As an inner, northern suburb of Dallas, University Park enjoys close proximity to some of the best dog-friendly attractions and experiences that North Texas has to offer. This prime location also means that dogs in and around the area are well served by a host of hardworking rescue groups and animal welfare organizations.
Dallas DogRRR is a perfect example. The three Rs in the name stand for rescue, rehab, and reform, which more or less sums up what this volunteer group stands for. It all starts with Dallas DogRRR’s efforts to rescue dogs straight off the streets and from high-kill shelters where they are set to be euthanized. Once dogs are rescued, they receive the veterinary care, training, rehabilitation, and foster care they need to get a second chance at life.
The group also works to reform attitudes towards our canine companions in the wider community, aiming to help as many dogs as possible stay in loving homes. As Dallas DogRRR is run entirely by volunteers, it’s always on the lookout for more donations — every cent of which goes to help animals in need.
Dallas Pets Alive! also pulls out all the stops to help dogs in and around the University Park area. This mostly volunteer-run organization has a mission to promote and provide the resources, education, and programs required to end the killing of companion animals once and for all. It does this by rescuing healthy pets at risk of euthanasia by Dallas Animal Services, and by helping owners at risk of having to surrender their pet to a shelter.
The animals it rescues are cared for in dedicated foster homes, and donations and offers of volunteer help are always welcomed with open paws!
A fun family event for the whole family (including your pooch), the Wags & Whiskers Howl-O-Ween Pet Adoption Event promises hours of entertainment for you and your furry friend! Run by the League of Animal Protectors and held at Watters Creek, this event obviously focuses on the adorable animals up for adoption. However, there’s plenty to enjoy even if you’re not looking to adopt a new canine, headlined by a paw-somely cute dog costume parade and contest! There’s a $10 entry donation per contestant for the pet costume contest, as well as live music on offer to keep your tail wagging all afternoon long.
Looking for a fun night out with your pet, the rest of your family, and a whole lot of other animal lovers? If so, this is the event for you! Paws on Parade is a fall festival and pet parade held one night in October, and it promises family-friendly fun for anyone who adores dogs. You and your furry friend are invited to get dressed in cute and creative costumes and get ready for heaps of games and activities at the Moody Family YMCA. Highlights include face painting, pumpkin decorating, balloon art, an open-family swim, music, and plenty of delicious food. Best of all, leashed, well-behaved dogs are always welcome to attend!
At Easter each year, Dallas’ Lee Park plays host to a beloved Easter tradition. Hosted by the Lee Park and Arlington Hall Conservancy and the City of Dallas, this family festival provides an afternoon full of festive fun for people of all ages! There’s live entertainment, food trucks, an Easter egg hunt for the kids, and even the chance to grrr-ab some happy snaps with the Easter Bunny. The main event for dog lovers, however, is the paw-some pooch parade. This eye-catching spectacle wanders down Turtle Creek Boulevard, with plenty of prizes on offer for the best-dressed canines. Entry to the parade is $10 (the festival is free), and well-behaved pets on a leash are invited to come along and watch all the fun!
Looking to enjoy a paw-some afternoon out with your dog and heaps of other dog owners and their canine companions? Look no further than Dog Day Afternoon, a hugely popular summer festival run by local no-kill animal shelter Operation Kindness. This woof-tastic event features pet contests for the best-dressed dog, stupidest trick, and best pooch smooch, as well as doggy demonstrations and dozens of vendors. There’s also an ”ask the vet” booth, low-cost pet vaccinations, and plenty of tasty treats to enjoy. Best of all, it’s free! If you don’t want to miss the biggest dog party in town, make sure you add Dog Day Afternoon to your diary for the year ahead!
If your pooch loves nothing better than taking a refreshing dip in the pool, this is the event for them! Doggie Splash Day is held at the Holmes Aquatic Center each September and sees the pool opened to four-legged friends of all shapes and sizes. You can enter your pooch in the dog paddle contest, swimsuit contest, and retrieving contest, or simply sit back and watch your canine companion have a wonderful time splashing around and making some new friends. Admission is $5 per doggie participant and $1 per human, with entry to the event restricted to the first 100 dogs registered.