Southwestern Missouri is not known for having a large homeless animal population, but there are a surprising number of animals in the area that are looking for new, permanent homes. These animals often end up in local shelters while they wait to find new families. Two of these shelters are the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri and Castaway Animals Rescue Effort.
The Humane Society of Southwest Missouri is a non-profit organization licensed by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The organization is the only open-admission humane society in southwest Missouri, which means that there is no limit to the number of animals the organization takes in at any given time. No animals are rejected due to illness, injury or other problem. All funding comes from private donations and adoption fees. The main goal of the organization is to prevent the suffering of animals, and they work toward a solution by bringing homeless animals in off the streets and providing all necessary care for them until they can find a new home.
Castaway Animals Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to preventing cruelty to animals. Since its establishment in 1992, C.A.R.E. has saved more than 20,000 creatures and has become the largest no-kill shelter in southwest Missouri. With an adoption center in Springfield and a sanctuary in Aurora for animals who need time to recover or go through training before being ready for adoption. The organization rescue around 1,000 animals a year, and relies on donations from the public to do so.
The Mutt March and Woofstock event takes place in Springfield each May. The main event is a 5k walk or run that costs $20 to participate in if you pre-register. Late registration brings the price to $30 per person. Registration also includes a t-shirt.
During the event, there will also be a dog festival, which you and your pooch will love! There will be contests, live music, pet vendors, a silent auction, and all kinds of other dogs, including some looking for new homes.
There will also be food trucks and a dog run area that allows for some off-leash play time!
Each September, head over to Chesterfield Park for a fun day with Cruse Dog Park and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board during DogFest! The DogFest event runs from 10 am to 2:30 pm and is free to attend!
DogFest features fun skills and training demonstrations. You can also speak to local veterinarians for advice on dog ownership! Catch the doggy fashion show for a truly memorable experience. There will also be pet vendors at the event with all kinds of dog-related products and services available. If you are looking to add a dog to your home, there will be adoptable pets at the event looking for new families.
The Fast and The Furriest Race is one of the most exciting dog events in the Springfield area. This event consists of two different races: The Human 5k and the Human & Dog 5k. If you want your dog to participate, sign up for the Human & Dog race, which begins at 8 am on race day!
Races start on in Ewing Park on Scenic Avenue in Springfield. Registration fees will be released closer to the event date, and those who register will be guaranteed a t-shirt in their size on the day of the event. Part of the proceeds goes to Rescue One, a local no-kill shelter.
Halloween is one of the most fun times of the year, and your dog wants to join you in your celebrations! Every October, your pooch can join in on the fun at the Pets and Pumpkins Festival. Bring your pup down to the Historic Commercial Street for trick-or-treating, games, and more! Children will love the hay-maze, inflatables, and games, too.
There will also be food and music throughout the event, as well as a Halloween Parade! The parade starts at 3:15 pm and both children and dogs will love the attention they get as they show off their Halloween costumes.
The event costs $2 per person or dog. All attendees are given a wrist or collar band that grants access to all activities at no additional cost.
This February, Virtual Run Events is hosting a virtual 5k or 10k race to celebrate Love Your Pet Day on February 20! The funds from the race will go to Petsmart Charities, an organization that is dedicated to ending pet homelessness in the United States. To participate in this event, you just need to sign up, choose your own course, and get out there and run with your dog! You track your own time and report it back to Virtual Run Events.
To participate in the Love Your Pet Day run, you will need to register. Registration costs $18 per United States resident or $28 for those located outside of the US.