5K Paw Walk in the Garden

Saturday, February 20, 2016     9am – 1pm

paw walk cropUntil three years ago there had NEVER been a dog allowed in the San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) in Encinitas. Then came the first-ever 5K Paw Walk in the Garden benefiting your Rancho Coastal Humane Society and SDBG. More than 350 people with dogs put their best paws forward to support these two landmark organizations.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. So we crossed our fingers and prepared for the Second Annual 5K Paw Walk in the Garden. Would it work again, or was the first year a fluke?

When 655 people showed up that morning, we knew that it wasn’t a coincidence.

“We hope to have at least that many participants during the Third annual 5K Paw Walk in the 5K paw walk wag timesGarden on February 20, 2016,” says Nick Winfrey, RCHS Vice President of Planning and Development. “It’s a great excuse to get up early on a Saturday morning and get some exercise with your family and your best friends.”

Sam Beukema, Education and Events Manager for the Garden says, “This has quickly become the walk that every dog will beg to go on.”

Walkers have the option of covering the full 5 kilometer / 3.1 mile course, but there are lots of options. It’s not competitive. You don’t even need a dog. You can go for speed and span…or enjoy the scenery and serenity of the gardens.

There will be pet products, food (for people), treats (for dogs), valuable information for dog lovers, a pet first aid station, and (of course) dogs! Afterward walkers will have full access to San Diego Botanic Garden until 2:00.

There aren’t a lot of rules, but here are the main ones:

*           Dogs must be kept on leash at all times.
*           No leashes longer than 6 feet (including retractable leashes.)
*           No dogs in heat.
*           It’s up to you to clean up after your dog.
*           Limit two dogs per person.
*           Dogs must be up to date on vaccinations.


Online registration is closed. You can still register day of event at the Hamilton’s Children Garden starting at 9am or you can give us a call here at the shelter to register over the phone – 760.753.6413. We hope to see you there! Please see below for information pertaining to the day of schedule.

More information about the 5K Paw Walk in the Garden is available at RCHS at 389 Requeza Street or SDBG at 230 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas.

Download a Sponsor Form HERE!

Can’t make the walk but still want to help, donate below today!


Any questions please email [email protected]

Thanks to our amazing supporters this year!


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Make sure to check out the amazing agility course too! Thanks to Get Pawsitive Dog Training for helping out!

We are excited for this fourth ever opportunity to bring two amazing organizations together and of course for your participation.

You are receiving this email because you have pre-registered, and we want you to have all the info you need for the day-of!

The event will be open to the public at 8:30 AM on Saturday February 20th at the Hamilton Children’s Garden Entrance (San Diego Botanic Gardens).

450 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024.
When you turn in, volunteers will assist you on available parking locations.

Check-in will be located on the left-hand side, upon entering.
If you know someone who plans to register at the event, a separate registration table will be located on the right side, upon entering.

If you are part of a TEAM or purchased multiple registrations, please check in under the person’s name who registered on behalf of that team or individual.

Remember to get here early as t-shirt size is on a first come first serve basis and you might end up with a small when you’re actually large 🙂

Before the first participants begin to walk, please feel free to visit the vendor booths, such as the Jimbo’s Fruit Station, Peet’s Coffee booth, local veterinary centers, clothing booths, agility course, and more!

And back due to popular demand, the Peanut Butter & Cream Cheese Challenges! Please visit the booth, located near the stage, to sign up for these fun and interactive games with your dogs.
There will be several opportunities for chances to win some amazing prizes!

The walk will begin at 9:30 AM with groups going off every few minutes. The Garden will remain open to participants and their pets until 2PM, however, the event is slated to end at 1PM.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday!