With a prime location in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Irving is close to a huge range of dog-friendly attractions, activities, and events. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that Irving also features a number of excellent dog rescue groups and animal welfare organizations that rely on generous community support to help pets in need.
DFW Humane Society is one of those groups. Based in Irving and founded in 1967, this no-kill shelter is committed to giving homeless and unwanted pets a second chance at life. As a non-profit organization, DFW Humane Society doesn’t receive any state or federal funding and is only able to rescue homeless pets thanks to donations and volunteer support from caring animal lovers.
Its shelter is open from Tuesday to Saturday and houses between 80 and 100 animals at any given time, so feel free to pop in if you’re looking for a new furry family member!
PAWS for Irving Animals also pulls out all the stops to improve the lives of the city’s pets. It was first developed in 2012 by a group of Irving Animal Care Campus volunteers who wanted to increase the shelter’s live release rate. Before long, it became a fully-fledged rescue organization dedicated to saving dogs from the Irving Animal Care Campus, and it’s now rescued almost 1,000 at-risk dogs!
With a network of dedicated foster carers throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area, PAWS for Irving Animals cares for between 35 and 45 dogs at any given time. It’s always on the lookout for donations, volunteers, and foster carers, and is worth keeping in mind if you ever want to lend a helping paw.
These paws are made for walkin’, and that’s just what they’ll do at DFW Humane Society’s Wag, Walk & Roll! This annual fundraiser, held each April on the Campion Trail, is a dog walk with a bit of a difference. Unlike most other community dog walks, this event does not have a set course or distance you need to cover. Instead, you and your pooch can simply turn up and walk as little or as much as you want. There’s a whole lot of other dog-friendly fun to enjoy on the day, including vendors, live music, and heaps of prizes, while all you need to enter is a $10 donation.
Is your pooch ready to take the plunge? The DOGSDFW Polar Plunge is a fun and festive event for well-behaved canines of all shapes and sizes. It all takes place at Paradise 4 Paws, a luxury dog and cat resort in Dallas, and promises non-stop activities and entertainment for your pet. With access to the resort’s huge indoor play area, your pooch can run, jump, play, sniff, and explore with a host of other furry friends. There’s a bone-shaped splashing pool if he wants to get wet, plus indoor grass to help him feel right at home. Throw in a special appearance from Santa as well as treats for dogs and owners alike, and it’s easy to see why this event is simply a mutts-do.
You don’t have to go to the State Fair to ride a Ferris wheel, and you don’t have to drive for miles just to have a relaxing day out with your dog. Ferris Wheels & Furry Friends is a grrr-eat fundraising event to support DFW’s FurGotten Friends. Admission is $20 and entitles you to free Ferris wheel rides, three drink vouchers, and a whole lot more! There’s a host of great craft beers just waiting to be sampled and the best part is that well-behaved, vaccinated dogs are welcome to attend. The event is held at Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ in Dallas, so head on down and join in the fun!
Want to experience a little culture with your canine? You should check out Canal Fest, which is held each April at the Las Colinas Urban Center in Irving. This fantastic festival combines live music with cultural dance displays, art exhibits, interactive entertainment booths, and a food court featuring tastes from all over the world! It’s a family-friendly celebration of Irving’s multicultural landscape, while there’s also an awesome kids’ zone on the south side of the canal for the younger members of your family! Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome, so why not broaden your cultural horizons with your furry friend by your side?
Want to show off your pet, get some exercise, and raise funds to help end animal cruelty all at the same time? The SPCA of Texas Strut Your Mutt ticks all the right boxes! Held in May, this paw-sitively inspirational event offers a 5K timed run or 3k fun run/walk at the Continental Bridge next to the beautiful Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in West Dallas. Whether you’re walking, running, or just enjoying a leisurely stroll, you’ll be surrounded by heaps of other animal lovers and their four-legged friends. You can also enjoy food, music, kids’ activities and vendor booths on the day, with event proceeds supporting the SPCA of Texas.