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Venice, Florida, is located on the western shore of the state. Known for its sandy beaches, the city is also home to animals in need of forever homes. With a couple of great shelters in the area, these homeless pets are provided with shelter, food, and medical care.

The True and Faithful Pet Rescue Mission opened in 2014 to help save as many dogs from the streets of Miami as possible. Located in Venice, this shelter was able to help more than 600 animals find new homes in its first year. As a non-profit organization, the True and Faithful Pet Rescue Mission relies on donations and adoption fees, as well as volunteers. All of the funds that the organization receives go toward helping the animals in the their care. No animals are turned away due to age or medical problems, which allows for many animals to get a second chance.

The Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary, also called EARS by locals, is a non-profit animal rescue that is dedicated to caring for homeless cats and dogs. This non-profit organization relies on volunteers and donations to provide care for all the animals that come through its door. EARS also operates a thrift store that helps fund the shelter. Adoption fees help fund the organizations mission as well. The cats that EARS helps are kept in a shelter, while the dogs are cared for by foster families

Residents of Venice, Florida, looking for new pets should consider visiting one of these shelters to find a new pet.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Venice

  • Admission $15.00
    Month January
    Duration 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    #1 Wagsparilla: Pirates, Pints and Paws


    Enjoy a day full of fun, food, and pirates - and do it with your dog! The Wagsparilla: Pirates, Pints and Paws event is a fun celebration for the whole family, including your leashed dog.

    During the event, enjoy food, pirate music, games, and a Pirate Costume Contest for both people and their pets! You can also watch demonstrations by the K-9’s of the Sarasota Sheriff’s Department and the Venice Dog Club.

    Tickets for this event are just $15. Proceeds from Wagsparilla will benefit Satchel’s Last Resort and Vintage Paws Sanctuary.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    #2 Ghost 5k Run/Walk


    The annual Ghost 5k Run/Walk is a fun way for the whole family to get exercise, and that includes the family dog! While the first race of the morning is a human-only 5k, it is followed by a doggy-friendly 5k. The Doggie Run is a chip-timed 5k run that event includes prizes for the first dogs to finish the race!

    The race starts at Fourth Avenue and 12th Street West on Old Main Street in Bradenton, Florida.

    This event benefits the Robinson Hearts and Minds Foundation, which was created in memory of Brent and Julia Robinson to provide a positive impact for children and high school students with autism.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration 9:30 am - 11:30 am

    #3 Doga-Ween Pet Festival


    Get ready to celebrate Halloween in a whole new way at Doga-Ween Pet Festival in Sarasota! Each October, dogs and their owners flock to Downtown Sarasota’s Farmers Market for a pet costume parade, where costumed dogs are the center of attention.

    After the parade, stick around for the pet festival where there will be a costume contest with cash prizes for first, second, and third places! There will also be refreshments and treats for both people and pooches. Enter the raffles for a chance to win great prizes. Music and games will keep the whole family entertained!

    This free event will also feature pet-related vendors.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month February
    Duration 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

    #4 Woofstock


    North Port Parks and Recreation is hosting its first-ever Woofstock event in February at the Canine Club! This dog-friendly event is meant to celebrate the bond between people and their dogs.

    During the event, there will be all kinds of games and activities that are inclusive of canines. You and your dog can browse through vendor booths and look at all kinds of great pet products. The best part of this event is that you and your dog can socialize with other local woofers throughout the afternoon!

    While the event is free to attend, donations of cat and dog food and treats will be accepted as a donation to a local animal shelter.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month November
    Duration 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

    #5 Canine Christmas


    Each November, head over to the Bishop Animal Shelter for a full day of fun with your pooch at Canine Christmas. The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and celebrates both Christmas and dogs!

    During this event, compete in or watch the Doggy Fashion Show and Costume Contest. Trophies will be given to first and second place winners. Watch a training demonstration from Florida Dog Guides. There will also be pet vendors selling all kinds of great merchandise!

    Enjoy food trucks, carolers, and pet photos with Santa, as well as arts and crafts that are kid-friendly and fun.

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