Portland: Oregon Humane Society’s 2019 Doggie Dash

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Sponsoring Yale Group: 
YAA of Oregon & SW Washington
Saturday, May 11, 2019
6:30am to 11:30am
Tom McCall Waterfront Park See map
SW Naito Pkwy & SW Pine St
Portland, OR 97204

Public transportation is a good option for this event. If driving, there are several SmartPark garages that serve this area, and street parking is often available. The garage nearest the Doggie Dash at Waterfront Park is on SE 3rd and Alder – 620 SW 3rd Ave.


The Oregon Humane Society’s Doggie Dash Walk/Run is their biggest fundraiser of the year. OHS is the largest and oldest humane society in the Northwest. Last year, OHS found homes for more than 12,000 pets, eight of whom came all the way from a dog meat farm in South Korea, deployed several teams to help out with recovery from the Campfire Wildfire & Hurricane Michael, established a pet food bank for furloughed federal workers, and reached 14,000 people through its humane education programs.

Please join the wonderful group of volunteers who make this event happen. This year there are two options for YDoS participants: 

Course Monitors (7:30–11:30 am): Cheer on participants and point them in the right direction along the route. Some positions will be stationed at water stations to hand out water to people and dogs. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and willing to walk and stand for long periods of time. Need to be assertive; recommend only adults or adult/teen combos.

Registration Tent (6:30–10:00 am): Help guide people in line, hand out registration forms, process registrations, collect pledge money, and hand out t-shirts. Must have good customer service skills, enjoy a fast-paced environment and be detail oriented. Minimum age 18.

Pancake Breakfast Assistants (7:30 am - 1:00 pm): Assist cooks when needed, stock plates, napkins and utensils, put pancakes on the buffet tables, keep syrup on dining tables, hand out juice, etc.  Requires standing and walking for long periods. Ages 12-14, adult/child pair.

Photo Booth (7:00 am - 1:00 pm): Help position humans and dogs in the photo booths.  Need to be outgoing and willing to help direct dogs’ attention to the camera with toys and treats. Ages 12-14, adult/child pair.

Pet Utopia Tent (7:00 am - 1:00 pm): Help with fun activities that educate or strengthen the human and go bond (it’s all about participants celebrating and pampering their dogs!).  Requires standing, squatting and lifting up to 15 lbs. Ages 12-14, adult/child pair.

Site Coordinator: 

Genevieve Fu ’05 MArch