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The Muskegon Humane Society and Animal Rescue is a no-kill nonprofit association that serves the mistreated and abandoned cats and dogs in the Muskegon, Michigan area. This facility received the 2013 Outstanding Performance Award "Most Improved- Limited Admission" awarded by the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance for the quality of care and services they provide. During 2016, the facility took in a total of 158 dogs, of which 13 were puppies. They were able to place 157 dogs in fur-ever homes through their adoption process. 

The organization is committed to working with the animals "til every animal has a home". They offer a range of outreach and education programs. For children's organizations, such as 4-H clubs or girl scouts and boy scouts, they teach important life skills such as empathy, patience, respect and compassion by relating what animals need to feel safe and loved. The Pawsome Tutoring Program invites children to come to the shelter to read to the animals. The Open Paw Training Program is a national program in which they train owners on proper pet training techniques. People of all ables are able to connect to the animals. 

There are healthy senior citizens who would love to have a companion in thier lives  - the adoption process at this organization strives to place senior humans with senior pets. The shelter also takes dogs to visit with the elderly who live in assisted living through the Senior Enrichment Program. 

Fetch! Sit! Stay! Come! Learn how to train your pet and be a better owner by working with their highly qualified trainer who will work with the dogs and their owners at the facility or in their homes. The organization relies on donations and has partnerships with many businesses. They have a thriving volunteer program, further enriching the lives of citizens and canines in Muskegon.


Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Muskegon

  • Admission FREE!
    Month December
    Duration 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    #1 Circle of Trees and Dog Parade

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    Who needs Rudolph when Rover is so much more fun for Santa! 

    Muskegon celebrates the holiday season with a circle of trees and dog parade in early December. Located at Walker Park, you can purchase a tree and decorate it! The trees may be sponsored by a family, club, or organization. Following the decorating of the trees, there is a Santa/Dog Parade, carolling, the lighting of the trees, and visits with Santa. Costumed canines waggle down the street dressed as Rudolph, Santa's elves, or just looking paw-some for all to enjoy in this lovely city and festive day.

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    Duration Seasonal Hours

    #2 Play for the Day at Norman F. Kruse Park

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    At the northern end of the Norman F. Kruse Park located on the shore of Lake Michigan, you will find an area that is open for dogs to romp and play on the beautiful white sand. While playing on the beach, the animal must be leashed. However, your hound can go off-leash to play in the water! There are two parking lots, nature trails, barrier dunes, accessible dune walkways, a playground, dune overlooks, picnic shelters, restrooms, and a basketball court at this beautiful "bark" overlooking Lake Michigan. Reviewers love the freedom of romping with their Rovers for a day of fun in the sun, sand, and surf!


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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Tuesday and Satur...

    #3 Muskegon Farmer's Market

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    The Muskegon Farmer's Market first opened over 100 years ago, then re-opened in 1921. You can bring your dog to the common areas of the Muskegon Farmer's Market. Health laws do not allow the dogs in the areas that have produce or food, unless the animal is a service dog. The bustling market has entertainment and locally sourced products. You might be itching to visit the Tuesday Flea Markets to check out the wares for sale and socialize. The summer season is from May to November. Grab your leash and best friend to shop, stroll, people and pet watch!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month September
    Duration 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    #4 Barks and Brews Yappy Hour

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    Join the Pigeon Hill Brewing Company at the Barks and Brews Yappy Hour to support the Downtown Muskegon Petsafe Bark Park! You can taste the brew and pick up a t-shirt to help raise funds for the park. Dogs on leash are welcome on the patio area to socialize as their owners, sharing "swags and tails" together.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Dawn-Dusk, Year R...

    #5 Wag your Tail on the Musketawa Trail

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    The Musketawa Trail is part of the nationwide Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. The trail had been an unused railway corridor. Today, it is a trail that pleases the senses as you travel along the 25-mile asphalt trail that connects Muskegon and Ottawa counties. There are a variety of ways to enjoy the path, including biking, inline skating, walking, or cross-country skiing! The trail will take you across bridges, into farmland areas, along the tree-lined pathways and into towns where you might stop for refreshment. It makes for a great walk for a human and their companion to savor the beautiful seasons of Michigan!
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