Green Mountain Animal Defenders

9th Annual

Walk for All Animals

September 28, 2019 - Walk begins at 11:00 a.m.

Just as foliage peaks in the crisp, clear air, Green Mountain Animal Defenders (GMAD) will hold their 9th Annual Walk for All Animals in Burlington, Vermont, where animal lovers of all ages will gather from near and far to walk in honor of all species.

On this fun-filled, family-friendly walk, animal advocates will raise awareness about compassion for animals, with many walkers carrying signs with targeted messages such as “Animals deserve humane treatment,” or, “Compassion, not Cruelty.” The walk is a great opportunity to help raise funds for GMAD’s mission of “Working to protect the well-being of all animals.”

Event Details

Participants at our family-friendly event are encouraged to dress up in animal-related costumes and/or bring their leashed or willingly restrained animal companions to join in the festivities.

The walk is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m., but check-in will open at 10 a.m. Those who arrive early will have a chance to try out some vegan baked goodies, meet and socialize with other walkers, have first choice of signs to carry, take pictures, visit our outreach booth, and more.

  • Registration opens at 10:00 AM
  • Walk begins at 11:00 AM
  • Just over 1 Mile Walk (1.2 Miles)
  • Registration fee of $5 per participant (12 and under are FREE)

Saturday, September 28, 2019

In front of Burlington City Hall

149 Church Street

Burlington, VT 05401

** Rain date will be Sunday, September 29, 2019**

Why walk for Green Mountain Animal Defenders (GMAD)?

Established in 1983, GMAD has been one of Vermont’s strongest voices in animal advocacy for over 35 years, speaking up for companion animals, wildlife, farmed animals, animals used in laboratory experimentation, and animals used for entertainment purposes such as traveling zoos. Their all-volunteer network enacts targeted programs that have achieved humane conditions and healthier lives for many of Vermont’s animals. Some of GMAD’s volunteer advocacy efforts include:

Companion Animals:

  • Sharing alerts on lost and found animals
  • Facilitating low-cost spay/neuter programs for cats (domestic and feral), dogs, and bunnies
  • Organizing pet food drives, especially for feral cat colonies, local food shelves, and low-income families
  • Building and donating feral cat shelters and insulated dog houses
  • Promoting humane and proper treatment of companion animals


  • Providing medical supplies, cages, bedding and food to Vermont’s licensed wildlife rehabilitators
  • Offering humane solutions to wildlife–human conflicts such as animals in gardens or homes or on grounds of municipalities
  • Advocating for replacement of inhumane traps with better alternatives

Farmed Animals:

  • Working with feed and farm stores to rescue and rehabilitate chicks, ducks, goslings, and hatchling turkeys who are sick or injured
  • Informing the public about the negative aspects of factory farming
  • Supporting farm animal sanctuaries
  • Promoting healthy plant-based diets


  • Advocating for animals that suffer for entertainment purposes in carnivals, circuses, rodeos, and traveling zoos
  • Raising awareness about the negative aspects of laboratory animal experimentation for consumer products
  • Focusing on education and legislation to shift policies and laws in favor of animal protection and wellness


Please direct your walk related questions to

We look forward to seeing you and your leashed pet, too!

We thank the following Sponsors

If you're interested in supporting our event, please visit our Sponsorship Opportunities.

New England Air Systems

Locally owned and operated since 1972, New England Air Systems is a full-service design-build mechanical contractor. They provide complete mechanical systems and service, working with commercial, industrial and institutional clients throughout Vermont and neighboring states.

We thank the following organizations for their support and in-kind donations.

Green Mountain Animal Defenders

PO Box 4577 | Burlington, VT 05406

(802) 861-3030 |