The Nassau Humane Society’s first Hound Hike is under way! It’s a virtual dog-walking fundraiser designed to aid NHS’s life-saving mission, and bring our community together to celebrate our furry family members.

The event runs from Tuesday, April 13 through Tuesday, April 20. It’s easy to get involved and show your support for homeless animals. Simply fill out our online sponsorship form to register as a participant and pay the $20 participation fee. From here, you can simply enlist your friends, colleagues, and family members to sponsor your pet and then get to hiking around your neighborhood!

Don’t have a hound to hike with? Our event is all-inclusive, so cats walking on leashes, rabbits hopping around your yard, or even your hamsters running on their exercise wheels can participate to help raise much needed funds!

If you love animals but don’t currently have one yourself, don’t worry — you can still help us save hundreds of lives by sponsoring one of our dogs residing at the shelter during the Hound Hike week. Here at NHS, we have an amazing group of volunteers who come daily to walk our dogs. Simply register and choose one of our dogs (photos and profiles of them here), and our dedicated group of volunteers will walk these dogs on your behalf. Who knows, your generosity could also result in finding a forever home for the shelter dog chosen as he or she may be spotted while on his/her walk to the park.

The first 100 participants to register will receive a special edition superhero Funko board game, kindly donated by Funko! Individual contributions of over $100 will receive an NHS baseball hat or travel mug or receive both for individual contributions over $200!

There will also be prizes for the most money raised, the most creative video and more! So, make sure to take some fun videos and photos of you and your pet(s) on a walk, get creative with your campaign and share your videos and details on social media, and encourage others to donate to your fundraiser for the animals of NHS!

Fundraising through our Hound Hike is easy and can quickly become very rewarding! Say you and your pet get 10 of your friends to sponsor your pet for $10, that’s already $100 raised!

Nassau Humane hopes to make the Hound Hike an annual event, in the tradition of our Pasta 4 Paws spaghetti supper, and looks forward to seeing our community and their pets strutting their stuff! Please click here to register. And for more information, please call our shelter at (904) 321-1647. Thank you!