Pet-friendly probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Vegas, but maybe it should be. In the city of North Las Vegas, found to the north and east of downtown Sin City, there are plenty of pet-friendly organizations and rescue groups working tirelessly to improve the lives of homeless animals.
The Animal Foundation is one of them. Founded in 1978, this non-profit organization runs the highest volume single-site animal shelter anywhere in the country. Last year alone it saved more than 20,000 animals, and this open-admission shelter welcomes animals of all shapes, sizes, breeds, and ages. Its mission is to save the lives of all healthy and treatable animals in the Las Vegas valley, and it relies heavily on community support to keep working towards that goal.
Las Vegas Valley Humane Society is another non-profit focused on improving the welfare of animals in the region. With a primary focus on stray and abandoned animals, this non-profit is a tireless advocate on behalf of all animals. It also rescues and rehabilitates stray and abandoned pets, especially those that are injured, and implements a variety of programs designed to reduce pet homelessness.
A Home 4 Spot Animal Rescue is also committed to helping dogs in need. Founded in 2009, this volunteer-based organization provides foster care and veterinary treatment to homeless dogs until they can be placed in permanent homes. It has saved more than 5,000 dogs from being euthanized and relies on the generosity of the wider community to continue saving lives.
Every November, pet lovers from all over Las Vegas and the surrounding areas get together to run or walk with their pooch and raise money for a good cause! Fast & Furriest is a 5k run or 1-mile walk designed to support the Animal Foundation, and it sees crowds of dog lovers and their pets pound the pavement to raise some much-needed funds. The course winds its way through Sunset Park and promises a relaxing stroll, but the real fun kicks off once the exercise has been completed. A fun family pet festival rolls through the morning and into the afternoon, featuring a huge vendor area, food trucks, a beer park, doggy activities, costume contests, and so much more. There’s so much to see and do, you probably won’t even know where to start!
Is your furry friend always the best dressed at Halloween? If so, why not enter her in the annual Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest, presented by The Animal Foundation at Downtown Summerlin’s Treat Street? For a $20 entrance fee, your dog gets a goody bag and the op-paw-tunity to compete in categories like funniest costume, owner/dog costume combination, and most creative costume. Its great fun for dogs, pet owners, and spectators alike, with plenty of awesome prizes on offer!
Dogtoberfest is an old-fashioned beer and brat party that’s always a hit with Vegas dog lovers. Held at Big Dog’s Brewing Company, this pet-acular annual event combines more than 45 craft brews with Wisconsin brats, Bavarian pretzels, live music, and much more! Best of all, you can bring your dog along to enjoy all the fun by your side, while $1 from each festival package purchased benefits the Animal Foundation. What better excuse could you want to wet your whistle?
Barksgiving Fest is a true highlight for Vegas dog lovers. Held each November to benefit the Animal Foundation, it promises an afternoon full of dog-friendly, festive fun for the whole family. It all takes place at Paradise Pub and is organized by BarkHappy Las Vegas, with plenty of doggy games and activities to keep tails wagging all day long! Highlights include a doggy pumpkin pie eating contest, fall photo station, free giveaways, and raffles. All friendly, well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to attend.
Are you always looking to buy the newest and best pet products for your furry friend? Do you love snapping up a bargain and getting the latest pet care information to help give your dog a happy and healthy life? If so, you’ll love the annual Vegas Pet Expo. This Fido-friendly weekend promises a huge range of pet product exhibitors, informative demonstrations, an adoption event, live entertainment, and a number of discounted pet services. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are honoured guests at the expo, so why not get ready to go bargain hunting with your pooch in tow?