FAQs - 99k For Canines
Walk 99K for Canines with us in 2022!!
99k for Canines is a walking challenge in aid of Dogs Trust Ireland! Dog lovers who sign up will aim to walk 99km in a month with or without their dogs. Everyone who signs up will be sent a 99k for Canines t-shirt & bandana(s) for their dog(s). We ask for those taking part to set up a Just Giving fundraiser so they can ask their friends and family to sponsor their challenge.
Everyone taking part can stay up to date with their fellow challengers' progress on the 99k for Canines community page.
How do I register for the 99k for Canines?
Take these 3 steps to get involved!
1) Register for your t-shirt & doggy bandana here.
2) Create your Just Giving Fundraiser - will pop up after you register for your pack.
3) Get ready to walk 99K next month!
Is it 99k steps or 99kms I have to walk?
The aim is to walk 99km throughout the month, but you can take as long as you need!
Do I have to walk 99km all at once?
No, the great thing about this walking challenge is that you can spread the 99k of walking throughout the month! It averages at about 3.5km a day! If you need longer, that’s no problem, do it at a pace that suits you.
Do I have to walk the 99km in the month?
No, you can start when you register and finish the walk whenever you like! We know people are busy with work, families or may be on holidays!
Do I have to walk a dog to take part in the Challenge?
No, you can take part in the Dogs Trust 99k for Canines Challenge with or without a dog!
Can my puppy take part in the 99k for Canines?
Puppies have different exercise requirements to adult dogs. While puppies are growing, developing strength, stamina and general fitness, it’s important to ensure they’re avoiding over-exertion, always benefitting from activity and enjoying it. Please seek advice from your vet if you are unsure how much exercise your puppy needs.
How do I keep track of how much I have walked?
The best way is to use your smart phone! If you have an iPhone or Samsung there will be a preinstalled ‘Health’ App that tracks your daily steps and distance walked. Other apps you can use are: Strava, Runkeeper, Map My Walk and connect them to your fundraising page. We will send you a paper km tracker too so you can tot up your daily kms!
I took part in a previous 99k for Canines - do I still have to register?
Welcome back and thank you so much for taking part again! It is great to have you onboard. We would ask that you register to take part again, so we know how many amazing dog lovers are taking part. If you still have a t-shirt and bandana then you can let us know you don't need one on the form.
How do I prove that I have walked the 99k?
Post pictures and updates on your social media with your daily or weekly kms so your family and freinds who have sponsored you can see that you’re committed! For safety reasons, it is best not to share your walking routes - a note about your kms achieved is perfect! Everyone who completes the challenge will be sent a certificate of completion and a 99k for Canines dog tag to place on your dog’s collar, so they can proudly show they completed the challenge and helped dogs find forever homes as wonderful as theirs.
You can use this image to track your kms! Just pop an emoji over the number as you complete:
Can I walk more than 99k in the month?
Of course. Setting a goal of 99k and then exceeding that goal would be fantastic! Many people will walk more than 99k.
When will I get my sponsorship pack/t-shirt and bandana?
We will be sending the packs weekly so it could take up to 10 days to be posted to you. Don't worry if it doesn't come right away.
What is in the sponsorship pack?
- A Dogs Trust 99K for Canines shirt (if requested)
- A bandana(s) for your dog if you’re walking with them
- A printed sponsorship card.
- An information booklet with tips, FAQ’s and a daily km tracker!
How do me and my dog stay safe?
Best not to share screenshots of your walking routes on social media. You can share updates on how many kms you reached instead. We also advise you adhere to government guidelines that may be in place at the time. Please also see our dog theft safety advice blog here.
How do I set up a fundraiser?
Visit the 99k for Canines community page and hit 'sign up'. You will be asked to create a Just Giving account or log into one you already own. This will take just a minute and then you will be able to register for your free t-shirt, bandana and your online fundraising page. Your fundraising page will have the official 99K for Canines photo and you will be able to edit it as you wish. Click 'Share' to send it to your friends and family who want to support your challenge.
How do I find my Just Giving fundraiser?
Following this link will bring you back to your personal fundraiser page.
Do I have to set up a Just Giving fundraiser?
To register for your t-shirt, bandana and fundraising pack, we ask all challengers to fill in the form on Just Giving. We will send you a printed sponsorship card when registering though so if you would rather fundraise offline, you can use that instead. If you do not want to fundraise at all, we would appreciate a donation to help cover the cost of the t-shirt and bandana. Thank you so much.
How do get my raised funds to Dogs Trust?
If you have set up a Just Giving fundraiser then you don’t need to do anything. Your donations will automatically be sent to Dogs Trust.
If you have raised money via a sponsorship card then you can:
1. Donate raised funds online here.
2. Add them to your Facebook Fundraiser!
3. Phone in your donation by calling 01-879 1000 (option 3) and use your credit or debit card.
4. Post in a bank draft, cheque or postal order to Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre, Ashbourne Road, Finglas, Dublin 11, D11 K003
5. Lodge the funds directly to our bank account. See details below:
Reference: 99k for Canines & Your Name
Bank Name: AIB, Main Street, Finglas
Account Name: Dogs Trust Limited
Account Number: 271 202 65
Sort Code: 93-21-32
IBAN: IE90 AIBK 9321 3227 120265
How will the money I have raised help Dogs Trust?
Taking part in events such as the 99k for Canines Challenge, raises vital funds which help stray and abandoned dogs across Ireland. Since opening our Rehoming Centre in 2009, dog lovers like you have rescued and rehomed over 20,000 dogs. We rely on public support to fund our work and we are entirely reliant on the generosity of amazing people like you to continue our life-saving work. Every single donation raised provides each dog that comes into our care with nutritious food, veterinary treatment, a microchip, neutering, vaccinations and most importantly, love and cuddles from our Canine Carers and a Forever Home.
My friend wants to take part in the Dogs Trust 99k for Canines challenge with me.
Great! The more the waggier! We ask each adult challenger to sign up individually through the registration form here. If children want to take part with adults, please email [email protected] and we will include extra t-shirts/sponsorship cards for them.