Celebrate National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month in October with the Monster Milers

Philadelphia’s First Race to Benefit and Promote Rescue and Adoption is Fast Approaching!

Philadelphia, PA – Every day, the Monster Milers make shelter dogs smile, one mile at a time, with runs throughout Philadelphia. This volunteer-run organization invites the region to log miles and smiles during Philadelphia’s only running event guaranteed to come with the “warm fuzzies.” The Rescue Run 5K will take place on Saturday, October 3 at 8:30 a.m. at the Navy Yard.


“The Rescue Run 5K is a fast, flat course, perfect for experienced runners or first-time 5K competitors.  It’s a chance to set a PR and even better meet some great adoptable dogs at the finish line,” said Allison Walker, Rescue Run Race Director.

Race fuel will be available to purchase from SchmearIt, Butter Food Truck, and Robeks Fresh Juices and Smoothies. During the post-race Rescue Rally, hundreds of runners and spectators will meet furry, adoptable friends from area rescues and shelters and learn about volunteer opportunities.

Registration is $35 until October 2 and race day registration is $40. It includes chip timing, a tech t-shirt, awards, customizable fundraising pages and free post-race massages. Race organizers recommend registering early since this award-winning race has sold out the past two years.


This race is the primary fundraiser for the Monster Milers’ shelter dog running and lifesaving foster program. Over 400 volunteer runners take dogs on daily runs from three partner shelters. These runs give the dogs something to look forward to during the day, expose them to the community and cultivates a sense of calmness (through regular exercise) that facilitates faster adoptions. To speed up the adoption process, volunteers host “Adopt a Running Buddy” events and bring adoptable dogs to area running events and races.

While waiting for their “furever” homes, adoptable dogs live in volunteer foster homes. Fostering a dog saves two lives: the dog pulled to safety and the dog that can go into that dog’s kennel at the shelter.

The Rescue Run was named “Best Race – Best Run for a Cause” by Be Well Philly in 2014 and “Best of Philly: Race Race for a Cause” by Philadelphia Magazine in 2015. The region’s runners and dog lovers can discover why during the 3rd Annual Rescue Run on October 3.

Photos by Monster Milers.