While homeless dogs aren’t as abundant in Richardson, Texas, as they are in Dallas, residents of the suburb are no strangers to seeing wandering animals. These homeless animals need help and care until they can find new homes, and thankfully, there are shelters in the area that help. Two of these shelters are the Second Chance SPCA and Take Me Home Pet Rescue.
Second Chance SPCA is located in Plano, Texas, which is very close to Richardson. As a no-kill animal shelter, Second Chance SPCA is dedicated to giving every animal that comes through its doors a chance to find a new, loving family and a place to call home. Since opening in 2006, the organization has help rescue over 3,200 cats and dogs that would’ve otherwise been euthanized at other shelters in the DFW area and put them in new homes. Since Second Chance SPCA is a non-profit organization, it is mostly funded by donations and fundraisers, as well as adoption fees.
Take Me Home Pet Rescue in Richardson is a non-profit organization that helps animals find new homes while also reducing the homeless pet population in the area. Before pets are adopted from Take Me Home Pet Rescue, they are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. The organization also completes home visits and requires references from all applicants. The organization runs mostly off of donations and fundraisers, as well as adoption fees, which allow staff to continue to provide care to more incoming cats and dogs.
If you are looking for a new pet in Richardson, Texas, consider contacting one of these two shelters.
Grab your leashes and head over to DogFest DFW each September for a day of fun with your pooch! DogFest DFW is an event that features both a walk and a festival. The walk is a fundraiser for Canine Companions, an organization that helps people with disabilities get a trained assistance dog.
During the event, go for a walk with your pup and hundreds of others. After the walk, join other locals and their canines for music, food, and fun!
IDogFest DFW is held during the month of September, and times and prices won’t be released until closer to the event date.
Each May, the Margaret Hunt-Hill Bridge is flooded with humans and dogs who want to raise money to help end animal cruelty with the SPCA of Texas. Starting at 8 am, this event features breakfast, a 3k Fun Run/Walk and 5k Timed Run, vendor booths, and activities!
At 8 am, be on-site for registration and breakfast. The 5k race begins right at 9. and the 3k Walk/Fun Run starts at 9:15. After the runs, enjoy a small festival with beer, refreshments, food, vendor booths, pet activities, demonstrations, and all kinds of fun for children in the Kids Zone!
Registration for the 3k is $35 and the 5k is $40.
You’ve heard of Oktoberfest, but what about Pawtoberfest in Richardson? Each September, Huffhines Park in Richardson is full of dogs and their owners, all looking for a good time. Enjoy the beautiful fall weather with beer, food trucks, music, and all kinds of fun for your pup!
There will be dog-related vendors at the event selling all kinds of goodies, and doggie art projects available for purchase. Don’t miss out on great giveaways, either!
Admission is free, but beer tasting packages are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate. Packages include a beer mug, beer vouchers, dog treats, a dog bandana, and $1 off refills of beer.
Terrace Pool in Richardson hosts a yearly Dog Splash Day for local dogs to enjoy a day out in the sun without getting too hot. Once the kids are ready to head back to school in August, your pupper is ready to hit the pool with their friends from 11 am - 4 pm.
While your pooch swims, visit with vendors, enjoy entertainment, and meet rescue groups with adoptable dogs. Concessions will be available during the event.
Pre-registration is not required, but when the pool hits capacity, no other dogs will be allowed in. Entry is $5 per dog. Humans get in for free!
Operation Kindness hosts an annual Dog Day Afternoon each September for dogs and their owners in Carrollton, Texas. During the event, you and your pooch can enjoy cool treats from Kona Ice and Popstar Popsicles, while checking out dozens of vendors at the Mutt Midway. There will be canine contests including Best Pooch Smooch, Best Costume, and Best Stupid Trick.
Don’t forget to visit the “Ask the Vet” tent to speak to a vet about any concerns you have for your pet.
The first 125 canines in attendance will get free microchips, and the first 750 guests will receive doggy goodie bags.
The event is held at Operation Kindness from 10 am to 12:30 pm.