The “Biggest Little City in the World” may be better known for its casinos and hotels than anything else, but Reno is also a grrr-eat place to live or visit with your dog. There’s a stack of dog-friendly attractions and experiences to explore, plus plenty of dedicated animal welfare and rescue groups working to improve the lives of the city’s animals.
The SPCA of Northern Nevada, for example, has been helping Reno’s pets since 1998. Established as the first no-kill shelter in Nevada, this community-funded organization promotes the responsible treatment of homeless dogs and cats. In addition to rescuing homeless animals and placing them in loving forever homes, it promotes spaying and neutering to control pet overpopulation. It also focuses on rural rescue with the goal to help all of northern Nevada become a no-kill community.
Nevada Humane Society also helps dogs in need in Reno and the surrounding areas. This charitable non-profit has a history dating back to 1932, and today it promotes animal welfare while finding homes and providing essential veterinary care to northern Nevada’s stray pets. In pursuit of its vision for every animal to have a healthy, happy life, Nevada Humane Society has saved over 90,000 animals.
These are just two of the animal rescue and welfare groups that help Reno’s homeless pets. There are plenty of other wonderful organizations that we simply don’t have the space to mention here, and all of them are worthy of your support!
Love getting out, about, and active with your pooch? This is the event for you. The annual Jog with your Dog is a 5k fun run/walk held at Reno’s Wingfield Park. For one day each May, you and your pet can join crowds of other dog lovers as you walk, trot, and socialize your way around the 5k course. But this is so much more than an opportunity to jog with your dog; the event also features an adorable pet beauty pageant, a pet expo with heaps of vendors, pet entertainment, and so much more! The beauty pageant is $10 to enter, with all proceeds benefiting the Nevada Humane Society.
DogFest Walk 'n Roll is an annual fundraiser that provides essential financial support to Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit that trains assistance dogs for people with disabilities. The Reno event takes place in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park and features a scenic half-mile stroll through the park. You and your four-legged friend are invited to come along, enjoy a relaxing stroll with plenty of other dog lovers, and raise money for a good cause. The walk ‘n roll is followed by heaps of pet-friendly festival fun and a delicious BBQ, so you and your pooch will be entertained all day long.
This annual canine carnival is promoted as Reno’s premier pet event, and it’s not hard to see why! Held in July during the Artown Festival, Art Paws, sees more than 5,000 pets and their people stroll down to McKinley Arts and Cultural Center Park. There they can frolic on the banks of the Truckee River, make animal art at the paw painting booth, watch K9 demonstrations, and participate in heaps of doggy contests. Artisan vendors also display everything from pet-themed jewelry and sculptures to oils, watercolors, and portraits, while there are live music and a beer garden to ensure that everyone has a dog-gone good time!
If you love dogs, we think you’ll absolutely adore Fido Fest! This annual dog lover’s festival, held at The Summit in South Reno, brings together all the Fido-friendly fun and entertainment you could paw-sibly want. While plenty of stores at The Summit will be joining in the festivities with specials and giveaways, at Center Plaza you’ll find vendors selling a wide range of pet-related products, rescue groups with adoptable dogs, live entertainment, food trucks, and beer. It’s a celebration of all things canine, so take your dog along and check it out!
Love running with your dog? Tails on the Trails is the only timed trail race in Nevada that allows you to run with your canine companion. Held in Hidden Valley Regional Park and benefiting the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, Tails on the Trails is a paw-some way for you and your pooch to get some exercise and spend some quality time together. There are special courses designed to suit all fitness levels — the 10k Canine Climb, 5k Ruff Ridge, and 1-mile Lazy Dog Jog — while there’s also an all-day, dog-friendly festival at the start/finish line. The festival features interactive doggy activities, vendors, food, and more, so come out for a day filled with exercise and fun!