In accordance with recommendations from the CDC, Virginia Department of Health, and Governor of Virginia, we have made the difficult decision to postpone Cause for Paws 2020 in consideration of current public health concerns. This event is essential to our annual operations and provides much-needed funding for our shelter program. We hope you will join us on the new date, which we hope to announce soon. Thank you for your support and understanding as we navigate this new and complex situation.

All existing event registrations will automatically be transferred to the new date! Questions can be submitted via e-mail to director@portsmouthhumanesociety.org.


Whether you’re a runner, walker, or you just enjoy a great family day filled with fun activities and amazing animals, we hope you’ll join us for the 12th Annual Cause for Paws event on Saturday, April 25th from 9 am – 2 pm in Festival Park located outside the Union Bank & Trust Pavilion in Portsmouth, VA.  Please note that we are monitoring current public health concerns closely and will provide updates as the event date draws closer! 

The event features:

• 5K Run (starting at 9 am – dogs are welcome)
• 1-Mile Dog Walk (starting at 10 am)
• Food Trucks
• Adoptable Animals
• Local animal shelters and rescue groups
• Vendors
• Beer
• Live music
• Activities for the young and old – 2- and 4-legged
• Amazing raffles
…and so much more!

Not the running type? If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please email development@portsmouthhumanesociety.org.

Click here to learn more about Sponsorship Opportunities!




Maria Domenech  





Portsmouth Humane Society, Chesapeake Humane Society, and the Virginia Beach SPCA have joined forces to bring you the very first Triple Hound Race Challenge! 5k Runners and walkers who participate in the PHS Cause for Paws in April, the CHS Doggy Dash in May, and the VBSPCA Mutt Masquerade in October will receive a Triple Hound finisher medal. This is a great fitness challenge that supports homeless animals across Hampton Roads. Runners/Walkers must participate in all 3 races to complete the challenge.