Often called The City Beautiful, Orlando has fallen deep into puppy-lovin’, with many citizens being dog owners themselves. Most importantly, the city is packed with local charities and organizations that value pooches over everything. The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is the region’s oldest and largest animal welfare agency. Initially starting as the Humane Society in 1937, the organization emphasizes animal welfare over all other facets and has worked to engage the community and facilitate new ways for the region to help care for animals. Overall, they work to create a more caring community and promote happier, healthier pets and families!
Orlando is also home to Franklin’s Friends, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to supporting animal welfare in central Florida. Beginning in 2003, they’ve raised over $1,000,000 for animals in need and continue to fundraise for local nonprofits that are dedicated to sheltering pet in need, rescuing animals, and spay and neuter programs throughout the community.
Orlando knows the value of pup-involvement in their social scene, and they make sure that they include your barking buddy. As the fifth most dog-friendly city in the United States, Orlando pulls out all the stops to make sure their slobbery tourists are at ease and having fun, offering many different pup-themed or friendly events.
This doggone awesome event is run by the Canine Companions. Be a part of the tail-wagging action in Orlando! As a fundraising event, the Dog Fest Walk ‘n’ Roll encourages you and your ankle biter to take the opportunity to walk while you fundraise to help make it possible for Canine Companions to fund and support service dogs (free of charge!) to those who need them most
You can attend this annual event with your dog for free on November 11 at Lake Lily in Orlando. There’s no admission, but fundraising is more than encouraged – in fact, if you and your doggy-partner raise more than $250 for the cause, you can receive a special Dog Fest gift!
Fall into, well, Fall with your fur ball at the fourth-annual Franklin’s Friends Howl-o-ween Dog Walk-a-thon and Canine costume contest in October!
Dress up your best fur-end on October 28 and bring him down to the Secret Lake Park in Casselberry for a leisurely stroll, canine costume contest, adoptable pup showing, pet-friendly vendors, and a raffle draw! You and your pup will pay $25 at the door ($20 if you buy your tickets in advance!) but there’s a catch – if you raise more than $100 for this event, you and your dog’s admission is free!
All proceeds from this event will benefit Franklin’s Friends, a non-profit charity whose mission is to support Central Florida's animal welfare by raising money to spay and neuter stray animals in the area
If you’re seeking something fresh, outdoors, and Fido-friendly, look no further than the weekly farmer’s market in Maitland (about six miles north of downtown Orlando). This paw-some event goes down every Sunday, year-round, from 9 am until about 2 in the afternoon. With tons of vendors, local food, and lots of entertainment, it’s the perfect spot to browse around with your bowwow. You can even check out the Nice 2 Be Natural vendor selling natural, oven-baked treats for your pup (they even have gluten-free options). Admission for you – and your best bud -- is free!
The annual Paws in the Park festival has everyone's tails wagging! Every year, Central Florida's pet-lovers gather at Lake Eola in the heart of downtown to support the Pet Alliance’s mission to shelter, educate and place pets with compassionate owners. The event helps house and support over 8,000 homeless pets and gives participants and their pups the opportunity to win Disney Park hopper passes amongst other ter-ruff-ic prizes. More than that, you and your dog can roam with other pups all day long! Check out the pet-friendly activities around the lake, like adoptable dog zones, food trucks, bubble release, and much more.