In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rochester’s favorite pet event is going virtual this year. This means participants can run and walk anywhere and anytime, while making a difference in the lives of animals in need! We have also pushed back the date of The Fast & The Furriest® to the weekend of Saturday, August 15th to correspond with International Homeless Animals Day and our mission to help pets in need find a home. This gives participants more time to train, donate, and fundraise for this great cause.

From Thursday, August 13th – Sunday, August 16th animal lovers are invited to participate in The Fast & The Furriest® by taking a walk around the block or completing a 5K or 10K on the streets, trails or treadmill. No matter how you participate, know you are helping homeless pets within the Rochester community.

The Fast & The Furriest® is the biggest fundraising event of the year for Verona Street Animal Society and, during these uncertain times, it is more crucial than ever that we meet our fundraising goal of $80,000 for Rochester’s animals.

Event Information

You have from 12 a.m. on Thursday, August 13th to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 16th to complete a walk, 5K or 10K on the streets, trails or treadmill. Run, walk, or hike, with or without your dog—it doesn’t matter! When done, share your results with us (directions to follow) to prove you’ve completed the event!  The Male and Female with the Overall fastest time in each race will win a $25 gift card to Fleet Feet Sports. All other finishers will be placed into a raffle drawing to win some great prizes from our sponsors.

Registration is $30 for each event (choose 5K, 10K, and/or walk). Register for one, two or challenge yourself to do all three! Registered participants will receive a T-shirt (redemption details to follow) and access to a virtual marketplace with exclusive offers from sponsors and vendors. We will be ordering t-shirts post event to eliminate any costs.  T-shirt pick up will be held POST event at the Fleet Feet the Armory outside on Wednesday, August 26th from 11-5pm.  Please arrange so that your shirt is picked up this day.  Out of state packets will be mailed out.

While registering, make sure to set up your individual or team fundraising page to help increase our impact! Personalize the page with your own story, link it with Facebook Fundraising, and set your own personal goal.

During this challenging time, we all need to support and encourage each other. Throughout the journey and on event-day, you are encouraged to engage with Verona Street Animal Society on Facebook and Instagram and on The Fast & The Furriest® Facebook event page by sharing photos and videos of your training sessions and participation in the virtual event. Don’t forget to include your furry friends and fitness companions! Use the hashtags #TheFast&TheFurriest and #Fundraising4RAS to connect with other fundraisers and event supporters.

All runners and participants are welcome. Pets are not required, but we encourage dogs and cats (and any other companion animal) to participate virtually as well. We also encourage all runners to fundraise for the shelter animals at Rochester Animal Services either individually or with a team.


Why is your paw-ticipation so important?

By supporting the Verona Street Animal Society, you are helping animals get the second chance they deserve. Any donation made directly impacts the animals in our community by:

  • Providing food, shelter, enrichment and medical care at the shelter
  • Promoting adoption, lost and found, and spay/neuter programs
  • Supporting under-served communities by providing access to pet resources

If you don’t want to partake in this particular event, but want to help the shelter animals, you can still become an online fundraiser and be eligible to receive all of our great pledge-level prizes!

For more information on how to set up your fundraiser and tips and tricks to reach your goal visit here!


Fundraising Prizes



VSAS Headband



VSAS Backpack



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NOTE: Fundraising prize totals will be determined by ONLINE donations as of midnight on August 16th, 2020. Donations after that time will be accepted but will not be used toward determination of your prize. Checks made out to Verona Street Animal Society should be mailed to Verona Street Animal Society, PO Box 22874, Rochester, NY 14692 prior August 16th.

Corporate Sponsorship and Vendor Opportunities

By sponsoring The Fast & The Furriest®, your business can heighten its corporate image, show community support, and increase brand awareness while reaching concerned and committed participants from the Greater Rochester area. Your support sends a message that your company is a recognized partner in this important community effort that reaches a broad demographic of pet owners who are concerned with the welfare of animals in their community.  View our available sponsorship packages: 2020 Sponsorship Packet Note: Print deadline for graphics is July 24th, so any sponsorship additions after that will not be in printed materials.

2020 Corporate Sponsors

Race Sponsor

Fleet Feet

Community Partner Sponsor

Big Dog Sponsor

Race T-shirt Sponsor

True Companion Sponsor

Media Sponsors

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Forever Home Sponsors


Working Dog Sponsors

K9 Logo

Shelter Friend Sponsors

  • Christine Klos & Don White
  • FP Wellness
  • GRB Bank
  • Heritage Financial Services
  • Merzbach & Solomon Law Offices
  • Pets at Peace
  • Ralph Honda
  • Shaw Opticians
  • Shop Peppermint
  • The Pizza Stop
  • The Anthony Butera Team at Keller Williams Realty
  • Wags Dog Club

Foster Friend Sponsors