Situated so close to Denver, Littleton, Colorado has its fair share of city problems, and one of those problems is the large number of homeless pets that end up on the streets and in shelters each year. These cats and dogs are lucky, however, because there are dedicated shelters in the area that provide care for them. Two of these shelters are the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley and the Dumb Friends League.
The Humane Society of the South Platte Valley is a non-profit shelter that serves the communities of south Denver. The shelter offers lost, stray, and unwanted animals a place to stay while they receive food and medical care. In addition to all those duties, the shelter also finds animals that may be euthanized based on medical or behavioral problems, cares for them, and offers the rehabilitative services that the animals need to find new homes. Every week, the Humane Society of South Platte Valley brings in animals from all over the state to help them find new homes.
The Dumb Friends League, located in Denver, is the largest community-based animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region. Not only does the group rescue sick, abused, injured, and neglected animals, but it also investigates cases of neglect and abuse. The shelter provides care for cats, dogs, and horses, including training and behavioral programs. The organization never euthanizes healthy animals as a form of population control and instead works extremely hard to find every animal in its care a new, happy home.
Comrade Brewing Company is hosting the O, Furry Night Yappy Hour with Dumb Friends League to help the organization raise money to care for homeless pets in the area and across the state. Wear your ugliest sweater for a chance to win a prize! Yappy Hour pint glasses will also be available for purchase for just $10.
For every pint of beer purchased during the Yappy Hour, $1 will go to the Dumb Friends League. Superpower beer is excluded from this event.
Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome at the Yappy Hour, but Comrade Brewing Company asks that they stay off of the walkways and furniture.
Dig up the ugliest sweaters you can find (one for you, and one for your pooch), and get ready to run! Keep in mind that awards will be given out for the ugliest sweater for adults, children, and dogs, and there will be facial hair awards as well!
The Ugly Sweater Run is a 5k race that is inclusive of humans and dogs of all ages. After the race, mingle with other runners while sipping on hot chocolate or a Kahlua cocktail. Get your photo taken after the race in a larger-than-life snow globe to commemorate the event! Enjoy a run through some fake snow, play games, and listen to great holiday music.
Registration is required. Anyone over the age of $5 requires a $45 registration fee.
Lace up your running shoes and leash up your dog for the Dog Days of Summer Run in Denver, Colorado! Each August, hundreds of people and dogs come out to Central Park for this fun run. Choose to participate in a one-mile, 5k, 10k, or half marathon with your pup by your side.
Humans will receive a t-shirt, a goody bag, photos, professional timing and more. For your dog, there will be water bowls at each aid station and doggy treats and the start and finish lines. Don’t forget to grab a dog goody bag, too! Awards will be handed out for the best dog costume, the first mutt to cross the finish line, and more.
While pooches are a big part of the event, they must be leashed throughout the race. Humans are also asked to clean up after their dogs.
Tickets start at $15 for the one-mile race, increasing to $25 for the 5k, $30 for the 10k, and $35 for the half-marathon.
Every September, join other dogs in the area for a dip in the pool at Pirates Cove Family Aquatic Park.Vendors will be on-site selling great products! There will be life jackets for inexperienced swimmers and toys for all to enjoy from Outward Hound. Every dog will leave the event with a PawBender ice cream treat from GoodTimes and a frozen treat from Paw Pops.
While your pupper splashes about the pool, enjoy food from local food trucks including Mile High Cajun, Kona Ice, and Ba-Nom-a-Nom. There will also be a hot dog cart from Cherry Creek Transitions Program.
There are three different time sessions to choose from to fit anyone's busy schedule. the event costs $15 per dog. All dogs must be spayed or neutered and current on rabies vaccinations.
Celebrate your dog with a parade and festivities along with other dog lovers in the area for the National Pit Bull Awareness Day Parade and Celebration. The celebration will take place in downtown Littleton next to Zoey’s Place on West Alamo Avenue.
Browse through products from more than 20 vendors, listen to great music, watch training demos, and eat delicious food! Your canine will love getting samples and participating in the costume contests. Let your dog bob for hot dogs and snap a few photos in the photo booth, too!
The event runs from 11 am to 2 pm, with the parade starting at 12 pm sharp. After the parade, stick around for the contests and the prize drawings.