Event Details

Doggie Dash Event Details

Join animal lovers on Saturday, October 1st to celebrate our second annual Humane Society of Livingston County’s Doggie Dash at Kensington Metro Park. We’ll walk or run with our dogs on a car-free park path and enjoy pet-friendly activities featuring  food, contests and more. For those raising pledge donations, there will be trophies for the person and the team who raise the most. We hope you’ll join us!


You may register in one of three ways. See our Registration Information page for details.

If you are among the first 100 people to register, you can also pick up your complimentary “Doggie Bag” at Registration.

 The 5 k(3.2 Mile) Run

This is a “fun run” and is not timed. Its all about enjoying the day and helping pets! The Run starts at 10:15 am.

The Walk

Walkers, with or without a dog will start at 10:00 am. Don’t worry, the runners starting at 10:15 am won’t run over you. There will be separate sections for each!


See the Schedule for times of all events during the day.


If you have adopted a dog from us, you have a special invitation to join us for the event! We’ll have a special bandana “alumus” so your dog can be recognized as one very special pet!

Walk in Memory of Your Pet

We know how important pets are in our lives. We encourage you to honor the memory of a past beloved pet by wearing a photo of him/her.

When Should I Get There?

Registration opens at 8:30 am. Everyone will need to check in at Registration. Do remember to bring your paid receipt if you have pre-registered online or by mail. We would suggest getting there no later than 9:30 am.


Individuals and team captains must turn in their Pledge Forms along with any donations or checks at Registration by 10 am on the day of the event.


There is a limit of two t-shirts per family. Sizes are small, medium and large. T-shirts may be picked up at Registration. T-shirts will also be available for purchase at the Registration Table for $12.


Parking is available in the Martindale Beach Parking Lot adjacent to the Pavilion. You will need a Metropark Motor Vehicle Entry Permit to enter the Park. If you do not already have an annul pass, you may purchase a day pass at the entrance gates for $7.00.


In addition to our Doggie Dash contests, we will have face-painting for the kids and more. Plus, We’ll have a very special demonstration by Trooper Birmingham from the Michigan State Police Canine Unit at 11:30 with Doggie Dash Contests to follow!

Doggie Dash Contests

  • Owner Look-Alike
  • Most Enthusiastic Tail Wag
  • Hay Bale Hidden Treats
  • Best Dog Trick
  • Best Costume

Doggie Details

We encourage you to bring all well-behaved, leashed pets to the event. Dogs can join you on either the walk or run.

  • The Park regulations require that your pet be on at least a 6 ft. leash at all times.
  • Please clean up after your pet. Waste bags will be available for easy clean up.
  • If you think your pet may get stressed out, please consider doing the walk on behalf of the pet and let him or her stay home.
  • All dogs must be current on vaccinations.
  • Sorry: No dogs in heat.

Food & Beverages

We will have complimentary donuts and cider along with fresh fruit for the runners.