Frequently Asked Questions

When and Where is the Hybrid Barkfest & Rover Romp?

Barkfest & Rover Romp is happening on Saturday, August 28th, wherever you are - because this year, we are going to a hybrid event. Join us on Facebook live during the week of August 21-28 to participate live with our staff, adoptable animals, and our community to help save and change lives...four paws at a time! We will be walking in our backyard, around our block in the neighborhood, or in a park or exercising, to be together for the animals. Our in-person event will be on Saturday, August 28th at Ilalko Elementary, 301 Oravetz Pl SE, Auburn. 


What is a Hybrid Barkfest & Rover Romp?

Join us virtually walking your pet or running with your pet as far as you like. It could be a short walk or a long run. Here is a

few ways you can participate:

  • Head out to an open park or trail.
  • Get your steps in at home or on a treadmill, or in your backyard.
  • Are you more active? Run to support the animal shelter. Run or walk our 3K/5K on Saturday, August 28 between 9 am and 1:30 pm. The Run starts at 9:30 am.
  • Get creative and get moving to support the Auburn Valley Humane Society


How do I register for Barkfest & Rover Romp?

It's easy! Click on the website to register and sign-up as an individual and start your fundraising page.

Register as an individual or virtual registration for $35 and receive a t-shirt and dog bandana. There are more great prizes when you raise $100, $250, $500, or more!

How do I set up my fundraising page?

You click on the button to "fundraise " to create your fundraising page. You can update your story, update your details, add a profile photo, create your own URL, and import email addresses. You can post updates to keep your donors engaged with your fundraising progress. We recommend that you make the first donation to your page. By making the first donation to yourself, it demonstrates that you are invested in Auburn Valley Humane Society's mission and encourages others to join you. We recommend that you email or text your page to friends, family, and co-workers asking them to support you by donating. We also have a pledge form that you can use for cash and checks. 

What is a Vendor Village?

Stroll through our vendor village at Ilalko Elementary on Saturday, August 28 from 9 am to 1:30 pm. to visit a variety of wonderful animal and community vendors. Support these vendors and partners who give back to Auburn Valley Humane Society in a variety of ways.

How do I get interactive on social media?

This year it is all about social distancing, staying together but being apart. The best way to do that is to share your fun on social media.

  • Follow Auburn Valley Humane Society on Facebook, "Like" us today in order to view the online and in-person events
  • We have online videos and activities planned each night during our Week of Giving.
  • Mark yourself as "going " on our Facebook event to get all of the latest updates!
  • Post your photos and videos throughout the week on social media using #AVHSBarkfest2021" and and we may share it!
  • Let everyone know that you are walking or running for the animals!


Can I set up a Facebook fundraising page?

Yes, but be sure to designate Auburn Valley Humane Society. Donations through Facebook take about 45 days for the organization to receive the funds. If you use your Champion page or our Barkfest site, AVHS receives the money directly. 

How will I get my prizes?

Everyone who registers at $35 receives a t-shirt and a dog bandana along with a swag bag. You may pick up your bandana at our kickoff on Saturday, Aug. 21 at 12 pm. T-shirt and swag bag pick-up will continue from 12-5 pm at the AVHS shelter, 4910 A St SE, Auburn 98092.

On Saturday, August 28, 9 am - 1:30 pm, while walking or running, we would love to see pictures of your pet wearing an Auburn Valley Humane Society bandana. 

You may pick up your other incentive prizes, based on your donations, at the kickoff on Aug. 21 or at the in-person event Sat. Aug. 28. 

This year we have crew-neck t-shirts available. Choose your size. We will ship your shirt to you if you do not attend the event or are a virtual registration. 

What about the Costume Contest?

We are making the costume contest online as well with a photo contest featuring the biggest and the smallest (August 28th ), the fashionable, and Super Hero. You will upload your photo to the comments section of our Facebook post for the week of the contest. Winners with the most likes will be announced on Saturday, Aug. 28th at 12 noon. Other costume contests will be held on in person on Saturday, Aug. 28th. See the contest link. 

So I need to have a dog with me to participate at Barkfest?

Not at all! You can walk anywhere, social distancing with or without a dog. You can even include your cat or your other small critter this year! Show your support for all the animals we serve. Register and donate to Barkfest.


Why should you pay to walk or run?

The Barkfest & Rover Romp is one of our larger fundraisers for the year, with proceeds providing food, shelter, spay /neuter services, veterinary care, and second chances to more than 2,500 lost, homeless, and abandoned animals who come to Auburn Valley Humane Society every year. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible. Funds also support our spay/neuter surgeries at NWSNC, support our human/pet services, and support our humane education programs. 


How do I ask for donations?

Decide who you will be asking for donations. Start by making a list of people to ask to support you - your family, your friends, neighbors, coworkers, and those you know. It is always better to ask for support in person or by phone since it is more personal, but emails are effective. Send an email to all of your contacts and you will be surprised who wants to support you! Tell them why you are supporting Auburn Valley Humane Society. Ask more than once - so don't give up!

Where does the money go?

Tell your friends and family what their donations can provide and they will probably help you.

  • $25 covers the vaccinations for 6 shelter animals
  • $50 covers the microchips for 7 shelter animals
  • $100 covers the blood work for one senior adult animal
  • $250 covers the cost to sponsor 7 shelter cats or 4 shelter dogs to be spayed or neutered
  • $500 covers the cost of sponsoring 2 shelter dogs readied for adoption
  • $1000 covers the cost for three senior shelter animals to receive dental work


You are helping to support the lost and abandoned animals in our care as well as subsidize our human services and humane

education programs.

What do I do with any cash or checks that I collect?

Please mail donations to :

Auburn Valley Humane Society Barkfest & Rover Romp

4910 A St SE

Auburn, WA 98092

or drop off at our Animal Shelter for the Development Department, 7 days a week, between 11 am - 6 pm.


Who should I contact if I have more questions?

Please contact the Director of Philanthropy Sharon LaVigne at or

253-249-7849. ext. 102. 


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