Located only 11 miles southwest of downtown Seattle, Renton enjoys close proximity to a long list of dog-friendly attractions. This location also means that dogs in the area always have someone ready to lend a helping paw when they suffer abuse, abandonment, or neglect.
Emerald City Pet Rescue is just one of the excellent animal welfare groups that operate in the region. Based in Seattle, Emerald City Pet Rescue was founded in 2013 and is on a mission to rescue, nurture, and rehabilitate homeless and neglected animals. The pets it saves mostly come from high-kill shelters where they face euthanasia, with the end goal of finding loving forever homes for these pets in need.
Run by a passionate group of staff and volunteers, Emerald City Pet Rescue specialises in saving animals who have been in the shelters the longest and will die unless rescued. Its core value is “love can save lives”, and this organization is certainly worthy of recognition and support.
Forever Home Dog Rescue is another rescue group that works throughout the greater Seattle area. This non-profit organization receives dogs from owner surrenders and overcrowded shelters, with those dogs then placed in Forever Home Dog Rescue’s kennelling facility or in loving foster homes.
Each rescued dog has its behaviour and health assessed, and receives the medical care and attention it needs before being matched with the paw-fect owner. You’ll need to make an appointment if you want to meet one of the group’s adoptable dogs. You can also donate much-needed funds or become a volunteer.
Need to cool down with a refreshing beer or two this summer? Want to enjoy a brew with your furry friend by your side? Well, this is the event for you! The BarkHappy Seattle Summer Pup Crawl is a paw-some event for dog lovers and their furry friends, and it’s held to benefit Seattle Humane Society. The entry fee not only allows you to sample some tasty beverages, but it also includes tasty dog treats, dog sketches, a free day of doggy daycare, and so much more. It’s a relaxed, social, and woof-tastic way to raise some essential funds for a good cause, so why not get along and check it out?
Held each June, Seattle PrideFest is the largest free Pride Festival in the country! It features two days jam-packed full of celebrations and activities, but the highlight for any dog lover would have to be the Doggie Drag Contest. Held in Cal Anderson Park, this paw-some event encourages the owners of dogs of all shapes and sizes to dress their pets in drag for a very good cause. Your dog will then get to strut their stuff on the Cal Anderson Stage in front of a crowd of adoring onlookers, and a panel of drag queen judges will then determine the fiercest of them all! Best of all, the $10 entry fee benefits Seattle Humane’s Pet Project, which provides veterinary care, pet food, and supplies to the pets of low-income people living with HIV/AIDS or cancer.
Feel like getting active and pounding the pavement with your canine companion by your side? The University of Washington’s annual Dawg Dash could be the paw-fect event for you! Held in October at Red Square on the University of Washington campus, Dawg Dash features a 5K walk/run and a 10K run. It’s a fun and fast-paced way for you and your pooch to raise a sweat, and all well-behaved dogs are welcome. Once you’ve completed your chosen course, you and your pooch can sit back and relax at the post-dash bash. This paw-ty features food, drinks, live entertainment, a family fun zone, and so much more. Check it out with your furry friend!
Fremont Fair is a highly-anticipated event on the Seattle social calendar that heralds the arrival of summer. This neighborhood street festival is a celebration of all things summer and draws in around 100,000 revellers each year! The fair features almost 400 artists, craft vendors, food booths, and other providers, giving you the paw-fect chance to hunt down a bargain or just follow your nose and go exploring. Admission is free, and well-behaved dogs are more than welcome. Your pooch can even strut his stuff in the annual dog parade, held on Sunday afternoon, making this a full weekend of dog-friendly fun for you and your canine companion!
Kirkland Uncorked is the largest summer wine festival in Washington, which is probably enough to attract your attention straight away. Even better, it’s a wonderful event to enjoy with your four-legged fur-kid. Held in July, it showcases a huge selection of Washington’s finest and newest wineries, as well as delicious food, amazing art, and a whole lot more! Well-behaved dogs are welcome to attend and join in the fun, but the main highlight of the weekend is the CityDog Cover Dog Model Search, which is held on Sunday. The $10 registration fee goes to Homeward Pet Adoption Center and gives your pet the op-paw-tunity to unleash his inner supermodel and strut his stuff. It’s brilliant fun and is something every dog lover will enjoy!