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32nd Annual K-9 Classic "Raise the Woof"

Sunday, April 18th, 2021 — May 31st, 2021

8:00 am - 10:00 am

Ascarate Lake, 6900 Delta Dr., El Paso, TX 79905

The annual K-9 Classic is back for its 32nd year as a hybrid event!

Event Details


Saturday, May 8th from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
at PetSmart - The Fountains at Farah

Monday, May 10th - Friday, May 14th from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
at the Humane Society of El Paso

It has been over 12 years since the roofs on our outdoor kennels were constructed. They have been maintained over time with spot repairs but have continued to weather and are now in immediate need of attention. The K-9 Classic will raise critical funds to help us replace and repair the roofs on the dog kennels and meow house.

Join us for a week of virtual fun with walk updates, pet contests, a mid-week pet parade, daily challenges, and pet activities all shared with you via E-Coach. 

When you register, donate, or create a fundraiser, you are enriching the lives of not only our animals but ensuring the best environment for thousands of future homeless pets in need.

T-shirts, medals, and pet bandanas will be limited to the first 200 registrations. Group registrations of 4+ people will receive $5 off per registrant. Refer 3 friends and receive $15 off your registration fee.

To ensure the safety of our participants and to remain within city ordinances, this year's K-9 Classic event will have a total limit of 100 registrations for the in-person event. Please note that there are two in-person events available for sign-up, both will take place at Ascarate Lake on Sunday, May 16, 2021, but will have separate starting times (8:00 AM & 9:00 AM) in order to reduce overcrowding. 

COVID Safety Guidelines

For those who are not ready to race in-person, unable to travel, or prefer a virtual experience for any reason. Participating virtually is also a great option for those who wish to set their own goals. Virtual participants are welcome to complete their walk any day, any time, on any trail of their choosing between May 16 - 22, 2021.



Help us “Raise the Woof” for our shelter animals by creating your own K-9 Classic fundraiser or by donating to another that is available. Get your family, friends, and co-workers involved to help you reach fundraising goals and redeem paw-tastic HSEP swag!


Create a fundraiser


Closes: Sunday, May 22, 2021, at 11:59 pm MST
Register by Thursday, May 6th to receive your registration packet before the event. All registrations made after May 6th will receive their registration packet by mail after the event.

Packet Pick up: May 8-14, 2021
Location & Time: TBA

Stay motivated throughout the week with your personal E-Coach! Participants will receive daily emails with event updates and activities for you and your pets to enjoy including:

  • #K9Challenge of the day
  • Yoga with your pets
  • Feline walking tips
  • Stretches for your pet
  • Contest voting
  • Event updates
  • & more!

Virtual Events
Join us for a week of fun that everyone can enjoy no matter where or how you participate! 

Virtual K-9 Classic Kick-Off
Sunday, May 16, 2021, at 8:00 am MST on Facebook and Instagram LIVE.

Virtual Pet Parade
Wednesday, May 19th at 12:00 pm MST on Facebook and Instagram LIVE

Pet Photo Contest
Categories: Best Dressed, Pet-Owner Look-Alike, Stellar Senior, Best Smile, and Funny Friends 

Submit your pet photo to with the contest category listed in the subject line.
Photo submissions will be accepted from Friday, May 14 to Sunday, May 16.
Must be registered to enter. Submissions made before or after the entry date will not be entered.

Contest Voting
Monday, May 17 - Friday, May 21
Check in daily on our Facebook page or with your E-Coach to vote for your favorite pet photos.

  • Monday - Best Dressed
  • Tuesday - Pet-Owner Look-Alike
  • Wednesday - Stellar Senior
  • Thursday - Best Smile
  • Friday - Funny Friends

Saturday, May 21st at 12:00 pm via Facebook LIVE
Contest winners will be contacted directly via email.


Become an Animal Welfare Advocate by taking the daily #K9Challenge. Join us in promoting humane treatment for all animals by educating the public and taking action in your community. Share the good you are spreading by posting photos and updates. Use #K9Challenge and tag us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @humanesocietyep.

Day 1: Be an example of kindness (Example: Pack a couple of Ziploc bags with dog/cat food and give it to someone that may need to feed their companion and may be struggling.)
Day 2: Teach children in your family to respect animals. (Example: How to introduce themselves to new furry friends)
Day 3: Brighten up a shelter residents’ day by dropping off an item from our shelter wish list.
Day 4: Learn about legislation that promotes kindness to animals.
Day 5: Be their voice - learn who to contact if you see an animal that is being neglected, abused, or in danger.
Day 6: Get the word out! Help us spread our mission and help make El Paso a more humane city for all furry companions.
Day 7: Be a model citizen - pick a dog park/neighborhood and clean it up so our furry neighbors will enjoy the park to the fullest next time they visit.