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Fort Lauderdale? Might as well call it Fort Lauderdog, because this beach-side city is all about the pooches! You and your pup can do so much more in Ft. Laudy than just enjoy the sunshine and sand (though we definitely encourage that, too!) With pet-friendly dog boutiques, spas, and sidewalk cafes popping up all over this beach town, Fort Lauderdale is quickly climbing into the Fido-Friendly city category. Hundreds of pet-friendly hotels and doggy beaches make this the ultimate doggo spot. 

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. 

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Fort Lauderdale

  • Admission $20.00

    #1 Riverwalk Mutts & Martinis

    Also known as Fort Lauderdale's largest outdoor pet-friendly cocktail party, you won't want to miss the Mutts and Martinis event! You and your pooch can bond on the Ft. Laudy riverwalk with other four-legged friends for an afternoon of celebration, awareness, and most importantly, fund raising for doggos on behalf of the Humane Society of Broward County and other rescue groups.

    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! 

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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Dawn-Dusk

    #2 Puppy Parks

    While you and your pooch may want to attend noisy yappie hours and crowded pup events every now and then, we're sure your pup enjoys some good, ol'-fashioned dog fun at the park, and luckily, Ft. Laudy has a handful of these! 

    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. 

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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Dawn Dusk

    #3 Dog Beaches of Ft. Lauderdale

    Who are you kidding, you're in Ft. Lauderdog, and you want to take your pup to the ocean! Ft. Lauderdale offers tons of options for your salty pooch to enjoy the sunrises on the Atlantic with you. One of the most popular beaches, the Canine Beach, is open Friday- Sunday and located on Sunrise Boulevard on A1A. You and your pooch can purchase an annual permit to enjoy the sand and the sun together for only $30 per pup. 

    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. 

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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

    #4 Woofstock

    It's like Woodstock, but without the rolling around in mud - wait a minute, it might be just like Woodstock! Woofstock is the ultimate Ft. Lauderdale experience for your pup. A free, annual event that celebrates dogs - and their peoples' love for them, Woofstock is the place to be for your pup. Admission is free, and the first 500 canines who strut through the gate will win doggie bags filled with treats! At Woofstock, you can watch the air K9s Frisbee Show, participate in contests (like the Grooviest Threads and the best look-a-like), watch the wiener dog races, and see police dog demonstrations. You and your woofer won't want to miss out on the annual Woofstock event!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

    #5 Doggie Palooza in Plantation

    This annual event has been described as doggie heaven in South Florida, and judging by the activities that take place every year specifically aimed at canines, we can't argue. The doggie palooza in Plantation (a short drive from Ft. Lauderdale) will feature dog shows, contests, free treats, and tons of puppy-dog vendors just for your pooch! Want to enter your four-legged buddy into a contest? You can choose from best dog trick, best-dressed pooch, or even the crowd favorite, best pet-owner look alike. Each pup can enter one contest and has the chance to win pawesome prizes. About 30,000 people attend each year, so it gets pawsitively packed with puppy lovers. Don't miss out on the pup event of the year!
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