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Frequently Asked Questions

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When and where is DHA’s 4th Annual Rubber Duck Race, and what does it cost?

The event will take place from 1 to 4 pm on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at the Brandywine Town Center Fountain, Concord Pike (Route 202) & Naaman's Road, Wilmington, DE 19803. This is a FREE event that is open to the public.

Race festivities will begin at 1 pm and include music from 93.7 WSTW with Master of Ceremonies Mike Rossi, a “Tail”gating party at Red Robin, contests and prizes from Camp Bow Wow, vendors, giveaways, facepainting, a moonbounce, photo opps with our mascot “Splash” and more!

The race will start around 2:30 pm when the ducks will be propelled across the Fountain. The first 5 ducks to reach the trap in succession will be plucked from the water and holders of the corresponding numbers will be awarded prizes!

All ducks adopted will be automatically registered for a chance to win $25,000 during our post-race Duck Pluck!

Who can “adopt” a duck?

Anyone! However, you must be at least 18 years old to adopt a duck.

I’m having problems using the online duck adoption page. What's up with that?
  • I get an error message after I enter my Lucky Duck Number and click the Verify button.

    You do not need to enter a Lucky Duck Number for online duck adoptions. If you see an error message, please clear the form field and skip to Part 2 and select a package.
  • I clicked on one of the adoption packages but nothing happened.

    Please enter a quantity for the package of your choice instead of clicking on the package.
  • I entered, removed or changed a quantity for one of the packages, but the total at the bottom doesn’t update.

    Please press your Tab key or click on any blank area of the page and the total will be updated.
Are they real ducks?

Since we do adopt out cats and dogs, we get this question a lot! No, the ducks available for adoption are rubber ducks.

Once I adopt a duck, do I get to keep it?

No. After you adopt your duck, we will work hard to train, coach, and make sure each one is ready for Race Day. After the race, all of the ducks will fly off to their next race somewhere in the United States.

Can I adopt ducks on Race Day?

To the extent we do not sell out, adoptions will continue until 2 pm.

Who is eligible to win a prize?

You must be at least 18 years old to claim a prize, and positive identification (i.e. driver’s license) is required. Members of the Board of Directors and employees of DHA and their immediate family members (those currently living in their households) are not eligible to win. Owners of companies involved in the event (providing prizes, sponsorships, media coverage, etc) are not eligible to win; however their employees are eligible to win prizes. Also, neither the person appointed by DHA to pull the winning ducks from the trap nor any relative of said person shall be eligible to win.

How are my ducks prepared to race?

A few days prior to the Rubber Duck Race, volunteers will place numbered tags on the bottom of every duck that will be in the race. The tags are waterproof labels beginning with a 7 digit number.

How does it work?

Everyone who adopts a duck, whether online, in the mail, at a local business or community event, or at the Rubber Duck Race itself, is entered into E-Quack, a database that stores all of the information on the Duck Race website. Next to your name in E-Quack is the number of ducks you have adopted. The tag range for the race is entered into E-Quack, and all the numbers are shuffled. Then, E-Quack automatically assigns the number of ducks you have adopted next to Tag Numbers. Thus, if you adopted 5 ducks, your name will be placed next to 5 different Tag Numbers.

What is my tag number?

Tag numbers are automatically and randomly assigned by computer. We want to make sure that no duck is taking steroids and the race is not fixed, so to ensure the integrity of the race, tag numbers are never given out. However, rest assured that all of the ducks you have adopted will be in the water.

What is a Lucky Duck Number?

Lucky Duck Numbers are pre-printed numbers on the Rubber Duck Race brochures. They do not match the numbers on the ducks, and therefore do not represent your winning number. Their main purpose is to help track the progress of teams through the Duck Race website when a presenting organization chooses to use teams.

Do I need a Lucky Duck Number to adopt a duck?

YOU DO NOT NEED A LUCKY DUCK NUMBER TO ADOPT A DUCK! The E-Quack database will track the name and pertinent information for all entrants, and automatically assign tag numbers to every duck purchased. If you received a brochure with a Lucky Duck Number on it, you may keep that number for your records. Online entries do not require a Lucky Duck Number to be entered, nor will one be assigned to online entries.

I lost my Lucky Duck Number… help!

Not to worry! Once your information has been recorded in the E-Quack database, you are safely entered and we can find you. The Lucky Duck Numbers are only pertinent for tracking teams through E-Quack.

What if you have tagged all the ducks, but not all of them are adopted?

All the ducks will be put in the water to race. In the event that a duck that has not been adopted winds up in the winner’s trap, it will be discarded and the next duck in line will be picked as the winner. Ducks can be adopted until shortly before the race begins (if there are still ducks available), so please help us make sure that none of the ducks go swimming without an owner to cheer them on!

Do I need to be present to win?

No, the winner does not need to be present to win, but you are welcome to join us for the race!

How will I know if my duck wins?

We will contact you using the information you provided with your duck adoption. You do not need to be present to win.

I’d like to create a fundraising team to support this event... how do I get started?

Teams are a fantastic idea, and we appreciate your enthusiasm! We wholeheartedly encourage you to form one, and let the competition begin! Get your coworkers, family or friends together and offer an incentive to the team member who gets the most ducks adopted!

What is the benefit of being on a team?

There is no particular advantage to being on a team; it will not increase your odds of winning—only duck adoptions can do that! However, it is a fun way for people to fundraise together and support DHA by promoting duck adoptions.

How do I sign my team up?

Click the "Teams" link at the top right of this website, then click the button on the right of the following page that says "Start a Team". Once we receive your request, we'll be in touch to get you set up!

Is my duck adoption tax deductible?

Unfortunately, duck adoptions are not eligible for tax deduction. Please consult with your tax adviser.

Who does the event benefit?

All proceeds from the Rubber Duck Race benefit Delaware Humane Association (DHA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located at 701 A Street in Wilmington, DE. DHA is a nonprofit no kill animal care and adoption center providing for the needs of homeless and owned dogs and cats in Delaware and the surrounding region. We offer temporary shelter, low cost spay/neuter services and vaccination clinics, humane education programs and adoption/placement services. Learn more about DHA at delawarehumane.org and follow us on Facebook at facebook/delawarehumane.

How do I contact someone at DHA if I have questions or issues that are not answered here?

Please contact us by emailing events@delawarehumane.org or calling (302) 571-8171 ext. 301.