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Jackson, Michigan has an interesting history. The city was founded in 1829, named after President Andrew Jackson, and claims to be the birthplace of the Republican Party. It is also the site of Michigan's first state prison. 

Jackson is also home to the Cascades Humane Society, started in the 1920's by a kind-hearted woman named Virginia Lavender, who believed in the humane care of animals. Virginia Lavender spent her own resources to find lost or abandoned animals, provide them with medical care, and placing them in homes. Her example led to the formation of the Animal Welfare League of Jackson that is now called the Cascades Humane Society. The mission of the organization is "to connect animals in need with people who care".  

This non-profit offers a full range of services for animals and humans, including adoptions, lost and found, and animal surrender. A unique and compassionate service is the pet food pantry. Understanding that many families are struggling to feed themselves, the pet food pantry is a huge help to keep dogs cared for and in loving homes. 

Through the generous spirit of the community, the humane society also offers financial assistance with pet medical costs. They have a listing of a range of funds, making seemingly im-paw-sible circumstances manageable and compassionate for the benefit of all. 

This organization does not provide shelter services to animals and as such, they do not pick up strays for rehabilitation and placement. If you are interested in adopting an animal, you can take their online self-assessment to determine if this is the right time in your life to bring home a fur-ever friend. They provide tips and education on animal care. Their outreach extends to visits from school groups. With needs for many hands to help with the care and handling of the animals, they have a volunteer program.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Jackson

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    #1 Paw Playground

    Cascades Humane Society’s Paw Playground is Jackson’s only off-leash dog park, located next door from the facility. The park is open from dawn to dusk. "Bark" users will need to complete a membership agreement prior to bringing their dog out to play. Plan to sign in.The pea gravel playground can be a little "ruff" for tender paws but it's a safe place to play with shaded bench and water. Your dog must be licensed and up to date on vaccinations. Other rules include not bringing dogs in heat to the park and practising good park manners!
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    Duration All Day Every Day

    #2 Falling Waters Trail

    The Falling Waters Trail is one of the trails included in the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. As part of this network to turn the corridors of rails into trails excellent for trekking, the trail is a safe and sniffer-esting place to explore with your dog. The trail also has a nearby  "barking" area. The 10 miles of asphalt trail makes for a comfortable walking surface. The trail is used for biking, walking, in-line skating and cross-country skiing.
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    Month July
    Duration Three Day Event

    #3 Hot Air Balloon Festival and Ella State Park

    Mid-July at the Ella State Park is the place to be to watch the beautiful hot air balloons and to partake in 3 days of activities for the whole family! The entire process of launching a hot air balloon is demonstrated. The activities include concessions, carnival rides, crafts and entertainment. You can even take a photo with the daring hot air balloon pilots. The event itself is free, but it costs five bucks to park. Or, you can just come to the Ella State Park on any day of your pleasing to explore the over 520 acres that include beautiful flower gardens, miles of hiking and biking trails, and sporting fields!
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    Month July
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    #4 Pet Parade

    The nearby community hosts an annual Pet Parade in July. You can enter your costumed canine to stroll the route through this charming town! The event is hosted by the Chelsea Farmer's Supply as part of the Sounds & Sights Festival. You can sign up to participate at their store. What dog does not enjoy a day of interesting smells, sights, and entertainment?
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    Duration Days in Summer, 8...

    #5 The Cascades

    Jackson is home to the Cascades, a uniquely designed area for the community to come together. There is a man-made, colored waterfall. There are also fireworks and year-round events in this park. Check the schedule for the Bandshell for an evening of music and entertainment. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the activities on summer nights. The Cascades have areas for people play, too, including a water park for kids and a golf course! Admission is a small fee and varies by age.
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    Duration Daily Hours Vary

    #6 Sandhill Crane Vineyards

    Michigan is known for vineyards and wineries across the state. The Sandhill Crane Vineyards are a family-owned and dog-friendly vineyard in the Jackson area. The vineyard has outdoor tables that welcome owners to sniff and taste wines in the company of their best friend. There is also food available. The outdoor tables are on a wrap-around deck with views of the vineyards. The vineyard contributes to the community by making specialty wines for the benefit of local charities! The wine, Abrazo, meaning "hug" in Spanish, was developed to thank the Cascades Humane Society for rescuing their beloved dog, Rusty. Abrazo is a silky, soft, off-dry red blend with flavors of spicy black cherry, cocoa, black raspberry and a hint of fresh thyme. Bone appetit!
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