Fri April 30 - Sun May 9
Help us make a difference in the lives of the pets at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter!
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We are celebrating National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day with a virtual 5K - April 30 - May 9.  Join us and help raise funds for Shelter pets! 

What are we doing: In recognition of National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter (Friends) is hosting a Virtual 5K Run/Walk or any other activity that achieves 3.2 miles on a date and time of your choosing between April 30 and May 9. Our Virtual 5K allows you to participate at your own pace, in your own time and your home, neighborhood or on your favorite trails. This is a family-friendly activity, pets welcome event that allows you to help raise funds for the Fairfax County Animal Shelter (Shelter) during this challenging time. Please obey all local road/trail/park laws, social distancing, and be safe. Click here to register. 

Fundraising: You can register as an individual or as a team. Fundraising is not required for the Friends Virtual 5K, however, you can help raise more funds for the Shelter pets. Please view the quick links below for information on setting up a individual or team fundraiser, and donating to a individual or team:

IMPORTANT: "Your Fundraiser Name" is not a "Fundraising Team Name". "Fundraising Teams" are groupings of "Fundraisers" working towards a collective goal, which is why the norm for "Fundraiser Names" is usually your name.

Photos, Share on FB and Race Results: Don’t forget to share your accomplishments and photos with us! After you complete your race, please post your race photos on Friends RunSignUp Photo Page, Facebook and Instagram and use the hashtag #FriendsPetDash2021 and tag Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter in your posts. To enter your race results, please click here.

Awards for fastest run time (for male and female): 1st, 2nd and 3rd place individuals for both men and women that have the fastest run time will be awarded an honorary Friends PetDash medal. To enter your race results, please click here.

Prizes for most funds raised by an individual or a team captain: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd will be awarded with a special prize for raising the most funds for Friends. Stay tuned for prize announcements!

Friends RunSignUp store: Check out Friends RunSignUp store where you can purchase a Friends PetDash Virtual 5K t-shirt and donate towards our parasite prevention and collar, tag, and leash programs. 

Save a Life Sponsor: Friends is happy to announce that we have sponsorship opportunities available for our PetDash Virtual 5K. Your sponsorship of $500 allows us to help more pets at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter each day. Individuals, organizations, and businesses who choose to become a Save A Life Sponsor will receive their logo or name on the back of our Friends PetDash T-shirt, logo or name on our RunSignUp website, Summer newsletter, and a shoutout on Facebook of your support for Friends PetDash Virtual 5K 2021. Additionally, Save a Life Sponsors will receive a complementary Friends PetDash t-shirt. There are limited sponsorship opportunities available until April 8th, so be sure to register early!

Friends continues to be grateful for our caring, compassionate, animal loving community. A gift in any amount is much appreciated and goes a long way in helping the Shelter pets.

Friends Virtual 5K Contact Info
If you have any questions about this Friends Virtual 5K, please contact the Friends Virtual 5K director at
Friends Virtual 5K Website

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