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Known as the Twin City, Winston-Salem is North Carolina’s fifth-largest city and is home to a large population of dog lovers. Its Latin motto translates to “A city founded on co-operation”, and that spirit of co-operation is always evident in the way Winston-Salem’s many animal rescue groups bring this community of dog lovers together to help pets in need.

Stepping Stones Canine Rescue is one of those groups. This non-profit, canine-only rescue organization is committed to saving the lives of unwanted and abused dogs in the Triad region. A volunteer-run group, Stepping Stones Canine Rescue is on a mission to rescue, protect, provide sanctuary, and ultimately find adoptive families for abandoned, stray, and neglected dogs.

Animal Adoption & Rescue Foundation (AARF) also pulls out all the stops to help pets who have fallen on hard times. A non-profit that helps dogs and cats in the greater Winston-Salem area, AARF provides rescue and adoption services, pet care information, and education while encouraging the human/animal bond in the wider community.

Finally, no list of inspirational animal welfare groups in Winston-Salem would be complete without mentioning the Forsyth Humane Society. For more than 70 years, this non-profit group has promoted the compassionate treatment of dogs and cats. It supports a no-kill adoption center, helps unwanted dogs and cats find loving homes, and provides a wide range of resources to the local pet community. It’s always on the lookout for volunteers, foster carers, and donations, all of which are essential for the Forsyth Humane Society to keep saving the lives of our four-legged friends.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Winston Salem

  • Admission $35.00
    Month May
    Duration 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

    #1 Mutt Strut


    Get some fresh air, exercise, make some new friends, strut your mutt, and raise money for a good cause! You can expect all that and more at Forsyth Humane Society’s annual Mutt Strut. Held in May, this 5k jog with your dog attracts hundreds of passionate animal welfare advocates and their furry friends. With your pooch by your side you can work up a sweat, meet heaps of like-minded animal lovers, and raise some much-need funds to support the society’s hard work. There’s also plenty of other dog-friendly activities throughout the day and awards for the race winners, so start working on your strut for next year’s event!

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month April
    Duration 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    #2 Winston-Salem Dash Pups in the Park


    Let’s play ball! Bring your pooch along to a ballgame at one of the Winston-Salem Dash’s Pups in the Park nights. Held at several selected games from April through to August, Pups in the Park gives you the paw-fect opportunity to take your pooch along to BB&T Ballpark to witness some high-quality baseball action. You and your canine compadre can participate in a pre-game dog parade around the field, and socialize with plenty of other canines and their owners all night long. Admission is $8 for a lawn seat and $5 for a Pooch Pass.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    #3 Howl-O-Ween Trunk or Treat


    Share all the Halloween fun with your four-legged family member at this grrr-eat annual event! Hosted by Animal CARE Foundation, Howl-O-Ween Trunk or Treat takes place at Midway Town Center in the lead-up to Halloween each year. Kids, adults, and pets are all invited to attend in their spookiest, most furr-ocious costumes, with prizes awarded to the best-dressed guests. There are also plenty of tricks and treats on offer, as well as some tasty refreshments and cute pet portraits. So grab your pet and get ready for a howlingly-good Halloween event.

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  • Admission $6.00
    Month May
    Duration 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    #4 Triad Dog Games


    Have you ever wanted to give your active pooch the op-paw-tunity to try out some fun and fast-paced doggy sports? If so, take him along to the Triad Dog Games at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. Held in May, this annual pet-acular features dogs running, jumping, diving, and retrieving in a huge variety of competitions. Options include disc dog, flyball, agility, dock jumping, and more! You can sign your pooch up to compete or simply sit back and spectate. Best of all, proceeds from the event benefit The Sergei Foundation, a non-profit that provides financial assistance to families unable to afford emergency veterinary care for their pets.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month November
    Duration 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    #5 Paw Days of Fall


    Fall is a beautiful time of year in Winston-Salem, and there’s no better way to experience it than with your dog by your side! That’s why the annual Paw Days of Fall event is well worth adding to your diary for the year ahead. Held in November, this annual fundraiser benefits Animal CARE Foundation, an animal rescue organization that offers adoption, rescue, and education services. Dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome to join you at the festival as you explore a wonderful bake sale, heaps of vendors, music, dog-friendly games, pet adoptions, and some delicious chicken stew. With winter just around the corner, it’s a paw-some day out for the whole family!

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