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The oldest and largest no-kill shelter in Arizona, the Arizona Animal Welfare League, has been a cornerstone in the animal community since its founding by television personality, Amanda Blake, in the 1970s.  They provide a number of services to the community including training classes, low cost veterinary services, and conservation courses for local school age children.  And for those with children interested in a veterinary career, AAWL offers an onsite junior training program.  With a robust network of foster families and volunteers, AAWL works to find forever homes for thousands of dogs and cats each year.


Having saved 60,000 pets since its founding in 1994, Helping Animals Live On Rescue (HALO) is a no-kill shelter with adoption locations spanning from Phoenix to Scottsdale.  HALO Rescue serves not only as a local advocate for abandoned animals, but takes political stances on national issues like dog fighting and breed targeting legislation.  HALO’s transparency about their donations make their community fundraising events and adoptee reunions all the better to attend.


If you’re a fan of the small pooches, have we got a place for you.  The Arizona Small Dog Rescue is a no-kill shelter focused on finding homes for dogs under 50 pounds, particularly those surrendered willfully.  As a non-profit organization, Arizona Small Dog Rescue hosts several community events to raise funds.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Phoenix

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    Duration 9:00-1:00

    #1 Strut Your Mutt

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    Coming to Phoenix’s Caesar Chavez Park each Fall, Strut Your Mutt is a touring dog walk event series to raise funds for Best Friends: Save Them All, which provides sanctuary to homeless dogs across the country.  The event features a number of local partners and vendors for you and your pup to enjoy.  Put on your best walking shoes and grab your nicest leash - register today!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 10:00-4:00

    #2 Doggie Street Festival

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    Who doesn’t love a good street festival?  Each winter at Steele Indian School Park, the Doggie Street Festival comes to town.  Treat your dog to goodies and toys from local vendors while you enjoy great food and drinks.  Drop the kids off at the kid’s craft area while you interact with many of the free pet professional consultation booths ranging from experts in agility training to groomers.  Entry to the festival is free, and the festival plays host to several charitable adoption events.
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  • Admission $30.00
    Duration 5:00-8:30

    #3 Beers, Brats and Best Friends Oktoberfest

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    Calling all beer aficionados - the Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) hosts an annual Oktoberfest event at the pet-friendly O.S.H.O. Eatery.  Not only can you purchase all of the classic German favorites to snack on, attendees have access to beers brewed exclusively for this event.  And even if you do not win anything in the silent auction, the first one hundred ticket holders walk away with a goodie bag for Fido.  Tickets start at $30 per person and proceeds go to AAWL.
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  • Admission $4.00
    Duration 8:00-2:00

    #4 Dog's Day in the Garden

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    Held at the Desert Botanical Garden several times a year, you can bring your furry friends into the gardens for $4 a dog.  With activities like dog yoga and shopping in the Barketplace, Dog’s Day in the Garden is sure to bring new sights and smells for both you and your pooch to explore. Proceeds benefit the Arizona Humane Society.
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  • Admission $10.00
    Duration 8:00-2:00

    #5 Furry Friends Fine Arts Festival

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    With the arrival of Autumn comes the Furry Friends Fine Arts Festival at the Shemer Arts Center, which showcases an exhibit of all things related to pets done by local artists. There will be vendors, animal service providers, and pet-friendly businesses for guests to shop with and learn about.  At $10 per group entering and dogs coming along for free, it’s bargain fun for the whole family.



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