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Waco, Texas, like almost all small cities in the United States, is home to many animals that don’t have a home or family to love them. A few different animal shelters in the area work hard to care for and find new homes for these animals.

The Humane Society of Central Texas (HSCT) works hard to find homes for each of the animals that come through their doors. With a 90% or higher live-exit rate, the shelter is striving to become a no-killer facility. The staff at the shelter work with the City of Waco Animal Shelter to save animals that are about to be euthanized. As a non-profit operation, the HSCT runs primarily off of donations and adoption fees. Animals in this shelter are often fostered by volunteers until they can find permanent homes.

Fuzzy Friends Rescue is known in the area as a place that not only finds animals new homes but also provides love and superior care to all the animals that end up in their care. As it is a no-kill shelter, all animals are kept at the facility until they are found homes. The rescue also helps to educate the community on responsible pet ownership to prevent more animals from entering the system than necessary. The shelter runs off donations, fundraising, and adoption fees.

If you are looking to adopt a pet in the Waco, Texas, area, consider visiting the Humane Society of Central Texas or Fuzzy Friends Rescue. You may just find a new family member at one of these shelters!

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Waco

  • Admission FREE!
    Month February
    Duration 7:30 AM to 11 AM

    #1 Puppy Love 5k Fun Run


    In celebration of the holiday of love, leash up your pooch for a 5k fun run! The Annual Puppy Love 5k Fun Run is scheduled for February, and you won’t want to miss out on this fun event.

    Hosted by the Austin Boxer Rescue, the 5k will begin at Warren Park in Hewitt, Texas, which is a short 15-minute drive from Waco. Beginning at 7:30 a.m., registration goes until 8:45 a.m. The Puppy Love race is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., and it is a timed event. The Sweetheart Stroll, which is untimed, will start at 9:15 a.m. Awards will be given out around 10 a.m. Ticket prices are released close to the event date.

    Adoptable boxers will be on-site looking for new homes!

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month September
    Duration 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    #2 Dog Days of Summer


    Each September, Hewitt Park hosts a Saturday of fun for dog owners in the Waco, Texas, area! This family- and dog-friendly event kicks off with a concert on the preceding Friday night at Warren Park. The concert will also feature food trucks, so come hungry!

    On Saturday, don’t miss the weenie dog races, many canine activities, expert discussions, and a ton of local vendors that will have their products on site. You can even get a Glam Fur photo with your pet while enjoying great food from local food trucks!

    There will be pet rescues at the event with adoptable pets as well.

    Admission is free.

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  • Admission $20.00
    Month October
    Duration 1 p.m. to TBD

    #3 Wiener Dog Races


    Each October during the Heart O’ Texas Fair and Rodeo in Waco, Texas, there is a Wiener Dog Race that you and your dachshund won’t want to miss! Start training now for next year’s event, and you may walk home with a prize from the race!

    Head to the Extraco Banks Kids Zone to catch the races, starting at 1 pm. If you are entering the race, you must have a partner with you, as each dog requires two humans to race. To enter the fairgrounds, all dogs must be leashed. Dogs must also be up-to-date on vaccines and owners must sign waivers.

    Entry fee is $20 per dog.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month November
    Duration 3 p.m. to TBD

    #4 Fuzzy Friends Rescue Zombie Run


    Who wouldn’t want to be a zombie for a day? Put your best efforts into creating a zombie costume and get your running shoes laced for a 5k run or a 1k Pet Walk. Don’t forget to dress up your pup for the chance to win the Best Zombie Dog Costume Contest!

    Overall male and female winners of the 5k race will win a $100 gift card. Dogs can participate in the Waggiest Tail, Best Trick, and Zombie Costume Contests to win $50 gift cards to Petco! There will also be a Human Zombie Costume Contest with a prize.

    All registered racers will receive a T-shirt and custom bib.

    Admission is determined closer to the race date.

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  • Admission $200.00
    Month December

    #5 New Year’s Eve Barkin’ Ball


    Each New Year’s Eve, you can join Fuzzy Friends for their annual Barkin’ Ball. The best way to ring in the New Year in the Waco, Texas, area, you won’t want to miss out on the chance to listen to great music and play with cute dogs while getting your paw-ty on.

    Each year, there is live entertainment and food for all the guests in attendance. The event is held at the Waco Convention Center

    Tickets are $200 per person, or $2,000 per table. Tickets must be purchased online before the event. Stay tuned for event times.

    For 10 years in a row, this event has been voted the Best Charity Event in Waco.

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