Just like so many other cities and towns across the United States, Omaha is home to a huge community of proud dog owners and their furry friends. With a thriving dog-friendly scene, Omaha also features a number of grrr-eat animal rescue and welfare organizations that protect and save dogs in desperate need of help.
Nebraska Humane Society is one of those groups. With a mission to protect, save, and enrich the lives of animals in the local area, Nebraska Humane wants every pet to find a good home. Founded way back in 1875, it opens its doors to more than 30,000 animals in need every year.
Little White Dog Rescue may not be as large or as well-known, but it still does a great deal of important work. Founded in 2007, this all-volunteer group specializes in rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming small dogs. With no shelter to call its own, Little White Dog Rescue relies on a network of dedicated foster carers to give all kinds of small dogs a chance at a better life.
Speaking of chances, Muddy Paws Second Chance Rescue is another non-profit with a mission to help homeless dogs find happiness. Launched in January 2015, this no-kill organization is based in the Council Bluffs/Omaha area and works with all breeds of dogs. Entirely run by volunteers, the group focuses on keeping pets in their loving homes and is always in need of any help and support it can get.
Take a stroll, make some new friends, and raise funds to support homeless animals — sounds like a great day out, right? This is what you can expect at the annual Margre Durham Walk for the Animals, held each September at the Nebraska Humane Society Campus. The largest pet-friendly event in the area, Walk for the Animals sees hundreds of animal lovers and their fur-kids join forces to raise funds and make friends. There’s also a 5K run for active canines and humans, as well as live music, food vendors, a beer garden, and adoptable animals. All proceeds benefit Nebraska Humane Society.
Looking for a truly unique animal fundraiser you can enjoy with your dog? This could be just what the veterinarian ordered! Dining With Dogs is a paw-some opportunity for you and your canine companion to enjoy a night of fun, food, and drinks, and all to benefit the Nebraska Humane Society! Your pooch can sample mutt-tinis and yappy-tizers while you mingle with friends, and then four- and two-legged guests can enjoy dinner together. Add it to your calendar for next April.
It’s time to start picking out the perfect howl-o-ween costume for your dog because Tricks for Treats is almost here once again! Held at Midtown Crossing Turner Park in the lead-up to Halloween, this woof-tastic family event offers fun for humans and canines of all ages. You and your pet can enjoy all the fun of a costume contest, vendor village, photo booth, grrr-eat giveaways, and some good old-fashioned trick or treating. All pups that are leashed and on their best behaviour are more than welcome to attend.
A summer-long pub crawl with your pet by your side? Where do we sign? The Patio Pup Crawl series kicks off in May and is held on every second and fourth Tuesday of the month throughout summer. With your furry friend in tow, you can hop around the patios of Cantina Laredo CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar and Black Oak Grill Omaha to sample some tasty beverages and delicious food. Each individual night is hosted by a different Omaha dog organization, and there are plenty of prizes and drink specials for all to enjoy. If you’re ready to wet your whistle, get crawling!
Get out and about to celebrate all things dog and summer in Omaha at this Fido-friendly festival! Held in August at Riverwest Park on the Elkhorn Riverfront, the Dog Daze of Summer Festival features a jam-packed schedule of pooch-related fun. Highlights include a beer garden (which also serves beer for dogs), adoptable pets, live music, food vendors, and a whole lot of fun. Your pooch will enjoy the day just as much as you will, with plenty of paw-fect opportunities to meet and greet some new friends. And while entrance is $10 per dog, humans get in free!