As one of the oldest cities in the US, Boston is full of history, culture, and fascinating attractions! It also hosts a legion of dedicated animal welfare groups that work to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome unwanted, abused, and neglected pets.
Animal Rescue League of Boston, for example, is committed to helping animals in need and has maintained that commitment for 118 years! With 100 staff members and more than 500 volunteers, it provides veterinary care, rescue, and adoption services for Boston’s pets. In 2016 alone, it provided assistance to almost 18,000 animals, all of which was done without any government funding.
Last Hope K9 Rescue has a much shorter history, having been established in March 2012, but it’s made an invaluable contribution to the welfare of dogs in Boston. A 100 per cent volunteer-run rescue, Last Hope is a foster-based group that opens its doors to all breeds. Operating on the belief that every animal deserves to know love, it has saved the lives of more than 5,500 dogs.
Great Dog Rescue New England is another dog rescue group worthy of support. This non-profit group is made up of volunteers from all over New England who love dogs and want to help those in need. With no shelter of its own, this all-breed rescue relies on the passion and dedication of foster families that welcome dogs into their own homes to give these beautiful animals a shot at a better life.
What do you get when you combine canines, cocktails, live music, and a whole lot more? You get Woofstock, one of Boston’s best dog-friendly events! Held at the SoWa Open Market, this grrr-eat day out is the perfect excuse to enjoy cocktails like the Moscow Drool, Hair of the Dog Bloody Mary, the Greyhound, and more! You can also indulge in some food truck delights with your dog by your side. There are lawn games, a doggy play area, and live music to keep your paws moving. Best of all, bar proceeds and all VIP Swag Bags sold at the event benefit Last Hope K9 Rescue!
Looking for a way to go out and about with your dog, get some fresh air, and spend some quality time with a whole lot of other like-minded animal lovers? Barks & Rec is just what you need. This fun-filled day out takes place in Peters Park and raises funds for local non-profit rescue groups. Event highlights include training demonstrations, live music, food and drink, a cornhole, raffle, and a number of other games and prizes. It’s good old-fashioned fun for you and your furry friend, so check it out each October!
Organized by the Somerville Foundation for Animals, this free, family-friendly festival is all about having fun with Fido. Held at Somerville’s Trum Field, it features a huge range of canine-centric events including best trick and best costume contests, agility events, rally nosework, weightpull and kibble quest. Throw in training tips, free come-when-called classes, and the ever-popular Doggie Fun Zone, and you’ve got the makings of a paw-some pet event! All of these fun and games raise money for the Foundation’s Somerville Pet Food Bank, so people don’t have to face the heartbreaking choice of whether to feed their pet or themselves.
A day out at this festival is like no other ordinary trip to the park with your dog! Held at Longfellow's Wayside Inn in Sudbury, this fun fundraiser raises much-needed money for homeless dogs — and lets you and your furry friend have a whole heap of fun while you do it. As well as a explore a huge range of vendors and exhibitors, your pooch can play games, try his paw at agility, and even sit back and watch the parade of adoptable dogs. There’s also face painting for the kids, a silent auction, and plenty of tasty treats, so every member of the family will go home happy!
If you love being active with your pooch, this is the event for you! Run to benefit Protection of Animals in Wakefield Society (PAWS), this 4K fun-run or walk is open to animal lovers of all ages and fitness levels. The course winds its way through the Reading Town Forest along scenic hiking trails and rocky gravel roads, promising plenty of beautiful scenery while you raise money for an excellent cause. So strap on your running shoes and get ready to raise a sweat!