Walk for Whiskers: FAQ

The Walk for Whiskers is held at Mine Falls Park in October and not Anheuser-Busch?
For over 30 years we have hosted an annual fundraising dog walk. For the last few years this annual fundraiser has been at beautiful Mine Falls Park at the tail end of autumn. This year it’s October 28th. This is a wonderful fundraising walk to celebrate those who collect pledges to help support us. Our Wags to Whiskers Festival is often weeks prior at Anheuser-Busch with food, fun activities, and adoptable pets.

How long will the walk be?
We have mapped out a 3K or a 5K route for you to enjoy in beautiful Mine Falls Park with stunning autumn colors. It is a walk at your own pace route. Strollers and wagons are welcome for your kids, as are pets.

Are we still having a dog friendly event at Anheuser-Bush this year?
Yes we are! Join us on Saturday September 30th for Wags to Whiskers Festival at Anheuser-Bush in Merrimack. Wags to Whiskers will be a day of fun for all. Some of the planned activities include a dog agility course, kids zone, vendors, a pet spa, adoptable dogs, alumni reunion, food, music and of course our huge raffle tent. We are also going to attempt to break a Guinness World Record! Admission to Wags to Whiskers will be $10 per person with a $20 cap per family. As always, all proceeds from this day long celebration go directly towards supporting the pets in our care waiting for their forever homes.

Do I have to raise money to participate?
The Walk for Whiskers is an important fundraiser for the Humane Society for Greater Nashua. We hope that you raise pledges and money to support the pets awaiting adoption. Those who raise a minimum of $200 will be celebrated with lunch and great ‘swag bag’ of goodies, including an event t-shirt. Fundraising minimum for kids/teens ages 18 and younger is $100 in order to receive all of the goodies. Click here to register or donate to a walker.

What happens if I don’t raise the minimum in pledges? Can I still walk?
If you haven’t raised the fundraising minimums ($200 for adults and $100 for kids) you are still welcome to join in our festive atmosphere and on the walk route with your friends, family, and of course pups! You just won’t be entitled to receive the lunch and goodies for our fundraisers.

We would also like to invite anyone to come to our Wags to Whiskers Festival at Anheuser-Busch in Merrimack on October 3rd. There will be fun events, activities for the whole family, food, raffle items, and the Dock Diving Dogs as part of the entertainment! Admission to this event is $10 per person, with a $20 cap for a family.

How does this work for a family?
Families can sign up as a team (for example 2 adults and 3 children can sign up. Their minimum fundraising goal would be $700 from the entire group in order for everyone to receive lunch and the goodies. -) or just one or two family members can sign up as a fundraiser and the whole family can participate on the walk. However in the latter scenario, only the fundraisers are entitled to lunch and goodies if they meet the minimum fundraising goals.

Where will the Walk for Whiskers start and finish?
The Walk will start and finish at the Stellos Stadium entrance to Mine Falls, across from the Nashua YMCA. Next to the new skateboard park.

What are the trails like?
The trails we will be on are generally flat and well groomed. There are some areas where there are roots or occasional rocks, and we’d advice walkers to use the same caution as you would any time you walk in the woods or on a trail.

Do I need to bring a water bottle or anything else on the walk?
Water stops will be located along the route for our guests and their dogs. Please feel free to bring items that you’d like to have with you, as long as they don’t disturb other users of the park (for example, playing music). All dogs will need to be on a leash (not a flexi-lead). We’d also suggest dressing appropriately for the weather. You need not need to wear bug repellent, but feel free to bring or wear it if you prefer.

How long will it take to walk the course?
It depends on how fast of a walker you are, but we’d anticipate that the 5K course will take between 50 minutes and an hour and ten minutes, and the 3K course between 35 and 50 minutes. There is no rush! Please enjoy the park and time with your friends and your pups.

Can we walk off the course if we’d like to go for longer?
You certainly may! However, water stops are only located on our official courses, and there will be no other support such as guides if you choose to do so. We would recommend bringing a map if you do!

What is included with the lunch?
Walkers who have raised at least the minimum fundraising levels will be treated with lunch food and beverage as well as a very cool swag bag full of nice items.

What happens if it rains?
Our event will be tons of fun, rain or shine! Dress appropriately and come have some fun!

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