The Texan city of Mesquite sits just to the east of Dallas, which means it’s well within reach of a host of dog-friendly parks, attractions, and activities. It also means the city is part of a wider community of dog lovers and animal welfare advocates, and there’s always someone ready to help a dog down on its luck get its life back on track.
East Dallas Pet Rescue is a perfect example. Staffed entirely by volunteers, this no-kill rescue group aims to provide a safe home for street, shelter, and abandoned dogs. An independent non-profit, East Dallas Pet Rescue is not affiliated with any national organization or humane shelter, so the adoption, clinical, and care services it provides are only possible thanks to generous donations from the community.
When dogs are facing euthanasia in crowded shelters or strays are in urgent need of care and a roof over their head, this dedicated group of volunteers gives them a safe place to go. It provides the temporary shelter and care they need until they can be placed into a loving forever home.
The SPCA of Texas also works tirelessly to protect and help at-risk animals in Mesquite and across the entire state. With two shelters and three spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, this organization has been helping local pets since 1938. With a mission to give every animal exceptional care and a loving home, the SPCA of Texas rescues and adopts out thousands of animals each year. And with no funding from the government or any humane organizations, the organization is always happy to accept donations and new volunteers.
Fancy making a splash with your dog and escaping the summer heat? You’ll love Doggie Splash Day, held at Vanston Pool each August. Hosted by Mesquite Parks and Recreation Department, this wet and wild event is the ideal op-paw-tunity for dogs and their owners to cool off, frolic in the water, and maybe even make some new friends! Dogs get access to the wading pool, lap pool, and one-meter diving board, and can also compete in fun contests such as best swimsuit, a diving contest, and a doggie paddle race. It’s the paw-fect way to cool down and have some fun with your pet! Entry is $5 for one owner and one pet, and $2 for each additional pet.
The City of Mesquite’s Summer Sizzle is a hotly-anticipated community event that features a whole day full of family- and pet-friendly activities. Held in June, this woof-tastic summer celebration features live music, food trucks, children’s activities, a mud volleyball tournament, and a whole lot more! The main highlight for dog lovers, however, is the Bark Zone, which features a cooling pool for dogs, an agility course, and a leash-free area. It’s the paw-fect place for dogs and their owners to relax and do a little socializing in between checking out all the activities on offer. The night concludes with a fireworks display, so you and your pooch might want to duck out early if Rover doesn’t enjoy all the loud noises and bright lights.
Love exercising with your dog? Want to put a stop to animal cruelty in all its forms? Then, Strut Your Mutt is the event for you! Held in May and hosted by the SPCA of Texas, this annual dog walk raises funds for the SPCA of Texas' Animal Cruelty Unit, which rescues more than 2,000 animals each year. And all you have to do to support this paw-some cause is pay the registration fee and take a stroll with your furry friend. It’s a fun, relaxed, and very social event, held at the base of the Margaret Hunt-Hill Bridge, and features a 5K timed run and a 3K fun run or walk. Grab your dog and get moving!
Deep Ellum is one of the most eclectic and unique neighborhoods in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Each year in April, the Deep Ellum Arts Festival celebrates the best that this exciting and progressive area has to offer. Over the festival’s three days, you can view distinctive and one-of-a-kind artworks, marvel at bands and performance artists, and taste flavors from all over the world! Well-trained, socialized pooches are particularly encouraged to attend the festival on the Sunday, when hundreds of pet owners and their furry friends join the spectacular pet parade! The parade begins at noon and there are competitions for Best Costume, Best Personality or Best Trick, so why not let your pooch strut her stuff?
The name of this event pretty much tells you everything you need to know. A whole lot of canines, a big pool of water, and plenty of splash-tastic fun! Held at Holford Pool each August, this paw-some event lets all breeds of dog take to the water to play, frolic, socialize, and just escape the heat! You’ll have a grrr-eat time watching your pet splash about in the cool water, but there’s also plenty more to experience and enjoy. There are pet product vendors, adoptable pooches, and even some wonderful prizes on offer. Best of all, proceeds from the event benefit Garland Pawsibilities’ mission to increase shelter pet adoptions. Doggy admission is $5, while humans get in for $1.