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Acting as the official shelter run by the municipality of Suffolk, Suffolk Animal Care and Control stays busy responding to calls of all kinds. They manage wildlife control, instances of abuse and neglect, reunite lost animals with their families, and facilitate adoptions. Being close to the military bases in Norfolk, SACC partners with Dogs on Deployment to ensure that members of the military can have their animals taken care of during times of service. SACC also provides public schools with education programs on how to properly take care of animals, and equipping the students with the skills to identify signs of mistreatment. Last but not least, Suffolk Animal Care and Control is the only body with the authority to distribute pet licenses, which are required by law in the city of Suffolk.

Founded ten years ago, Suffolk Humane Society strives for their vision of a Suffolk without homeless and mistreated pets by offering a multitude of services to the community. Whether it is their mobile neuter clinic or the pet pantry, the Humane Society works closely with Suffolk Animal Care and Control to save as many animals as possible and put them into a forever home.  If you are not able to donate time or resources to Suffolk Humane Society, know that they partner with Wooftrax - a dog walking app that donates $1 for every mile you walk with your own furry friend. Suffolk Humane Society works towards developing more and more successful community events like the Mutt Strut and Paws for Art each year with hopes of making their vision a reality.

The unfortunate reality of a rural city like Suffolk is that many animals live in less than ideal circumstances. Many are used solely as devices for hunting, left outside every day of the year. Often people from surrounding areas will drive to rural parts of Suffolk to dump their animals because the rural landscape better conceals such a despicable act. Abused & Thrown Away Pet Sanctuary was founded in an attempt to remedy the bad we see in the world with its love and commitment to animals. As far as grassroots nonprofits go, this one is one of the smallest. Run only on the dedication of two individuals, they have saved hundreds since their inception in 2010.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Suffolk

  • Admission $15.00
    Month May
    Duration 11AM-4PM

    #1 Mutt Strut

    Coming up on its 10th year, the Mutt Strut Dog Walk and Festival kicks off summer by raising thousands for the Suffolk Humane Society! At a reasonable $15 to register, the race organizers also offer generous prizes to those who do the most fundraising for their team should you decided to join one instead of running it solo. Mutt Strut is held at Bennetts Creek Park annually each spring, and doubles as a large pet exhibition with local vendors, music and food to be enjoyed by you and your furry companion before and after the race. If you find that you and your furry friend would prefer to just spectate, Suffolk Humane Society encourages you to pick your favorite team to sponsor for any amount you’d like.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Dawn-Dusk Daily

    #2 Lake Prince

    Calling all fishermen - Lake Prince is one of the oldest lakes in the Suffolk area! It stays well stocked with trophy bass and sunfish year round. If casting a line with your canine is one of your favorite things, do not miss out on a serious catch at Lake Prince. There is a launch for boats of all different sizes, or you can set up shop around the perimeter near the ramp. Pack bait, some snacks, and a life jacket for your pooch because Lake Prince is open from dawn until dusk! It is one thing to see the swamps in Southern Virginia, but this is truly experiencing them.
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  • Admission $10.00
    Month October
    Duration 5PM-7PM

    #3 Yappy Hour

    We’ve said it once, we’ll say it one thousand times: what is better than a dog in a costume? Hosted by Suffolk Parks and Recreation at Lake Meade Dog Park, Yappy Hour is a public costume contest for humans and pups alike to strut their spooky stuff. Naturally, there are prizes to be won in competitions like "Best Costume". When you aren’t strutting your stuff with Fido, kick back with your neighbors, listen to music, and enjoy a beverage before Virginia gets too cold! While this event is free, it is only available to dog park members. For those that are not, memberships can be acquired easily through a one-time fee of $10 to Suffolk Parks and Recreation. This not only buys you access to a poocherific dog park but also to events like this that make your heart smile.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month July
    Duration 11AM-1PM

    #4 Dog Days of Summer Pet Fair

    Join the local community at the Dog Days of Summer Pet Fair at North Suffolk Library for an afternoon of fun! There will funny animal videos on repeat, storytime, and crafts. Additionally, announcements will be made regarding the winners of the photo contest for the online competition hosted by the library in the month leading up to the event. The Pet Fair is the perfect mid-summer opportunity to meet new pups and people while enjoying music, food, and activities for the whole family!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Dawn-Dusk Daily

    #5 Great Dismal Swamp

    The Great Dismal Swamp is quite literally one of the largest swamps in the country and is much more remarkable in person than the word ‘swamp’ would lead you to believe! The historical integrity alone can make your head spin. The Great Dismal Swamp was often trekked through by slaves escaping plantations, making it an archaeological destination to this day. The trails and wildlife, particularly the birdwatching, are extensive for those who appreciate the great outdoors. A part of the United States National Wildlife System, the Great Dismal Swamp is carefully maintained to ensure that its delicate ecosystem is undisturbed, so dogs must stay on a leash at all times. With its winding route of trails, there is enough room for hikers, cyclists, and dogs to enjoy the peace and quiet amongst the cypress trees of a decades-old feature in Virginia!
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