Going out of town and worried about boarding your little fur-child while you’re gone? Don’t be! Not only is Apopka super dog-friendly (there are TONS of restaurants where you can bring your pooch), but there’s also a lot that they can do while you’re gone!
For one thing, Apopka is the main area where HoundHaven operates. HoundHaven is a local, no-kill shelter that rescues dogs of all sizes from kill shelters, some of which have special needs. They travel around central Florida to shelters, looking for dogs that are the most at risk for euthanasia. After saving these puppers, HoundHaven takes them to their shelter or places them in the care of another rescue group until each and every one has found their fur-ever home.
This shelter is run completely by volunteers—there are absolutely no paid employees. And, because there are usually only 20 dogs at the shelter at any given time, all of them are given the special love and attention that these little guys deserve until they can find a family to call their own.
HoundHaven also helpfully offers training advice on their website, because we all know that while our doggos are the best creatures to grace the planet, they do get into trouble every now and then. While you’re out of town, your boarder can take your pup to one of the shelter's other monthly events—such as brewery tours, 5Ks, and more!
Many places in Apopka offer pet-friendly patio seating out front. Want your dog to practice eating spaghetti, Lady-and-the-Tramp-Style? Caffe Positanos is the place for your pup, known for their delicious and authentic Italian food. Does Fido like a little spice in his or her life? You should bring them to Tijuana Flats for an excellent Tex-Mex meal. After all this, your doggo can end their meal with a trip to Topper’s Creamery, known for their handmade ice cream. They may even be treated to a special Pup-Cup for dessert!
On March 10th from 10-2, your doggo can strut his stuff at the Annual Doggie Derby. Held at Baldwin Park, this 25-yard race splits doggos up into size classes, and has your little fur buddies sprint for the finish line, where you will be waiting with treats and kisses! Winners can even compete for the world-renowned Doggie Derbie Grand Champion! There’s stuff for humans to enjoy too, with drinks and food available for purchase along the “race-track”. Proceeds from the event are donated to the Stock the Pantry Program, which provides non-perishable food over school breaks for homeless and hungry children in the area.
Do you like the Super Bowl? Your dog can watch the Puppy Bowl in style at the Falcon Bar in Orlando while you’re cheering your team on. Happening from 3 to 6 PM on Super Bowl Sunday, admission is free, and there will be dog treats and tasty beverages available for your bud while they cheer their own “team” on to victory! There are even deals for you — Falcon is offering deals with $3 mimosas and bloody Mary’s as the cuteness commences. Your dog can make new friends and memories while you’re doing the same thing!
Want to support Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, whose mission it is to educate, shelter, and place dogs in their fur-ever homes? Then definitely bring your pup to Paws in the Park, Orlando’s largest Dog Walk and Pet Festival. On February 10th from 11 to 4, your furry friend and your boarder can head to Lake Eola Park for an awareness walk, followed by family and dog-friendly activities for the whole afternoon. You can register with a team or create your own, and the proceeds help support finding a home for 8,000 homeless pets!
If your dog likes to run, you can register for the 5K Fun(d) Run/Walk with a (furry) friend! While it’s $35 for you to run or walk with your BFF, registration for your pup is totally free! Starting at 7 am on February 4th, the 5K supports the WSAVA Foundation, which works to advance the standards of veterinary care. Your pup will enjoy the views as they run the race route through Bill Frederick Park in Orlando, and it’s supporting a great cause.