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Gainesville, Georgia is bursting with dog-lovers of all shapes and sizes. The dog-loving community of Gainesville and the surrounding areas go above and beyond for the homeless, neglected, and surrendered pets on the streets. With the tireless efforts of the volunteers and their supporters, dogs all over are assured a future in a loving home. 

No matter how long a dog needs love before finding their fur-ever home, they are guaranteed a spot at Gainesville Pet Rescue. Since 1993, this shelter has been providing care, training, pet-owner education, and lots of love to the community of dogs and dog-owners alike. The hardworking volunteers and veterinarians are dedicated to placing their cats and dogs into their happy and healthy forever homes. 

The Humane Society of Northeast Georgia is making an impact on pets within the community of Gainesville and beyond. By modeling and teaching responsible pet ownership, this not for profit agency is helping dogs and cats all over. They provide wellness services and love to pets until they are found by their new humans. This shelter provides both in-house and foster care for their pets while they await their happy homes. 

The dedicated people of Gainesville work over-time to ensure all animals receive the love they deserve. Thousands of animals have been saved from unfortunate paths because of the work that has been done by all of the volunteers. 

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Gainesville

  • Admission FREE!
    Month September

    #1 Lake Lanier Pet Fest

    Bring your pup to Laurel Park in Gainesville for the annual Lake Lanier Pet Fest! This two-day event is sure to be a doggone good time. Have fun while benefitting Hall County Animal Shelter. The happy dogs and dog-lovers attending this event are friendly and welcoming, ready to have a good time. Enjoy food from local vendors, and watch your pup have the time of his life while competing in contests and games with wag-tastic friends! Lake Lanier Pet Fest features a unique contest for your pup to enjoy. Watch your pup show off his swimming skills at the doggy diving contest presented by Dixie Dock Dogs!
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  • Admission $10.00
    Month August
    Duration 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    #2 Soggy Doggy Pool Party

    Bring your dog for a special event at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center! This popular event is sure to be a total blast for both you and your pup. Let your pooch enjoy some swim time with his favorite paw-some friends while you relax and socialize with fellow dog-lovers. While your pup is taking a break from the pools, watch her frolic through the play areas designed just for canines! Play all day and check out the fun local vendors. Pick up some goodies for your pup and learn about the latest in puppy health. Take part in the all-day party and enjoy a day you won't soon forget!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month May
    Duration Two Day Event

    #3 Woofstock

    The annual Woofstock event is worthy of a day trip to Suwanee Town Center Park. Happiness is contagious among the participants in this jubilant environment! Over 50 non-profit rescue groups will be represented. Browse the booths of various vendors and get to know all kinds of dog-lovers. This festival is certain to be one for the record books! Join in on the fun of various contests and doggy games This event is known as "Atlanta's largest pet party in the park." Grab a group of friends and their pet pals, bring your family, or go solo and know that you are sure to be entertained. If you're looking to add four paws to your pack, get to know the many dogs up for adoption at the event!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Daily Hours Vary

    #4 Bruster's Fresh Ice Cream

    Treat yourself and your pup to a delicious sundae at Bruster's Fresh Ice Cream! Take pleasure in the wonderful flavors such as pumpkin cheesecake or delicious strawberry. From vanilla to purple dinosaur, you can't go wrong when you choose a flavor from the expansive menu. The friendly staff will even provide a free sundae for your pup with dog bone crumbles on top! The waffle cones are homemade and the atmosphere is laid-back. This outdoor setting provides space for your pup to relax, and benches so that you can pause and enjoy ice cream before continuing with your day. This is a can't-miss stop on a day out with your favorite four-legged friend!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Dawn-Dusk, Year R...

    #5 Laurel Bark Park

    Laurel Park is a wonderful park located in Gainesville, and it features it's very own Bark Park! Dogs can run free and play with each other gleefully while you relax in the shade and enjoy the day. Bring a picnic and enjoy a meal at one of the tables. Taking your pup to this dog park is a great opportunity for a some pup socializing and a quaint destination for a puppy play date. Make new friends and let your pet meet dogs of similar size in the separate large dog and small dog play areas. This dog park is a great reason to get out of the house and spend time outside. It is sure to become a part of your regular routine!
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