Virtual Pet Parade

2021 Beads of Courage 1st Annual Virtual Pet Parade Event

Your pet can be a courage companion!

Why? May 2-8th is National Pet Week and we want to celebrate with a Virtual Pet Parade!

Pets are nature’s perfect companions, and we want to share your pet’s adventures with kids we support though Beads of Courage.

$20 per pet to register in our Virtual Pet Parade.

What you receive:

  • Custom Beads of Courage Carry a Bead kit
  • Beads of Courage Pet Parade Bandana for you or your pet – you can share we know you both will look cute wearing it! 🙂

How to participate:

Register your Pet to Participate HERE 

What you will do:

You will receive a Beads of Courage Carry a Bead: Pet Edition kit as part of your participation in the parade. We hope your pet will wear the matching beads during a walk, hike, swim, or whatever fun adventure you can both enjoy in the next couple weeks. Take pictures and even video of your pet proudly wearing their shiny new beads.

Share photos of your pet with us to include in our Pet Parade in one of three ways:

  1. Text CAB to 520.366.3431 where you will receive a form to upload photos easily
  2. Email photos to
  3. Post to Facebook on our Pet Parade Event page #petswithbeads

Once your pet Carry a Bead experience is complete, you will mail one of the two beads back to Beads of Courage. The bead you return packaged with your complete story card “written by your pet” will be given to a child or teen who receives Beads of Courage on a tough treatment day.

When: The Beads of Courage Virtual Pet Parade will be livestreamed on May 8th 2:00 pm MST/5:00 pm EDT showcasing all submitted photos of pets participating in our Pet Carry a Bead Program! All registered pet owners will receive an invitation by email and we will invite all Beads of Courage member children and families to attend.

Note: In order to be included in our virtual pet parade Beads of Courage must receive your registration and photo of your pet on or before May 7th.

Pictures submitted prior to May 8th will be included in our Virtual Pet Parade. Community members will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite pet images. There will be honorary awards for the top 5 pets who receive the most votes at our Virtual Pet Parade on May 8th virtually livestreamed from 2-3:00 pm MST/5-6:00 pm EDT or Facebook “likes” leading up to the event.


Celebrate National Pet Week® May 2-8, 2021 with Beads of Courage!

National Pet Week® celebrates the pets that enrich our lives and encourages responsible pet care every day of the year. Created by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Auxiliary to the AVMA in 1981, it is observed during the first full week of May each year.

Whether companion, comedian, confidant, or protector, our pets are always there for us. National Pet Week® celebrates this bond and encourages pet owners to be certain to provide their best friends with everything needed for a happy, healthy life. Veterinarians, veterinary technicians, school groups, and communities host a variety of fun and informative events throughout the week.

Learn more about National Pet Week at:

“My name is Linda and I’m a proud supporter of the Beads of Courage program.  Every child and his or her family going through a major health crisis can be overwhelmed with so many difficult emotions!  I hope the beads I carry will offer some support and compassion and become a part of their healing process.  The beads help the children or their families tell their story, and telling their story offers healing!  I always do my “carry beads” with one of my best friends… Elsie.  Elsie and I love to spend time outdoors and we go on lots of walks together.  Elsie always seems happy which makes her a great companion for sharing in my role with Beads of Courage.  She is full of love, is always willing to go on an adventure, is happy having her photo taken (for a treat of course), and wags her tail a lot when she meets other people!  Yes, Elsie is my beloved pooch.  Time spent with her while also supporting the Beads of Courage program is a win-win in my book (and in Elsie’s too… it usually means a fun time and a treat)!”                             

LC and Elsie