The resort city of Virginia Beach boasts plenty of dog-friendly accommodation options and miles of beautiful beaches, some of which welcome canines for off-leash fun! And while it’s best known as a vacation destination, Virginia Beach is also a great place to live for dog-lovers and their furry friends.
Whenever there are dogs in need of help in the Virginia Beach area, they can always rely on one of a number of excellent animal welfare organizations to provide assistance. Virginia Beach SPCA is just one of those groups. With a mission to create a more humane and responsible community by eliminating animal suffering, it provides care and shelter to more than 4,000 companion animals each year. Through a foster network, a team of dedicated volunteers, an education program, and the provision of spay and neuter services, Virginia Beach SPCA is attacking the pet homelessness problem on multiple fronts.
Hope for Life Rescue Center also saves Virginia Beach pets in need. Founded in 2002, this pro-life organization is committed to rescuing abandoned, abused, neglected, and left-behind street animals, giving them the care they need and then placing them in loving homes. The Hope for Life Rescue Center is a 1,800-square-foot urban sanctuary for rescued pets. It’s open seven days a week, so pop in and say hello if you’re looking for a new fur-ever friend!
Want to get some exercise with your active pooch? What if you could support Virginia Beach SPCA at the same time? If this sounds like a great day out, register now for the VBSPCA Mutt Masquerade! Held in October, this 5K run or 1-mile walk is open to dogs and owners of all shapes and sizes who want to show their support for this grrr-eat animal welfare organization. Costumes are encouraged - especially those with a Howl-o-ween theme, and prizes are awarded on the day. There’s also a vendor village and heaps of games in Kids’ Corner, so the whole family can enjoy hours of entertainment!
Run to benefit Chesapeake Humane Society, the annual Bark in the Park fundraiser features a weekend full of dog-friendly fun, games, and activities. It all kicks off on Saturday with a 5K Doggy Dash and 1-mile Puppy Trot, which sees crowds of dogs and their humans getting active and having a good time! Then, on Sunday, Chesapeake City Park hosts the always-popular Family Fun Fest all afternoon long. Highlights include the Radar Run, canine demonstrations and contests, a variety of vendors, food trucks, live entertainment, and heaps more! It’s a pet-acular day out and a mutts-do for any animal lover.
Paw-some pet products, doggy demonstrations, animal contests, and much more — the Virginia Beach Pet Expo always offers plenty for dogs and their human companions! Held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, the expo promises a howling good time for the whole family. There are pet talent and costume contests, pooch spa treatments, delicious treats to sample, and fun doggy sports to try. You can also meet top trainers, learn some pet care tips from animal welfare organizations, and shop for pet products from a wide range of vendors. To top it off, you can do it all with your pooch in tow!
Looking for a fun, sociable afternoon out with your dog? Pints for Pups is the paw-fect solution! Held in November to benefit Virginia Beach SPCA, this dog-friendly event takes place at Commonwealth Brewing Company in Virginia Beach. The $20 admission fee entitles you to an afternoon of grrr-eat craft beer, delicious food, live music, giveaways, and a whole lot more! All proceeds benefit the homeless animals cared for by the Virginia Beach SPCA, and friendly dogs on their best behaviour are welcome to attend.
If you’re looking to spend a fun afternoon in the sun with your canine companion, head over to Williamsburg for the annual Canine Carnival. Hosted by the Williamsburg Parks & Recreation Department, this family-friendly pet event promises a relaxed afternoon celebrating our four-legged friends. With your pooch by your side, you can check out some woof-tastic doggy demonstrations and contests, plus browse products from a wide variety of vendors. Highlights include the radar run, costume contest, owner/dog look-alike competition, and the ridiculously cute wiener dog races. The carnival takes place at Waller Mill Dog Park, so pack up your pooch and join in the fun!