FAQs - 99k For Canines
Thank you for taking part in the Dogs Trust Ireland 99k for Canines walking challenge!
What is the Dogs Trust Ireland 99k for Canines walking challenge?
The 99k for Canines is a walking challenge in aid of Dogs Trust! Dog lovers who sign up will aim to walk 99km throughout the month of August 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 dog lovers taking part to set up a Facebook fundraiser so they can ask their friends and family to sponsor their challenge. Everyone taking part can join the 99k for Canines Facebook group to share photos and updates of their dogs and walks with the 99k for Canines community.
How do I register for the 99k for Canines?
Please, register your details here for a free t-shirt and pack: https://surveyhero.com/c/99kchallengeaug
The 99k for Canines is a walking challenge in aid of Dogs Trust! Dog lovers who sign up will aim to walk 99km throughout the month of August 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 dog lovers taking part to set up a Facebook fundraiser so they can ask their friends and family to sponsor their challenge. Everyone taking part can join the 99k for Canines Facebook group to share photos and updates of their dogs and walks with the 99k for Canines community.Is it 99k steps or 99kms I have to walk?
It is 99km throughout the month of August 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 of August! It averages at about 3.3km 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 August? No, you can start 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.
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?
If you are taking part again in the 99k for Canines – welcome back and thank you so much for taking part again! It great to have you onboard. If you still have your t-shirt and bandana please still register with us so we know you are taking part. You can skip the t-shirt and bandana section. While you have supported Dogs Trust in your last challenge by setting up a fundraiser, it would be fantastic you set up another one for the August challenge. We and the dogs here at Dogs Trust would really appreciate the support!
Do I have to prove I have walked the 99k?
Post pictures and updates on this Facebook Fundraising page with your daily or weekly kms so we can see you’ve completed the challenge. It is also a great way to show your friends and family who have sponsored you that you’re committed! You do not need to post your routes - a note about your kms achieved is perfect! For safety reasons, it is not best not to share your walking routes.
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.
So, make sure to update your Facebook Fundraiser with your daily kms and pictures of your walks so we can see you've completed the challenge.
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 August?
Of course. Setting a goal of 99k and the 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 will take up to a week 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 sponsorship card if you asked for one.
- 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 just share updates on how many kms you reached
Please also see our dog theft safety advice blog here: https://www.dogstrust.ie/whats-happening/blog/dog-theft-safety-advice
How do I set up a Facebook fundraiser?
Visit: https://www.facebook.com/fund/DogsTrustIrelandOnline/ and wait for the pop-up to set up a page. Be sure to add 99k for Canines in your Fundraising page title and set the end date to September 3rd.
Sometimes this link doesn't work when outside of Facebook. If it doesn't, please pop back into the Facebook group and click the link in the pinned post to set a fundraiser up.
How do I find my Facebook fundraiser?
It is usually visible on your Facebook page. If you are on your mobile, open the Facebook app, click the bottom right hand corner and then 'fundraisers'.
Or simply visit: https://www.facebook.com/fundraisers/manage
Do I have to set up a Facebook fundraiser?
You can request a sponsorship card when registering for a shirt and bandana but setting up a Facebook fundraiser is a great and easy way to get sponsors, share updates with your friends and family. All funds raised on Facebook get sent directly to Dogs Trust so less work for you! 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 I edit the end date of my fundraising page?
This is a quirk of Facebook Fundraising pages. They are automatically set to run for just 15 days!
You need to manually change the date to September 3rd.
Here’s how to do that:
To edit your end date click:
- Click on your fundraiser.- Click 'edit'- Click 'end date' and select September 3rd.
- Then make sure to click 'save' on the top right hand corner.
My fundraiser ended before I finished the challenge. Can you re-start it?
This is a quirk of Facebook Fundraising pages. They are automatically set to run for just 14 days! Unless you edit the end date, it will automatically end. Unfortunately, the only way around this is to set up a new fundraising page so make sure to edit your end date as above.
I need help fundraising! How can I raise the maximum funds?
If you are fundraising via Facebook fundraising page, please see our Facebook fundraising guide here. Thank you for your support!
How do get my raised funds to Dogs Trust?
If you have set up a Facebook 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: https://www.dogstrust.ie/whats-happening/latest-appeal/99k-for-canines-donation
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 17,500 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 doesn’t have Facebook and wants to take part in the Dogs Trust 99k for Canines challenge.
If you have a friend or family member who wants to take part but is not on Facebook that is no problem at all. Ask if they fill out the registration form here: https://surveyhero.com/c/99kchallengeaug
They can request a sponsorship card or set up an online fundraiser on Just Giving.
Alternatively they can make a donation to take part here: https://www.dogstrust.ie/whats-happening/latest-appeal/99k-for-canines-donation
A friend accidentally donated to my Facebook fundraiser. Can you issue them a refund?
Unfortunately Dogs Trust can’t issue refunds, Facebook must do this. People can request a refund themselves from Facebook by following the below steps:
Send them this link: https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/162031714239823
Select - I donated to a fundraiser on Facebook
Select - I want a refund for my donation(s)
Select - I made a donation by accident. Find their donation in the dropdown and request the refund.