A quaint, medium-sized town just a bit north of big Central Florida cities like Orlando and Kissimmee, Ocala, Florida has gained a reputation as the horse capital of the United States. While this city is mostly horse-friendly, it's also building an appreciation for pups, too!
Much of this growing adoration for pooches is due to the humane society, shelters, and dog organizations in Ocala and the surrounding areas. One of the most popular shelters is the Marion County Humane Society. A no-kill, non-profit shelter, the Marion County Humane Society was established to prevent cruelty, suffering, and overpopulation of animals through education, housing, and financial support.
Another organization, the SPCA of Ocala (located just a city over in Anthony) is a non-profit organization that's dedicated to providing a safe-haven for animals in Central Florida. Focusing on rehoming and compassion, this shelter will house, foster, and take care of animals until a permanent, responsible home is located.
If you're in the area and looking for a fur-buddy of your own, why not pop into either of these establishments?
The event is put on by the University of Florida's Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association. It includes a 5k race, a one-mile fun run, a raffle, contests, prizes, and more! Make sure you leash your pup for the run, and don't forget to hang around after for the Drool and Ghoul Costume Contest. You and your dressed-up pup could win even more prizes!