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The second annual Mission Paw-looza is a community event to raise money to increase access to veterinary care for pets in need.

At the Paw-looza, you and your furry companion can be part of a two-mile Fun Run/Walk and enjoy the pet and family-friendly Carnival right outside Mission Animal Hospital's front doors. 

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EVENT INFO: Saturday, June 10 2023

2 Mile Fun Run/Walk

10 am/9:30 am check in


Run, walk, skip, dance or prance! This two-mile route takes you from Mission Animal Hospital around Lake Smetana and back in time to enjoy the carnival. We expect most people to complete the route (walking) in about 60 minutes. Pet and family friendly!

"Barking" Lot Carnival

10 am - 3 pm


Meet area nonprofits and pet-friendly businesses, play animal-themed games, enjoy stage performances and food trucks, and more. Pet and family friendly. No registration necessary to attend the carnival only!

Statement about Canine Influenza

Here at Mission, we have been closely monitoring the local outbreak of Canine Influenza in anticipation of Mission Paw-looza. In line with Board of Animal Health recommendations and local response, we are happy to report that we welcome your healthy furry canine companions to attend! 


Please do not bring any dog displaying upper respiratory signs. Signs of canine influenza in dogs include sneezing, coughing, discharge from the eyes or nose, and lethargy. Any dog displaying these signs should see a veterinarian and be quarantined from other dogs to help prevent the spread of influenza.

Keep in mind that canine influenza can also spread via contaminated surfaces, including skin and clothing. If your dog is sick, please leave them at home and wash your hands and change your clothes before attending the event. Canine influenza is considered to pose minimal risk to humans - to date, there has never been a reported case of human infection with canine influenza virus in the U.S. or worldwide. Canine influenza is considered a low risk to other companion animals.

You know your dog best! Please make a safe and community-informed decision about attending Mission Paw-looza with your canine companion.



More than 7 in 10 Americans live paycheck to paycheck and veterinary care often remains out of reach for their furry loved-ones. 


Contact for information about volunteering. 

Contact for information about sponsorship.


One-third of pets need emergency veterinary care each year. When veterinary care is inaccessible, pet owners may be faced with heartbreaking decisions.

2 Mile Fun Run/Walk

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Fundraising and Prizes

Collect some s-WAG when you create a fundraising page to support veterinary care for pets in need and Mission Animal Hospital.  Everyone wins - you get cool stuff, and the animals feel the love, too! The more you raise for a good cause, the more cool s-WAG you'll take home!

S-WAG pick up is June 1-9 at Mission Animal Hospital, or during event check-in.

Need Help Getting Started Fundraising?

Check out our helpful guides to getting started!

  • Here is a quick guide to setting up your fundraising page

  • Here are templates for social media posts to share your page

  • Here are templates for emails to share your page

Tips for Fundraising Success!

  1. Start early. The sooner you start, the more time you'll have to reach your fundraising goal. 

  2. Make a personal donation. Show your commitment by starting your fundraising with a gift of your own toward your goal!

  3. Update your personal fundraising page. Share your love of your pets and why creating accessible veterinary care is meaningful to you.

  4. Send emails and reach out on social media. Sending messages to your friends, family, and coworkers is a great way to get your message out. Share your story multiple times throughout the fundraising period and don't be afraid of following up if people don't respond right away. 

  5. Ask your employer about matching gifts. Many companies will match their employees' donations. Ask your own employer and don't forget to ask your donors if their company will match their gift. 


Barking Lot Carnival

The Paw-looza Barking Lot Carnival is free to attend and no registration necessary. But Carnival attendees are encouraged to register and start fundraising to earn Mission s-WAG!

Food Trucks

Stage Performances

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Scott Jorgenson is most notably known as "SNOT" in the longest running Renaissance Festival comedy show, PUKE & SNOT. He loves his dog Divot and is proud to support Mission Animal Hospital.

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"Flea-less" Market

Stock up on pet new and slightly used pet supplies. From dog kennels to cat collars, you'll find it all at the flea-less market! 


11:00-12:00      Band - Soul-O-Duo

12:15-12:45      Pet Talent Show  

1:00-2:00          Band- Soul-O-Duo

2:20-2:40          Ask a Veterinarian  

2:40-3:00          Pet Costume Contest

Kids Area & Pet Activities

  • Photo Booth

  • Glitter Ink Body Art Tattoos by donation

  • Paint the Dog House

  • Chalk Art

  • Jackson Paw-llock pet-created artwork

  • Musical Mats

  • Reverse Limbo

  • and more!


  • Downtown Dogs & Dog's Day Out

  • Purina

  • Camp Bow Wow

  • North Minneapolis Pet Resource Center

  • Spot's Last Stop

  • Gizmo's Bistro

  • Buzz and the Bark

  • Pet Haven

  • Riverrun Acres

  • Irreverant Designs

  • Rustic Acres

  • Bitty Kitty Brigade

  • Scentsy

  • Color Street

  • Snowy Paws Art

  • 2 the Moon

  • Jade's Innovations 


Thank you sponsors!


Is your business interested in supporting Mission Paw-looza and being featured at the event?

See our sponsorship opportunities or contact Christine Durand at

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