16th Annual Run for the Paws

Event Date

Saturday, January 29th, 2022

Course Map


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Join the race to help orphaned pets by participating in Humane Society Naples’ 16th Annual Run for the Paws 5K! Thousands of human participants and their canine companions have taken part in this race, providing our community with a healthy and fun event that gets bigger and better every year.

Back this year: Virtual 5k! Support Humane Society Naples within your own comfort zone and join us virtually. Our virtual race is going to be a fun way to promote animal welfare and raise funds for our critical work in the community. Though we won’t run and walk together, we can still participate with a purpose – to save animal lives! A virtual 5k kit will be emailed to you prior to race day.

Race Packet Pick-up

It is strongly encouraged that you pick up your packet early.


  • Friday, January 28, from 8:00am-6:00 pm


  • Humane Society Naples, 370 Airport Pulling Road North, Naples, FL 34104. Look for the HSN Branded Tents.

Masks/face coverings and social distancing required at packet pickup at Humane Society Naples.

Race day packet pick up will begin at 7:00 am (60 minutes before race start) at the Civil Air Patrol Building. Please try to pick up in advance.

Registration Cost

  • $30 In-Person ($35 if you register after January 14, 2022)
  • $25 Virtual Option

Registration for both the In-Person and Virtual Option Includes: Run for the Paws T-Shirt and Finishers Item

Shirt sizes will only be guaranteed for runners who register before January 14, 2022.

Our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

T-Shirts Provided By

John & Kathy Rizzo

Elephant Creative Co



Gulf Coast Runners

Civil Air Patrol

Naples Airport Authority

Event Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Race Information

Q: Will you limit the capacity of the in-person run/walk?
A: We will limit the capacity of the 2022 Run for the Paws 5k to 500 people and offer a virtual option to supporters. 

Q: What does the virtual option mean?
A: While gathering restrictions mean that we cannot all come together in person, we will still walk/run for their lives on Saturday, January 29!  We are putting together some fun suggested walk routes featuring selfie stations, DIY race kit with race bib and other fun items, and more!  Be sure to watch our “Event Info” Page for more details!

Q: Will all event participants receive a t-shirt?
A: YES!  Part of your registration fee includes our event t-shirt which all participants will still receive. Shirt sizes will only be guaranteed for runners who register before January 14, 2022. We will have outside packet pick-up at our Humane Society Naples main building (370 Airport Pulling Rd. N)

If you are participating out of town we will mail out shirts the first week of February. More details and information to come, including social distancing guidelines for packet pickup.

Q: I was unable to pick up my t-shirt and goodies. Will you mail it to me?
A: Because of the costs and logistics in mailing out shirts, we will not mail out any shirts, unless the participant registers from out of town.* You may also pick up your shirt during our Packet Pickup. In addition, you may have someone else pick up your shirt on your behalf.

Registration & Fundraising

Q: How do I register myself or others for the race?
A: Registration link.

Q: Do I need to pay a registration fee for my dog?
A: No! Our canine guests are free, but we do limit no more than one (1) dog per registered participant. Dogs must be on a leash (retractable leashes prohibited) and up to date on all vaccinations and records. Failure to adhere to this policy may result in being asked to leave the event with no refund issued.

Q: I registered for the event but can no longer attend. Can I get a refund?
A: Because our registration fees help cover our event costs, we are unable to issue any refunds for any reason (including but not limited to: illness, cancellation of event due to weather, family emergency, etc.).

Q: What does my registration fee cover? If I am fundraising for this event does it count towards my goal?
A: Your registration fee covers our costs associated with putting on the event, such a t-shirt and event logisitics. In order to encourage additional fundraising to help us raise funds for homeless dogs and cats, we DO count the registration fee towards your fundraising goal!

Raise Funds. Save Lives. Win Prizes

By fundraising, you can help us save homeless pets, prevent pet overpopulation through free spay/neuter, provide under-resourced communities with important resources and raise awareness. For more information please contact Melissa Demkovich, Events & Outreach Manager at runforthepaws@hsnaples.org.

Pet Questions

Q: Can I bring more than one dog?
A: For the safety of all animals and humans, only one dog per human is allowed.

Q: What type of leash should I use?
A: Only non-retractable leashes are allowed at the Run for the Paws 5k.

Q: Are dog strollers allowed?
A: YES but dogs must still wear a non-retractable leash in case they jump out.

Q: May I bring a cat if they are in a carrier/stroller? 
A: You may however, we discourage owners from doing so. With many dogs in attendance, the environment is very stressful for most cats.

Fundraising Opportunities

Humane Society Naples’  lifesaving work is only possible because of the support and funds raised by animal-loving community members like you!  By fundraising, you can help us save homeless pets, prevent pet overpopulation through free spay/neuter, provide under-resources communities with important resources and raise awareness.

Raise Funds. Save Lives. Win Prizes


  • HSN Branded KoolGator (Multi Function Headwear)
  • Pet Goodies


  • HSN Branded Cooler Bag
  • HSN Branded KoolGator (Multi Function Headwear)
  •  Membership into the Lori Stuber Society-Supporter Level
  • Pet Goodies


  • HSN Branded Cooler Bag
  • HSN Branded Hat
  • HSN Branded KoolGator(Multi Function Headwear)
  • Membership into the Lori Stuber Society-Sustainer Level
  • Pet Goodies


  • All of the above + HSN Branded Columbia Rain Jacket
  • Membership into the Lori Stuber Society-Animal Advocate Level

To learn about your fundraising options, please contact runforthepaws@hsnaples.org.


Offline Donation Checks — Ensure your check donations find their way to your fundraising page by including the Offline Donation Form with your checks.  Simply place your name on the top, and include the name of the donors and donation amounts, one per line.  Send the form along with checks to our business office: 

  •  Humane Society Naples
    Attn:  Run for the Paws 5k, Melissa Demkovich
    370 Airport Pulling Rd. N
    Naples, FL 34104

Sponsorship Opportunities

In addition to supporting a lifesaving cause, sponsors love our annual Run for the Paws 5k because it offers a unique and meaningful way to connect with fellow animal lovers. The PAWS 5K offers a valuable marketing opportunity for both pet-friendly businesses and any company which wants to network with pet-owners.

For more information or to set up a time to discuss further, please reach out to Melissa Demkovich, Event & Outreach Manager at runforthepaws@hsnaples.org.

COVID-19 Procedures

  • Masks/face coverings and social distancing are highly recommended pre-race and post-race.
  • No water will be offered on the race course. Be sure to bring your own hydration.
  • Goodies bags with post-race hydration and snacks will be passed out at the finish line.

Video courtesy of Adrian, a photographer at dogsofnaples.com.