Watch the “5K Paw Walk in the Garden” online before it happens!

It was so doggone much fun that we’re doing it again. The Fifth annual “5K Paw Walk in the Garden” will take place on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 8 AM until noon. Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) and the San Diego Botanic Garden are joining paws to raise funds that support people, plants, and pets.

“The 5K Paw Walk in the Garden is a ton of fun for the whole family…including pets,” says Nick Winfrey, RCHS Vice President of Planning and Development. “Saturday seems to be the day when more people in San Diego County walk their dogs than any other day. The 5K Paw Walk in the Garden gives them an opportunity to do something they’re already planning to do. But this is the only day of the year when people can walk with their pets through the historic San Diego Botanic Garden.”

Sam Beukema is Education and Events Manager for the Garden. He says, “We started joking about it, but it’s become true. The 5K Paw Walk in the Garden is the walk that every dog is begging to go on. One walker told us that her dog gets excited every time they drive by the entrance to the Botanic Garden. Dogs love it here!”

Walkers can cover the full 5 kilometer / 3.1 mile course, but that’s optional. It’s not competitive. You don’t even need a dog or other animal to participate. You can go for speed and span…or enjoy the scenery and serenity of the gardens.

Winfrey adds, “You can see the course from a dog’s eye view. We strapped a camera to a dog and walked him through the Garden. It’s an amazing perspective.”

Thank You 2017 Paw Walkers!

Because of you, the 5k Paw Walk in the Garden raised over $20,000!!

Stay tuned for details on the 6th annual 5k Paw Walk in the Garden.. coming back in February 2018.

If you had a chance to visit the Indy Booth (photo booth sponsor), your pictures can be found HERE!

All other pictures will be added to the website, as soon as possible.

Dog Walk from RCHS on Vimeo.

There will be pet products, food (for people), treats (for dogs), information and displays for animal lovers, a pet first aid station, and (of course) dogs! Registered walkers will have full access to San Diego Botanic Garden until 1pm.

With the possibility of some rain, please come prepared with an unbrella or raincoat!

Or just hang out under our canopies and enjoy some Better Buzz coffee, Einstein Bagels and Jimbos fruit!

8:00 AM:  Check-in opens at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum.

Parking: The entrance is just north of the second SDBG entrance, off of Quail Gardens Drive. 450 Quail Gardens Dr. Encinitas, CA 92024 

Watch for the signs directing you on where to park.

If the first lot is full, there will also be additional parking at the Leichtag Foundation, with signage directing to the additional spots. Please only park in designated areas.

Encinitas is a “Green” community. Please carpool if paw-sible.

Check-In: Check In will be by LAST name of each individual (regardless if you are part of a team)

Registration: If you know someone who wants to attend, but missed the online registration: we will have a separate “Day-Of” registration area.

Breakfast: Bagels from Einstein Bros, Organic apples and bananas from Jimbos, and Coffee from Better Buzz. ALL INCLUDED IN YOUR REGISTRATION FEE!

Costume Contest Sign-Up for: Best Dressed Team (dogs included) & Best Dressed Dog (Winners chosen at 8:50 AM)


8:30 AM:  The Peanut Butter / Cream Cheese Challenge (PRIZES!)



8:50 AM: Presentation of Awards

TOP Team PRIZE (to the team that raises the most money)

TOP Participant PRIZE (Individual who raised the most Money)

Prize awarded to Best Dressed TEAM (dogs included)

Prize awarded to Best Dressed DOG 


9:00 AM: Time to move your paws!

* After 9:45 there will be no specific starting time. You can leave the starting line at your leisure and enjoy your walk through the gardens!

The course is set up so you can complete a 5K (total of 3 laps)….that’s 3.1 miles. But, the most important thing is for you, your dog, and your family to enjoy this time together.

You do not have to complete the 5K. Please feel free to turn around at any time.

There are three “Comfort Stations” along the walk route where you’ll find water (for you and your dog) and poop bags.

10:00 AM: The Peanut Butter / Cream Cheese Challenge (PRIZES!)


11:00 AM:  Registration and check in closes- last chance start the 5k walking course


12:00pm:  5K Paw Walk in the Garden ends.
         Walkers have access to the gardens until 1:00pm



There are only a few rules. 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.
*         Owners must clean up after their dog.
*         Limit two dogs per person. Really. We mean it. No more than two per person.
*         Dogs must be up to date on vaccinations.

Register for the Fifth Annual 5K Paw Walk in the Garden online at or Day of event registration starts at 7:30 AM and the first paw crosses the starting line at 9:00.


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.

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