With a rich Native American history, Juneau is sacred land to several tribes. This capital city has been a hub for mining and trade industries since the European settlement its absorption into the United States. Juneau’s close proximity to the sea brings a large cruise ship industry that stops in to see the sights. While residents are not hard at work in this bustling town, they are spending time enriching the lives of their own canines, and those of others too!
Southeast Alaska Organization for Animals (SOFA) is dedicated to providing rescue and adoption while also providing low-cost vaccination and sterilization services. They also provide supplementary structural support to other unofficial local bodies seeking to preserve the dignity and rehabilitation of animals in need. With adoption events happening every week, SOFA hosts a slew of fundraising and community information events to support their mission against animal homelessness.
Although they are contracted by animal control, the Gastineau Humane Society stays true to its private nonprofit roots. In addition to their adoption and rescue services, GHS also has facilities for boarding, training, grooming, and doggy daycare. They host a number of community events like wine-tastings and silent auctions, and put out a beloved pet calendar each year. GHS also looks to provide children in the community with a space to gain meaningful volunteer work experience and animal education opportunities.
With SOFA and GHS being the two shelter powerhouses in Juneau, the Southeast Alaska Dogs Organized for Ground Search (SEADOGS) exists as a nonprofit dedicated to training dogs for search and rescue missions. Working closely with the authorities to provide services for rescue missions, SEADOGS play a critical role in the community’s S&R task force. Operating on donations and partnerships with local entities, SEADOGS provides local dog owners with the opportunity to have their pooch certified to save lives.
In celebration of National Dog Day, the Day of the Dog Run has both a 5K or 10K option for you and your four-legged friend. The best part about this race? It can be completed anytime, anywhere. You choose your course, and report your time to Day of the Dog to receive your medal. A percentage of proceeds go towards Freedom Service Dogs for America, which provides discounted service dogs to those in need.
Hosted by the Dodge County Humane Society at their quarters in November, Holiday Pet Photos are available for dogs and cats both large and small. Participants receive a 5x7 portrait of their pooch with Santa. Holiday greeting cards just got pawsitively adorable! Feel free to stay afterwards and enjoy goodies at the humane society's open house.
Share a once in a lifetime experience with your very best friend with Orca Eco Tours. Set seas on the breathtaking Auke Bay to try and spot one of nature’s most majestic creatures: the orca whale. For no extra fee, bring along your pup (with a lifejacket, of course) on a classic Alaska outing. You think you’ll be amazed by a whale, just imagine the look on Fido’s face!
Bring the kids and the dogs trick or treating at Dandy Dog Daycare’s Yappy Halloween event each October. With spooky treats and cider for purchase, do some shopping for the holiday season from the vendors available. And while the dogs are having fun in the play area, guests can participate in a raffle. A contest hosted by Southeast Alaska Organization for Animals (SOFA) offers prizes to the very best doggy costume, with all proceeds benefiting the organization.