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The city of Peabody is located in Essex County near Salem, known for the famous witch trials. The community is served by the Northeast Animal Shelter, located just minutes away in Salem, Massachusetts. 

Established in 1976, this is one of the largest shelters in New England, placing over 125,000 cats and dogs since opening. The shelter participates in the Saving Homeless Pets Across America program in which they bring pets from parts of the country with serious animal overpopulation problems to find the animals appropriate homes. In 2015, they saved over 1200 adult dogs and nearly 1500 puppies, placing them into fur-ever homes. The shelter provides a range of positive programs for dogs and humans, including behavior training, socialization opportunities, and medical attention. 

The Foster Care program gives animals the special attention they need to overcome challenges with behavior or health. There is a Senior Visits Program in which the dogs visit nursing homes for a day of comfort and companionship, nurturing the hearts of hound and human. The Boo Rich Humane Education Program teaches children to be responsible and compassionate pet owners. The Shelter offers outreach education programs in schools. 

To promote future volunteerism and care of animals, you can plan a birthday party at the shelter. Most of the children bring gifts to the dogs at the shelter. The cadre of trained volunteers provide services from reception to dog training and animal husbandry.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Peabody

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    Duration Varies by Tour

    #1 Salem Walking Tours


    Leashed history hounds are welcome to take a stroll through the legends of the area with the Salem walking tours. There are a range of "tails" that span the rich 400 year history of the area, including the witch trials and the paranormal activities of the Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour. You can take a self-guided tour, following the footsteps through historical buildings and cemeteries or you can book a guided walking tour in "witch" the guide provides you with interpretations of history.  

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month September
    Duration 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    #2 Peabody Dog Festival

    The Friends of the Peabody Dog Park sponsor the Peabody Dog Festival to raise funds for the new Peabody Dog Park. This day of fun for hounds and their humans has an array of food trucks, vendors with all kinds of useful and fun products for dogs, and service organizations. There are agility and "dog-bedience" training demonstrations,  music, contests, and prizes. Watch as dogs jump and catch the flying frisbees! It's a fun day that will lead to the completion of the city's first dog park.
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    Duration July - October, T...

    #3 Peabody Farmer's Market

    The Peabody Farmer's Market begins the second Saturday in July and continues into October. The market is currently held in front of city hall in the downtown area but the location can move from year to year. The market has fresh produce and goods from nearby farms. Locals are fans of Penny and Peter from Hereford Valley Farm and Joe from Buddy Boy BBQ who bring their fresh wares to the market! An outdoor market, dogs must be on a leash and have a good temperament for the bustling atmosphere of the town and market. Take a Tuesday stroll browsing the fresh produce as a fun outing for the foodie with Fido!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    #4 Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade

    Salem's Main Street hosts an annual Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade as the place for costumed canines to share in the fun of the "witching" season! There are areas with information from local pet rescues as well as businesses that feature pet products. The event is free, but register your pooch for judging and to verify that the animal is current with vaccinations. Watch the event from Derby Square, along Artists’ Row, or perhaps you can do some  “tail”-gaiting on the Lobster Shanty’s dog-friendly patio. Happy "Howl-O-Ween"!
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    #5 Dog-Friendly Dining

    Peabody is known for having dog-friendly restaurants. The Sea Witch Restaurant and Oyster Bar has an outdoor patio area where you can enjoy freshly prepared seafood, a lobster roll or oysters on the half shell. Bill and Bob's Roast Beef offers 3 outdoor tables for beef-eaters to enjoy their meal but you will have to tie up your pooch to walk in to get your food. C & C Lobster Co. will offer you picnic tables for enjoying their locally sourced seafood. There is also Qdoba, for a bite of Mexican. Take a ride to the Sonic Drive In for some fun food. No matter where you go, it's sure to be simply sniffer-licious!
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