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The gulf coast town of Galveston, Texas may be known for crazy spring break adventures, but the city is also home to a large number of pets without families that are looking for forever homes.

The Galveston County Animal Resource Center is the largest, most modern shelter in Galveston County. As it provides animal services to Bayou Vista, Hitchcock, Kemah, La Marque, Texas City, and Tiki Island, it houses a large number of cats and dogs at any time. The shelter provides vaccinations, microchips, and spaying or neutering services for all the animals in its care. The Pets of the Week at the shelter are offered at discounted rates in order to find them a new home faster. The shelter helps foster animals and accepts donations to help fund the care that the animals in the facility require.

The Galveston Island Humane Society works hard to protect homeless animals and prevent more from being put on the streets. Even when the shelter is full, all animals are accepted. With the disproportionately high number of homeless animals in the area, many are euthanized, but the Galveston Island Humane Society doesn’t put a time limit on animals within their walls. While the animals are in the care of the organization, it provides food, shelter and medical care. The shelter is also working towards creating spay and neuter programs for the City of Galveston to prevent more unwanted animals in the area.

If you are looking for a new pet in the Galveston area, consider stopping by one of these shelters to pick out a new friend!

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Galveston

  • Admission FREE!
    Month April
    Duration 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    #1 Pet-a-Palooza


    Every April, Pet-a-Palooza comes back to Galveston for an entire day of fun for the whole family! Bring your pooch to the Lyceum Building in Galveston for a day of dogs, shopping, and games.

    The event will start at 10 a.m. with the Blessing of the Animals, followed by a Police K-9 Demonstration, a Pet/Owner Look-a-Like Contest, and a shelter dog parade! There will be contests for the best costume, trick, and dance move, so get your dog ready to win some great prizes! From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy a concert to end the festivities.

    You can bring non-perishable food items to help with the food drive, and donate to the Galveston Island Humane Society while you're there.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month August
    Duration 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    #2 Wiener Dog Event


    The Island Church in Galveston hosts a Wiener Dog Event each August to honor one of the most beloved dog breeds around - the Dachshund! Sign your dog up for the Wiener Dog Race to showcase the speed of your short-legged pooch. Enter the Wiener Dog Trick Contest to see what exciting and unique tricks you can get your dog to perform on stage. There is even a Wiener Dog Costume Contest! Dress your pupper up for a chance to take home the prize for best costume.

    Registration is required before the event, and prices will be disclosed closer to the date of the event.

    The event takes place at Jones Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month July
    Duration 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    #3 Ohana Surf Dog


    You won’t want to miss out on the Ohana Surf Dog Competition that takes place at Ohana Surf and Skate in Galveston each July! From 8 a.m. to noon, watch as dogs hop on their surfboards and ride the waves of the gulf. The first, second, and third place winners will receive bark-tacular prizes!

    Registration is required. You can pre-register online, but there will still be a few registration slots available at the beach the morning of the competition.

    Registration is $25 per dog, and you can add a shirt for $20. Shirts are available for both adults and children. Viewing the competition is free to the public, so you and your mutt can come watch from the sidelines if watersports aren't your area of expertise. All proceeds benefit the Galveston Island Humane Society.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month April
    Duration 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    #4 Galveston Island Dog Show—Bark in the Park


    Join the Galveston Island Humane Society every April for the Galveston Island Dog Show. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., dogs will fill Kempner Park for a day of fun filled with their canine friends. The day starts with a Blessing of the Dogs. Following the Blessing, there will be a variety of contests you can enter your pup in. Sign up for the Best Canine Costume Contest or the Best Pet Trick Contest. There will also be breed-specific contests.

    It costs $5 per dog per class to enter the Charity Dog Show. The event will also offer Canine Good Citizenship Testing for $15 and microchipping for $25.

    All dog breeds are welcome at this event, and kids can come too! Proceeds of the event benefit the Galveston Island Humane Society.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month December
    Duration 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    #5 Milk and Cookies with Santa


    Take the hour drive to Houston for a day with Santa himself! Stop by Kriser’s Natural Pet on Cutten Road in Houston between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on December 9, 2017, to get a photo with Santa and munch down on fun, festive snacks. In addition to photos with Santa, you can get your pooch microchipped and purchase health insurance for him also.

    Grandma Lucy’s goodies will be there for your doggo to enjoy. Young Living Essential Oils will also be on site to teach you about how essential oils can benefit your pet.

    Dog and cat adoptions will be held on site as well.

    Donations of toys and cash will be accepted to help homeless pets in the area.

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