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Though it might be better known for car racing than canines, Indianapolis still has plenty to offer to dog lovers. From its delightful dog parks to the long list of local businesses and attractions that open their doors to furry friends, the capital city of Indiana is full of pup-friendly fun!

It also boasts several reputable animal welfare and rescue groups that are always ready to step in when animals need help. The Humane Society of Indianapolis is just one of those groups. Serving the pets of Indianapolis and the surrounding areas since 1905, the society shelters and adopts animals, provides positive reinforcement training to abandoned pets, and runs a range of community and outreach programs to help improve the lives of animals in the region.

Heaven After Hell Dog Rescue also aims to give unwanted or abused dogs the dignity and respect they deserve. Based on the belief that all shelter animals need a voice and a happy home, Heaven After Hell Dog Rescue spays and neuters rescued animals, gives them the veterinary care they require, and then rehabilitates them in preparation for a move into their forever homes.

It’s a similar story at the Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership (ARPO), which has adopted out more than 5,000 pets since 1998. A non-profit organization, ARPO doesn’t have a physical shelter and instead houses all of its rescued pets in volunteer foster care. Donations and volunteer help are always welcome and ensure that ARPO can continue to help the animals that need it most.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Indianapolis

  • Admission $9.00
    Month November
    Duration 10AM-4PM Wkend

    #1 The Great Indy Pet Expo

    Looking for Indy’s largest celebration of pets and people? This is the event for you! The Great Indy Pet Expo offers a truly gargantuan list of pet-friendly events and entertainment, and you’d expect no less from the state’s largest pet trade fair. As well as peruse through a breathtaking range of pet products and supplies you can also meet some of the nation’s premier dog trainers, watch stunt dogs in action, and enter a heap of free contests! Add in the Doxie Derby, the agility and rally arena, and a chance for your dog to try out lure coursing and you’ve got a weekend full of woof-tastic fun.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration 12pm to 5pm

    #2 Country Tails and Crafty Ales

    Delightful dogs, delicious beer, and the chance to raise money for a decent cause — what more could you want from an event? Country Tails and Crafty Ales is hosted by Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside each October and is held to benefit Tails and Trails Rescue. All the fun takes place at Buck Creek Farm, with dogs and their humans invited to enjoy a dog walk, local craft beers, live music, food, and a whole lot more. If you don’t have a pet, there will also be plenty of adorable adoptable animals to meet on site!
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  • Admission $12.00
    Month August
    Duration 9:30am to 4pm

    #3 PAWS Pool Party

    Can you think of anything more entertaining than watching your four-legged friend enjoy a canine pool party? We can’t either, which is why we think the annual PAWS Pool Party and Dive Contest at Riley Park Pool is a mutts-do! This splash-tastic pet event kicks off with all the thrills and spills of the Dog Dive Contest, and first-time divers are encouraged to participate. Once the winners have been crowned, the pool is open throughout the afternoon for dogs and their owners to take a dip. If your dog likes the water, he’ll love this event!
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  • Admission $5.00
    Month June
    Duration 9:30am to 12:30pm

    #4 Dog Olympics


    On your marks, get set, go! June heralds the arrival of the annual ARPO Dog Olympics, which sees a host of wacky and entertaining dog competitions held at Broad Ripple Park. The schedule of highly anticipated events includes classics like the Shedding Contest, Three-Minute Makeover, Obstacle Course, and Barking Contest. It’s grrr-eat fun watching these pooches battle it out for gold, silver, and bronze! Who knows — your pooch might even bring home the gold medal.

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  • Admission $40.00
    Month April
    Duration 9:30am to 3pm

    #5 Mutt Strut

    When an event is promoted as “the greatest spectacle in dog walking”, you know it’s going to be well worth attending! Each April, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway sees a different kind of traffic as thousands of dog owners and their canine companions take to the tarmac. You and your pooch can join crowds of other dog lovers to walk this iconic racetrack, kiss the bricks, and enjoy a whole lot of fun outdoors. The entire track is 2.5 miles long, with a shorter route of approximately half that length also available. Best of all, proceeds from the event support the Humane Society of Indianapolis!
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