Portland Goes to the Dogs – For a Good Cause!

Portland, Oregon's Doggie Dash hosted by the Oregon Humane Society

Imagine a day when the streets are closed to cars, and open to … dogs!

That’s exactly what happens on May 9, when an estimated 3,000 dogs will walk, trot, amble and run in the 28th annual Oregon Humane Society Doggie Dash. The event is largest gathering of canines on the West Coast and the biggest fundraiser of the year for OHS.

Naito Parkway will be closed to cars so people and their furry friends can enjoy a 2.5 mile run/walk over the Hawthorne and Steel bridges, or take a relaxing stroll around Waterfront Park. The park itself will be turned into a blocks-long pet-festival. Everyone is welcome to register for the Dash (with or without a dog) and to enjoy a pancake breakfast, live music, vendor booths and more.

“One of the best things about Doggie Dash is dog-watching,” said OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon. You’ll never see so many dogs having a great time together.” Funds from Doggie Dash — which has a goal of raising $550,000 — will help OHS find homes for 11,000 pets this year. All proceeds from the event benefit OHS, which never puts a time limit on how long pets stay available for adoption.

Registration for Doggie Dash is $30 before the event and $35 the day of the event. To register in advance, visit the OHS Website at oregonhumane.org/doggiedash or call (503) 285-7722 ext. 412. The online discounted registration ends at midnight May 7.

When: Saturday May 9, 2015

Time: On-site registration opens at 7:30 am; all runners, plus the first wave of walkers, start at 9:00 am; final group of walkers leaves at 9:45 am.

Place: Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland (SW Naito Parkway and SW Stark)

Cost: $30 online by May 7; $35 the day of the event. Children 10 and under free with  articipating adult.

Contact: oregonhumane.org/doggiedash or call (503) 285-7722 ext. 412

Road Closure: Naito Parkway will be closed to vehicular traffic from 8:30 am to 11:00 am between NW Everett St. and SW Jefferson St.

To read more about pooch-friendly Portland, including where to sit, stay and play, check out the Spring 2015 issue of CityDog Magazine!

Photo: Doggie Dashers along the Eastbank Esplanade, courtesy of Oregon Humane Society.

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