Sitting in a prime position close to both Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Roseville is ideally placed to take advantage of the best the Twin Cities have to offer. Not only does this mean convenient access to plenty of dog-friendly parks, attractions, and experiences, but it also ensures that the pets of Roseville are well looked after by a number of animal welfare organizations.
Animal Humane Society is just one of the organizations that fights to protect animals in and around the Roseville area. Founded in 1878, Animal Humane Society now has locations in Buffalo, Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, St. Paul, and Woodbury. Run on an open-admission philosophy, the society accepts every animal that is surrendered to it regardless of health, age, breed, or behavior.
Those animals are then matched with loving owners through a rigorous adoption program, while the society also runs innovative medical and behavior programs and invests in outreach programs to promote animal welfare in the community. Animal Humane Society cares for over 23,000 animals in need each year and is always looking for donations to allow that work to continue.
Rescued Pets are Wonderful (RPAW) is another local non-profit dedicated to helping animals in need. This no-kill volunteer animal rescue organization serves the Twin Cities metro area and rescues dogs and cats left homeless for myriad reasons.
All the animals RPAW cares for are spayed or neutered, receive all necessary veterinary care, and are then placed in nurturing foster homes until they can be found a permanent home. This grrr-eat group is always searching for more volunteers and foster carers, so keep it in mind if you want to help the city’s unlucky canine companions find the love they deserve.
Walk for Animals is one of the most highly anticipated annual events on the social calendar for dog lovers in the Twin Cities area! Held in May at Animal Humane Society's Golden Valley location, the event is an essential fundraiser to help homeless pets. The highlight of the day is the 2.5-mile walk, which sees thousands of dog owners and their canine companions join forces to show their support. There’s heaps more to experience throughout the day, including activities for pets, food trucks, beer, and live music. Registration for Walk for Animals is free, but everyone who attends is urged to raise as much money as possible to help support the pets in need at Animal Humane Society!
Gala dinners and soirees are a popular fundraising choice for humane organizations around the country, but the one downside to these pet-acular events is that you often can’t take your pooch along with you. That’s not the case at Whisker Whirl! Dogs are more than welcome at this woof-tastic annual gala, which raises funds to support Animal Humane Society. This memorable evening promises a glamorous night out for pets and their people, with signature cocktails, delicious hors d’oeuvres, thrilling auctions, a raffle, and much more! It’s a relaxed, enjoyable, and dog-friendly way to show your support for animals in need, so book your tickets now.
Pets & People Together is a Minneapolis organization that fights to prevent the surrender of much-loved pets by owners who simply lack the economic resources to care for them. The Hoof & Woof 5K is a fundraising run that raises money to support this organization’s important work. Held at Central Park in Roseville, this paw-some event invites dog owners and their pets to come along and pound the pavement with plenty of other runners and dog lovers. There’s even a costume contest for owners and their pets to enjoy, so why not get dressed up and join in all the fun?
If you want to learn more about how to be a responsible pet owner, or if you just want to stock up on the latest goodies and treats for your dog, head on down to the Twin Cities Pet Con! Held indoors at the Minneapolis Convention Center, this mutts-do event promises a whole weekend full of pet-friendly fun. You can browse products from a huge range of exhibitors, watch pet care displays and demonstrations, see a range of doggy sports in action, and check out all the excitement of the agility course. There’s even a wonderfully cute pet costume contest with some grrr-eat prizes on offer, plus a pet talent contest and a game of pet musical chairs! Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids.
The Saint Paul Winter Carnival is a family-friendly event that’s been offering a huge range of attractions and activities every year since 1886! There’s a long list of wonderful experiences to enjoy at the festival, but the highlight for animal lovers would have to be Doggie Depot. For one Saturday in January, Union Depot becomes Doggie Depot and hosts a dog-friendly event for pets and their people. When you attend you can find out how to adopt a dog, learn about local pet-friendly restaurants and retailers, and track down a range of other local pet resources. It’s free to attend and dogs are more than welcome, so make sure you check it out at next year’s carnival!