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Serving Concord and surrounding towns, the Humane Society of Concord and Greater Cabarrus County seeks to alleviate animal homelessness in the area. While the HSCCGCC shelter focuses primarily on public advocacy and rescue, they also have initiatives that reunite lost animals with their owners and offer free pet food to low-income households through a food pantry. This shelter also hosts several fundraising events throughout the year, like the Whisker Whirl Masquerade Ball.

Operating as the official shelter of the municipality, Cabarrus County Animal Shelter performs several different roles for the Concord community. Cabarrus County Animal Care and Control Department facilitates investigating instances of abuse while taking in animals that are stray, abandoned, or surrendered. This open admission shelter sees hundreds come through its doors each year in addition to the lost animals it receives to be quarantined temporarily. This shelter partners with both local shelters and national programs like Spay It Forward! in order to promote a community without unnecessary euthanasia.

Cabarrus Pet Society is a small, organic nonprofit run by a dedicated group of volunteers and a foster network. This shelter is always seeking out new fosters in order to provide vulnerable breeds and cases with extra love and care. They also provide the public with loads of informational content on training, adoption procedures, and identifying behavioral problems. When they are not finding pets their forever home, CPS is planning their wildly popular fundraiser, Pars for Paws, an annual golf tournament event!

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Concord

  • Admission $30.00
    Month April
    Duration 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

    #1 The Puppy Rescue 5K

    Presented by the Kreitzer’s Critter Corral Puppy Rescue, The Puppy Rescue 5K is an annual race for charity that supports rescue and rehoming of local homeless animals. Step out into the Springtime season on this race’s route, and enjoy browsing Concord handicraft, food, and service providers once you cross the finish line! Registration in advance is only $30, and dogs participate for free! This cost covers the shirt and bandana provided in the registration pack.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

    #2 Dogs' Day Out

    Each Autumn, Friends for Life Cat Adoptions puts on the Dogs’ Day Out pet festival as Les Myers Community Park. This free annual event invites pet owners from all over to enjoy an afternoon of costume or obedience contests, product and food vendors, and information from local resource and service and providers! There will be a zone for dog-related fun and games while humans can browse a number of food and drink sellers. While Dogs’ Day Out is a massive adoption event, it is also an excellent opportunity to take your dog out for the day!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 10:00 am - 7:00 p...

    #3 The Depot at Gibson Mill

    Famous in the world of American Pickers, The Depot at Gibson Mill is a huge destination for antique connaisseurs and novice treasure hunters alike! The Depot is a unique attraction because it hosts hundreds of private, individual vendors. Not only does this set-up offer an experience for buyers that allows them to compare prices, but it makes a trip here an all-day adventure! Leashed dogs have always been welcome to join their humans in the shopping trip of a lifetime.
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  • Admission $20.00
    Month January
    Duration 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    #4 Skuffle for the Shovel

    Little known to the general public, a lawn game known as Kubb is played widely in Concord! Kubb is a peculiar game played between two teams using several wood pieces. Each winter, the Queen City Kubb hosts a tournament in Dorton Park to find the best of the best in the community. Skuffle for the Shovel is a day-long competition event that brings Kubb players from far and wide. Dogs obviously cannot participate in game-play, but are welcome to come along and spectate this tournament! Registering for the competition is $20.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month November
    Duration 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

    #5 Christmas Parade

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! What better way to stir holiday cheer and celebrate Christmas with your neighbors than with the annual Christmas parade? The Concord Christmas Parade kicks off in November, bringing in both themes of Christmas and Thanksgiving! Spectators can head downtown to set up blankets and chairs with leashed dogs in tow. This event is free to attend, and with Concord’s small-town feel, you are bound to know someone in the parade!
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