At Race For The Rescues, your pet will be exposed to small children, dogs barking, people speaking loudly on microphones, loud music, crowds clapping and attendees cheering. You know your pet best, so please use your best judgment to make sure that your pet will enjoy the race just as much as you will. If you choose to leave your pet at home, don’t worry- there’s lots of puppy love to be had from the animals up for adoption.
The Rescue Train’s goal on race day is for everyone to have a BLAST and save as many animal lives as possible. We have a few rules to make it safe for everyone:
Race Day Rules for Pet Owners:
- Dogs must be spayed/neutered.
- Dogs must be well-behaved and non-aggressive with people and other dogs.
- Dogs must be good with children.
- No dogs off leash at any time.
- Dogs must be current on all vaccines.
- Please do not bring puppies who have not completed all their shots.
- No extendable leashes.
- No leashes longer than 6 feet.
- Only one dog per racer.
- Pet owners must be 18 years or older. No children are allowed to walk dogs on race day.
- Please be kind and pick up after your pet.
Important Tips To Consider On Race Day:
- IF YOU ARE RACING WITH YOUR DOG:
- MAKE SURE YOUR DOG CAN TOLERATE THE RACE.
The course is 5K (a little over 3 miles). If your dog does not regularly take 3 mile walks/runs, please do not bring your dog to the race.
- KEEP YOUR DOG HYDRATED!
Pet water stations will be scattered throughout the course and expo area. These are communal bowls, so if you have a puppy or elderly pet, please keep it safe and bring a travel or disposable bowl for their use.
- PROTECT SMALL DOGS. There are many large and super large dogs at the race. Carry your tiny dog or put it in a stroller to keep it safe in the expo area.
- Parents please educate your child on how to approach a dog. Please review safe dog greeting behaviors with your children before attending the show. Remind your child to always ask the owner’s permission to pet an animal, allow the calm pet to sniff their hands and then they should gently pet the animal’s chest, chin or back (not the top of its head), speaking calmly and quietly to the pet. Children should never “stare down” a dog, jump on it, grab it from behind or scream at it. If a dog is hyper and won’t sit for the owner, walk away and don’t allow your child to pet the dog. Sometimes the most well behaved pets can be startled, especially if they’re already keyed up being at such an exciting event.