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event timeline
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  • Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
  • Location: Veterans Park on Milwaukee's lakefront (Next to the Gift of Wings Kite Store at1300 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr. Milwaukee, WI 53202View park layout and directions here.
  • Race Start Time: 9:30 a.m. run starts, 10:00 a.m walk follows
    • Registration starts at 8:00 a.m.
  • 8:00 a.m.: Registration & prize pick-up begins! 
    • Turn in all donations & receive your prizes!
    • Day-of registration opens!
    • Start visiting our vendors and exhibitors
    • RadioMilwaukee DJ & entertainment begins!
  • 9:30 a.m.: 5K starts!
    • Enjoy a timed 5K run or walk around the lagoon and through Veterans Park!
  • 10:00 a.m.: 1-mile walk starts!
    • Enjoy a beautiful one-mile walk around Milwaukee's lakefront!
  • 11:00 a.m.: Our post run/walk festival begins!
    • Vendors & exhibitor booths
    • Grab a bite from food vendors, including Holey Moley, Beatrix Foods, BelAir Cantina, Fuel Cafe, Wisconsin Fried Cheese Curds, Ian's Pizza, Yellow Bellies and more!
    • Check out our New Belgium Beer Tent!
    • TWO dog agility courses
    • Let Fido play in our Doggie Splash Zone!
    • TWO Lure coursesDoggie Dash! See how fast Fido runs in our very own
    • Doggie Dash speed zone- will they be our Top Dog? **Prize for the fastest dog this year!
    • Ask the Behavior Expert!  Experts will be available to answer all of your canine behavior questions!
    • Dog games
    • Let Fido "bob" in our kiddie pools for delicious treats he can't resist!
    • Photo Zone! Take your picture in front of Milwaukee's breathtaking skyline!
    • Prize Wheel – where everyone’s a winner!
    • And so much more!
  • 11:30 a.m.: Tails on the Trail Doggie Fashion Show
    • Strut your stuff on our "catwalk" to compete for best dressed and best human/animal look-a-like!
  • 1:00 p.m.
    • Tails on the Trail festival ends
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event rules
  • All participating dogs must be currently licensed with proof of their Rabies (if over 4 months of age), Distemper, and Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccines.  Please check your records because even if you adopted from us, you may not have all the vaccinations required.  If an incident occurs, you must be able to produce proof in a reasonable amount of time. 
  • For safety reasons, retractable leashes or electric collars will NOT be allowed.  Dogs must be kept on a leash at ALL times, with no exceptions.  Leashes should be no more than six feet in length while on the walk. 
  • Female dogs in heat are not permitted. 
  • Participants are responsible for cleaning up after their dogs during the entire event. 
  • Event officials and WHS staff reserve the right to refuse entry to any dog whose behavior could be dangerous to others.  Please use good judgment regarding the temperament of your dog so that this event will be safe and enjoyable for everyone. 
  • No bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, etc. are permitted for safety reasons.  Baby strollers are permitted. 
  • Be sure that you and your dog are conditioned and in proper health for this event. 

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parking

There is a special designated parking area for participants off E. Lagoon Dr. for a $5 fee (cash only).
Once the lot is filled, street parking is available on Lincoln Memorial Dr. on an first come, first served basis.  
Designated handicap parking is available as well. Need driving directions?  Find them here.
  
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how to register

You can register as an individual or you can create or join a team. 
Teams are simply made up of two or more people who want to compete for our top team prizes, as well as awesome individual fundraising prizes!
 
5K RUN/WALK PARTICIPANT
  • Youth 5K (6-15 years old)  - $20.00 ($25 day of event)
  • Adult 5K (16 and up) - $30.00 ($35.00 day of event)
1-MILE WALK PARTICIPANT
  • Youth Walker (6-15 years old) - $15.00 ($20 day of event
  • Adult Walker (16 and up) - $25.00 ($30.00 day of event)
Children 5 and under  -  free   (with registered adult)
 
 
Register as an individual
Your registration fee includes one Tails on the Trail t-shirt and a race bib.  You also get a Tails on the Trail web page you can personalize with pictures and stories of you and your furry friends.  It's easy to earn great prizes by collecting donations for animals in need!
 
