West Columbia Gorge Humane Society (WCGHS) welcomes local animal welfare celebrity, Amanda Giese, founder of Panda Paws Rescue and star of Animal Planet’s “Amanda to the Rescue,” as grand marshal of its popular event “Hike on the Dike,” scheduled for June 8.

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The West Columbia Gorge Humane Society (WCGHS) invites the community and animal lovers everywhere to take a “hike” on the scenic Columbia River dike to help support its work to take in, care for and re-home homeless pets in the Camas-Washougal community.

The “Hike on the Dike” 5K Walk and Festival will be held Saturday, June 8 at the Pendleton Woolen Mills parking lot, 2 Pendleton Way, Washougal. Dogs on leashes are welcome to join their families for the walk and for the fun!

Registration for the walk is $25 and includes an event T-shirt and goodie bag filled with treats for pets and people.  Walkers are encouraged to register in advance online at www.wcghs.org by May 20 to guarantee a T-shirt and goodie bag. On-site registration will open at 9 a.m. the day of the event. 

The “Hike on the Dike” festivities kick off with the start of the “hike” at 10 a.m.  Walkers and patrons to the event also will enjoy a variety of food, craft and product vendors; a dog agility course; a dog training demonstration by local dog trainer, Katie High; a police K-9 demonstration by the local police department; games for kids and pets; music and more.

Grand marshaling the event is WCGHS partner and local animal welfare celebrity, Amanda Giese! Amanda is the founder of Panda Paws Rescue and star of Animal Planet’s “Amanda to the Rescue.”  

As the official grand marshal, she will act as leader of the pack for the start of the walk.

“Amanda is passionate about animals and excited to help West Columbia Gorge Humane Society raise money to help animals in our community, especially the ones that are more medically needy,” said Micki Simeone, WCGHS board president.

“We are honored to partner with Panda Paws Rescue and elated to have Amanda join us for such a special event.”

WCGHS helps more than 700 homeless cats and dogs find their way home, or find loving new homes each year.  It operates a cat and dog shelter and offers a variety of programs and services to support pets, and their people, throughout the community.

WCGHS’ primary financial support comes from individual and corporate donations, adoption fees, grants, sponsorships and events such as “Hike on the Dike.”

“Hike on the Dike” partners and sponsors include City of Washougal, The Port of Camas-Washougal, Clark County, Washougal Business Association, Pendleton Woolen Mills, Dick Hannah Dealerships, MudBay, Riverview Community Bank and McKinley Irvin Family Law.

WCGHS is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. For event sponsorship/vendor information, or to donate, email info@wcghs.org or visit www.wcghs.org


  • Occurs Saturday, June 8th, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm


Pendleton Woolen Mills Parking Lot

2 Pendleton Way
Washougal, WA 98671


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