Where/when do I get my shirt?

Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. the day of the event. You can turn in donations and pick up your t-shirt anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.

How do I register?

Simply go to festivalfortheanimals.org to register. Click the box that says “Register as an Individual” and go through a few easy steps! Watch this tutorial on how to register if you need more assistance.

How do I form a Pack?

Simply go to festivalfortheanimals.org to create your Pack page. Click the box in the center of the page that says “Create a Pack” and go through a few easy steps! Once your team page is set up, you can send your Pack link to friends, family and coworkers and ask them to join your Pack!

How do I join a Pack?

Watch this quick tutorial on how to join a Pack to help you through the process.

Do I have to pay to attend? What if I don’t want the t-shirt and I just want to bring my dog for the activities?

Maryland SPCA Festival for the Animals, formerly the March for the Animals, is our largest annual fundraising event and without it, we would not be able to care for the thousands and thousands of homeless pets that come to our shelter each year. That is why we ask that each person who participates in the walk-a-thon at the Festival either raises or donates a minimum of $40. That allows you to participate in the walk-a-thon, along with a MD SPCA Festival for the Animals t-shirt and a doggie bandana. Don’t forget, 100% of funds raised goes directly to benefit homeless pets! Admission to the music concert and vendor village is free.

Do people have to donate online? What should I do if I receive cash and checks?

Donations can be made online via a credit card or they can donate via cash or check. If your donors wish to mail checks directly to the MD SPCA or you have checks to mail, please include a note that the donation should be applied towards your fundraising page and mail to: MD SPCA, Attn: MD SPCA Festival for the Animals, 3300 Falls Rd., Baltimore, MD 21211. We will update your fundraising page with the donation once it is received.

You can also drop off your cash and check donations and pick up your t-shirt during the event on Saturday, May 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at registration when you check-in. 

How can I add my cash and check donations to my webpage so that my thermometer goes up?

The MD SPCA will enter all “offline” donations (i.e., cash and checks). Once we receive them from you (see above), we will add them to your page and you will see your thermometer go up. 

Where do I park?

Free parking for guests will be available in the Green Lot by City Garage in Port Covington.

Eastbound lane of E. Cromwell Street will be closed from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Enter through Hanover Street during that time.

Walk-a-thon Start and Parking: Directions to City Garage

  • FROM the NORTH
    - 95 S Take Exit 54 onto MD-2 S, S. Hanover St.
    - Continue on S. Hanover St.
    - Take a slight right onto W. Dickman St. into W. Covington Park by City Garage
  • FROM the SOUTH
    - 95 N Take Exit 54 onto MD-2 S, S. Hanover St.
    - Continue on S. Hanover St.
    - Take a slight right onto W. Dickman St. into W. Covington Park by City Garage

Guest/Participant parking in Green Lot by City Garage. See Map.

How do I get into the Concert area?

If you are planning to attend the Concert starting at 1 p.m., you will need one of three things to be admitted into the Concert area.

  1. The wristband you receive when checking in at the walk-a-thon the morning of.
  2. Your 2018 Festival for the Animals t-shirt that you will receive on May 5.
  3. Your walk-a-thon registration email confirmation or Concert ticket.

Are pets allowed at the Festival?

We encourage pets to participate in the walk-a-thon and pet activities. Please note that while pets will be allowed at the Festival as this is a pet-friendly event, within the Concert area there will be certain designated spaces where dogs will not be allowed for the safety of your pets.

Will there be food at the event?

Yes, food vendors will be opening at 10 a.m. Details to follow.

Can I purchase alcohol at the event?

You must be 21-years-of-age or older with a proper I.D. to purchase alcoholic beverages at the event.

What if I cannot attend?

Walk from home! You can register online as a "cat napper" and use the website tools to raise funds, or use a printed pledge form to raise money. Send checks to:

MD SPCA Festival for the Animals 
3300 Falls Road
Baltimore, MD 21211