Celebrating the 1st Annual World’s Largest Pet Walk

On September 29, 2018, thousands of feet, paws, and hooves all around the world took part in the first annual World’s Largest Pet Walk, presented by Pet Partners. The walk was held as an extension of our popular Walk With Me™ program and to promote the health benefits of being active with our pets, and walkers were encouraged to grab their leashes and lace up their walking shoes to participate wherever and however was right for them.

What fun it was to see such creative ways of participating the World’s Largest Pet Walk! Some of our Community Partner groups hosted local events with registered Pet Partners therapy animal teams leading the way. We also enjoyed seeing handlers conduct walks at schools and senior care communities, and even team up with other non-profits such as their local YMCA, humane organizations, or Walk With a Doc to host pet-friendly walks. We even had people walking in Finland and Romania!

Some of our supportive corporate partners including Elanco and Mars Petcare hosted workplace events, inviting employees to walk with Pet Partners teams, or their own pets. Many folks took an informal approach and simply walked along their favorite sidewalks or hiked their favorite trails with their pets, inviting family, friends, and neighbors to join in. We loved seeing the wonderful selfies and group photos that were posted to our social media channels. Check out #worldslargestpetwalk on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to see for yourself!

World’s Largest Pet Walk: By the Numbers

  • 511: The number of walkers who took our official pledge to participate on petpartners.org
  • 47: The number of states where we know participants joined in (Come on Delaware, Wyoming, and South Dakota! We need you in 2019)
  • 419: Official shirts purchased to commemorate our inaugural event
  • 1: Number of steers who pledged to walk (Thanks Walter from New Hampshire!)
  • 6: Longest distance pledged in miles (You go Bela in Texas!)

Be sure to mark your calendars for next year! Our 2nd Annual World’s Largest Pet Walk will take place on Saturday, September 28, 2019.