In the City of Brotherly Love, the love extends to the canine population as well as the human citizens. Philadelphia is home to a host of special animal welfare groups that have an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of homeless animals.
The Pennsylvania SPCA is the state’s oldest and largest animal welfare organization. In fact, it’s the second largest of such organizations in the entire United States and can trace its history back to 1867. Run on a no-kill philosophy, the Pennsylvania SPCA rescues animals from cruelty and neglect, rehabilitates them and then helps them find permanent, loving homes.
Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is another great organization committed to helping the city’s at-risk pets. A non-profit group, PAWS helps homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals through its two clinics, providing affordable basic veterinary care to the animals that need it most. And if you’re looking to adopt a dog, check out the group’s boutique Adoption Center in the Old City District of Philadelphia.
Wet Nose Rescue also battles tirelessly to help the dogs of Philly. With a mission to help abandoned dogs that would otherwise be euthanized or forced to live in terrible conditions, Wet Nose Rescue is a non-profit group that opens its doors to all breeds. Founded in 2008, it is comprised entirely of volunteers and is always in need of donations and additional support. If you can lend a helping paw, Philadelphia’s dogs will reap the rewards.
Touted as the must-do fall festival for dogs and their people, Mutt Strut is a pet-acular annual event that always draws a crowd. By teaming up with your pooch to get out there and strut your stuff, you can raise much-needed funds and awareness for Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). The scenic strut route in the Navy Yard promises a relaxing stroll, while there’s plenty more to have you and your dog licking your respective lips. Highlights include an agility course, food trucks, costume and talent contests, and live music, so get out there and start strutting!
Go for a scenic run or walk and raise funds for a paw-sitively wonderful cause at this active annual fundraiser. Held at Pickering Meade Farm, the home of Main Line Animal Rescue (MLAR), this relaxed morning event features a 5K run or a 4K jog. You and your child-friendly pooch can tackle the peaceful cross-country course at whatever pace you like, enjoying lovely views of the countryside, fresh spring air, and a wonderful community spirit. Best of all, all funds raised go to benefit MLAR’s efforts to help animals in need!
Held annually in Philly and a number of other locations around the country, DogFest Walk ‘n Roll promises a tail-waggin’ good time for you and your pet. This dog- and family-friendly event raises funds for Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit that trains assistance dogs for people with disabilities. The focus is on fun as you and your four-legged friend tackle the easy one-mile course, and you can then cool down by enjoying a grrr-eat family festival into the afternoon.
Want to check out the latest and greatest pet products? Step right up to the Greater Philadelphia Pet Expo held each January at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. You’ll be able to browse innovative and interesting products from an extensive list of retailers, and hopefully, you can pick up a bargain or two. There’s also plenty of doggy demonstrations, a parade of breeds, and information on responsible pet ownership. Friday is family night, when children 12 and under get in free, while leashed pets are more than welcome all weekend long!
Mums and Mutts is a great little organization with a mission to raise funds and awareness for animals in need. Each October, it holds this fabulously fun and furry fundraiser at Burke Playground to benefit local animal rescues. That’s a good enough reason to attend right there, but if you need more convincing, maybe you’d be interested in the ridiculously cute doggie costume contest, or the great prizes on offer through a range of games and giveaways. And there’s plenty more for you and your pet to see and do, with live music, an awesome kids’ zone, a blessing of the animals, and more than 15 local rescues and shelters with adoptable pets. Oh, and plenty of food and drinks to keep the whole family (including your leashed doggo) happy!