QUESTION:  What is Race For The Rescues?

ANSWER: Race For The Rescues is a day when animal lovers of all ages come out to run, walk, shop or adopt - to help save the lives of homeless dog, cats, horses and farm animals in Southern California. This is a fundraiser where 100% of the net proceeds go to local animal welfare organizations. This race is a timed sporting event and we have a mixture of serious athletes competing for times and people who just want to come out and walk with or without their dog to help support the benefitting organizations. 

Not a runner? Then enjoy the Expo where we hold dog and cat adoptions, a silent auction, entertainment, food trucks, pet psychics, unique pet products and more. IT’S A BLAST!

QUESTION:  When and Where is the event?

ANSWER: Race For The Rescues will be Saturday, October 12th, 2019 at the Rose Bowl (AREA H) in Pasadena. Address: 1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 91103. To find Area H look for the symbol of the rose on the stadium and our start finish line is right outside the entrance. 

QUESTION:  What time does the event start?

ANSWER: Registration begins at 7am. The Race starts at 8:30 am. The Expo area opens at 7AM – 12:00 PM.

QUESTION:  Where do I park my vehicle?

ANSWER: When you pull in the Rose Bowl you will see green Race For The Rescues signs.  Lots K & F are open to the public. To find the start line look for the symbol of the rose. 

QUESTION:  Is the event open to the public?

ANSWER: Yes, you must be a paid register to run the race, however anyone can attend our Expo for FREE! Come out and join the fun!

QUESTION:  How long is the race?

ANSWER: The race is a 5K (3.1) miles and 10K (6.2). There is also a Kids Fun Run for children under 12 which is less than a mile. Every child is a winner and gets an award.

QUESTION:  What is included in my registration fee?

ANSWER: All Pre-registered participants are guaranteed a T-shirt, finishers medal, refreshments, a chance to win awards and the good feeling that you Raced For The Rescues! 

QUESTION:  Where do I pick up my T-shirt & Bibb?

ANSWER: We will have a packet pick-up date and time to be announced. If you registered online you will go to the preregistered line in the registration area on race day. 

QUESTION:  Do I have to raise pledges?

ANSWER: This event is a non-profit fundraiser. We encourage everyone to raise pledges because this is how we are going to raise the most funds for the animals in need. However, it is not mandatory and if you want to contribute by running the race we are so happy to have you attend! We also have a big silent auction that is another great way to donate!

QUESTION:  Will our time be recorded at the Finish Line and do you have finishers medals?

ANSWER: Yes, and YES! 

QUESTION:  Will there be awards?

ANSWER: Yes, top overall male and female racers and top three fundraisers will win cool prizes! There will also be medals for the top 3 racers in each age category. The kids run will be noncompetitive but every child is a winner and gets a medal.

QUESTION:  Will there be refreshments?

ANSWER: Yes, we’ll have food trucks and every registered racer has access to the post-race food tent area where we serve water, power bars and fruit.

QUESTION:  Where does the pledge money go?

ANSWER: All the money raised will go to help the homeless dogs, cats, horses and farm animals of Southern California by supporting the “benefitting” 501(c)3, nonprofit, animal welfare organizations. Organizations form their own teams to raise funds for their groups.

QUESTION:  Where do I turn in my pledge money?

ANSWER: We are so grateful that you have fundraised to help animals! We encourage you to use the website. Offline donations are checks or cash. If you received an offline donation in the form of a check please make sure it is made out to RACE FOR THE RESCUES. Offline donations can be mailed to us prior to race day at Race For The Rescues 11271 Ventura Blvd, #405, Studio City, CA 91604.  Donations are tax deductible and our tax ID # is 46-5194776. Offline donations can also be turned in on race day at the pledge table which is in the registration area next to the prize booth.

QUESTION:  Can I bring children? 

ANSWER: Yes. For safety reasons strollers are not allowed on the 5K & 10K course as we don't want children's faces at dog level. 


QUESTION:  Can I race with my dog?

ANSWER: Yes, you can but it’s not a requirement. When you register you will see the races: 5K with dog, 10K with dog and 1K dog walk. Those three races allow dogs. Please make sure your dog is social in large groups of people and other animals, spayed neuteredon a secure leash at all times and you clean up after your petWe DO NOT ALLOW retractable leashes. We have a strict "always on leash" policy due to permits. Kindly make sure your animal is in shape to do a 5K/10K. New environments and crowds can be stressful to some animals so please take that into consideration.

QUESTION:  Why does my dog need to be spayed or neutered to attend Race For The Rescues?

ANSWER: This is a fundraising event for non-profit, no-kill animal welfare organizations. Our biggest goal is to end pet overpopulation. We don't condone owning a pet that is not spayed or neutered. Additionally, we don't want any behavioral issues to arise from a female dog that may be in heat or a male dog that is overly dominant. If you need facts about why you should spay or neuter, please visit The Rescue Train’s "Why Spay/Neuter" page at If you have an unaltered animal and need resources for free or low cost spay/neuter resources feel free to email us at [email protected]

QUESTION:  Is this also a dog and cat adoption day?

ANSWER: Yes, there will be a dog and cat adoption in conjunction with the race being held for LA Animals Services and the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. Also participating dog and cat animal rescue organizations will have a mascot up for adoption. Rescue groups have their own adoption policies and procedures that might different from the city shelters.

QUESTION:  When is the start and finish time of the dog and cat adoptions?

ANSWER: The Adoption begins at 7:30 am and is over at 12 noon.

QUESTION:  What do I need to bring to adopt an animal that day?

ANSWER:  The three-participating city shelters usually allow you to take animals home on race day. You will need a valid driver’s license or passport and a form of payment in cash or check. You will also want to bring a leash and collar for a dog and cat carrier for a cat. However, the participating Rescue Groups have home check polices. Depending on which entity you want to adopt from you must follow their policies and procedures. 

QUESTION:  What is the price to adopt a dog?

ANSWER: We have many participating organizations and they all have different adoption policies and prices. Please speak to the volunteer in charge of the animal you are interested in adopting for information. You can see many of our participating groups on the “Who Benefits” page of this race site.