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One of the larger no-kill shelters serving the Lafayette area, Acadiana Animal Aid is an ever-expanding shelter with a passion for engaging the community. AAA has built several programs from the ground up into what they are today. Their programs range from the Junior Volunteer program which provides work experience and training to youth in the community, to their Kitty Litter-ature program which pairs students with shelter cats to read aloud to. When the shelter isn’t finding forever homes or bolstering their community programs, they host a number of events throughout the year like Bark in the Park and Barkin’ on the Bayou to fundraise in support of their efforts.

Safe Haven Animal Rescue is one of the smaller nonprofit shelters in the Lafayette area, working tirelessly alongside a robust network of fosters and other local shelters. And although they are small in size, SHARE puts forth a massive effort in each of the animals that walk through their doors. They make an effort to spotlight a new animal and share success stories on their media platforms each week, and are always looking for ways to make the absolute most out of any donation given to them.

Working in conjunction as a gap service provider with the city’s animal control center, Friends of the Lafayette Animal Shelter act as a safety net for those animals needing a little more compassion and rehabilitation than the city has resources for. FLASH works almost entirely out of a foster network and stays in constant contact with the animal care and control center in order to communicate what is most needed by them to the community. This nonprofit helps in providing additional veterinary services and dedicates a lot of time to ensure the most vulnerable animals do not get left behind.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Lafayette

  • Admission $20.00
    Month February
    Duration 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    #1 Mardi Gras Dog Parade

    What kind of Louisiana city would Lafayette be if it did not have a Mardi Gras Pet Parade?Organized by Krewe de Chiens, the Mardi Gras Pet Parade takes place each February with an open invitation for all to participate. Registration costs $20, and participants are automatically registered as members of the Krewe de Chiens. There are options to pay for a spot on a float or even a float of your own depending on how royal you and Fido are feeling. The themes for the parade change annually, and even if you are not walking, it is a sight you do not want to miss!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month November
    Duration 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

    #2 Bark in the Park

    The largest fundraising event of the season for Acadiana Animal Aid, Bark in the Park is an annual community festival at Moncus Park for the entire family to enjoy! Dogs, of course, are welcome to come along and enjoy the games and vendors present catering solely towards pets. For humans, this event will feature food, games, live demonstrations, and a dunk tank! In partnership with dozens of local organizations, businesses, and service providers, Bark in the Park creates a day of fun for pet owners in Lafayette all while supporting a great cause.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

    #3 Barktoberfest

    Barkopolis and The Wurst Biergarten have joined forces to put on one heck of an event: Barktoberfest! This event will be providing guests with an off-leash, fenced area, so humans can stop in for a beverage and a classic German snack while the pups are at play. There will be drink and food specials going on all day, with several pet-friendly vendors offering information on community services like microchipping or low-cost spay and neutering. This event is free of charge, and dogs must be properly vaccinated in order to attend.
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  • Admission $40.00
    Month March
    Duration 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

    #4 Camp Bow Wow 5K

    Hosted by its namesake, the annual Camp Bow Wow 5K Fun Run brings dogs and humans of all ages to the River Town Ranch Square to kick off the race! The race will be broken down into several categories for both dogs (size) and their handlers (age) to compete for prizes. For those not wanting to run the full 5K, there is a 1-mile course available. When racers cross the finish line, they are encouraged to enjoy the vendors, food trucks, live music, and dog-friendly activities available. Registration cost is $40 unless you are just looking to do the one-mile course.
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  • Admission $30.00
    Month July
    Duration 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    #5 Dog Crawl

    The Downtown Dog Crawl indulges the inner voice we hear inside whenever we are out at the bars that whispers, “Man, I wish my dog was here.” Organized by Camp Bow Wow in partnership with Social Entertainment, this bar crawl is crawling with activities and drink specials for all participants and their beloved animals. There will be scavenger hunts, games, and prizes that take you from the starting point, Dat Dog, to four more bars along the way! Due to this event’s popularity, there is a limit to 100 people allowed, so buy tickets as soon as you can for just under $30 after processing fees!
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