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The Pack is Back! Doggie Dash Returns to Waterfront Park

After two years of virtual celebrations, Oregon Humane Society’s Doggie Dash returns to an in-person celebration at Waterfront Park on Saturday, May 14, 2022.


Hosted by the Oregon Humane Society, Doggie Dash is one of Portland’s most beloved events and among the largest celebrations of people and pets on the West Coast.

Online registration is now closed, but in person registration is available on Saturday, May 14 starting at 7:30 a.m. at Waterfront Park, SW Oak and Naito Parkway.

Waves of Dashers will begin crossing the starting line at 9 a.m. A festival with activities, contests, raffles, prizes, food and drink, prizes, and local vendors will greet finishers.

Doggie Dash is the biggest fundraiser of the year for OHS and helps fund lifesaving services like pet adoption, veterinary care, behavior and training, disaster response, and humane law enforcement.

While many things will look the same at this year’s Doggie Dash, some adjustments have been made to keep people safe and spread out. The traditional pancake breakfast is being replaced with individually wrapped breakfast items, the popular Libation Station will have two locations at the park, and more wave start times have been added for Dashers to spread on the walk. Vendor and sponsor tents are more spaced out and limited this year. New cleaning protocols are also being implemented.

Dog-less Dashers, cat fans and all animal-lovers are welcome at this fun event!

To learn more about Doggie Dash and how you can participate, click here.

ABOUT OREGON HUMANE The Oregon Humane Society is the Northwest’s oldest and largest animal welfare organization, with one of the highest adoption rates in the nation. OHS is an Oregon-based nonprofit that relies on donor support for its adoption, medical, education, and humane law enforcement programs. Visit for more information.


about the author


Brandie Ahlgren is founder and editor of CityDog Magazine. She, and her team of dog-loving editors, dig up the best places for you to sit, stay and play with your four-legged friends. Brandie, 12-year-old boxer Thya and Mexican foster failure Pancho, reside in West Seattle and can often be found hanging out at Westcrest Dog Park.

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