For dog lovers, the fact that every pet deserves a loving home is a universal truth. Luckily for the pets of Jersey City, there are plenty of animal rescue groups and welfare organizations that share this belief.
Liberty Humane Society is one of them. This open-admission shelter cares for, treats, and finds homes for thousands of unwanted and abused animals every year. With a mission to help animals in need find lifelong, loving homes, the society also offers a number of programs and support services to ensure that fewer dogs end up homeless.
See Spot Rescued also devotes its efforts to helping homeless pets. Based in Jersey City and New York City, this non-profit has a sole purpose: to find a loving, permanent home for each and every homeless dog. It rescues dogs of all breeds, sizes, and ages, and then matches them with owners who are willing and able to give them the care they need.
Final Hope Rescue and Sanctuary is yet another of the area’s rescue groups deserving of your support. With an aim to help New Jersey’s abandoned and neglected dogs and cats, Final Hope is volunteer-run and relies entirely on donations. It provides the temporary shelter, medical care, and socialization homeless animals need, and then takes action to help the find loving and secure homes.
It's the biggest pet festival in Hudson County, Liberty Humane Society’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and a fun day out for the whole family (including your dog) — welcome to Bark in the Park! Held in Church Square Park, Hoboken, this wonderful festival sees huge crowds gather together to celebrate the hard work of Liberty Humane Society and all things pets. There’s a costume contest for dapper doggos, a free bounce house and balloon art for kids, as well as heaps of pet-friendly products from a variety of vendors. Of course, there are also stacks of food vendors and trucks ready to handle your every craving, so get your pooch ready for an exciting day out!
Looking for a paw-some event to help you and your dog get out and about this summer? Well, Liberty Harbor’s Dog Days of Summer Dog Fest is just what you need. This festival is basically a jam-packed June afternoon featuring all sorts of dog-friendly fun. There are heaps of games for furry friends, like bobbing for tennis balls, an agility course, and snack catch. Your pooch can even enjoy some puppy frozen yogurt if she so desires, or get her picture taken in the doggie photo booth. And with a beer garden serving refreshments, you and your dog will both go home with full bellies and smiles on your faces.
Want to experience the best Jersey City has to offer and do it all with your dog by your side? Head on down to the All About Downtown Street Fair, a September staple on the city’s cultural calendar. First held in 2011, this bustling, vibrant festival draws tens of thousands of visitors to Jersey City’s downtown corridor. At the fair, you can find vendors selling food, drink, jewelry, artwork, and just about anything else you can imagine! Add in heaps of live entertainment and activities, not to mention the fact that well-behaved dogs are welcome, and this festival becomes a must-see.
One of the great joys of Halloween is getting your furriest family member dressed up in her Halloween finest. And at Jersey City’s annual Halloween Pet Parade, your fur-kid can show off her paw-some outfit to a crowd of adoring onlookers. Held at Hamilton Park, this is a howlingly-good, family-friendly event where the focus is entirely on the fun! You can indulge in some dog watching as you check out all the canine costumes on offer, and you and your pet are sure to meet some new friends along the way.
Enjoy a stack of dog-friendly activities with your pet and raise money for local pet rescue groups at the same time at Camp Bow Wow’s Give a Fetch. Held in September in Paramus, New Jersey, this weekend of doggy delights features plenty of attractions sure to get tails wagging, including treats for dogs and humans, pet products from a range of vendors, doggy caricature drawings, and a game of fetch that gives you the chance to win a free year of Camp Bow Wow services!