Located next to the Canadian border in upstate New York, Buffalo is full of dog-friendly attractions, experiences, and events! It’s also teeming with animal lovers and a variety of hardworking animal welfare organizations and rescue groups.
The SPCA Serving Erie County is a perfect example. Having opened its doors way back in 1867, this local humane society has been helping animals in the region for 150 years, and today cares for almost 12,000 animals each year. From its state-of-the-art shelter in West Seneca, to its several off-site adoption locations, it helps unwanted and unloved pets find loving, responsible owners.
Buffalo Pug and Small Breed Rescue is another of the region’s leading animal rescue groups. Founded in 2003, this all-volunteer non-profit is dedicated to saving the lives of pint-sized pooches in and around Buffalo. It is always on the lookout for donations, volunteers, and foster carers, and always has a collection of cute canines up for adoption.
Pets Alive WNY also works day in, day out to improve the lives of pets in the Buffalo area. With a motto that “Every Life Counts, Every Life Matters”, this inspirational group has been saving at-risk animals since 2006. It runs a facility that houses dogs, cats, rabbits, and farm animals, while its small adoption center only houses cats with dogs living in foster homes.
Proudly modelled on the original Pets Alive in Middletown, NY, Pets Alive WNY is well worth a look if you’re searching for a rescue group to support, or maybe for a new furry friend to welcome into your family.
Looking for a pet party to promote a good cause? PetFest could be just the ticket! Hosted by local non-profit Joyful Rescues, PetFest is a wonderful pet celebration and rescue reunion for adopted animals. Held in August at Joyful Rescues in Cuba, NY, PetFest features live music, delicious food, and tours of the rescue group’s facility. There are heaps of fun doggy contests on offer — a lookalike contest, a talent contest, and a 'who travelled the furthest' award — plus a basket raffle, yard sale, and an adoptable pet parade! Pets on-leash are more than welcome, so why not head along and support this inspirational rescue organization?
Enjoy a scenic two-mile walk with your four-legged friend at this paw-some annual fundraiser. Held at Beaver Island State Park, Paws in the Park raises much-needed funds to support the SPCA Serving Erie County. The highlight, of course, is the relaxing walk, which is always a social affair and a great op-paw-tunity to meet other dog lovers while also getting a little exercise. But once you’ve crossed the finish line, you can also shop for grrr-eat products from dozens of pet-related vendors, witness doggy demonstrations, and enter your pet in exciting canine contests. It’s non-stop fun in the sun for you, your dog, and the whole family!
The Wine and Wags Social is one of the most anticipated events on the canine social calendar! Hosted by the SPCA Serving Erie County, this lip-lickingly good annual fundraiser lets dog lovers and their pets enjoy an array of treats for the taste buds. With your four-footed companion by your side, the Wine and Wags Social gives you the chance to sample wines, beers, food, and pet products and services from a huge variety of leading local establishments. With delicious treats from wineries, bakeries, breweries, food trucks, and local restaurants, there’s no excuse not to spoil yourself. And with the chance to bid on gift certificates and baskets in a silent auction, you can help raise more money to support the SPCA’s excellent work!
What could possibly be more fun than getting your dog dressed up in her most spectacular Halloween costume? How about doing it with a whole lot of other dog lovers and their furry friends? Hosted by Lancaster Unleashed, the annual Woof & Treat is a paw-some howl-iday event that sees pooches of all shapes and sizes don their best costumes and take a stroll through the Village of Lancaster’s Central Business District. Funds raised go directly to Lancaster Unleashed and its campaign for a Lancaster Community Dog Park, while there are fantastic prizes on offer for the best pet costume and owner/pet lookalike.
Beautiful, adoptable dogs, delicious beers, and plenty of fun with your canine companion — what more could you want from an event? Barks at the Brewery is held in September at Buffalo’s Resurgence Brewing Company, with 100 percent of proceeds on the day going to support the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter. While you put away a tasty brew or two, your pet can enjoy free treats, pet portraits, and a few other surprises. Adoptable pets from the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter will be there looking for a fur-ever home, while gift basket raffles help raise further funds throughout the day. So sit back, relax, and take it all in with your dog!