5K Paw Walk in the Garden

Saturday, February 18, 2017     8am – 12pm


paw walk cropUntil four 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.

So we are BACK, for the fifth annual 5k Paw Walk in the Garden!

“It’s a great excuse to get up early on a Saturday morning and get some exercise with your family and your best friends”, says Nick Winfrey, VP of Planning and Development at RCHS.

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 1:00.

Dog Walk from RCHS on Vimeo.

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.


We have a brand new, and easy to use website!


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.

Become a Sponsor HERE

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


Any questions please email [email protected]

Thanks to our amazing sponsors this year!

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The event will be open to the public at 8 AM on Saturday February 18th at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum.

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

Remember to get here early as t-shirt size is on a first come first serve basis

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 1PM, however, the event is slated to end at 12PM.

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