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Scottsdale, Arizona is a hot spot for pet lovers. With a variety of events in and around Scottsdale, there is certainly plenty for our four-legged buddies and their families to do, as well as several temporary placements for those who are still looking for a home.

For example, Foothills Animal Rescue has been taking in homeless pets for over twenty years.  Located in Scottsdale, the rescue takes in dogs and cats who've fallen on hard times.  A host of dedicated staff members works together to provide emergency medical care, food, water, and rehabilitation measures to the furry residents of the rescue. A fully working boutique exists to help support the rescue, while donations are always welcomed as well.  Rehoming dozens of pets each year, the center is a shining example of how much the people of Scottsdale care about animals.

Another great location where you can find animals that need loving homes is the Coalition of All Breed Rescue.  This group focuses on educating the public about the positive and negative behaviors of different breeds while finding homes for every possible dog they help to support. This organization makes every possible effort to remove recognized breeds from shelters that do not support a "no kill" policy, as well as taking in mixed breeds.  Volunteers, staff, and approved foster homes house the animals during rehabilitation and while finding these lovely furbabies their new furever homes.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Scottsdale

  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 7 a.m. - TBD

    #1 12k's of Christmas

    The 12k's of Christmas is Arizona's largest run, walk, and wag event, inviting everyone to participate in supporting the many animal rescue organizations in Arizona. Visitors are encouraged to come out in costume and participate in the many mini-events as well, some of which offer interesting prizes to the winners.  

    The event offers a variety of distance options in order to include those families and pets who are unable to meet such a lengthy run/walk and there are plenty of great vendors along the way to make the event really enjoyable.  Be sure to come out and walk, run, or wag your way to the finish line in support of the furbabies in need!

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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    #2 Santa Paws

    Hosted by White GSD Rescue, Santa Paws is held in the Doggie District of Phoenix, Arizona. Make sure you and your four-legged friend come out and get pictures with Santa while enjoying some free food and drinks. There will be plenty of raffles and other mini-events to enjoy while spending some great time with your furbaby for the holidays. The event is also child-friendly, so don't forget to bring your actual babies along!
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  • Admission $5.00
    Duration 10 AM - 5 PM

    #3 Phoenix Pet Expo

    If you've never been to a Pet Expo before, you should check out the Phoenix Pet Expo.  There will be vendors from end-to-end that offer some of the most interesting, tasty, and pawsitively fun products and services you can imagine.  In addition, there will be several mini-events to attend within the Expo that you and your furbaby will enjoy.

    Also, if you have a furbaby in need of a spay or neuter, there will be some wonderful providers present offering discounted services to ensure a healthy and happy life for your furry pal. Be sure to take part in the many great attractions at this event, as it is scheduled to be a pawsilutely outstanding time for everyone!

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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 7:45 a.m. - TBD

    #4 Goin to the Dogs Howl-o-ween 5k Run/Walk/Wag

    Howloween is the perfect time of year to get out there with your furbabies and enjoy the crisp fall air.  This pup-tacular 5k event is designed to let your furbabies show off their Howloween spirit while enjoying a long walk/run with their people.

    There will be plenty of mini-events for both two-leggers and four-leggers to enjoy, including a great costume contest and prizes for each run/walk event.  Pad on down to Papago Park in Tempe, Arizona and choose the run/walk/wag event you wish to join, then team up with your furry pal and have fun! There will be run/walk options for single entries, kids, and even teams!

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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    #5 Dogs' Day in the Garden

    It's time to head to the Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona and enjoy a day that has truly gone to the dogs. Admission will be the standard Gardens admission plus $4 per dog and dogs must be leashed at all times for this event.

    Don't forget to check out the Doga (Doggie Yoga) classes, the live music at their pet-friendly Cafe, and several other great mini-events throughout the day. The gardens are a great place to enjoy a walk with your furry friends and meet other animal lovers as well, so be sure to stop in and take part in a great event.

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