The WAG! Fest Wilderness Walk Is A Great Way To Take The Dogs Out For A Great Cause

I’ve got sad news for my fellow dog lovers out there. Wag! Fest 2020 is canceled.

But I’ve also got some really good news. While this single-day dog festival is typically held every Prairie Oaks Metro Park, this year there’s a little something special planned as a consolation.

In order to support the amazing mission of supporting pets and pet parents, especially those who have found it difficult to properly feed and care for their pets due to financial restraints caused by COVID-19, WAG! Fest and Franklin County Metro Parks are announcing the WAG! Wilderness Walk, Sept. 5-7. This walk will be self-guided & socially distanced and you and your pup can do it at any central Ohio Metro Park. All proceeds will benefit the Columbus Humane Pet Food Assistance Program.

Registration to participate in the WAG! Wilderness Walk is officially open. Here is how it works:

  • Register at – The registration fee is $28 (per individual or family) and includes a commemorative WAG! Wilderness Walk dog bandana. If desired, additional donations can also be made during the registration process.
  • Pick a park and a trail – Select from the many designated pet trails, within any of central Ohio’s 19 Metro Parks, to find the one that is most convenient and best suited for you and your dog(s).
  • It’s time to walk!  –  Enjoy the fresh air and exercising with your best furry friend(s) at a safe distance in a beautiful Metro Park anytime over Labor Day weekend.

“We are saddened to have to put this year’s WAG! Fest on “paws”, but obviously the safety of our canine friends, pet parents, vendors and volunteers is our top priority,” said Mike Poleway of Event Marketing Group, the company that produces the festival. “We love dogs, and we shouldn’t forget that they, too, have been tremendously impacted by this pandemic. We are proud to pivot this year in a way that addresses this issue and we hope everyone will join our effort to help central Ohio dogs in need.”

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The Columbus Humane Pet Food Assistance Program provides free dog and cat food for residents in the Franklin County area who may need additional support feeding their pets. Pet food and supplies are available by appointment for pick-up and delivery.

“Columbus Humane strives to help our community keep their pets through a variety of resources like the Pet Food Assistance Program,” said Rachel Finney, CEO of Columbus Humane. “The need has never been greater, and we appreciate the efforts of WAG! Fest and everyone who participates in the WAG! Wilderness Walk to help support our mission.”

My dogs can be pretty lazy, but I think I can convince them that getting out on the trails for a good cause (to help their fellow puppers in need) is totally worth it. For more info about the festival, you can visit the WAG! Fest website right here.

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