When canines in Cockrell Hill, Texas, fall on tough times, there’s no shortage of dedicated and passionate animal welfare groups ready to come to the rescue.
The SPCA of Texas is one of those groups. This North Texas animal welfare agency operates two shelters and three spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and also runs a range of programs and services to educate the wider community about bringing people and animals together. The organization’s roots date back to the late 19th century, and over the years this non-profit has helped thousands of animals in need find better lives.
The SPCA of Texas does not receive any government funding and is not affiliated with any other national humane organization. As a result, it relies on generous donations and the hard work of volunteers to be able to continue helping animals in need.
Dallas Pets Alive! is another paw-some local animal rescue and welfare group. With a mission to eliminate the killing of companion animals, this North Texas group is run mostly by volunteers. Its main focus is on rescuing the healthy and treatable pets that would otherwise be euthanized by Dallas Animal Services, and its rescue program is targeted at saving the lives of those animals that have already been overlooked by other rescue groups.
With no shelter facility of its own, Dallas Pets Alive! houses its rescue pets with dedicated foster families throughout North Texas. Living in these loving homes ensures that these pets receive the care they need to one day move into a permanent home with a responsible owner.
Love dogs? Hate animal cruelty? Want to raise funds to help the SPCA of Texas eliminate animal cruelty? If you answered yes to these three questions, it’s time to strut your mutt! Strut Your Mutt is a paw-pular annual fundraiser for the SPCA of Texas and features a 5K timed run ($40) or 3K fun run/walk ($35). Held at Trinity Groves/Continental Bridge, this family-friendly event sees animal lovers and dogs of all shapes and sizes come together to have some fun and raise some much-needed funds. There’s plenty of games and activities to enjoy on the day, not to mention the chance to meet other like-minded animal lovers, so why not check it out with your furry friend?
Ever wondered what it would be like to see hundreds of cute and cuddly Pugs parading in adorable Halloween costumes? Well, now you can find out! Pug-O-Ween is an annual fundraiser for DFW Pug Rescue Club, a local non-profit that’s been helping unwanted, mistreated, or homeless pugs since 1996. Held for more than 20 years, this woof-tastic event features a Halloween costume contest for Pugs at the Grapevine Convention Center. There are grrr-eat prizes across several categories, as well as food trucks, a silent auction, a bake sale, product vendors, and much more. It’s spine-tingling, blood-curdling, and downright adorable fun for any dog lover!
If you want to immerse yourself in the wonderful world of pets and access the latest products and pet care advice for your furry friend, the Dallas Pet Expo is the place to go! Held at Dallas Market Hall, this free event features a wide range of exhibitors selling a huge range of pet products and supplies, as well as providing advice and demonstrations on how you can better care for your pooch. Other highlights include discounted vaccinations, free nail trims, pet adoptions, live entertainment, dog obedience demonstrations, and heaps of paw-some giveaways. And the best part of all? Leashed, vaccinated pets are more than welcome to come along with you and join in the fun!
Looking to take your dog somewhere a little bigger and more extravagant than your local dog park? If so, Dog Bowl at the Cotton Bowl is the paw-fect event for you! This woof-tastic annual event turns the legendary Cotton Bowl Stadium at Fair Park into a super-sized, off-leash dog park. You and your pooch can take to this historic football field with canines of all shapes and sizes to play, socialize, and generally have a grrr-eat time! There are water stations and “dip and sip” splash bowls to help your pooch stay cool, as well as beer and plenty of other refreshments for the humans. There are also pet product vendors on site if you feel like hunting down a bargain for your furry friend.
The North Texas Irish Festival is a big, bold, and loud celebration of the traditions and heritage of Dallas’ Irish community. Whether you’re looking to sample delicious whiskey, tuck into some traditional Irish cuisine, listen to live entertainment from Celtic folk singers, or even watch sheep herding in action, you can do it all at this family-friendly, March event. The festival promises a weekend full of Irish-themed fun and games in Fair Park, but the best part of all is that this is a pet-friendly event! On-leash, well-behaved dogs are welcome to attend, with organisers requesting that owners make a $1 per pet donation to the SPCA of Texas.