When dogs in Plantation or anywhere in the greater Miami metropolitan area need help, there’s a long list of inspirational rescue groups and animal welfare organizations ready to offer assistance.
The Humane Society of Broward County and United Dog Rescue are two of the best! A non-profit organization that runs an open-admission shelter, the Humane Society of Broward County can house in excess of 300 dogs and cats at any one time. It’s visited by more than 100,000 patrons each year, placing thousands of animals in loving fur-ever homes every 12 months.
The society also offers full-time veterinary services to its shelter animals and provides education about animal welfare to the wider community. However, it is not affiliated with any county or national organization and receives no funding from the government, so it depends on the generosity of the community to continue its amazing work.
Meanwhile, United Dog Rescue is another non-profit group that rescues dogs in need in Plantation and surrounding areas. A 100 percent no-kill rescue, the group accepts dogs of all breeds, sizes, and ages, and in all conditions. Through its dog rescue and adoption center, United Dog Rescue pursues its mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and adopt abandoned dogs into well-matched forever homes.
As a non-profit organization, it relies entirely on donations, adoption fees, and thrift store sales to continue helping at-risk animals. Donations and offers of volunteer support are therefore always welcome, as are loving foster carers willing to open their home to a dog in need of a little extra love.
Love dogs? Looking for a paw-some excuse to have some fun in the sun with your furry friend? Grab your pooch and head along to these two wonderful doggy events, held at Jaco Pastorius Park in Oakland Park each February! It all kicks off with the Struttin’ For Strays pet walk, a 1.25-mile stroll for dog lovers and their canine companions. The walk raises money for a host of grrr-eat local rescue organizations and is followed by the highly-anticipated Doggy Fun Fest, which is billed as a fun-filled day for dogs and their friends. It features live entertainment, canine contests, an agility course, races, and heaps more. Don’t miss it!
December is a wonderful time of year and is the paw-fect month to get the whole family together! Your dog is part of the family, of course, so why should he miss out on any of the howl-iday fun? The Paws With Claus Holiday Paw-ty gives you a chance to help your pooch get into the holiday spirit. Hosted by Tamarac Parks and Recreation, this paw-ty features a host of dog-friendly events for you and your canine to enjoy. You can enter your pet in the best-dressed holiday hound contest, which is always grrr-eat fun for spectators, as well as sample doggie treats and try your luck in the raffle. Best of all, your pet can even have his photo taken with Santa!
Join heaps of other dog lovers and their pets at this much-anticipated annual walk, which raises funds for the Humane Society of Broward County. The centerpiece of Walk for the Animals is a 1.25-mile stroll through the lovely surrounds of downtown Fort Lauderdale! It’s a fun, social way to support a grrr-eat cause, plus there’s also plenty more to see and do throughout the morning. Highlights include live entertainment, a delicious pancake breakfast, lots of doggy activities, and vendor booths selling a range of pet products. While there’s no admission fee, this is the Humane Society of Broward County’s largest fundraiser of the year, so all participants are encouraged to raise as much money as possible!
A family-friendly dog expo with plenty of games, activities, and attractions for dog lovers young and old — that’s what you can expect at Doggie-Palooza! Hosted by City of Plantation Parks and Recreation, this pet-acular event takes place at Happy Tails Dog Park in January. Dogs and their well-behaved humans are invited to come along and browse the latest products from pet vendors, tackle the pup chase course, and even get a pet caricature! There are also police K9 and frisbee dog demonstrations which will be sure to get your dog’s tail wagging. Admission is $2 for humans and benefits South Florida Wildlife Center, while canines get in free!
If you adore dogs, you won’t want to miss this paw-some annual celebration of dogs and dog lovers. Woofstock is hosted at Sawgrass Sanctuary Park by the City of Sunrise each February, and promises hours of fun for anyone who loves canines. Admission is free, and the first 500 furry friends through the gates get a doggie bag full of tasty treats! Then you and your dog can watch a frisbee show, wiener dog races, and police K9 demonstrations, and you can even enter your pooch in the grrr-oovy costume contest! You can also enjoy live entertainment, meet local rescue groups, and enjoy some retail therapy at a wide range of speciality and food vendors.