 
Form a team
Looking for something great to do with a group?  Start a team with your friends, co-workers or family! Your team can compete for one of our top team prizes and each team member can also win individual prizes.  If you have already registered as an individual and would like to join a team, please contact tailsonthetrail@wihumane.org.
 
 
join an existing team
Have your friends, co-workers or family already started a team you want to join?  Your team can compete for one of our top team prizes and each team member can also win individual prizes.  If you have already registered as an individual and would like to join a team, please contact tailsonthetrail@wihumane.org.
 
 
virtual walker
Can't make it to Tails on the Trail on June 24th?  For no charge, you can sign up as a Virtual Walker.  You'll get your own web page that you can personalize and use to send out fundraising emails to friends and family.  Virtual Walkers are eligible for all fundraising prizes, but do not receive a goodie bag.  For questions, please contact tailsonthetrail@wihumane.org.  
 
 

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forms and downloads
Need a particular form to print off, send to a friend or just need a second copy of the donation form?  Find our most used forms below.
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Download our Donation Collection Form for collecting cash and check donations for Tails on the Trail.  Send this form, along with your donations by Tuesday, June 20, 2017 to:
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Wisconsin Humane Society
Attn: Tails on the Trail
4500 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53208  

Once we have received these donations, we will confirm them and you will see them appear on your personal fundraising webpage.  In order to confirm your gifts are received before the event, please mail all offline donations by June 20. 
 
**If you receive funds after June 20, please turn them in at the donation & prize pick-up tent on June 24 Please remember to print and bring along the form with the donations you’ve collected so that we can track them properly.  
 
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For those who aren't able to register online, download our Offline Registration Form and fill one out for each person registering for the walk.  Send this form, along with your registration fee and any donations by June 17, 2017 to:
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Wisconsin Humane Society
Attn: Tails on the Trail
4500 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53208
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After June 20, please bring any donations with you to the donation & prize pick-up tent starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 24 at Veterans Park.  Questions, please contact tailsonthetrail@wihumane.org.
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Forming a team, joining a team, walking as an individual or raising funds as a virtual walker for Tails on the Trail?  Download our Fundraising Tool Kit for great tips on fundraising, recruiting team members, how to create your personal webpage, promoting your involvement with WHS and starting a team!
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corporate involvement

Looking for ways for your company or employer to get involved in Tails on the Trail? Download our Corporate Involvement Guide to learn about the different ways companies can get involved in a fun event that supports animals right here in our community!  If you are interested in learning more, or have other ideas of how you'd like your employer to get involved, please let us know!
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frequently asked questions
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pregistration packet pick up

When can I pick up my registration goodie bag & registration packet?
We will have two days/times for pre-registration packet pick-up at our Wisconsin Humane Society Milwaukee Campus:
Friday, June 16th
3pm - 6pm
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Saturday, June 17th
8am - 12pm
 
Can I pick up packets for my entire team? 
Yes!  You can pick up just your packet, or have one person pick up packets for the entire team or your family!
 
What is included in my packet? 
Every registered runner and walker will receive a Tails on the Trail t-shirt, cloth bag, your run or walk bib, day-of timeline for the run/walk, parking instructions, and coupons and freebies from local sponsors. These are the only two times packets will be available for pick-up before the event on June 24th.  
 
Can I pick up my packet at the event on June 24th? 
We urge everyone to pick up their packets during packet pick-up on June 16 & 17 so you have everything you need for the race ahead of time, but if you are not able to pick up your packet or have a team member pick up your packet on June 16 or 17, you are able to pick up your packet in the donation & prize pick-up tent at the race on June 24. 

 


run walk questions

Is this a race?
The 5K route will be timed, with prizes awarded for our top participants.  The 1-mile walk will not be timed, so you can walk at your own pace or enjoy a leisurely stroll.
 
What if I can’t bring my dog? 
You can run or walk without a dog!  Whether you're participating with friends, family or co-workers, this fun-filled event will have something for everyone!  
 
I’ve registered for Tails on the Trail; can my children and spouse run or walk with me?
Children 5 and under are free, but everyone else must register for the run and walk. Day-of registration fees increase by $5.00 per participation type.  This means fees increase to $30 per adult walker (age 16+), $35 per adult runner, $20 for youth walkers (ages 6-15 years old) and $25 for youth runners.  The festival portion of Tails on the Trail is open to everyone who participates at no charge.  You can listen to live music, visit vendor booths, enjoy our kids’ activities, food and beverages, see your dog take on the lure course and much more after the walk!
 
Can I register the day of the event?  
Yes, you can register on-site, although the fee will increase by $5.00 per participation type.  This means fees increase to $30 per adult walker (age 16+), $35 per adult runner, $20 for youth walkers (ages 6-15 years old) and $25 for youth runners.   
 
