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Rangers Dog Walk with Coach Tortorella

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Dog Protocol for the Event

  • Only one dog per adult
  • All dogs must be on leash at all times
  • All dogs must wear an identification tag to the Rangers Dog Walk event and be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older
  • Dogs whose behavior could be dangerous to others or other dogs are not permitted
  • Dogs whose behavior is unpredictable in crowds or with other dogs are not permitted
  • Female dogs that are in heat may not attend the event
  • Records will be required for the following dog vaccinations:
    • Rabies – typically given annually, but can be a 3 year vaccination
    • DHLP - (Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Para influenza) - all given annually, sometimes referred to as the Combo Vaccination, especially when it includes Parvo
    • Parvo - given annually, many times this is included in the DHLP and indicated as DHLPP
    • Bordatella - given either every six months or annually. Sometimes referred to as: Kennel Cough OR Tracheobronchitis
Frequently Asked Questions

About the Cause

1. Why are the Rangers doing this event?
To support Head Coach John Tortorella in his effort to generate awareness regarding the inhumane treatment of animals.

2. Why is this important?
"This spring our family adopted Blaze, our third rescue and fourth dog, from a shelter he'd lived in for three years. He lived with 28 other dogs and over fifty cats, in filthy, unhealthy, inhumane conditions, slowly starving from being malnourished and provided with inadequate veterinarian care. Within three miles of where we lived for three years, since moving to New York to coach the Rangers; these animals suffered while, though unknowingly, we did nothing. We will never turn away again.

"Our family foundation is partnering with the New York Rangers, to hold a dog walk fundraising event. We are reaching out to you, the Rangers’ fans and dog enthusiasts, to help us bring humane conditions to this shelter as well as generating awareness for proper animal care. Come take a walk with myself, the players and our families, to raise funds that will make a substantive difference for the betterment of animals. Thank you and see you there!” -- John Tortorella

3. Where does the money go?
The John & Christine Tortorella Family Foundation will distribute the funds to the Westchester Humane Society and other organizations dedicated to the humane treatment of animals.

4. Where can I find out more information about the Tortorella Foundation?
Visit http://www.tortorellafoundation.org/

5. I am unable to attend the event, but would like to make a donation. How can I make a donation?
Go to the registration page and click the option that reads, “I cannot attend, but would like to donate” and follow the steps on screen.

About My Dog

6. Can I participate without a dog?
Yes, persons wishing to participate without a dog will be allowed. Go to the registration page and click the option that reads, “Walker without a Dog,” and follow the steps on screen. We also encourage anyone that does not have a dog and wants to help to visit the Westchester Humane Society and adopt a dog; you can check out available dogs at http://www.westchesterhumanesociety.org/ or donate to help raise funds for this very important cause!

7. How should my dog be identified?
All dogs are required to wear a collar with a name tag that includes owner’s contact information.

8. Does my dog have to be licensed?
Yes, New York State law requires that your dog is licensed and he or she should be wearing the appropriate/current tags for the event.

9. My dog does not do well on a leash, is that a problem?
Your dog is required to be on a leash at all times while in the Park and at this event.

10. I don’t have a dog; can I bring someone else’s?
We would not recommend bringing someone else’s dog because you will be legally responsible for the dog at the event.

11. What happens if my dog gets bitten?
Veterinary services will be available on-site for care and the police will be called and a report will be filed.

12. What happens if my dog bites someone or another dog?
Veterinary services will be available on-site for care and the police will be called and a report will be filed.

13. What happens if I get bitten by a dog?
EMT services will be available on-site for care and the police will be called and a report will be filed.

14. Can I bring other animals?
This event is restricted to dogs only.

15. Am I responsible for picking up after my dog?
Yes, New York State law says you are responsible for waste removal for your pet.

16. My dog tends to bark a lot, does he/she need to wear a muzzle?
We recommend a muzzle because the event is in a residential area and we are expecting hundreds of owners and their dogs.

