiday-themed costume contests, a pet photo booth, and more! Food and drinks will be available during the day from Mama McDonough’s restaurant. Official Walk t-shirts will also be available for purchase. New this year is a 5K Fun Run which will be held before the Walk on the airport road (note that pets are not allowed on the 5K Fun Run, but are most welcome for the Walk).
Register and fundraise at www.mhswalkforanimals.com or download and print a Walk sponsor form from the site. People may participate as individual walkers, or they can form a team (a minimum of 3 people is required). Awards and prizes for top fundraisers in team and individual categories will be announced on Facebook two weeks after the Walk for Animals. If you can’t participate but would like to support the Walk for Animals, please visit www.mhswalkforanimals.com to make a donation.
Be sure to check out our Amazing Walk for Animals Basket Raffle - a wide array of over 20 beautiful holiday-theme and fun-theme baskets filled to the brim with great stuff (each worth approximately $250!). Raffle winners will be drawn the day of the Walk, however you do not have to be present to win. All of the proceeds will go toward the care of the homeless animals of MHS.
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Time: 9:00 am - 1pm
Place: Keene Dillant-Hopkins Airport
Address: 80 Airport Road, Swanzey, NH
Admission: $30 (13yrs +), $15 (3-12yrs), Free (2 and under)
Contact Name: Kerri O’Brian
Informational email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone number: (603) 354-4022
MHS website: www.monadnockhumanesociety.org
9:00 AM - Registration/Check-in for Walk (pets welcome for the Walk) and 5K Fun Run (the 5K Fun Run will also be on the airport road/Walk route, pets are prohibited for the 5K Fun Run)
9:00 AM - Food & Drinks available from Mama McDonough’s
9:30 AM - Yappy Hour, Vendor Village, DJ
9:45 AM - 5K Fun Run Starts (pets are prohibited for the 5K Fun Run)
10:45 AM - The Walk begins (pets are welcome for the Walk)
11:30 AM - Demonstrations, Activities, Contests, Vendor Village, Photo Booth
1:00 PM - Depart & See You Next Year!
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Monadnock Humane Society is a private, non-profit organization that serves the Monadnock region, covering 44 cities and towns and approximately 140,000 residents. MHS cares for an average of 1,400 animals each year with a staff of 28 and the help of 240 volunteers. Their mission is to strengthen the animal-human bond by promoting and providing for the well-being of animals. MHS receives no state or federal funding, and is not affiliated with any other humane society, agency, or organization. It is supported solely by the generosity of its community.