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Frequently Asked Questions

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How do my ducks get in the water?

Let’s Tag! A few days prior to the Tired Dog Rescue Duck Derby, volunteers will place numbered tags on the bottom of every duck that will be in the Derby - which is 5,000! The tags are waterproof labels beginning with a 7 digit number and ending with a 7 digit number.

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How does it work?

Everyone who adopts a duck, whether online, in the mail, at a Tired Dog Rescue Duck Derby booth or in a sponsoring business is entered into what we call E-Quack, a database that stores all of the information. Next to your name in E-Quack is the number of ducks you have adopted. The tag range is entered into E-Quack and all the numbers are shuffled up. 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. Rest assured, however, that all of the ducks you have adopted will be in the water.

What if you have 4,000 Adopted Ducks but you have 5,000 Tagged Ducks?

If all our ducks have not been adopted by Derby Day, it means that a lucky adopter can still adopt up to an hour prior to the Derby. Their names will be placed at random into the mix, next to a number that does not already have a name by it. Anyone can adopt until an hour before the race begins, as long as the Derby is not sold out.

What time is the Tired Dog Rescue Duck Derby and is there an admission fee?

The Tired Dog Rescue Duck Derby is free and open to the public. All kinds of family fun will start on Saturday, May 5th starting at 10 am, the race begins around 5:30 PM at Gulf Islands Waterpark in Gulfport, Mississippi. There will be kid’s activities, and food available for purchase from the establishment. There will be an amazing Silent Auction. music and tons of vendor booths for you to shop. For each duck you adopt the day of the race you will receive a discount for one person to use the waterpark entrance to use the waterpark will be discounted from $33.00 to 9.99 plus tax. Then At race time, the ducks will be launched into the lazy river and the first 5 ducks to cross the finish line will win amazing prizes!

How will I know if my duck wins?

Tired Dog Rescue will contact you using the information you provided with your duck adoption. You do not need to be present to win, but we want you there to enjoy all the fun that day.

Are they real ducks or rubber ducks?

Rubber ducks, silly!

Who can adopt a duck?

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

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

No. After you adopt your duck, Tired Dog Rescue will work hard to train, coach, and make sure each one is ready for Derby Day. After the Derby, all of the ducks will fly off to their next race somewhere in the U.S.

Do I need to be present to win?

No, the winner does not need to be present to win. We do hope you will join us for the festivities though!

Can I adopt ducks on Duck Derby Day?

If all of our 5,000 ducks have not been adopted as of Friday night May 4th, the remaining ducks will be available for adoption Saturday until one hour prior to the start of the race at a booth set up at Gulf Islands waterpark in Gulfport, Mississippi.

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

Please contact us by emailing or with any questions you may have about our Duck Derby.

Who does the Tired Dog Rescue Duck Derby benefit?

All proceeds from the Tired Dog Rescue Duck Derby benefit Tired Dog Rescue, a 501(c)(3) charity, a nonprofit organization who works with foster families to get dogs adopted in permanent homes. We are 100% volunteer based and none of our volunteers are paid. Please visit us at: and Facebook at