Can I register by mail?  
Yes.  For those who aren't able to register online, download our Offline Registration Form and fill one out for each person registering for the event.  Send this form, along with your registration fee and any donations by June 17, 2017 to:

Wisconsin Humane Society
Attn: Tails on the Trail
4500 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53208

After June 17, you will need to register at Veterans Park on Saturday, June 24 starting at 8 a.m.  Day-of registration increases by $5 per registration type.
 
What do you do with the money raised from Tails on the Trail?
100% of the proceeds from Tails on the Trail go right back to helping the 35,000 animals that WHS cares for every year.  Because of your support for events like Tails on the Trail, every adoptable animal has as long as it takes to find a home, regardless of time or space.  WHS does not receive general government funding. We are funded through the generous support of community-minded companies, foundations, and caring individuals and through special events like Tails on the Trail. 
 
Is my registration fee tax-deductible?
The IRS considers the entry fee for a charitable walk to be the price paid for attending and participating in the event, and, as such, the fee is not tax-deductible.  However, anything donated above and beyond your Tails on the Trail registration fee is deductible.  100% of donations made to support Tails on the Trail participants and WHS are tax deductible.  If you’re asking friends, family and co-workers to sponsor you for the walk, let them know that their sponsorship is tax-deductible.
 
Can I attend the run or walk if I don’t want to bring my dog?
Yes!  Everyone is welcome to Tails on the Trail and there will be plenty of people who do not have animals or have their dog stay at home.
 
How far is the route? 
There are two routes again this year!  The 5K run/walk route is 3 miles long, the walk is approximately one mile.
 
What vaccinations does my dog need to attend the event? 
All dogs need to be current on their Rabies (if over 4 months of age), Distemper, and Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccines before the walk.  Please check your records because even if you adopted from us, you may not have all the vaccinations required.
 
Can I drop my child off to do the walk with our dog?
No.  All children under 16 years old must be under direct adult supervision at all times during the event. 
 
How do I get to the event?
Tails on the Trail 2017 will be held at Veterans Park on Milwaukee's lakefront.  You will take Lincoln Memorial Dr. to E. Lagoon Dr. to access the designated participant parking area or use street parking on Lincoln Memorial Dr. or surrounding streets.
 
Where can I park? 
There is a designated parking lot for Tails on the Trail off of E. Lagoon Dr.  Once the lot is filled, street parking is available on Lincoln Memorial Dr. on a first come, first served basis. View the map here.
 
Will food and beverage be available at the race?
Tails on the Trail will have plenty of free water for both people and animals throughout the actual run and walk.  We will also feature a variety of tasty food and beverage choices available for purchase during the festivities after the race.
 
    
fundraising questions
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Do I have to attend the run/walk to raise money?
No.  If you are not able to attend the walk but still want to support animals, you can become a “Virtual Walker!”  It’s free and you’ll receive your very own fundraising page, email samples, and fundraising tips to help you promote your involvement and raise money to care for animals in need!  

Can I raise money offline (checks and cash) even if I sign up online?
Absolutely!  Every participant can choose their preferred fundraising format.  You can drop off or send your cash and check donations to WHS by June 20 or bring them to the donation & prize pick-up tent starting at 8am on Saturday, June 24.  Just be sure to record names, addresses and amount for these donations on our pledge form so that we can track them properly and include them on your fundraising web page.  You can find the pledge form here.
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donation questions

Is donating online safe and secure?

You can donate without worry knowing that we partner with the online fundraising experts at Luminate Online to ensure the safest and most secure transactions possible.

Can you change the recognition name of a donation I’ve already made?
Yes.  Please contact us at tailsonthetrail@wihumane.org so that we can credit donations to the proper person.  
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team questions

How many people make up a team?  
Two or more people are required to form a team.   

I registered as an individual but now would like to join or create a team.  What do I do?

Contact us at tailsonthetrails@wihumane.org and request your desired team.  We’ll update your record for you.  

Where do teams check-in on the day of the walk?
If you've already picked up your registration packet and have no additional donations to bring to the walk, you do not need to check in at our registration tent.  If you need to pick up your registration packet, have additional donations or need to pick up your fundraising prizes, you will need to visit our registration tent starting at 8 a.m. on June 24.  Because there will be hundreds of people and animals at the walk, it is a good idea to coordinate a location for your team to meet the morning of the walk ahead of time.


How are the prizes distributed to me if I’m part of a team?
Prizes are distributed based on individual fundraising accomplishments, regardless of whether or not you are on a team.   All prizes will be available at the donation & prie pick-up tent starting at 8 a.m. on June 24.  For more information, contact us at tailsonthetrail@wihumane.org.      
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