Plenty of dog organizations, non-profits, shelters, and puppy groups are helping this city climb from a dog-accepted to a dog-encouraged city. One of the organizations, Grateful Paws, is a self-proclaimed small but mighty non-profit that acts as a no-kill dog and cat rescue organization for South Florida. Comprised entirely of volunteers, the organization depends on foster homes to house pups while they seek out furrever families. Neglected, stray, or abandoned pups can find haven in the arms of the volunteers at Grateful Paws.
Alternatively, the humane society of Broward County, one of the largest organizations, runs a 33,000 square foot, air-conditioned shelter, providing a space for over 300 dogs and cats. This organization provides shelter, aid, and responsible adoption for the animals that are put into their care, and that's a job they take seriously. In 2016, this non-profit organization re-homed about 7,000 animals! This group is not associated with the county and has full-time vet services available for their shelter animals.
Tickets start at $20 and will get you and Fido two complimentary drinks, appetizers, live music, and even canine-themed silent auctions! Want more pup-action at this event? Check out the doggy fashion show and pup giveaways! You can even peruse the dozens of doggy vendors that will be set up all over the riverwalk!
One of the most popular parks, Bark Park at Synder Park is open from 7am-8pm and costs about $2 to get in. While that may be pricey for a few hours in the park, this Bark Park offers you and your pup not only a fenced in area for them to run around and explore, but also a freshwater lake to splash around in!
Other parks, like the Barkham at Markham (at Markham Park) and the Canine Corner Dog Park offer exclusive amenities. For example, The Barkham is an exclusive, posh canine experience. For $25, you and your pup can explore the fenced in, 3-acre park with separate small and large dog sections. It's even landscaped with Bermuda sod to provide a smooth surface for those puppy paws.
Another exciting option for your pooch is the Dog Beach of Hollywood. Open on the weekends, you and your pooch can pay $10 to splash around in the ocean, sniff other Florida pups, and romp in the sand. Make sure to clean up after your pup and make sure you remind him to mind his manners.