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The SPCA of Southwest Michigan is dedicated to rescuing homeless dogs and cats from pounds and adopting them into loving, forever homes. Founded in May 2002, SPCA of Southwest Michigan has saved over 16,000 pets. All of their rescued pets receive complete veterinary care and preventative care, as well as spay or neuter services. The SPCA is a non-profit organization supported by volunteers committed to fighting animal homelessness.

The Animal Rescue Project focuses on saving at-risk pets in pound facilities across the region. They rescue homeless pets and provide them with medical care and a safe temporary home while they help find a perfect match for adoption. Established in 2010, the Animal Rescue Project relies on 150 dedicated volunteers who are committed to battling animal homelessness.

The Kalamazoo Animal Rescue is an all-volunteer supported animal fostering organization established in 1991. They are dedicated to providing refuge to homeless, stray, and unwanted dogs and cats in the Kalamazoo County area and also provide adoption services to place them into their perfect forever homes. The no-kill rescue has the majority of their animals placed with foster families who have generously opened their homes to animals in need. All Kalamazoo Animal Rescue animals are also provided with all necessary veterinary care, including spay and neuter services. 

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Kalamazoo

  • Admission $15.00
    Duration Daily Hours Vary

    #1 The Gilmore Car Museum

    Established in the early 1960s, the Gilmore Car Museum started as Donald S. Gilmore's personal collection of vintage automobiles. Some of the classic models in the collection include a 1927 Ford Model T, a 1913 Rolls Royce, and a 1920 Pierce Arrow! As his collection grew, Gilmore acquired 90 acres of land in southwestern Michigan and it was his wife who had the idea of turning the collection into a museum. Today, the museum is North America's largest auto museum and the historic campus features a range of classic structures including a restored diner, a recreated 1930s Shell Station and much more! The Gilmore Car Museum is a great place to take the whole family (including the ones who bark) for the day and wander back in time.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Daily Hours Vary

    #2 Husted's Farm Market & Cider Mill


    Owned and operated for over 45 years by Glenn and Scott Husted, Husted's Farm Market & Cider Mill is a charming market for the whole family to enjoy! They specialize in fruits and vegetables grown in southwest Michigan from June until November. The family-run business offers creative culinary delights using some of the freshest fruits and vegetables the area has to offer. Treats like fruit pies, donuts, honey crisp caramel apples, apple cider, cider slushees, homemade lemonade, salsa, refrigerator pickles, pasta sauces, fruit spreads, and apple sauces. Bring the whole family along for a fun-filled day picking ingredients for next week's lunches - and some special treats for your pup.!

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month June

    #3 Do-Dah Parade


    Started in 1984, the eclectic Do-Dah Parade was established when local radio station organizers wanted a way for companies and organizations to provide unique entertainment for the community via parody. Patterned after the Pasadena California parade of the same name, the purpose of the Do-Dah Parade is to create an unstructured, goofy parade that the whole community - and their furry family members - can enjoy! Bring your pooch out to experience the fun that this parade offers. 

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month November

    #4 Kalamazoo Holiday Parade


    The annual Kalamazoo Holiday Parade serves as the kickoff to the city's holiday season! With marching bands, giant float balloons and other community groups chiming in, the yearly celebration brings the Kalamazoo community together for one amazing evening. Dress your pup up in his most festive gear and bring the whole family along for a night of celebration.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month June

    #5 Kalamazoo Pride Festival

    A community staple for over ten years, the Kalamazoo Pride Festival is an annual two-day celebration aimed to create a space that celebrates the diversity of sexual orientation and gender identity. This pup-friendly event brings the city together to celebrate the unique nature of the community while enjoying a slew of festivities and attractions! Kalamazoo Pride Festival is the largest fundraiser for OutFront Kalamazoo, an organization that supports efforts in civic engagement and LGBTQ programs that support the local youth.
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