Every dollar counts


Why we do it


The Furry 5K raises money for the Help the Animals Fund (HTAF), which provides veterinary care and supplies for sick, injured or abused orphaned shelter animals. The Seattle Animal Shelter takes in thousands of animals annually. Of those, many receive the lifesaving care they need thanks for the generous donations of individuals and companies. The HTAF is an integral part of saving lives — with annual veterinary expenses of approximately $100,000, every dollar raised counts! Learn more about how the Help the Animals Fund saves lives.


If each race participant raised just $25 in donations, we could support six more months of vet care.

Donations can be made using the online donation form.


To make sure every dollar counts toward your total, be sure to collect donations through your personalized webpage.

A list of team and individual fundraisers can be found here.

If you receive a donation (separate from the website) that you would like added to your website total, please contact We will add the credit to your website once we’ve received it at the shelter.

To make a donation directly to the Help the Animals Fund, visit our donate page on the Furry 5K registration site.

The donate page is active all year.

On the day of the race, bring your donations to the registration booth. If possible, please convert cash donations to one check. Note that donations turned in at day-of-race registration will not be counted toward the team or individual fundraising awards.

Please make checks payable to Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation/Furry 5K.

You may also mail donations to:

Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation/Furry 5K
P.O. Box 99006, Seattle, WA 98139-0006


We all know that helping the animals is reward enough … but there are trophies and medals!

Both the team and the individual with the most donations on their websites by 11:59 p.m. on June 9 will receive awards — the team will receive a trophy and the individual will receive a medal and prize. We will also announce the winner on the Furry 5K stage during the awards ceremony.

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