You don’t get named America’s best city for dogs unless you’re pooch-friendly from top to bottom, so it was no surprise when Austin took out Dog Fancy magazine’s DogTown USA title in 2014! The capital of the Lone Star State is one of the dog-gone greatest cities for furry friends you’ll ever likely come across, and it’s home to everything a dog owner could ever want all in one place.
Since 2011, Austin has held the title of America’s largest no-kill city, which means more than 90% of animals have been rescued from shelters across this beautiful Texan city. Austin Pets Alive! is one of the dedicated rescue groups that go above and beyond to look after the city’s unwanted animals. Since 2008, it’s rescued more than 40,000 dogs and cats across Austin and implemented a range of innovative programs to greatly reduce the killing of companion animals.
Austin Dog Rescue is another top animal welfare organization, and one that’s been finding loving homes for homeless dogs since 2006. All volunteer-based, this paw-some non-profit saves dogs from Central Texas Shelter and gives them a shot at a better, happier life. It also runs spay and neuter programs and provides a range of educational resources to help end the homeless animal cycle.
Forgotten Friends also works its tail off to improve the lives of Austin’s dogs. A mixed-breed rescue group, Forgotten Friends started rescuing pooches of all shapes and sizes in 1999. A non-profit since 2004, this all-volunteer group has helped countless dogs find their forever homes.
Does your dog deserve a pet-acular doghouse that’s a whole lot more than just another kennel? Head on down to Barkitecture, the unique and inspirational custom doghouse design show and contest. You and your pooch can wander around a collection of innovative, creative, and downright amazing doghouses from Austin’s leading architects, interior designers, and builders. Not only can you bid on these paw-riffic doghouses but you can also learn about animal adoption, buy products from local vendors, and even get involved in a costume contest. To top it all off, Barkitecture raises much-needed funds to support a host of animal-based non-profits.
We all love our rescue pets, so why not get out and celebrate all the joy, love, and companionship they bring into our lives? Love Your Rescue Pet Day is a day designed to do just that, and maybe also help some other unloved pets find forever homes. This fun family event promises you and your pet an afternoon of doggy delights. There’s a pet photo booth, local business pop-ups, an exciting raffle, and even a chance to share the story of how a rescue dog changed your life. This leads into a nighttime benefit concert (tickets $18 in advance) featuring local Austin artists so you can get your tail wagging all night long!
This two-day Oktoberfest celebration is a whole lot more than just another party; it also gives you the paw-fect opportunity to raise funds for some deserving, local non-profits. Held at the North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery in Stonelake, Oktoberfest boasts beer, brats, and some grrr-eat live music. The highlights for dog lovers, however, are the wiener dog and all-breed dog costume contests. Admission is via a suggested $2 donation, so dress your pooch in her most fetching outfit and get ready for a weekend of dog-friendly fun.
Paw-some pet events don’t get any better than Dogtoberfest Austin. This annual pooch party has raised more than $250,000 for Austin dog rescue groups over the past nine years, and the jam-packed festival always draws thousands of dog lovers and their furry friends to the Domain. Rather than asking what there is to do at Oktoberfest, you might as well ask what isn’t there to do. There’s a pooch-friendly 1K run (DogtoberTROT), pet portraits, wiener dog races, a canine costume contest, silent auction, and a schedule of events bigger than a Labrador’s appetite! If you love dogs, you’ll love Dogtoberfest Austin.
A 5k fun run with your pooch to raise money for a good cause — sounds like a great day out, huh? The annual Run for the Rovers takes place at Krieg Field each November, as crowds of animal lovers and their four-legged friends get panting to support Blue Dog Rescue. Open to all ages, the event features a range of exciting challenges for you and your furry friend, as well as food and drink, vendor booths, and a whole lot more! Check it out if you and your pet are ready to run.