Grand Prairie, Texas, is home to over 175,000 people, which means that there are bound to be homeless animals in the area. Luckily for these animals, there are local animal shelters that will take them in and care for them while they wait for a new family to bring them home.
In Grand Prairie, the Grand Prairie Animal Services and Prairie Paws Adoption Center bring in and care for lost, abandoned, and homeless animals. As part of the City of Grand Prairie, Prairie Paws Adoption Center is the main place for homeless animals to be brought in due to its work with Grand Prairie Animal Services. Prairie Paws Adoption Center works hard to provide the public low-cost spay and neuter services as well as vaccinations. Grand Prairie Animal Services often works with wild animals and livestock as well.
The DFW Humane Society, located in Irving, Texas, is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter that is dedicated to saving the lives of as many animals as it can. All of the homeless animals that come into the DFW Humane Society are fed and provided medical care until they can find new homes. This shelter can house between 80 and 100 animals at any given time and relies heavily on donations and fundraisers to care for these unfortunate animals.
If you are considering bringing a new pet into your home, contact one of these shelters to schedule a visit with their animals. Each shelter is home to dozens of animals that would love to love you!
Easter is a fun time of year in the DFW area, and your dog can join in on all the fun at the Lee Park Pooch Parade! Taking place along the Turtle Creek parade route, the Lee Park Pooch Parade is a day of dressing up and fun for the whole family. Join the costume contest for a chance for your doggo to win an award in a number of fun categories including Best Easter Inspired Costume.
The parade begins at 2 pm, and check-in starts an hourly earlier.
Advance registration is $10 per costume entry, which can include a group or just an individual dog. Day-of registration will be $15 per costume entry. Each entry requires the accompaniment of at least one adult.
Irving Poochfest is a fun event for your entire family—especially your pooch! Join other dog owners and their beloved pups from 8 am to 1 pm on a Saturday each October for a day filled with vendor booths, a pet parade, contests, music, food, and more.
Stop by the low-cost vaccine clinic hosted by Texas Coalition for Animal Protection between 10 am and noon for discounted vaccines! From 8 am to 1 pm, there will be a Trash and Treasure Sale with all kinds of great finds.
Admission is free, but it costs $5 to enter the contests. The event takes place at Irving Heritage Senior Center.
Bring your dog out for a day of swimming each September at the Hawaiian Falls in Mansfield, Texas. During Hounds at Hawaiian Falls, you and your pupper can splash in the Waikiki Wave Pool or the Splashwater Reef Kiddie Pool. The Kona Kooler River will also be open for floating. Vendors will be on-site selling all kinds of doggy goodies!
There will be food and refreshments available for both humans and dogs.
Ticket prices start at $20 per adult and $15 per kid when purchased before August 1. After August 1, ticket prices are $25 per adult and $20 per child.
Head over to Lewisville each April for the Paws in the Park event at the Gene Carey Animal Shelter and Adoption Center. This event is full of fun for the whole family, and you won’t want to miss out!
There will be pet-related vendors, doggie demonstrations, and live music. Go to the kissing booth for cute photos with your pup, and visit the caricature artist for a portrait with your dog. There will also be dog races for both Weenie dogs and Wannabe dogs! A bounce house will be set-up for the kids.
This event is free, and there will be food from In-N-Out Burger and Raising Cane’s.
Dog Days of Denton is a family-friendly event dedicated to the dogs of the DFW area. At the event, there will be live entertainment, a canine couture fashion show, professional photography, and arts and crafts for both people and dogs! You won’t want to miss out on the exciting demonstrations either. There will also be the Spokesdog Pageant that you can sign your canine up for, but the deadline is prior to the event.
You can also give your pooch a shot at the agility course or Canine Lure Course for just $5, which goes to Leader Dog Project.
Donations will also be accepted for the Denton Animal Shelter during the event.