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Princeton may be best known as a college town, but there’s plenty for dog lovers to see, do, and experience in the Princeton and surrounding areas. There are also several animal rescue groups that call Princeton home and are always ready to help pets in need!

SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals, is one such organization. SAVE started rescuing and sheltering abandoned, abused, and homeless dogs and cats in and around Princeton in 1941. Each year, it provides hundreds of animals with essential medical care, food, training, love and TLC.

An independent, non-profit shelter, SAVE has a mission to protect the health and welfare of homeless companion animals in the greater Princeton area. It does this by focusing on six key areas — rescue, shelter, health and welfare, spay/neuter, adoption, and humane education — and its shelter houses approximately 75 dogs and cats at any given time!

Pet Rescue of Mercer is another paw-some local group committed to protecting the welfare and wellbeing of companion animals. Based in Mercer County, this non-profit group is run entirely by volunteers. It rescues neglected, abused, and abandoned animals from local shelters, saving them from euthanasia and then giving them essential care and shelter.

As Pet Rescue of Mercer does not have its own shelter facility, rescued animals are placed in loving foster homes until responsible, permanent homes can be found. Like so many other excellent rescue groups across the country, Pet Rescue of Mercer is always on the lookout for more donations, volunteers, and foster carers. Keep it in mind if you want to lend a paw to animals in need!

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Princeton

  • Admission FREE!
    Month September
    Duration 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    #1 Community Day & BBQ


    Get ready to let the dogs out and have a tail-wagging good time at this grrr-eat community event! Hosted by Brandywine Living at Princeton, this fun-filled family day is a pet-friendly fundraiser for EASEL Animal Rescue League. Highlights include tasty treats from a delicious BBQ, live music, adoptable animals, pet product and service vendors, paw-some raffle baskets, and a whole lot more to savour. It’s a whole afternoon of relaxed enjoyment for you and your pooch, so grab your furry friend and check it out! Admission is via a pet food or monetary donation to benefit EASEL Animal Rescue League.

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  • Admission $25.00
    Month May
    Duration 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

    #2 Miki & Friends 5K Walk and Run for AIR™


    Attitudes In Reverse is a Princeton-based non-profit with a mission to save lives through suicide prevention and mental health education. Each May, it hosts this annual 5K walk or run at Mercer County Park, East Picnic Area, West Windsor, and all participants are invited to bring their dogs along to compete! The course is mostly flat and takes in wooded and sunny areas of the park, and you and your pet can tackle it at whatever pace you feel comfortable. There’s plenty to enjoy after completing the 5K as well, with live music, doggy demonstrations, food vendors, and plenty of pet product booths. Check it out and help raise awareness of a very worthwhile cause!

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  • Admission $5.00
    Month September
    Duration 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

    #3 Bark-A-Que


    Want to have a good time with your furry friend and celebrate the joys of rescue dogs? The annual Bark-A-Que, hosted by Home for Good Dog Rescue in partnership with the Board of Chosen Freeholders of Union County, could be just what you’re looking for! This fun-filled family day celebrates all the dogs that Home for Good has placed with loving, caring owners, and it always provides plenty of entertainment for pets and owners alike. Highlights include paw-some canine contests, adoptable animals, professional photography options, live music, heaps of food, and some grrr-eat on-site shopping. Whether you’re young or old and have two legs or four, Bark-A-Que has something for everyone!

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  • Admission $11.00
    Month August
    Duration From 5:00 pm Onward

    #4 Bark at the Park


    Want to take in some high-quality baseball with your four-legged fur-kid? We know you do, and Bark at the Park is the event for you! The Trenton Thunder has been welcoming dog lovers and their pets to its annual Bark at the Park night for more than a decade, allowing you and your furry friend to sit back, relax and watch the ballgame in comfort. Well-behaved dogs are more than welcome and get in for free, and you can also enter the K9 Cash Scramble for a chance to win a grrr-eat cash prize. There’s plenty more freebies and festivities throughout the evening, not to mention the chance to meet plenty of other dog lovers, so get your tickets early and play ball!

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration 12:15 pm - 2:15 pm

    #5 The Concord Pet Halloween Party


    One of the great joys of Halloween is getting your fur-baby dressed up in all manner of cute, adorable, and spooky outfits. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that the Concord Pet Halloween Party is always such a highly-anticipated event. Held at Concord Pet Foods and Supplies in Princeton Shopping Center, this paw-ty always features heaps of cuddly canines in their finest Halloween costumes. There’s a hilarious pet costume contest with some paw-some prizes, as well as trick or treating, glitter tattoos for the kids, and a whole lot more to enjoy! Add it to your Halloween events diary for the year ahead.

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