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A quaint, medium-sized town just a bit north of big Central Florida cities like Orlando and Kissimmee, Ocala, Florida has gained a reputation as the horse capital of the United States. While this city is mostly horse-friendly, it's also building an appreciation for pups, too! 

Much of this growing adoration for pooches is due to the humane society, shelters, and dog organizations in Ocala and the surrounding areas. One of the most popular shelters is the Marion County Humane Society. A no-kill, non-profit shelter, the Marion County Humane Society was established to prevent cruelty, suffering, and overpopulation of animals through education, housing, and financial support.

Another organization, the SPCA of Ocala (located just a city over in Anthony) is a non-profit organization that's dedicated to providing a safe-haven for animals in Central Florida. Focusing on rehoming and compassion, this shelter will house, foster, and take care of animals until a permanent, responsible home is located.

If you're in the area and looking for a fur-buddy of your own, why not pop into either of these establishments?

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Ocala

  • Admission FREE!
    Month April

    #1 Paws in the Park

    This annual Easter event is the perfect pup-activity for you and your pooch! Every April, you and your pup can join in with other central Florida pooches for a costume parade (dressed up canines are preferred), an Easter egg hunt just for dogs, and plenty of other doggie activities. While it's a free event, please bring a can or bag of dog food as a donation for the Marion County Humane Society, the hosts of the event. You and your four-legged friend will be greeted by other local pooches and plenty of other adoptable doggos from the humane society! Don't miss out on this fun, charitable event!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Dawn-Dusk Year-Round

    #2 Pup Parks

    One of the most popular parks in the Ocala area is the newly renovated and remodelled Letty Towles Dog Park. This park, stretched over a few acres and separated into segments for big and small dogs, is a fenced-in, off-leash park where your pup can run around freely. There's plenty of toys available for your pup to play with, watering stations, complimentary doggy clean-up bags, and lots of other pups for your four-legged friend to romp around with! Remember to clean up after your doggo.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    #3 WoofStock

    If you and your pup are lookin' for some serious doggo fun and don't mind spending about a half hour with your head out the car window, then Woofstock is the event for you! This newly-annual event, put on by the Alachua County Humane Society, is a big, pawesome party for the organization celebrating it's stellar live-release rates in Gainesville, saving thousands of doggie-lives! Woofstock features groovy live music, a live & silent auction, food, drinks, and of course, pups galore at an honest-to-woofness Alachua livestock barn.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month December

    #4 Santa Paws Photos

    Christmas time is coming, and we know how much you want to include your pooch in your family's holiday traditions! Why not start with the holiday photos? Join the fun with other pawrents and their pooches for the annual Christmas photo event at Oakcrest Hardware, hosted by the Humane Society of Marion County. This photo shoot, doubling as an adoption event, will feature photos with Santa, holiday cheer, and plenty of adoptable pups. Don't miss out on this doggy-Christmas activity!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration 8:00 am Onward

    #5 Dog Days Run

    Do you and your pup want to spend time together while doing something philanthropic? Head over to the annual Dog Days Run, a 36-year-old, annual tradition for pups and their pawrents. 

    The event is put on by the University of Florida's Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association. It includes a 5k race, a one-mile fun run, a raffle, contests, prizes, and more! Make sure you leash your pup for the run, and don't forget to hang around after for the Drool and Ghoul Costume Contest. You and your dressed-up pup could win even more prizes! 

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