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If you are looking to adopt a cuddly critter in Destin, Florida, you have a few different shelter options available to you. Both Pet Welfare and the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society house animals in need of a forever home near Destin, Florida. These organizations treat and care for abandoned, homeless animals in their community.

Pet Welfare is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter that finds a home for between 100 and 150 animals every year. The goal of Pet Welfare is to support military personnel by helping to rehome animals that need to be left behind during base transitions and deployments. As a non-profit, Pet Welfare is run by volunteers and supported by donations, fundraisers, grants, adoption fees, and other contributions.

The Panhandle Animal Welfare Society, or PAWS for short, has been helping pets find new homes for 60 years! As a private, non-profit organization, PAWS relies heavily on donations, fundraisers, and adoption fees to keep its doors open. Each year, more than 7,000 animals come through the doors of PAWS. Since 1995, the PAWS clinic has spayed and neutered over 48,000 animals to help prevent more homeless animals from entering shelters in the area. The PAWS clinic also offers medical services for low-income pet owners.

To help educate members of the public, PAWS hosts school and shelter presentations about the bond between people and animals, and about the humane society. The organization also provides educational material about owning and caring for pets.

Both organizations are always looking for supplies and monetary donations. Find out how you can help at their websites.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Destin

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    #1 Destin Pooch Palooza


    The annual Destin Pooch Palooza is almost upon us. In November, join other pups and pet owners at Destin’s favorite four-legged festival! The event is hosted by Friends of the Destin Dog Park. It is free to enter the event, but organizers are asking for participants to bring a monetary donation that will be awarded to PAWS after the event.

    The Destin Pooch Palooza will feature vendor booths, arts and crafts, food, demonstrations, and more. The event will also include a raffle, so prepare to win a prize. Head to the Destin City Annex Parking Lot and Dog Park for all of the fun!

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    Duration All Day

    #2 Mardi Gras Dog Parade


    The annual Mardi Gras Dog Parade, held each February, will bring the spirit of Mardi Gras to the heart of Destin, Florida. At the parade, dogs will be stealing the show with fun costumes and floats! Join other pet owners in Destin with Mardi Gras beads, throws, and other parade favors.

    Watch as themed floats, bicycles, golf carts, convertibles, and wagons fill the streets! Jazz music will be playing to celebrate the holiday. As one of the premier canine events along the Emerald Coast, you can be sure that dogs and dog owners from near and far will be attending the event.

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    Duration 8AM-6PM

    #3 Dockside Watersports and Parasailing


    Does your family love to be out on the water? Well, don’t leave Fido at home. Rent a dog-friendly pontoon boat at Dockside Watersports and Parasailing in the Destin Harbor! Bring sandwiches, drinks, and of course, treats, and enjoy a day out on the ocean with your family, friends, and four-legged companions.

    Bring life rafts (including one for Fido) and jackets so you can enjoy a dip in the ocean. Even your dog will love a swim if it's a hot day! While out on the ocean, don’t forget to catch one of Destin's beautiful sunsets. Dockside Watersports and Parasailing also offers jet ski and fishing boat rentals, but your pooch won’t be able to tag along for those.

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    Duration 9:00am-3:00pm

    #4 Dog Daze


    Fort Walton Beach Landing hosts an annual Dog Daze event each October sponsored by Petland. Each year, more than a thousand dogs flock to the Dog Daze celebration that is now held at Liza Jackson Park, where there is plenty of room for all kinds of dog-related activities!

    Don’t miss out on a soccer game against the Soccer Collies or catch a game of Flyball with the Pensacola Furricanes. Watch the agility events and sign your dog up for fun lessons.

    All dogs over six months of age with proof of up-to-date vaccinations are welcome at this fun, annual event.

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    Duration 2:00pm-4:30pm

    #5 Pumpkinpalooza Kids and Pet Costume Contest


    If you enjoy dressing up your furry friend for Halloween, you won’t want to miss out on the Pumpkinpalooza Kids and Pet Costume Contest at Destin Harbor Boardwalk. Hosted each year around Halloween, watch as spooky, silly, adventurous, and creative costumes wag across the HarborWalk Village main stage.

    Don’t forget to go trick-or-treating along the Destin Harbor Boardwalk, where restaurants and shops will be handing out candy or other little treats. There is also a pumpkin decorating area, where you can let your creative juices flow. Consider using your pup as inspiration for your pumpkin!

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