Have you heard of the Emerald City? It’s ranked in the Top 10 Best Places to Live on Forbes, and its slogan is “A Great City for the Arts and Outdoors”.
The Emerald City has a population of over 160,000 people, and with a third of them being dog owners, it devotes its time to helping animal rescues as they are a big part of this outdoor loving city. This city uses its green space to its advantage by creating shelters where doggies can feel like they’re on vacation.
Luvable Dog Rescue is a great organization with a cottage-like atmosphere that acts as a sanctuary for dogs and provides them with a home-style environment where they have the freedom to roam around and stay active. It’s a private non-profit organization that’s saved over 2000 doggies thus far! How amazing is that?
Greenhill Humane Society is another great organization that prides itself on the fact that it’s a life-saving organization – there is no time limit on a dog’s life! It’s been around for 72 years, can you guess how many animals they’ve saved in that time frame? (check your guess on their site)
These organizations are doing an amazing job but could use extra animals lovers with paw-some skills to gather donations, or volunteer. Eugene is filled with dog friendly activities just waiting for you to embark on, so let’s increase the amount of dog owners in this city!
Have you ever tried to race your dog but they were too fast for you? Well, it’s time to start training because Bark in the Park is back and it involves a lot of endurance! If you live a healthy lifestyle and want to prove your dog wrong, this is your opportunity. This is an annual event held in May at Alton Baker Park by Greenhill Humane Society that involves a 5k/10k run, or a 2k walk if you just can’t keep up with your doggo. The goal is to raise money for homeless pets, and with over 1,110 people + fur babies attending you better start preparing now!
Do you ever take your dog for a walk, but the whole time he’s trying to pull you toward gardens that looks perfect and untouchable? It’s okay, now you can let him explore the flora at the North Eugene Area Gardens and Benefit for Homeless Animals. This annual event happens every September when the flowers are still vibrant, and the air is nice and crisp. Your pooch will feel like royalty around such beauty and will probably stop digging holes in your yard afterwards (ha! No way!)
Do you feel like your dog gets sad when you go to Costco and try all the samples without him? Well, each November on a designated day between 12pm – 3pm at PetSmart, your doggie can have some samples too! And we bet he won’t share. The annual Feasting event offers pets with a sampling of the season's favorite flavors like pumpkin and sweet potato! As a fur parent, you can also learn some health benefits, pet-etiquette tips and best practices for the holidays. Don’t forget to take home a free can of something special, and coupons!
We all hate leaving our dog behind when we go out for dinner, but what if you didn’t have to? Eugene offers several dog-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating, ready to feed you and your pup! At Cornbread Café (an amazing vegan restaurant) pets are encouraged! Although Oregon law states pets aren’t allowed in the indoor dining area unless they’re service animals, these restaurants work around that because “it’s part of the Eugene culture”, as said by an employee at the cornbread Café.
The idea of taking a small pooch to a dog park known for large pups can be scary, especially if your dog is so small the grass makes it difficult to see them! In 2011, Eugene created its first off-leash dog park for tiny puppers, making it safe and easy to take the little one outdoors. Now, these mini pooches can pick on pups their own size! Amazon Dog Park is a secure dog park meant for dogs under 25 pounds, and it’s completely constructed and maintained by a volunteer group!