Walk Details

About the Heart & Sole Walk for Animals

Join us for the Potter League’s 33rd annual Heart & Sole Walk for Animals on Sunday, October 16, 2022 at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI!

Enjoy a fun-filled dog walk, music, a sponsor & vendor marketplace, food trucks, special activities for dogs and kids, and a festive atmosphere celebrating the special bond between animals and people.

The Heart & Sole Walk for Animals is a beloved tradition, and in addition to raising essential funds to support our lifesaving work, it’s an opportunity for animal lovers to join together in creating a more humane Rhode Island for people and pets alike.

The Heart & Sole Walk for Animals is our biggest fundraiser of the year, with proceeds providing food, shelter, veterinary care, and more to the thousands of animals who come to Potter League for Animals every year. In addition to the Walk, there will be a roster of fun-filled activities—including a Flea-less Market, contests, and prizes—to enjoy

Lace up your sneakers and grab the leash because it's time to walk to save lives! The animals are counting on us, and we are counting on you! 

Start a tail-wagging fundraising team or go solo! Your participation & fundraising for the Heart & Sole Walk for Animals helps the Potter League care for thousands of homeless animals each year and gives them the second chance they deserve. Our goal is to raise $100,000 to help every animal receive the best care and find a loving home!

Prepare for the Event

Registration Information

Register as an individual, start a team, or join a team! There is no registration fee to attend. All walkers are encouraged to fundraise or make a donation to the Walk to help us reach our goal and make a difference in the lives of homeless animals.

Pre-registered walkers will receive a welcome packet in the mail with helpful tips, resources, and event information.

Once registered, you have the option to create your own personalized fundraising page and send the link to friends and family, asking for their support, qualify for great prizes, and share your pics/videos and story on social media using the hashtag #heartandsolewak2022 all while helping the Potter League continue providing essential services to homeless, sick and injured animals of our community. You can also use a downloadable donation form to track your donations of cash or check. Raising money online is easy and the fastest way to reach your fundraising goal. 

All participants who raise a minimum of $50 ($25 for youth 15 & under) will receive a signature Heart & Sole Walk for Animals T-Shirt & the more money you raise the more fun prizes you can earn!

Travel to the Event


Fort Adams is located at the north end of the peninsula, which is Fort Adams State Park. The Park has ample free parking and may be accessed by both car and boat. Directions to Fort Adams.

Event Day

All non-registered walkers must check-in to enter the event. A donation to the Potter League is suggested.


The walk kicks off at 12noon and takes about 20 minutes. The .75-mile route begins from the inside of the Fort parade field, exiting from the north gate, where will take you along the picturesque Narragansett Bay with unobstructed views. The route continues to the southwest gate into the interior ditch, past the east gate, and back to the north gate. The route begins and ends at the same spot. 

Pet Festival

In addition to the walk, all registered walkers can take advantage of many free activities at the pet festival.

Heart & Sole Contests in the Center Arena

11:00 a.m. — Pet/Owner Look-Alike Contest
11:10 a.m. — Top Trick/Talent
11:20 am. — Best Tail Wag 

11:30 a.m. —Doggie Musical Sit: When the music stops, the last dog to sit is out.
11:45 a.m. — Potter Pet Alumni Parade
1:00 p.m. —American Fido Singing Contest: For doggies that love to sing.
1:15 a.m. — Doggie Limbo (agility fun)
1:30 p.m. — Peanut Butter Lick Off
1:45 p.m. — K9 Search & Rescue Demo

Potter League Event Tent: A Dog’s Paradise!

  • Play a round of Pup Pong!
  • If your dog loves balls, their dreams will come true in the Pup Ball Pit.
  • Create a tie-dye doggie bandana
  • Play a round of collar toss
  • Honor the memory of a pet with a tag on the Meg's Memorial Tree.

Other Happenings

  • Kids Corner with crafts and games for kids.
  • Raffle to benefit the animals with items donated from Heart & Sole sponsors and local businesses.
  • PLFA Tents:
    • Problem pooch? Finicky feline? Ask a PLFA training & behavior expert.
    • Have you adopted a dog from PLFA? Get a complimentary PLFA alumni bandana!
    • Learn about PLA Programs.
    • Get a free plant and learn how to grow with the PLFA Foster Care team.
  • Visit vendor & sponsor booths in the Flea-less Market
  • Enjoy food vendors and the Libation Station (for guests 21 and older).

Event Rules for Dogs 

For the health and safety of all dogs and people participating in Heart & Sole Walk, please observe the following rules for canines attending the event with you:

  • Participating dogs must be currently licensed with proof of Parvo and Rabies vaccinations. You do not need to bring proof with you; if an incident occurs, you must be able to produce proof in a reasonable amount of time.
  • For safety reasons, “extend-a-leashes” or retractable leashes will NOT be allowed. Dogs must be kept on a regular leash at all times. Leashes should be no more than six feet in length while in the parade field. This event gets very crowded, and longer leashes can be extremely hazardous.
  • Female dogs in heat are not permitted.
  • Walk officials reserve the right to refuse entry to any dog whose behavior could be dangerous to others. Please use good judgment regarding the temperament of your pet so that this event will be safe and enjoyable for everyone.
  • Dogs younger than four months should not participate.
  • Be sure you and your dog are conditioned for this event, especially if you plan to walk.
  • Be considerate and pick up after your dog.
  • No cats or other small animals.

Volunteer at the Event

Want to help out at the Heart & Sole Walk? You must 18 or over to volunteer. Contact us at volunteer@potterleague.org for a list of open positions. If you want to volunteer at event, you WILL NOT be able to bring your own dogs with you.  

Event Info for Sponsors

Whether you are new to the Heart & Sole Walk or are one of many returning sponsors to our largest fundraiser, we can’t wait to welcome you to this year’s event! Day-of information and FAQs are available here.

Can’t Join Us at the Walk but want to help?

We will miss you but appreciate you lending your support by donating online or by sponsoring one of our fundraisers. Checks can be sent to the Potter League at 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown, RI 02842. Attn: Walk for Animals. Thank you! 

If you want to sponsor a specific walker, you can find a full listing on the leaderboard or put the individual or team name in the search bar above left. If you prefer not to register but wish to make a general donation, please use the donate button above. Thank you! 

Text to Donate

It’s simple! To donate, text the word “POTTER” to 50155 and follow the steps to make a secure donation from your phone.