The Ultimate Furry Fun & Games Family Experience is Coming Sept. 16 – Baltimore Humane

DogFest Walk & Festival

The Ultimate Furry Fun & Games Family Experience is Coming Sept 16

Families and dog lovers get ready! The ultimate furry fun and games family experience takes place on Saturday September 16th. Named by the Baltimore Sun as a Top 2017 Event, Baltimore Humane Society’s DogFest Walk & Festival is a dog day extravaganza in its ninth year celebrating the love of dogs and benefiting animals in need of care and refuge at the 365 acre no-kill shelter.

Approximately 5000 people are expected to gather on the grounds of Baltimore Humane Society in Reisterstown to participate in a fundraising walk through a nature preserve, games, contests, demonstrations, and kid activities. What makes this event so unusual, though, is that these activities are not just for the families who attend. They’re also for the dogs!

This is the opportunity for pet lovers to watch Rover knock down 10 pins in a game of bowling and challenge their dog with an agility course!


Enjoy the antics of dogs trying to find their owners in a game of Hide ‘n Seek or creating their own Rembrandts while Paw Painting. Tons of games for the furry pets and their owners include a Pup Putt mini golf game, tetherball, and Simon Says. There’s even swimming for dogs! Of course, some of these activities are good for both the dogs and the kids. Both, for instance, will love running and trying to catch bubbles in the Bubble Chase.

The Kids Section has its own array of fun –

  • Bubble Ball by BubbleBall MD!
  • Brick Bodies Kids Obstacle Fitness Course
  • Irvine Nature Center Animal Program
  • Sing, Dance, Stories, Parachute Beach Ball Toss, Bubbles Bark with Cubby Barks
  • Tattoos and Cotton Candy by United Church
  • Fab Faces by Ebony face paint
  • Crafts
  • Moonbounce
  • Pet Jeopardy game
  • Pet Bingo

Not enough?  Enter you dog in the Best of the Fest Photo Contest and the winners of Best Smile, Best Mutt, and Best Overall will be featured in Baltimore Style, Baltimore’s Child, and Maryland Dog Magazine.

Visit the many dog rescue groups and unique vendors and watch some fascinating demonstrations. The Department of Public Safety & Corrections Services K-9 Unit CDS Detection Dogs are always a big hit sniffing “contraband” on volunteer guests. Attending dogs can also qualify for the AKC Canine Good Citizenship Award or enter in some of the contests that run all day long.  Judged by a number of area celebrities, your dog could be the winner of contests including the Best Kiss, Best Costume, Best Trick, and Best Dancer.

And of course, there’s the fundraising walk that goes for a mile through our wildlife sanctuary. Raise $50 and get free entry to the Festival and a DogFest t-shirt. Led by members of the military and Baltimore Humane Society Pets for Patriots adopters, people can sign up to fundraise at They don’t have to walk to be a fundraiser, but they’ll be missing out on a beautiful, serene stroll with friends – both human and furry. You can register for the walk as an individual or a team at

It all takes place on the grounds of our no-kill shelter on 1601 Nicodemus Road in Reisterstown, rain or shine from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, September 17th. Discount tickets can be purchased ahead of time for $10 and kids under 12 free at! Tickets at the door will be $15. Kids 6-12 will be $10.
Kids age 5 and under and dogs always free. Don’t miss this Baltimore Sun Top Rated Event of 2017!

About the Baltimore Humane Society

The Baltimore Humane Society, founded in 1927 by Mrs. Elsie Seeger Barton, is an independent, non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, which offers low-cost veterinary care to the public, and a pet cemetery with grief support services.  We receive no operational funding from the local or federal governments, or any national animal welfare organizations.  For more information about BHS, and how you can contribute, volunteer, adopt, or foster, please visit or call 410-833-8848. Your best friend is waiting…