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The Humane Society of Chittenden County (HSCC) is dedicated to fostering, compassionate treatment of animals and preventing their neglect, abuse, and suffering. The nonprofit takes in anywhere from 800 to 1200 needy animals every year, including the homeless dogs and cats of Burlington! Originally founded in 1901, the organization has a rich history of serving local pets and people for more than 100 years. 

In 2002, the organization completely up-and-moved to a large and better-equipped facility offering 12,000 square feet of space dedicated to animal care and adoption. HSCC primarily serves the area's dogs and cats, but welcomes and cares for the occasional rabbit, ferret, and other small rodents! 

Animals taking refuge at the rescue's facility receive complete veterinary care, vaccinations, and a spay/neuter surgery. Each and every animal is accepted, regardless of size, breed, or behavioral/health issues and will never be euthanized to make space. The animal welfare organization has pledged to serve the two and four-legged citizens of Chittenden County with a commitment to compassion, prevention, intervention, and education. 

Their dedicated efforts strengthen the local community through programs and services including pet adoptions, education and outreach programs, dog training, low-cost spay/neuter clinics, low-cost microchipping, animal fostering, animal cruelty response, lost and found pet reporting, and many more. They even operate a Good Neighbor program as a resource for pet owners in times of crisis or transition, offering free and confidential care for their beloved animals until they are in a better place. In 2016 alone, the Humane Society of Chittenden County took in 1,017 animals in need and continue to work tirelessly every day to get the animals in their care into permanent, loving homes!

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Burlington

  • Admission $15.00
    Month June
    Duration 8:00 am - 11:00 am

    #1 Walk for the Animals & 5K Doggie Fun Run


    For more than twenty years, the Humane Society of Chittenden County has spearheaded this giant celebration and fundraiser in support of their lifesaving work! Taking place at Veterans Memorial Park in South Burlington, the dog-centered day features a one-mile walk through the park, the 5K Doggie Fun Run, music, snacks, contests, and fun activities for the whole family! Leashed, vaccinated dogs are cordially invited to join you for the walk, run, and festivities. Thanks to the generosity of the event sponsors, every penny raised directly benefits the shelter's mission and the 1,000+ animals they care for each year. Registration for the 5K includes a bib, doggie bandana, runner goodie bag, t-shirt, and more! Invite all of your two and four-legged friends out for a day of moving their paws for a great cause!

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  • Admission $20.00
    Duration August and Septem...

    #2 Bark & Brew Series


    Bark & Brew is a dog-friendly craft beer tasting series that spans the course of 7 weeks every August and September. Hosted and organized by the Humane Society of Chittenden County, the event benefits their mission to provide compassionate care for the area's animals in need. Each Thursday during the 7-week series, dog lovers and beer lovers alike gather to enjoy Bark & Brew. Bring your canine companion along to romp around in the shelter's play yard and mingle with puppy pals while you sip on a local craft brew and enjoy tasty snacks! The event is $20 a person ($5 for those under 21) and each week features a different Vermont brewery.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    #3 Barktober Halloween Bash

    Come out for an evening of tail-waggin' fun with your furry friend in tow! Switchback Brewing Company started this annual pooch party in 2016 to raise funds for the Humane Society of Chittenden County (HSCC). Dog and human costumes are encouraged! Enter your creatively costumed canine in the costume contest, get some furry family photos in the photobooth, enter for great pet prizes in the raffle, and enjoy some delectable food and beverages. Costume contest categories include Best in Show, Fan Favorite, and Best Duo (for pet and human costume combos). A dollar of every pint and hotdog sold all day long will be donated to HSCC in support of their dedicated efforts for animals!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

    #4 Starr Farm Dog Park


    Starr Farm Dog Park is a favorite doggie-designated destination among local canines and visitors alike! The large, secure off-leash area is clean and well-maintained, offering shade trees, agility equipment, separate fenced areas for large and small dogs, pooch poop bags, and plenty of seating for the human visitors. Watch your furry friend frolic through this enormous and grassy expanse on the shore of Lake Champlain. This park has the paw print of approval and is never short on puppy peers to play with! There is even a wading pool for canines to cool off in the warmer months. Get out to give your doggo that much-needed exercise and enrichment!

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  • Admission $5.00
    Month October
    Duration 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    #5 Wag It Forward: A Festival for Pets

    Are you passionate about pets and community? Do you enjoy pampering your pup with playtime and parties? If so, Wag It Forward is a celebration that you don't want to miss! Presented by Pet Food Warehouse, this new annual event takes place outdoors at the Champlain Valley Exposition in neighboring Essex Junction. The fun-filled festivities feature Dock Dogs demonstrations, a raffle, dozens of animal welfare organizations, music, pet-related vendors, shopping, Vermont Police K9 demonstrations, entertainment, and plenty of opportunities for your mutt to mingle! Tickets are $5 each, but children under 5 and pets enter for free. Sip an adult beverage in the festival's beer garden and enjoy a fun, fall day with friends, all while supporting local animal rescues and organizations!
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