If you believe that every dog deserves to find happiness and a loving home, you’ll find plenty of friends in Charlotte! This North Carolina city features a long list of dog-friendly attractions, as well as plenty of committed, hard-working animal rescue organizations.
Carolina P.A.W.S. is one of those groups. A non-profit organization staffed by volunteers, Carolina P.A.W.S. helps abandoned and abused dogs and cats throughout the Greater Charlotte area find happiness in loving homes. High-risk animals are rescued, given the medical attention they need, physically and emotionally rehabilitated, and then looked after by loving foster carers until permanent homes can be found.
Dog Days of Charlotte also has its paws on the pulse when it comes to the needs of the city’s dogs. This non-profit rescues dogs from high-kill shelters around North Carolina’s Piedmont Region, helping them find foster homes and hopefully loving forever homes. Donations, volunteers and foster carers are always welcome.
North Meck Animal Rescue is another excellent Charlotte-based rescue group. This non-profit, no-kill animal rescue is on a mission to put an end to pet abandonment, abuse, and neglect. The animals it rescues are cared for in loving foster homes and then adopted out to forever families. North Meck Animal Rescue also offers educational resources to help new owners better care for their pets, and is always on the lookout for more volunteers.
If Christmas is a time to be shared with those you love, who better to share it with than your dog? This paw-some howl-iday event, hosted by North Meck Animal Rescue, promises a morning of fun for you and your canine companion. Your fur-kids can get their photo taken with Santa Paws, giving you the perfect opportunity to create some truly memorable holiday cards. It’s $10 per printed 5x6 photo of your pup, with all proceeds going to North Meck Animal Rescue. You’ll also get the chance to meet gorgeous adoptable dogs and shop for some unique holiday gifts — what’s not to love?
Two events in one — that’s what you get when you and your pet paw-ty down at these two great events! It all kicks off with Walk for the Animals, Humane Society Charlotte’s 2k fundraising walk that sees pets and their families take a relaxing stroll to support this venerable organization. With the walk out of the way, you and Fido can then hit the Pet Palooza Festival. Held in Independence Park, this furry party sees thousands of Charlotte animal lovers gather to enjoy live music, food trucks, heaps of dog contests and more. Your pet will love every second of it.
Another laid-back and fun event for dogs and their humans, the Bark in the Park Top Dog Festival takes place in Huntersville each April. The focus at this doggy day out is on games and activities for the whole family, but especially for pets. There are live music and entertainment, pet product vendors, food, and heaps of canine contests! All leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome to attend, and it’s a paw-tastic way for you and your pet to enjoy some fun in the sun.
Take your dog along to witness some fast-paced doggy skills at this woof-tastic annual festival. This memorable event, which has been held at Rural Hill for more than 20 years, sees some of the best sheepdogs this side of anywhere strut their stuff. But there’s plenty more to enjoy on top of that, with sheepherding championships, a dock diving competition, and plenty of informative dog sports demonstrations. You can also wrap your paws around all the good stuff you’d expect from a festival, including North Carolina beer and wine, livestock, hay rides, arts and crafts, food vendors, pumpkin chunkin’ and tractor-loads more! Admission is $11 for adults and $7.50 for kids aged five to 12, with children four and under allowed in for free.
Dogtoberfest is quickly becoming an institution on Charlotte’s events calendar every October. Now held at Heist Brewery in NoDa, this woof-tacular event is a fantastic afternoon run by Dog Days of Charlotte. In addition to plenty of tasty brews, you can also enjoy all the cuteness and hilarity of a doggie costume contest, which features some amazing outfits that have to be seen to be believed! Other event highlights include a raffle, local pet vendors and artisans, as well as adoptable animals from two local rescue organizations. Add this always-popular canine celebration to your diary for next year — you won’t regret it!