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The community of Valparaiso, Indiana gathers around its dogs to build them up and make sure they are all taken care of. The homeless, neglected, and surrendered pets of the community and surrounding areas are in good hands when they enter through the doors of the loving shelters throughout Valparaiso. Committed volunteers donate their time, energy, talents, and love to nurse animals back to health and love them until they find their own loving homes and beyond. 

Heavily involved in educating the community and loving its pets, Lakeshore Paws Animal Shelter is doing big things for dogs of all sizes. The entirely volunteer-run non-profit has been caring for pets since it was founded in 2011. Four paws at a time, they are completing their mission of finding loving homes for all of the abandoned dogs within Valparaiso and the bordering communities. This organization holds frequent events in order to encourage the community further involved and education on pet-ownership. 

Open Arms Animal Shelter is another non-profit providing excellent care to the cats and dogs who need health care. Once animals are in the care of the volunteers they receive the entire range of necessary items such as vaccinations, spay/neutering services, healthy eating, and of course, carefully selected home placement in new fur-ever homes. 

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Valparaiso

  • Admission FREE!
    Month June

    #1 Lakeshore Paws Pup Crawl

    Enjoy a beautiful day at the annual Lakeshore Paws Pup Crawl at Central Park in Downtown Valparaiso. Enjoy a short 1.5-mile walk with your pooch by your side and a smile on your face! Stick around after this easy walk in the downtown and partake in the various activities and games provided by Lakeshore Paws, who is hosting the event. Local vendors will be offering treats and products for your pup while food trucks offer delicious food and wine for you! Proceeds from this event benefit the loveable cats and dogs served by Lakeshore Paws.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month August
    Duration 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

    #2 Dog Wash Fiesta

    Grab your playful pooch and head over to what is sure to be a lively and memorable event for all who attend, pups and humans alike. Enjoy bumpin' music presented by a local DJ while you and your pup stroll through the happy festivities. A number of activities are available for participation such as face painting, crafts, and treats for both you and your dog to enjoy! If you have a dirty dog, enjoy an affordable dog wash or get his nails trimmed! All of the proceeds raised by the pet grooming directly help the displaced animals of the area.
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  • Admission $15.00
    Month December
    Duration 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    #3 Holiday Pet Photos

    There's no better way to get in the Christmas spirit than to make a memory with your pup by taking holiday photos. This merry event is a great way to have fun while benefiting a good cause! Proceeds from this holiday party will benefit the local Open Arms Animal Shelter. Professional photo packages are available beginning with a $15 donation. The pet photos are offered right at the Open Arms Animal Shelter and the photographers know exactly how to capture just the right picture that will remain in its spot on the fridge for months to come!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Daily Hours Vary

    #4 Meditrina Market Cafe

    Offering some delicious Mediterranean food, Meitrina Market Cafe is a delectable spot to grab a bite to eat while you're out on the town with your precious pup! The outdoor patio is dog-friendly, and so are the dog-loving staff members. Your pooch will be welcomed with open arms. A relaxed, laid-back atmosphere both indoors and outdoors offer a wonderful experience for both you and your dog! Bask in a beautiful evening or indulge in a mid-day break by treating yourself to a nice meal in a friendly and welcoming environment. Whether you are meeting up with friends and their dogs or just hanging out with your dog, this is a great destination.
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  • Admission FREE!
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    #5 Old Fairgrounds Park

    Free to the public and beaming with possibility, the Old Fairgrounds Park offers ample opportunity to participate in plenty of fun and adventure with your dog, your family, your friends, or solo. Take your dog to the fenced-in and spacious play area where dogs can run free and off-leash while playing with all of their friends. Throw the ball for a game of fetch or sit on a shady bench and watch the fun unfold! The park features recreational areas, an awesome playground, and beautiful walkways on which to stroll and enjoy the luscious greenery within the park. You and your pup will both feel refreshed and happy after an outing to the Old Fairgrounds Park!
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