10th Annual Paws for a Cause Dog Walk & Festival

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presented by: Riverside Health System



What IS Paws for a Cause?

Paws for a Cause is the Peninsula SPCA’s annual fundraiser to benefit homeless animals! This is a family-friendly festival with a dog walk. The festival is located in the Mariners’ Museum Park, Williams Fields, on Boundary Road across from Warwick High School. There will be more than 50 vendors, animal rescues with adoptable pets, and local organizations, as well as food, and a new expanded children’s area this year! Although festival goers do not need to participate in the dog walk to attend, it’s a fun thing to do! Dog walkers must register in advance and we ask that they fundraise prior to the event. This will ensure that the Peninsula SPCA will be able to continue to help animals in need.


Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where:  Map 2

Williams Fields at Mariners’ Museum Park (on Warwick Boulevard across from Warwick High School).





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Online Dog Walk Registration:

  • August 22- September 14:  Dog Walk registration: $15 per person
    • T-shirts are pre-ordered so register now to guarantee a t-shirt in your size!
  • Dog Walk Registration – day of event at the door:  $25 per person

Dog Walk Registration is FREE for children 6 and under ($6 for child t-shirt)

Children must purchase a $2 wristband to participate in the children’s area.

**Participants are encouraged to register ahead of time to 

ensure they receive a t-shirt in the proper size. **

Day-Of Fees at the Event:

    • Dog Walk: $25 per person
    • Festival General Admission Fee: $5 per person, or buy 3 and get 1 free!
    • Children 6 & under are free (children’s area wristbands-$2)


Registration includes:

    • Exclusive Paws for a Cause t-shirt (at the event)
      • Register in advance to ensure you receive a festival t-shirt in the proper size
    • Goody bag filled with your fundraising prizes
    • Free personal web page for your fundraising efforts – Visit our registration and fundraising page
    • FREE admission to the festival


Paws for a Cause is a pledge-walk to help raise money for our community’s homeless animals at the Peninsula SPCA!  When you register to walk, you also have the opportunity to raise money for the SPCA and win prizes!

Individual Fundraisers:  When you register, you receive a free personal fundraising web page that you can customize and share with your friends, co-workers and family.  In addition, we will send you a fundraising package to collect your cash donations.  Cash donations will be collected in advance of the walk during PSPCA’s Bank Days at the shelter (September 14 & 15 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.).  Individuals receive prizes based on the amount they raise as an individual:

Individual Fundraising Prizes:IMG_2400

$50 – $199: event t-shirt, stadium cup

$200 – $399:  event t-shirt, stadium cup, tennis ball

$400 – $999:  event t-shirt, stadium cup, tennis ball, rope Frisbee

$1,000+ : event t-shirt, stadium cup, rope Frisbee, entry into drawing for 2017 paws for a cause spokespet

Team Fundraisers:  Individuals are encouraged to recruit their family and friends to register and form a team.  Teams can be formed during the registration process.  Prizes are awarded to the top 3 Fundraising Teams.

2016 team prizes are: TBA

Fundraising Tips:

  • Set a fundraising  goal
  • Create a fundraising team at your business or a group of friends
  • Talk to your friends, family and co-workers
  • More fundraising tips

NEW This Year:  Business Team Challenge!  See Below for Details on how your business can get involved with Paws for a Cause and win prizes for your office!

Event Timeline

Noon: Welcome

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Dog Talent Contest, Costume Contest/Pet Parade

1:45: Line-up for the dog walk

2:00: SPCA DOG WALK to benefit the animals of the Peninsula SPCA

3:00 p.m.: Live music by TBA

3:45: Announcement of Winners & Top Fundraisers, Prize Winners, and Final Fundraising Tally

4:00 p.m.:  Live music continues

Stay up-to-date  with new events details including event timeline, contests, and more!

More on the latest event details.

Event Brochure

Download a copy of our brochure:    2016 brochure    View 2015

Volunteer Opportunities

We have a number of volunteer opportunities for individuals and organizations before and on the day of the event. Click here to sign up!

Sponsorship Opportunities

We invite you to become a sponsor for this event that will attract animal lovers from across the region! Our sponsorship opportunities offer businesses advertising opportunities.  If you don’t see something that suits your organization, let us know and we’ll be happy to build a package just for you! More about our sponsorship opportunities.

Vendor and Exhibitor Information

The Peninsula SPCA welcomes any local business or non-profit organization to set up a booth at Paws for a Cause. This event targets SPCA supporters and animals lovers from across the Peninsula. We hope you will join us for this spectacular event!  Download a vendor application here and submit via e-mail to megan@peninsulaspca.org



We love all of our fellow non-profits and rescues and we appreciate everything they do in our community, especially to help homeless animals!  Non-profits can register to receive a free  10 X 10′ booth space at the Paws for a Cause event.  Rescues may bring adoptable pets and information to distribute regarding their organization.  It’s a great way to enjoy the event and get in front of a lot of animal lovers!  To download the non-profit registration form click here and submit via e-mail to megan@peninsulaspca.org


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NEW THIS YEAR is our Team Challenge for businesses!  If you and your co-workers love animals, then this is a great teambuilding activity that also helps a great cause!  AND, you can win lunch for your office, a pizza party at the PSPCA Petting Zoo, or an ice cream social!

Download a Business Registration Form – you must have a form submitted in order to compete for the business team challenge prizes

Get started by registering for the Team Challenge by completing the business registration form above. Then register your individual team members at www.PeninsulaSPCA.org/PawsForACause. The pre-registration fee is only $10 per person. Then you are ready to start raising pledges today!

Proceeds from the event not only benefit the many animals sheltered and cared for at PSPCA, but also the many community resources and programs that PSPCA offers to the community, like the new Vaccination Clinic and our expanded Humane Education Programs that now include STEM programming, day camps and scout experiences. All money raised must be submitted no later than Thursday, September 15th. We will be announcing the winners of the team competitions at the event!

Welcome to our Business Challenge Members: