The Sun Shined Through for the “5K Paw Walk in the Garden.”


During that week before the 7th annual 5K Paw Walk in the Garden we were ready to sing that old song from the musical Hair…”Let the Sun Shine In.” It was either windy, rainy, cold, or all three.

Then came the morning of the Paw Walk and it was picture perfect!

It’s the only day of the year when pet lovers can take their dogs into the San Diego Botanic Garden. There were more than 400 registered participants for the Seventh annual “5K Paw Walk in the Garden” when your Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) and the San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) again joined paws to raise funds that support people, plants, and pets.

RCHS Director of Donor & Community Relations Kelly Peters was keeping her paws crossed. “We had concerns that the rain earlier this week might be a factor. But the sun was shining and the dogs (and their people) loved it. Saturday is the perfect time to take your dog for a walk and the San Diego Botanic Garden is the perfect place. The 5K Paw Walk gives people an opportunity to do something they’re already planning to do on the only day of the year they can walk with their pets through the Garden.”

If you didn’t make it this year, please make it a point to “walk the Walk” with us next February. You don’t have to be an athletic super star. The 5K Paw Walk in the Garden is not a race. Walkers can cover the full 5 kilometer / 3.1 mile course, or walk as far as the first bench then watch all the dogs go by. You don’t need a dog to participate. There are plenty of dogs there to pet.

And you definitely do not want to miss the “Peanut Butter and Cream Cheese Challenges.”

Here’s a video from this year’s 5K Paw Walk in the Garden. You can almost smell that peanut butter!

Bidding adieu to the 5K Paw Walk for another year! We'll see you next year at the San Diego Botanic Garden! #sdbotanicgarden #adoptdontshop #walkyourdog #rescuedismyfavoritebreed

Posted by Rancho Coastal Humane Society on Wednesday, February 20, 2019

More information about the 5K Paw Walk in the Garden is available at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas. You can call us at 760-753-6413 or follow RCHS at, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.