Dog Days of Summer: We Encourage You To Attend 16 Rescue Dog Events


July is upon us and we are definitely entering the dog days of summer. While summer might just be starting for some states, for many others, it is beginning to wind down toward the start of the next school year. Regardless of whether school is quickly approaching or not, July is where it is at for tons of rescue dog events that you are sure to love. Thankfully, the majority of them are dog friendly and all of them offer a unique way to help out homeless pets, which is a goal we all have. 

So what are we waiting for, let’s launch into the dog rescue events for July. However, before we do, remember to think about the scorching heat and safety for your dog. Don’t leave your dog in a car, avoid cement since it can burn sensitive paws, and pack plenty of water for both you and your dog.

First Week of July Rescue Dog Events

Dress up your dog as an American Hero for one dog rescue event this month.

Summer is filled with plenty of activities and the first week of July won’t disappoint. There is plenty to do with your dog to help those dogs that are less fortunate. Spend some time in the sun having fun and helping out animals in need.

July 1, 2018: PAWtriotic Parade, Cedar Rapids, Indiana

Hosted by The Gazette, the PAWtriotic Parade is a lot of fun for the entire family. Not only do you get to dress up your pets in fun costumes, you get to walk in a parade as your dog…and actually all of your pets…are judged on their costumes. 

All animals must register before the event and need to show proof of vaccinations so make sure your dog’s vaccination schedules are up to date. If you are in the first 50 registrants, you can receive a complimentary gift bag. 

There are prizes for tons of categories where both dog and owner can dress up. So get out there and have some fun while helping the organization Critter Crusaders.

July 4, 2018: Let Freedom Run 5k, 10k and Kids Run, Louisville, Colorado

Dress up as your favorite American hero on the 4th of July as you head out for a fun 5K run. Both you and your dog can dress up…as can everyone in your whole family. The point of the day is to have fun and raise money for a charity.

Although your leashed dog is welcome, this charity 5K is not for the dogs. The run is being held to help the Community Food Share and participants are asked to bring 5 canned goods to be entered into a raffle draw.

Of course, the day is a lot of fun and fits any age and fitness level.

Have an athletic dog, check out an obstacle course and mud run event.

July 7, 2018:  K9 Gladiators’ Obstacle and Mud Race,  Pescadero, California

Love your dog? Love mud? Well, you can enjoy both at this event held in Pescadero, California. It is a lot of fun for anyone who wants to try their skill at an obstacle course and mud race all rolled into one.

The twist is that your dog is running the courses with you. In addition, they even have an extreme obedience competition to the whole day. Although they have a grueling three mile obstacle course and mud run, they also have a course for beginners.

All money raised from this event go towards ALS. It is a great way to spread awareness, help a cause and spend time with your favorite canine.

July 8, 2018: Pancakes in the Park, Aurora, Ohio

Everyone loves pancakes and this event is for the whole family. In fact, there are even pancakes for the dogs. That means everyone will have a good time at this pancake breakfast.

Even better, all proceeds will go to Freedom Greyhound Rescue, which works with ex-racing dogs. 

For your own dog to attend, it is important that they are socialized with other dogs and have all their vaccinations. Finally, the event asks that no retractable leashes are used for the day.

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