The town of Brookline is a part of Greater Boston, which of course means that dog lovers and their furry friends can always enjoy easy access to a long list of dog-friendly attractions throughout the area. However, it also means that when dogs in and around Brookline suffer abuse, abandonment, or neglect, there are plenty of paw-some animal welfare groups ready to come to the rescue.
MSPCA-Angell — or the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Angell Animal Medical Center, as it is more formally known — is one such group. Founded in 1868, MSPCA-Angell is the second-oldest humane society anywhere in the United States. It provides hands-on veterinary care to thousands of animals in need each year and has a mission to protect animals, relieve their suffering, advance their health and welfare, prevent cruelty, and work to create a just and compassionate society.
With Animal Care and Adoption Centers in Boston, Cape Cod, and Nevins Farm, this wonderful organization has helped thousands of dogs find loving forever homes. As an independent non-profit, it’s also not affiliated with any national humane organization, so it is always on the lookout for more support.
The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is another champion for local animals. For almost 120 years, the ARL has been extending a helping paw to pets in need. With more than 500 volunteers and 100 staff members, it provides rescue services, veterinary care, and a successful adoption program.
Every animal that comes through the shelter’s doors is given the treatment and care it needs to prepare for life in a loving home. Donations and volunteer helpers are always welcome, so keep ARL in mind if you’re looking for a worthy animal rescue group to support.
Looking for some splash-tastic fun with your pet? Look no further than this annual dog-friendly extravaganza, which takes place at Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School in July! The highlight of Paw Palooza is the always-entertaining sport of dock diving, with spectators coming from far and wide to see some of the region’s top dogs take to the sky (and then the water). However, there’s a whole lot more for you and your furry friend to see and do at this delightful dog festival, including frisbee dog shows, police K9 demos, a Doggie University tent, doggie facials, a puppy pool pavilion, and even some face painting for the kids! It’s a weekend full of Fido-friendly fun.
A day of family- and canine-friendly fun in the sun, all of it to raise money to support homeless dogs — that’s the basic premise of Paws in the Park, a paw-some annual fundraiser for local rescue group Save A Dog. Held at Longfellow's Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Paws in the Park features an adoptable dog parade, an agility try-out ring, heaps of doggie games, face painting for the kids, food, pet product exhibitors and so much more! Admission is $10 per person, or $5 for kids aged 5 to 12. Dogs and children under 5 get in free, while the admission fee is waived if you’ve managed to raise a comparable amount in pledges.
Does your furry friend love the water? Does the mere mention of going for a swim get his tail wagging with uncontrollable excitement? If you answered yes to these two questions, you should take your pooch to Pool Pawty! All proceeds from this woof-tastic event benefit Last Hope K9 Rescue and CharlestownDogs, so why not treat your pet to a paw-some pool party? Held at Crate Escape Charlestown, a dog daycare, boarding, and grooming provider, this event lets you and your pooch enjoy tasty treats, amazing raffle prizes, and simply spending time with heaps of other dog lovers and their pets. Check it out and make a splash next summer!
If you’re looking for an easy way to have some fun in the sun with your dog and raise money for a paw-some cause at the same time, this is it! Head on down to Peters Park in Boston’s South End for Barks & Rec, a much-anticipated day of fun for dogs and pet lovers alike. With your pet by your side, you can enjoy some live music, watch entertaining training demonstrations, win grrr-eat raffle prizes, sample delicious food and so much more! Best of all, the entire day benefits Last Hope KY Rescue, Gifford Cat Shelter, and Survivor Tails Animal Rescue, so there’s no reason not to go along and join in the fun.
Woofstock is a dog-friendly afternoon of fun, games, and socializing for dog lovers and their canine companions. Held at the SOWA Open Market, this pet-acular event combines canines, cocktails, live music, and heaps more! With all bar proceeds benefiting Last Hope K9 rescue, there’s no reason not to indulge in a Hair of The Dog, Arnold Pomeranian, or other signature cocktail drinks. There are also food trucks on site all day, live music, fun lawn games, a photo booth, and a paw-some play area for your four-legged friend! If you’re looking for a grrr-oovy time with your pooch, look no further than Woofstock.