Walk for the Animals 2023

Pets bring so much joy into our lives. We’re inviting you to celebrate the very special pets in your life at Anicira’s Walk for Animals.

This fun and FREE admission event will take place on Saturday, September 16th from 11am to 4pm at the beautiful Shenandoah Valley Farm in McGaheysville. We welcome dogs and their families to enjoy a special day to celebrate the special bond between people and pets!

After you walk, it’s time to celebrate! The Walk features exciting games and activities for the whole family, music, and delicious food and beverages.

Don’t have a pet? Everyone is welcome at the Walk for Animals! Plenty of attendees do not own pets or have pets that prefer to stay home.

Activities Schedule

Registration: 11am - 12pm
Please bring valid identification if you would like to purchase alcoholic beverages.

Warm-Up and Welcome: 11:45am
Stretch your legs before the walk begins.

The Walk for Animals Begins: 12pm
Participants will choose between two trails: an easy one-mile loop and a moderate two-mile loop. More info on the trails is coming soon.

Food, Beverages & Kid Zone: 11 - 2pm
Enjoy delicious food and beverages for the whole family. Kids' activities include face painting, sand art, and tie-dye.

Dog Activities: 12 - 2pm
Challenge your dog's senses with dog field games including bobbing for treats, doggy canvas painting, doggy pools, agility objects, pie-eating contest, and treasure hunt.



Walking Courses

Featuring the .6 mile Scenic Stroll Trail and the 1 mile Mountain View Trail

Dog Field Games

Including dog pools, dog canvas painting, a pie-eating contest, musical mats, a bubble machine, & a treasure hunt.


Live Music

The Reflex recreates the sound, vibe, and look of those 80’s mega-bands and one-hit wonders you love offering a full-on retro experience with a diverse set list of “must play” 80’s tunes.

Fun Zone

Face painting, sand art, and tie-dye


Field Games

Bocci ball, cornhole, spikeball, frisbee, and ladder ball.


Enjoy Natural Beauty

Explore the scenic landscape of Shenandoah Valley Farm.


Adoptable Pets

Meet adoptable pets from Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA.


Door Prize Raffle

One free entry for all who attend with the potential to win gift cards and gift baskets.


Doggy Ice Cream

Free frozen treats for Fido



Capture memories with your friends and family in the open air photobooth from The Rosy and Co.


Dog Agility Course

Test out your dog’s agility skills with obstacles and challenges.


Caricature Artist

Hand drawn portraits from artist Fred Gonzalez of you and your pet


Shenandoah Valley Farm


882 Bloomer Springs Road
McGaheysville, VA 22840

Hours: 11am – 2pm

The beautiful Shenandoah Valley Farm sits on 110 acres of scenic natural beauty near the base of Massanutten.

Walking Courses

Enjoy an easy 0.6-mile loop that features two lively ponds and a wide-open field. This route takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete at a leisurely pace.

Explore all that Shenandoah Valley Farm has to offer. This route takes you by two ponds, through the wide-open field, and up a steady hill to a beautiful view of Massanutten Mountain. It will take 30 – 45 minutes to complete at a leisurely pace.

Thank you to Our Sponsors

This event is free thanks to the generous support of these pet-loving businesses!

Frequently Asked Questions

About Anicira

At Anicira, we believe that pets are part of the family. We are working towards a future where veterinary care is accessible and affordable for all. At A Walk for the Animals, we are bringing together hundreds of local animal lovers and their canine companions to benefit our lifesaving mission. Help us make the 2022 Walk for the Animals an event to remember!

Our Impact in 2021

33,797 Patients

Number of patient visits

293,066 Meals

Nutritious meals provided

21,247 Surgeries

Total surgeries performed

2,907 Pets

Provided free care