Situated in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area, Arlington is known as “The American Dream City”. And for those dogs dreaming of finding the love and happiness they so richly deserve, Arlington is home to a range of dedicated rescue groups committed to making those dreams come true.
Arlington Humane Society, for example, has been helping pets and pet owners in the region since 1984. Founded by local vets, dog trainers and kennel owners, the society is based on the core belief of “retention not surrender”. To realize this vision, this volunteer-run organization does everything it can to help owners keep their dogs, while it also offers shelter and care to animals whose owners have no other option than surrender.
Friends of Arlington Animal Services also ensures that more of Arlington’s unwanted pets can look forward to a brighter future. A non-profit that acts independently of the Arlington Shelter, this group has a mission to increase the live release rate at Arlington Animal Services and improve the wellbeing of the city’s animals. Established in 2007, it runs adoptions, marketing, community awareness campaigns and more to help Arlington’s homeless pets.
Braveheart Animal Rescue is another local rescue group providing essential assistance to animals in need. Based in Fort Worth, it’s a non-profit that rescues at-risk and injured animals from local shelters, plus educates the community about the importance of spaying and neutering. The pets Braveheart rescues are given the veterinary care, rehabilitation, and rest they need before being matched with a forever home.
Enjoy great beer and great company for a great cause at Hops for Hounds. Held in December at Dallas’ Community Beer Company, this paw-some event helps you enjoy a delicious brew (or two) and raise funds for local animal rescue group DFW FurGotten Friends. You and your pooch are invited to come along, socialize, and have a great time with the knowledge that every pint sold benefits a dog in need. Other highlights include food trucks on site, games and raffle prizes all night long, and plenty of adorable dogs up for adoption. Sounds like a grrr-eat night out, huh?
Get into the festive spirit and take the plunge with your pooch at the DOGSDFW Polar Plunge. Held at Paradise 4 Paws, a luxury dog and cat resort, the Polar Plunge is a laid-back afternoon of dog-friendly fun and games for you and your pooch. Your canine companion can enjoy access to the resort’s expansive indoor play area, which even includes a bone-shaped splashing pool and indoor grass. A special guest from the North Pole also makes an appearance, so you can get some howl-iday photos of your pup, while there are goodie bags for all and some wonderful raffle prizes up for grabs.
The Hawaiian Falls Water Park in Mansfield promises hours of splash-tastic entertainment for the whole family, and your pooch can even join in the fun at this pet-acular annual festival. Held in September, Hounds at Hawaiian Falls gives your four-legged friend the op-paw-tunity to enjoy a relaxing float down the Kona Kooler Lazy River and even catch a few waves in the Waikiki Beach Wave Pool. There are also plenty of doggy and human refreshments, games, giveaways, and pet adoptions, with proceeds from the day benefiting MADE in Texas Assistance Dogs. All friendly, vaccinated dogs are welcome when accompanied by an adult.
Held in nearby Mansfield, Barks & Rec offers the paw-fect excuse for you to get out and get active with your dog. All the fun starts six weeks out from the actual date of the event, as the city’s Barks & Rec Running Club provides six weeks of training to help you and your pooch get ready to complete a 5k race. After getting into shape, you and your furry friend can then tackle the Barks & Rec 5k Fun Run, joining scores of other two- and four-legged runners at Katherine Rose Memorial Park. Then you can sit back, relax, and enjoy Barks in the Park, a doggy day out featuring demonstrations, contests, a Shelter Dogs Fashion Show, pet products, and a whole lot more!
Three days of art, music, food, wine, and beer, all of which can be enjoyed with your pet in tow — where do we sign? South Street Art Festival is the longest-running art festival in the Downtown District of Arlington. It features creations from a huge range of artists who work in different mediums, as well as live music, a craft beer and wine garden, and plenty of food vendors. Best of all for animal lovers, all well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to attend!