Happy Tails volunteers share the unconditional love of their pets with people of all ages with physical, social, emotional,  and cognitive needs at healthcare facilities, social agencies,  and special needs programs.

 

Happy Tails Pet Therapy is a metro Atlanta organization.  Founded in 1991, our 300 active volunteers make more than 2,000 pet-assisted therapy visits annually, sharing the unconditional love of their pets with those in need. We visit at 80+ facilities throughout metro Atlanta including hospitals, nursing homes, schools, special events and much more.

Happy Tails pets consist of dogs of all sizes, cats, and bunnies. They are required to have basic obedience as well as pass a temperament and obedience test to make sure they have what it takes to be a therapy animal.

If you think your dog, cat or bunny would make a good therapy pet, learn more at happytailspets.org

 
 
race info
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2019
BLACKBURN PARK
ATLANTA, GA
1-MILE START TIME
7:30 am
5k START TIME
8:00 am

Register by September 1st to guarantee your t-shirt. After that, t-shirts are available on a first come, first serve basis. T-shirts must be picked up the day of the race. We will not be mailing them.

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registration fees
Pre-registration

 

Through 8/8/19

$25 for the 5K

$15 for the Fun Run

$10 donation for pets

*Includes a bandana

Standard registration

8/9/19 - 9/26/19

$30 for the 5K

$20 for the Fun Run

$10 donation for pets

*Includes a bandana

race day registration

At event on 9/28/19

$35 for the 5K

$20 for the Fun Run

$10 donation for pets

*Includes a bandana

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race rules

For your dog’s safety, and to make this event enjoyable for all, participants must abide by the rules listed below. We encourage the participation of dogs that are accustomed to regular exercise and are well adjusted to crowds and noisy environments with large numbers of people and other dogs. 
 

  1. Dogs must be current on all shots and rabies vaccination.

  2. Dogs must wear an ID Tag.

  3. No dogs in heat and no aggressive dogs.

  4. Dogs must be leashed (6ft. max length) & in control. No retractable leashes, please.

  5. You must pick up after your dog. Disposable bags and water will be provided.

  6. Children must be at least 16 years old to participate with a dog without adult supervision.

  7. We reserve the right to ask you to remove your dog from the race without a refund if you are in violation of these rules.

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frequently asked questions

Q: WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE 2018 RACE OCCUR?

A: Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019, Blackburn Park, Atlanta, GA

Time:

5K Race begins at 8:00 am 

1-Mile Race begins at 7:30 am

Q: WHERE CAN I SEE THE RACE COURSE MAP?

Click here to see the race course map.

Q: HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO REGISTER?

A:  Pre-registration (through August 1, 2019): $25/$15 (5k/1-Mile Race)

Registration (August 2, 2019- September 26, 2019):  $30/$20 (5k/1-Mile Race)

Race Day registration: $35/20 (5k/1-Mile Race)

 

Q: HOW CAN I REGISTER?

A: Runners can register online or on race day.

Online Registration will be open up until 9/26. Click here to register.

Race Day Registration will be at Blackburn Park, starting at 6:30 AM.

 

Q: HOW WILL I RECEIVE MY RACE NUMBER?

A: Participants who register online, or In-store at Phidippides can pick up their race number in advance at Phidippides Ansley Mall (1544 Piedmont Ave NE #119, Atlanta, GA 30324) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of race week from 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM or pick-up their race number on the day of the race at Blackburn Park beginning at 6:30 am.

*All Registrations AFTER 8:00PM on Thursday, September 20th, will ONLY be available for Pick Up on Race Day Morning. NO race numbers are mailed.

 

Q: WHERE IS RACE AND FESTIVAL PARKING?

A: The race is held at Blackburn Park in Atlanta, GA. There is plenty of parking at the park.

 

Q: I DON’T WANT TO RUN, CAN I MAKE A DONATION?

A: You may make a donation to Happy Tails Pet Therapy site directly at our website. Additionally, you can sign up as a phantom runner, which means that you will not run at the race, but will receive a T-Shirt. You may also add a donation to your check if you are registering in-store at Phidippides Ansley Mall (1544 Piedmont Ave NE #119, Atlanta, GA 30324) . 

 

Q: DO RUNNERS RECEIVE A SHIRT?

A: All competitors who register by September 1st will receive the Run Your Happy Tails Off T-Shirt (late registration and day of only while supplies last) & Runners Bag. T-shirts in size XXL and XXXL are available to pre-registered runners only with an extra fee of $2. All registered dogs get a bandanna!

 

Q: CAN TEAMS/GROUPS COMPETE?

A: Teams/groups may compete. There is a team/group option to register online. The largest Corporate Team competing will receive an award.

 

Q: I DON’T LIKE RUNNING OR WAKING UP EARLY, BUT I LOVE RACE SHIRTS, HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?

A: You can register as a phantom runner. You will receive your shirt in the mail after the race. Plus, all proceeds will benefit Happy Tails Pet Therapy!

 

Q: WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY RACE RESULTS?

A: Results will be posted after the race during the morning through active.com

 

Q: ARE PRIZES AWARDED? 

A: Prizes will be awarded after the race:

There will be trophies/prizes awarded to the top finishers for both Men and Women Overall/Masters and in age groups - 3 deep. 10 and Under/70 and over. Awards will be given to the first 3 registered dogs crossing the finish line in the 5K.

Fun Run participants will receive a ribbon. Bandanas will be awarded to all registered dogs.

 

Q: CAN I BRING MY DOG/RUN WITH MY DOG?

A: Yes, runners are encouraged to bring their dog(s) and run with their dog(s). We need to be sure the fastest runners are in the front near the Start Line. You may be a fast runner and have a dog - you will be allowed to be near the front. All dogs must be on non-retractable leashes. Max of 2 dogs per person.

 

Q: ARE STROLLERS ALLOWED IN THE 5K AND/OR FUN RUN?

A: Yes. We ask strollers start near the back of the field.  We need to be sure the fastest runners are in the front near the Start Line.

 

Q: WHO SPONSORS THE RACE?

A: In addition to proceeds from race entry fees and the extra contributions made by race participants, the Run Your Happy Tails Off 5k and Fun Run greatly relies upon private and corporate support. See our Sponsors Link for information on our sponsors!

 

Q: CAN I BE A SPONSOR OF THE RACE?

A: Yes! See the sponsor site above for more details!

 

Q: HOW CAN I BECOME INVOLVED IN HAPPY TAILS?

A: Visit our website for more information on who we are, what we do, and how you can join.

 

Q: I WOULD LOVE TO HELP OUT ON RACE DAY OR BEFORE, HOW CAN I DO THAT?

A: We would absolutely love to have you! Check out this page to see what volunteer roles are needed to be filled.

 

 

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PROUDLY SUPPORTING

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Happy Tails Pet Therapy
P.O. Box 767961
Roswell, GA 30076

Phone: 770.740.8211

Fax: 404.591.5964

Nonprofit Certification

Charitable Organization Permit

Titania

2019 Race Marshall

Titania is a 7 year old Cane Corso and has been a member of Happy Tails since 2016. She is an AKC Canine Good Citizen and has completed over 100 therapy visits in her time with Happy Tails. Her regular visits are at Peachford Hospital's adolescent unit, but she has also done visits at Northside Hospital, Emory University, Kennesaw State University and others.