Homo sapiens aren’t the only species that can support Smithsonian science to save wildlife—at the second annual The Fast & the Fierce 5K, pets can step up to save rhinos, and fundraise for other animal projects all over the globe, as well.
Let’s face it—if your beloved pet doesn’t already have an Instagram account, your social media content is probably mostly photos of your fluffy (or scaly) best friend anyway. Now, using Conservation Nation’s website, you can harness your pets’ popularity to create a fundraising page specially for them. That’s right: your four-legged pal can leverage his or her legendary cuteness to save wildlife.
And on race day Sept. 14, you’re welcome to bring your conservation-supporting pet to Freedom Plaza to be by your side as you walk or run through the heart of the nation’s capital.
Here are some things to keep in mind before you get started with your fundraising page:
Want to run with your pup? Be safe! September can still be blazing hot in D.C., so be mindful of scorching paws on cement (protective pup shoes might be in order), and other factors. Read this helpful article about how to train your pup to run with you.
Did we mention you can wear matching costumes? See this spectacular image from last year’s race – no surprise this wonderful duo won the top prize for Best Costume.
All species are welcome … within reason! Maybe leave the pet python at home. Just ask us first, okay?
Human registration is $40, and pet registration is $18. (If you’d rather run for rhinos solo, that’s okay, too.) Can’t make it to the race but still want to fundraise? Virtual registration is $0.