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The Florence Area Humane Society (FAHS) provides a safe haven for animals in need throughout Florence, SC and the surrounding community. Working in conjunction with the City of Florence, they are able to take in and care for lost, homeless, abandoned, and neglected animals until they can be reunited with their families or placed in loving permanent homes. 

The city owns and operates the Jayne Boswell Animal Shelter while the Florence Area Humane Society facilitates the adoptions, volunteer assistance, foster program, and lots of resources to ensure the shelter's furry residents live fulfilled lives. Together, the dedicated staff and volunteers work tirelessly to shelter, feed, and compassionately care for every creature that comes through their doors. 

In all that they do, the Florence Area Humane Society strives to speak for those who do not have a voice and exceed the animals' needs so that they can live happy, healthy lives. Each animal the shelter takes in receives medical attention, vaccinations, and a spay/neuter procedure before their eventual journey into a suitable and responsible forever home! 

They operate an extensive volunteer program through which families, individuals, students, and groups can get involved to have an immense impact on the lives of Florence's precious pets. Volunteers help the city shelter and humane society with daily care and maintenance, animal socialization, fostering, fundraising, transport, offsite adoptions, and much more! 

Together with the local community and the City of Florence, the Florence Area Humane Society provides lifesaving care and services, helping more than 1,000 companion animals every year.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Florence

  • Admission $25.00
    Month October
    Duration 8:00 am Onward

    #1 Canines in Costume

    Every October, dogs decked out in their Halloween best gather with their humans for the annual Canines in Costume for a Cause 5K/10K! Bring your creatively-costumed critter along to the Country Club of SC to participate in the 5K or 10K run and enjoy a day of fun! Registration is $25 for the 5K and $30 for the 10K and proceeds benefit the lifesaving work of the Florence Area Humane Society. This fee includes a raffle ticket, food, and a dry-wicking event shirt! Make sure to stick around after the race for the raffle, food, a canine costume contest, and a tail-waggin' good time! Prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place doggos. Come be festive with your furry friend and move those paws for a great cause!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month July
    Duration 11:00 am - 12:00 am

    #2 Grateful Dog Festival

    Come in your best tie-dye and get groovy 'til the wee hours of the morning at this pawsome party featuring music, dancing, vendors, games, contests, and all things dog! The Grateful Dog Festival takes place every summer at Southern Hops Brewing Company, bringing together brews, food, and family- and dog-friendly fun! The event features inside and outside stages, 14 awesome local bands, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, a "Cutest Pooch Contest", a bingo motorcycle run, tie-dying, face painting, and a whole lot more. The event is free to the public, but proceeds from the raffle, silent auction, merchandise sales, and dontations benefit local humane societies. Bring all the two and four-legged members of your family for a day of peace, love, music, and dogs!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    #3 Oktoberfest


    Join in the festivities as Downtown Florence celebrates the best of German music, food, beer, and fine wines. Best of all, your crowd-friendly pooch pals are invited and encouraged to attend! The evening's activities include the ceremonial keg tapping, delicious German delicacies, costume contests, beer-centered games, and Dachshund races! Register your weenie or “almost a weenie” dog to participate in the races! Race fee is $5 and benefits the Florence Area Humane Society! Costumed canines of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to participate in the event's annual all-breed Dog Costume Contest! Florence Downtown Oktoberfest takes place at the 100 Block of S. Dargan Street and is free to the public! Beer and food tickets can be purchased on site to indulge in the best treats of Germany!

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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Dawn-Dusk, Year-R...

    #4 David H. McLeod Dog Park

    This quaint, spacious off-leash park is a dog's dream! Located within the 48-acre recreational David H. McLeod Park, this doggie-designated area offers plenty of trees, several benches, a shady gazebo, and a beautiful, vast pond. Sit back and enjoy the park's plentiful shade while your canine companion wades in the water, plays with puppy peers, and runs alongside other rovers! You can even enjoy the surrounding park with your leashed pooch, offering walking nature paths, picnic areas, playgrounds, restrooms, and various sports courts and fields. Both canine and human visitors agree, a trip to David H. McLeod Dog Park is a great way to spend a day!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Dawn-Dusk, Year R...

    #5 Florence Rail Trail


    The Florence Rail Trail is a great place to get your pup that much-needed exercise and outdoor time! As a part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, the trail was converted from an unused railroad corridor into a paved and well-maintained path for community use. The trailhead is located at the intersection of Old Ebenezer and South Ebenezer roads and continues for 2, tree-lined miles featuring sweet gums, honeysuckle, grape vines, and various bird species. The paved corridor provides plenty of room for bikers, runners, and dog walkers to share the space with ease. Bring your four-legged friend along for a little taste of nature, just be sure to watch for bikes!

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