Maryland Paws for Prevention

Join us on June 21, 2020

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Event Details
Where 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd
Annapolis, MD
Starts 06/21/2020 @ 9:00 AM
Ends 12:00 PM
Check-in Time 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Registration Cutoff 06/20/2020 @ 12:00 PM
Donation Cutoff 06/30/2020 @ 12:00 AM
Contact Kat Olbrich
Phone 202-770-8973
Email Address [email protected]

Welcome to the 2nd Annual
Maryland Paws for Prevention Walk

They are men’s/women’s best friend. They calm us when we are stressed. They ease our loneliness. They encourage exercise and improve our all-around health. Pets can be lifesavers.

To honor our four-legged  friends, the AFSP Maryland Chapter will host it’s second Maryland Paws for Prevention Walk to raise awareness and funds that allow AFSP to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss. 

All ages are welcome to join and so are friendly leashed dogs.

Click the Register Now button at the top of the page to get started right away.

To see pictures from our 2019 Maryland Paws for Prevention Walk, click HERE.



If you are interested in helping plan this event and/or help promote it, please reach out to Kat Olbrich at [email protected]. Thank you!





9:00 AM

Opening Ceremony:

10:00 AM

Walk Begins: 

10:15 AM

Event Ends:

12:00 PM








Although fundraising is optional and there is no minimum fundraising requirement (and no fee to walk), each dollar raised helps us deliver suicide prevention programs both in Maryland and nationally. With last year's fundraising, our Maryland Chapter was able to educate over 3,000 Marylanders on suicide prevention. We are our 4th annual State Capitol Day to talk to legislators about how to reduce the annual suicide rate 20 percent by 2025. We organized 9 Survivor Day events for those who lost a loved one to suicide. Your donation also contributed to over $6.3 million in scientific research grants awarded by AFSP on a national level.

There are 3 small things you can do to kick-start your fundraising work:

You are also welcome to hold your own third-party fundraiser and use those funds raised toward your individual or team goal. Contact us for supporting your private fundraiser: [email protected]. We can help promote your event to other walkers and supporters.

Everyone who raises $20 or more by June 21st, can pick up a Paws for Prevention Pooch Bandana at registration. They come in size small and large! 

Everyone who raises $100 or more by June 21st, can pick up an official Paws for Prevention t-shirt. 


It's also a great idea to let your employer know you'll be walking in the Maryland Paws for Prevention Walk. Maybe they will support your fundraising efforts or opt in for our sponsorship opportunities. Starting at only $250, businesses can show their support to the suicide prevention mission by contributing a tax-deductible financial gift as a sponsor. For more details, please download and review our sponsorship packet


Download the Paws for Prevention FLYER to send to family and friends and display in your community.  Encourage everyone you know to REGISTER, DONATE, and JOIN the movement to save lives! Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! 


Make sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the resources area. Information about local mental health and health organizations will open at 9:00 am. This will be an opportunity to gather literature, hear about upcoming events, and connect with others who are dedicated to raising awareness of mental illness and suicide, strengthening prevention efforts, and providing support to those impacted by suicide loss.

If you are a community partner and would like to table at the Maryland Paws for Prevention Walk please email us at: [email protected]


About the Location: We will meet at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. At the toll booth, let the ranger know that you will walk with the Paws for Prevention Walk and they will waive the entrance fee. Follow the direction signs. We will be set up right behind the visitor center in front of the Concert Pavilion.

Walk Route: We will walk 2 miles along a marked route through Quiet Waters Park. The midway point will be at South River Outlook. On the way back we will pass the dog park and gather again at Concert Pavilion. For anyone who wants to walk some more, you are more than welcome to stay at Quiet Waters Park for the rest of the day and enjoy the 6 miles of paved paths, the dog park and/or the dog beach. The route is stroller and wheelchair accessible.

What to Expect at the Walk: The walk will take place rain or shine. We encourage walkers to arrive at 9.00 a.m. when registration opens, so that you have ample time to check-in and then enjoy all of the pre-walk activities we have to offer.


If you are interested in helping to plan this event and/or help promote it, please reach out to Kat Olbrich at [email protected]. To order flyers, postcards, and otherer goodies to help promote the Maryland Paws for Prevention Walk and assist with your fundraising efforts please complete this form. We will ship everything free of charge! Thank you!

We look forward to seeing you and your four-legged friend(s) on June 21st