2019 Companion Walk

Saturday, September 7th

Tri-County Humane Society's 31st Annual Companion Walk

Tri-County Humane Society raises $50,000 at Companion Walk

Tri-County Humane Society (TCHS) announced Friday that it raised just more than $50,000 at the 2019 Companion Walk.

Dubbed Bark to the Future, the Companion Walk was Sept. 7th at Wilson Park in St. Cloud. The 1980s-themed event featured two DeLoreans, more than a dozen vendors, kids’ games and activities, a silent auction, and, of course, a 5K walk.

Almost 500 people and about 200 dogs attended the Companion Walk. Walkers raised money through pledges and/or online fundraisers.

“It was another fabulous year, and the rain even held off until the last half-hour,” TCHS Executive Director Vicki Davis said.

The money will go toward TCHS’ operations and its efforts to build a new shelter.

TCHS is a nonprofit animal shelter that has been serving the pets and people of Central Minnesota and beyond for more than 40 years. In 2018, the shelter successfully found homes for more than 3,000 animals.

Mark your calendars: We’ll see you on Sept. 12, 2020, for another Companion Walk!

Tri-County Humane Society's 31st Annual Companion Walk is your chance to "Bark to the Future" with our 1980s-themed celebration.

With your help we will raise at least $55,000 to support the animals in our care today and prepare for a new, larger building on our property - groundbreaking later this year!

Why the Walk is Important:

Each animal who arrives at Tri-County Humane Society receives an examination so we can assess physical or behavioral needs. We care for each pet and until a suitable home can be found. There is no time limit for the pets in our care. They will remain with our team as long as necessary to find the perfect match.

This fundraiser is vital for us to continue providing these important services to pets in need.

Walkers Won Fantastic Prizes!

You raised funds because you care and truly want to make a difference in the lives of animals, and for that we want to say “THANK YOU” by offering these prize opportunities!

  • Qualifying Fundraiser Prizes

    Gifts for all qualifying fundraisers!

    All attendees receive a mini-flying disc from Eich Motor Company (while supplies last)

    Raise $30+: Dog Bowl (while supplies last)

    Raise $70+: Companion Walk T-Shirt + Dog Bowl

    Raise $100+: TCHS Adopt Decal + T-Shirt + Dog Bowl

    Raise $200+: NEW TCHS grocery/tote bag + Decal + T-Shirt + Dog Bowl

    Raise $300+: TCHS Hoodie + Tote Bag + Decal + T-Shirt + Dog Bowl + chance to win the GRAND PRIZE

    For every $50 raised you receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a family fun basket.

  • Prizes for top 40 fundraisers

    The top 40 Individual Fundraisers receive a prize package with gifts donated by local businesses, including ...

    A photo session and 16x20 portrait from County Gallery Photography

    A Dell Laptop (refurbished) from Dijital Majik Computers

    Dinners at various local restaurants including The Pickled Loon, Anton's, Mongo's Grill, Local Blend, Kay's Kitchen, G Allen's, House of Pizza, Freddie's Steakburgers, Subway, Waffle It, 7 West Taphouse, Erbert and Gerbert's, Pacific Wok, Bonanza and more.

    Husky Hockey tickets

    Photography session with About a Dog Photography

    Tickets to area events and the Guthrie Theatre

    YMCA Family Fun Passes

    and many more!

  • Grand Prize

    Grand Prize:
    Courtesy of "Awesome" sponsor Marcus Parkwood Cinema, the grand prize will be a private movie showing for up to 30 people!

    Given that "Bark to the Future" is a tribute to one of the biggest blockbusters of the 1980s (Michael J. Fox's "Back to the Future," of course), it's fitting that a theatre experience is the Top Dog prize! You must raise at least $300 for the Companion Walk to qualify for the grand prize drawing. 

    Stay tuned to the Tri-County Humane Society Facebook Page for more prize updates!

Raise $70 (or more!) and receive this Gnarly 2019 Companion Walk T-Shirt!

Jeff Engholm, courtesy of Melissa King Photography

What Happens at the Walk:

In addition to the 1K or 5K walk, join us for family fun from 9:00 am-1:00 pm. There will be picnic-style food, great exhibitors, games for pets and people, a silent auction, and much more! 

Registration begins at 9:00, and after singing the National Anthem led by our featured performer Jeff Engholm, the walkers depart! Meanwhile back at Wilson Park the fun will continue all during the walk and conclude by 1:00 PM with the prize announcements.

Here are a few things you can look forward to:

  • 5K Walk from Wilson Park
  • 1K Walk on the grounds of Wilson Park
  • Food & Beverages (available for a small cash fee)
  • Silent Auction
  • Exhibitors
  • Activities
  • Pet Costume Contest
  • 80s Costume Contest for People
  • Face Painting
  • Dog Kissing Booth
  • 80s hair salon by Mantra Salon and Spa
  • Reptile booth with snakes and a bearded dragon
  • 2 DeLoreans to view and for photo opportunities
  • 16 fabulous exhibitors
  • Games & Prizes

The 5k route travels through east St. Cloud along the Mississippi river.

The 1k Walk Route keeps you in Wilson Park


RADICAL Sponsors - $2,000

GNARLY Sponsors - $1,000

AWESOME Sponsors - $500

Kids’ Area Sponsored by