17. If I wanted to adopt a shelter dog, can I take him or her home that day?
We love your enthusiasm and commitment to adopting a dog and helping to reduce the numbers of animals in dog shelters. Because of the care and advocacy we have for shelter dogs, we cannot allow dogs to be taken home on the day of the event. WHS protocol requires an application process which also includes a home visit.

18. Is there a dog size limit (little or big)?
There is no size limit; however, it is the owner’s responsibility to ensure their dog is safe and will be safe to others.

19. Will there be water available for the dogs?
Yes, water bowls will be on-site to help hydrate the dogs; however, it is recommended you bring your own water as well.

20. What type of dog supplies do you want donated?
Dog beds, leashes, collars, dog food (dry and canned), treats, bones, bandanas, hoses.

21. Will there be any dog products available for sale at the event?
There will be no products for sale at the event.

About the Event

22. Do I have to sign a waiver to participate?

23. Can I check in prior to the event date to get my t-shirt and bandana?
Check in is only at 8:00 am on the day of the event.

24. What hockey activities will be available?
Shooting station, stick handling, and photo cut-outs.

25. Can I register the day of the event?
Yes, walk up registration will be available on-site through the use of a laptop computer.

26. Can I sign up online on the weekend of the event?
Online registration closes at 6:00 pm on Saturday, September 8th. Only in person on-site registration will be accepted after the online process closes.

27. Can additional family members be under the age of 18?
Yes, waivers are required for all participants. Anyone under the age of 18 will be required to have a waiver signed by a legal parent or guardian.

28. What happens if it rains?
This is event will proceed rain or shine, there is no rain date. Refunds will not be available for lack of attendance due to weather.

29. Is there parking at Riverside Park?
Street parking is available near Riverside Park and there are garages located throughout the upper west side.

30. Are there emergency services available during the event?
An EMT and Veterinarian will be on-site for the event.

31. Are restrooms on site?
There will be two portable toilets on site for the event.

32. Is food available at the event for people?
Beverages will be available on-site. If you have specific needs, please plan accordingly.

33. Are there places to eat near the event?
There are several local diners and restaurants located near Riverside Park.

34. Do we have to finish the walk?
We recommend that owners and dogs walk at their own pace and only do as much as your health allows.

35. Can I rollerblade, ride my bike, etc., during the walk?
During the walk itself we are restricted to walkers only.

36. Can I bring a stroller on the walk?
Due to the limited space available and the number of people attending, a stroller would be very challenging to maneuver and we would not recommend it.

37. Is the park handicap accessible?
Yes, the appropriate entrance is available at check-in and you will be directed by Rangers staff.

38. Is the park closed to the public for the event?
No, the park is still open to the public; therefore, everyone in the park may not be a part of the event.

39. How far is the walk?
The walk is from 103rd to 115th and back to 103rd (approximately one mile).

40. How long will the walk take?
It is estimated with your dog the walk will take 30-40 minutes.

41. Am I able to win prizes at the event?
Miscellaneous Rangers and dog-related prizes will be distributed at the event.

42. How can I get photos from the event?
Participants may take photos with their own personal cameras; there will not be a photography provided.

43. Do you need any volunteers for the event?
The event is fully staffed at this time. Thank you for your interest in helping.

About Players and Alumni

44. Will there be Rangers players there?
Yes, there will be current players participating in the event.

45. Will there be Rangers alumni there?
Yes, several local alumni who live in the New York will be in attendance.

46. Will players and alumni be bringing their dogs?
Some players and alumni may choose to bring their personal dogs; however, many of them will be walking the shelter dogs available for adoption.

47. Will autographs be available?
This is event is dedicated to raising money for the Westchester Humane Society and raising the awareness of inhumane treatment towards animals. Therefore, we respectfully request no autographs.

48.Will photographs with players and alumni be made available?
Photos can be taken of players and alumni while they participate in the event.