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As the city and its dog population continues to grow and thrive, Detroit is now home to a plethora of dog-friendly activities and events to keep your pooch happy and stimulated year-round! Whether you want to liven up your dog’s social life, pamper them to perfection, or provide exercise on scenic trails, Detroit has something for every doggo and their loyal humans!

The hub of this dog-centered city is the Michigan Humane Society, providing an array of important services to ensure the canines and other companion animals of Detroit are well cared for. The society's extensive efforts are fueled by their dedication to rescue, provide care, and find loving homes for dogs in need statewide. As the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in the state, the Michigan Humane Society is a leader in promoting the humane treatment of animals. Leading the way with compassion, the society fosters community engagement through educational tours and presentations, cruelty investigation, emergency response, low-cost vaccination clinics, animal welfare lobbying, pet adoptions, and health and behavior resources and support. Additionally, the Michigan Humane Society hosts several events throughout the year to get animal owners and lovers involved, and to bolster support for their invaluable services.

The Detroit Dog Rescue is another amazing and compassionate charity dedicating their efforts to strive for every dog in the city to be safe, loved, and cared for. This rescue is active in community outreach, hosting a number of events offering vaccinations, education, welfare checks, and assistance. As the city's first no-kill shelter, founded in February 2011, they aim to raise awareness of the city's large homeless and stray dog population and work to find these animals forever homes. These organizations are among several other shelters and charities in the city striving to ensure that all of Detroit's furry friends receive the best possible care to live the best possible lives!

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Detroit

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    #1 Riverfront Canine Club Pack Walks


    Nothing says Sunday Funday like a scenic stroll along the river with a pack of pups! Meeting Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the Rivard Plaza parking lot, this gathering welcomes dogs and their owners to walk along the river and up the Dequindre cut, spicing up dog social lives! The walk takes place every Sunday throughout the summer and into fall, switching to monthly in the winter. As the walks span up to an hour and a half, be sure to bring along water for you and your dog. The Riverfront Canine Club is organized by Canine to Five partnered with the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, making this lively city even more dog-friendly!

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    #2 Doggie Fashion Parade


    Every January, as a part of People for Palmer Park's Annual WinterFest, pups from far and wide plus their admirers gather for fun and fashion, four-legged style! This is an opportunity to get creative with your canine and show off their unique look. Dogs dressed in scarves, hats, cloaks, sunglasses, and whatever elaborate outfits their humans come up with will strut their stuff on a walk around Lake Frances. Accompanied by their owners and enthusiastic children in doggie masks, this is family and dog-friendly fun! Treats and prizes are provided for all pets from various local businesses and organizations. The event is located on the south side of Palmer Park adjacent to Merrill Paisance. Parking and admission are free!

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    #3 Detroit Dog Park


    This is Detroit's first dog park, opened in May 2014. Formerly Macomb Park, the city teamed up with Petsmart to transform this space into a canine concourse, sparking an influx of other dog parks to the city. This park is a great place for dogs and people to meet and play, open every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. All dogs pawing around the park must be licensed and vaccinated and though there are no separate sections, dogs of all sizes are welcome! Be sure to bring your own water along to keep your pal hydrated!

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    #4 Dequindre Cut Greenway


    This is a stunning paved trail nearly 2 miles long that runs from the riverfront all the way to Eastern Market. As a part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines, the path is clean and well-maintained. Previously an unused railroad corridor, the Dequindre Cut Greenway is now a great place to bring your pooches. There are separate lanes for pedestrian and bicycle traffic to keep everyone safe! This is a good option for pups who may not do well with the volume of dogs you find at dog parks or other canine-centered events. Free parking is available at Rivard Plaza near the southern end of the trail.

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    #5 Mega March for Animals


    Hosted by the Michigan Humane Society, the Mega March for animals is an annual walk and celebration of our furry friends and their humane treatment. This event occurs every fall and features a 2-mile jaunt around Bell Isle. As you gather and mingle with fellow dog lovers, rejoice in knowing you are supporting the Michigan Humane Society in continuing to offer extensive services promoting excellent animal care and welfare. You will absolutely, pawsitively have a perfect time with your pup!

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