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Sault Ste. Marie, located in Michigan's upper peninsula, is famous for the Soo Locks - joining Lake Superior and Lake Huron. The area is home to the Chippewa County Animal Shelter, located on South Macinac Trail. The Friends of Caring Animal Shelters (FOCAS) is a local non-profit that provides fundraising and volunteer supporters to the animal shelter. The shelter provides for the animals in the area who are lost, abandoned and in need of adoption. Their programs include neuter and spay services. 

Community members can work with the shelter to locate a lost pet. They maintain a list of lost loved ones and work with local agencies to bring your Rover home. 

Do you like to play with your pooch? The shelter has a program in which you may apply to play at the dog park! Keep your Beagle Legal by getting a license. The animal shelter will help you to be current with rabies vaccinations and licensing requirements in Michigan. The fees charged by the shelter are nominal. 

Committed to making pawsitive changes, the shelter is reviewed as caring and providing a quality service to the community. Fundraising events have included partnerships with businesses and fun photos with Santa-Paws. Their donation wish list includes usual needs like dog food but also has some surprises for shelter pets like peanut butter!

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Sault Ste. Marie

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    #1 The Barking Lot

    Sault Ste. Marie provides a safe place to play with your dog at The Barking Lot. Founded in 2010, this dog park has separate areas for large and small dogs, water fountains and much-needed shade. A small park located in town, it is 300 feet by 300 feet. There is no fee to play there but animals must be licensed, in accordance with Michigan law. With an annual average snowfall of 124 inches, this park is a convenient place for a quick romp year-round. Fundraising events, such as "Bark Bark Support Our Park" during the Fourth of July Parade support and celebrate a safe place for play!
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    Duration Dawn-Dusk Year-Round

    #2 Soo Strong Trail

    The Soo Strong Trail is supported by the rail-to-trail conservancy.  This trail is one of the 1600 nationwide trails created to form a network of trails from previous rail lines. The trail had been a rail corridor and runs for 32 miles. A terrain for the hearty,  you and your dog can "ruff it up" on this trail composed of sand, ballast, and dirt. The trail is known for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, walks, horseback riding, mountain biking and walking! It makes for a perfect place for an excursion of exercise and sensory excitement for you and your best friend!
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    Month January
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    #3 Dog Sledding in Michigan

    With snow and dogs comes the sport of dogsledding. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy this sport in the upper peninsula of Michigan, not too far from the Sault Ste. Marie. There are a variety of dogsled events that include the UP 200 in Marquette, the Tahquamenon County Dog Sled Race, and the Kalkaska Winterfest. In nearby Milan, Nature's Kennel Dog Sled Adventures will provide a variety of dogsled outings in which you can drive your own dog, team, or take a ride in a sled. Mush!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month June
    Duration 9:30 am Onward

    #4 Take a Walk to Canada at the International Bridge Walk


    One day a year, you can join in the International Bridge Walk into Ontario Canada! The bridge arches 2.8 miles across the Soo Locks and rapids (called “sault” in French). This unique walk has a festive spirit as walkers are excited to take in the view, enjoy the day, and celebrate our friendly relations with our neighbors-to-the-north! Just remember to take your passport or identification for international travel. To bring your dog across borders, you must have a health certificate from a licensed veterinarian to ensure that your pet is healthy and clean. Be sure to pack a treat and some water for the day. Check out the boardwalk with surrounding nature when you are near to shore - it's sure to please your pet's sniffer!

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    #5 Downtown Dining with Your Dog

    Downtown Sault Ste. Marie has many charming restaurants and coffee shops. The Lake Superior State University is nearby and there is a constant bustle of students, neighbors, and visitors to the area! There are a number of spots that welcome you to bring your dog. Frank's Place has a couple of tables outside for breakfast or even a turkey dinner if you'd like! Cup of the Day is a coffeehouse featuring fresh and healthy salads garnished with Traverse City cherries. Biggby is a Michigan coffee spot known as fun for "Fido-tastic" servings of pup-cups while owners savor coffees, smoothies, and baked goods.
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