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The beautiful city of Nashville, also known as Music City, is known for its nightlife, culture, and of course, the musicians that line its streets. It's also becoming known for being one of the dog-friendliest cities in the south! Among the hundreds of pet-friendly options for eating, drinking, and attractions, it's easy for you and your four-legged buddy to go nosing through Nashville together. 


One of the biggest organizations in Nashville that's putting on many of the pup-friendly events and fundraisers in the area is the Nashville Humane Association. Founded initially to protect children and draft horses from mistreatment, the subjects have changed a bit, but the message remains the same, protecting and being a voice for those who do not have one. Overall, the human association is dedicated to finding responsible homes and controlling pet overpopulation while also promoting the humane treatment of animals. Through humane education, community outreach programs, pet adoptions, and sheltering, the association is able to help thousands of animals each year.


Another popular organization in Nashville is the Love At First Sight! adoption center. Open since 1995, the organization is committed to finding puppies and kittens loving, safe, and responsible homes. Since it's inception, they've helped over 8,500 pets find loving homes! 


Crossroads Pets is another popular organization in Nashville with a different goal - uniting people and animals to help them bond and heal. Through many diverse programs they offer, they bring people from all walks of life together to make differences in the lives of homeless animals. 

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Nashville

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    #1 Music City Mutt Strutt & Dog Day Festival

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    This annual event is the most happenin' 5k run & walk around, and it's guaranteed to be a tail-waggin' good time! You and your bow-wow can join thousands of others in Music City's Centennial Park for a brisk 5k all for a great cause. The event, put on by the Nashville Humane Society, even features an all-day special festival after you and your pawesome pup cross the finish line (check out the next event to get even more details)! Though it's $35 to enter, all the proceeds go toward the Nashville Humane Association to care for the lovable mutts in the area. You and your pooch can walk, sprint, skip, or roll into this non-timed 5k and not only help raise money for a notable cause, but also have a blast bonding with your buddy!
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    #2 Nashville Humane Association Dog Day Festival

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    We've told you all about the Mutt Strut in Nasvhille, but did you know there's an extra, all-day, huge event festival that takes place immediately after? Enter the Dog Day Festival. This annual fest is put on by the Nashville Humane Society and is the main event following the Mutt Strutt. So, what can you expect after the race is over? Doggy arts and crafts (pawsitely adorable), kid zones, K9 contests, delicious food, yummy drinks, live entertainment, and so much more! You and your pooch are sure to love this puppy-event! 


    Though it's $5 for you and your pup to gain entrance to the dog day, Mutt Strutt runners, walkers, and barkers get free admission! Consider attending both events for double the puppy-lovin' that day.

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    #3 Barktoberfest

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    Barktoberfest is one of the biggest, barky-est, bow-wow events in all of Music City, and it's no secret. In the past ten years, the event has grown immensely, welcoming hundreds of people to the festival - so many that the free festival now has to charge $5 for parking to cover the huge operating costs! You and your pooch (on a leash, please) can bond together over food trucks, a giant pet adoption fair, and canine spot demonstrations. Best of all, the most popular event of the festival will be featured once again - the Howl-o-Ween costume contest! It's $15 for you and your dressed up pup to enter for a chance to win fun prizes!
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    #4 Unleashed: Dinner With Your Dog

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    The Nashville Humane Association is at it again, bringing you and your pooch yet another pawesome event - the Unleashed Dinner! This annual fundraising event features a delicious dinner for you and your pup, as well as tasty drinks, and live and silent auctions. Best of all, there's a doggie fashion show! NHA dogs are dressed in their very best showing off the latest in canine couture while raising money for the association. The funds raised by this event go toward helping the over 3,500 dogs and cats in the NHA. You can purchase a ticket for you and your pooch for $100, or buy a catwalk ticket for $175.
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    #5 Waterpaws Pool Party

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    Though a fairly new puppy-event in Nashville,  the Waterpaws Pool Party is quickly capturing the hearts of Tennessee pups. Helping Animals of Warren County has teamed up with the city's parks and recreation department to bring you and your pup a pool-party unlike any other. Bring your four-legged friends to splish-splash-and-sniff in the Gilley. The event is more than just a puppy pool party though, it's a food-and-supply drive that will be donated to local shelters in need. Additionally, doggo vendors and booths will be set up for you and your pup to explore. Make sure you clean up after your fluffy friend, and only bring your pup to the party if he's been vaccinated, is clear of rabies, and has good manners.
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