Animal Rescue Foundation Announces the 2024 5K Run & Walk with the Dogs Event

 Beacon, NY – Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) proudly presents the ninth annual “5K Run & Walk with the Dogs” on Sunday, May 19, 2024, at Memorial Park in Beacon, NY.

This exciting event aims to raise crucial funds to support ARF’s mission of providing haven and care for homeless cats and dogs until they’re adopted. Since 1986, the volunteer-run, non-profit, no-kill shelter has rescued, rehabilitated, sheltered, and found loving homes for thousands of cats and dogs, including 67 cats and 53 dogs in 2023.

The “5K Run & Walk with the Dogs” promises a day filled with joy and camaraderie, bringing together families, fitness enthusiasts, and their furry companions for a memorable morning. For the first time, the event introduces a Kids 1K Fun Run, open to kids ages three to ten, and a Best Dog Costume Contest, offering something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Participants can expect a chipped race, commemorative event shirts (for those registered by April 30), and a special prize for all participating dogs. Medals will be awarded to top finishers in both the 5K and 1K races.

Early Bird registration is available until March 31, with discounted rates for both the all-ages 5K and Kids 1K Fun Run. Standard pricing will apply from April 1 to May 18, with race-day registration also available on May 19. Strollers are welcome and children under three participate for free.

For more information and to register, please visit the ARF 5K Registration page >

Beyond the races, attendees and the public can look forward to a variety of activities, including local vendor showcases, raffles, face painting, music by DJ Vybe, and more, ensuring a day of fun for all ages.

Local businesses and organizations are invited to become sponsors, demonstrating their commitment to community engagement and animal welfare. Sponsorship opportunities offer partners prominent recognition before, during, and after the event. Interested in sponsorship? Email

Check out photos from the 2023 ARF 5k >

Race Director:
Marjorie Valès Thedford
Phone: (845) 793-0500
Event Flyer PDF

Animal Rescue Foundation, locally known as ARF, is a volunteer-run, no-kill animal rescue located in Beacon, NY. Since Barbara Shea founded the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1986, ARF has rescued, rehabilitated, and found adoptive homes for thousands of cats and dogs. Their mission is to help lost, unwanted, abused, and abandoned cats, dogs, kittens, and puppies. When necessary, they offer a permanent and loving home for hard-to-place animals.