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One of the largest shelters serving Flint, The Humane Society of Genesee County is on a mission to find forever homes for all the animals in need that walk through its doors. One of the ways they work towards this is through their Golden Friendship Program, which waives the fee for any senior looking to adopt any pet exceeding one year of age. This shelter, as you can see, is highly involved in their community. In addition to adoption programs like Golden Friendship, HSGC also had a reading program, Furry Tales, that allows kids to read to adoptable animals. HSGC has a robust donor program called Friends for the Future, and hosts numerous fundraising galas and events throughout the year in order to maintain all of the engaging programs they have built.

Acting as the official shelter for the municipality, Genesee County Animal Control is a no-kill facility with an open admission policy. Through a large volunteer network and expansive foster family support system, this shelter has an excellent live outcome rate for the hundreds of animals they see annually. As an extension of the city government, this shelter is also in charge of handling instances of lost pets, strays, abuse, and nuisance animals.

Beginning as a small, rescue non-profit with a fierce drive to protect animals from dangerous and neglectful circumstances, Pets Are Worth Saving Animal Rescue has been a resource for education and rehabilitation for years now. PAWS has gradually been building is supporter base, and was recently able to acquire property to expand their operation. All fundraising efforts have been channelled towards getting this new facility running to better serve their animals with adoption barriers and rehabilitative needs.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Flint

  • Admission FREE!
    Month July
    Duration 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    #1 Buckham Alley Festival

    A beloved local spot in Flint, Buckham Alley is an expanding home to several bars and markets frequented by Flint residents. Friends of the Alley, a nonprofit dedicated to beautification, throws an annual street festival in Buckham Alley to raise funds to keep Downtown Flint a wonderful place to visit with projects like planting, murals, and amenity installations! Buckham Alley Festival is a free event for all ages with live music all evening, and food stands lining the block. Leashed dogs are welcome, but owners should prepare for dense crowds due to this event’s popularity!
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  • Admission $25.00
    Month December
    Duration 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

    #2 Santa Run

    Dashing through the streets, in matching Santa suits; past the cheering crowds, down the race route! The Flint YMCA puts on their charity Santa Run each December, and anyone can deduce it is a huge hit in the community from the thousands of Santas in the street. Raising money for a scholarship program benefiting low-income children in the community, the Santa Run 5K is an untimed race, with shorter routes available for the kids. Registration cost for adults is $25, and includes a milk and cookie snack along with, most importantly, a Santa suit. Dogs run for free and are encouraged to dress up!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    #3 Tricks for Treats

    Recently surpassing a decade of Tricks for Treats, this event hosted by Genesee Humane Society gets bigger each year. There will be raffles and groups handing out treats and candy in exchange for Fido’s best trick. When you and your furry pal are done making your rounds, grab some grub from any of the food vendors available while the pups play. Naturally, there will be a costume contest to be judged as the event rolls on.  Better start working on your best trick and costume, and head over to Key Lore Woof Woods Dog Park for a spooky evening with Flint’s pet-loving community!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month July
    Duration 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    #4 Flint Water Festival


    Flint, Michigan made headlines for months with a water crisis that shook the nation to its core. Despite the dwindling headlines in recent months, a water crisis persists in this resilient city. RICH Kids, a non-profit committed to preventing the detrimental effects of this crisis, started the Flint Water Festival as a way to raise funds and awareness. Taking place at Riverbank Park on the Fourth of July, the Flint Water Festival is an all-day event full of live music, resource providers, food vendors, and loads of crafts and games for kids. Canines are invited to join there humans in supporting this important cause. Topped off with a fireworks display at the end of the festival, this free event is building something beautiful from a devastating public health disaster.

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  • Admission $30.00
    Duration 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

    #5 Royal Pet & Ale Festival

    The Michigan Renaissance Festival holds a special place in the hearts of many for its ability to take you back to simpler times of mulled wine and jousting. They host several themed weekends over the summer, one of which being the wildly popular Royal Pet and Ale Festival! This weekend offers specially tailored vendors, pet organizations and service providers, and dog events like the dachshund race or ugliest dog competition.  In order to attend, all pooches must be registered and provide vaccination proof before entry.  The cost of admission for dogs is $10, and $19.95 for their humans.
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