These dogs know how to party!


Who has four paws and knows how to party? The folks at the Brown County Humane Society.

The Humane Society’s annual Dawg Gone Walk and Fiesta event was a barking success with 149 dogs and the largest turnout in the event’s history, according to Megan Gushwa Community Relations Manager.

“We don’t keep track of human attendance, but we would estimate around 300 or so people,” Gushwa said. “Between sponsorships and event activities, the Dawg Gone Walk and Fiesta raised over $46,000 this year. This total is about 10 percent more than what was raised in 2023.”

The shelter raised approximately $37,000 in donations alone with the remainder of the funds coming from registration, merchandise sales, activities and raising money for the king and queen contests.

“This year’s event was the hottest day so far this year and despite that, our amazing community came out and made it the biggest Dawg Walk in its 23-year history,” Gushwa said. “I couldn’t be happier with the results and it is always a fun day to see so many dogs and their families out enjoying time together and supporting a great cause. I also need to thank our wonderful volunteers who endured the heat throughout the day to pull everything off.”

There were six games at the fiesta for the furry friends to play such as, doggie dash, sneaker sniffer, hot dog bob, fastest fetch, longest catch and sitting ducks.

There were also over 30 contests for things like best hair, cutest smile, best trick, fastest licker and a costume contest.

“We had 10 vendors who provided our attendees with shopping opportunities,” Gushwa said. “Other activities included doggy tattoos, nail trims, a dog masseuse, raffles, snacks and our ball drop ending.”

Believe it or not, but the Dawg Gone Walk and Fiesta is the Humane Society’s smallest event of the year for revenue. They are now gearing up for their annual barn sale scheduled from Aug. 8-10 and the Chocolate Walk on the books for Nov. 9. Tickets for the Chocolate Walk go on sale on Aug. 1 on the Brown County Humane Society’s website at

The tickets are $35 through September 30 and $35 after October 1.

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