The 9 Rescue Dog Events You Cannot Afford To Miss


It’s that time of month again. Yep, we are going to look at April rescue dog events that are happening across the United States. With the warmer months coming, rescue organizations are gearing up for event season. Which means that there is plenty to do for you and your dog in the upcoming month. If you are near a location, check out a few of these excellent rescue events and help a rescue dog near you.

East Coast Rescue Dog Events in April

April 7th, 2018: Woofstock, Southport, NC

Kicking off the day bright and early at 10 am, visitors get to enjoy a parade down Howe Street in downtown Southport. From there, dogs and owners alike get to enjoy plenty of music, vendors, and food trucks. Moreover, you and your pup can take a picture beside a ’69 VW Bus.

The day will feature information from the Brunswick County Search and Rescue as well as information from several dog adoption groups. The whole day is about fun with your dog and maybe even bringing home a new rescue.

April 14, 2018: Pints of Paws Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 

With an alternate rain date of April 28th, this event is all about good food, friends, and great beer. Bring your dog along or get to know one of the many rescue dogs that will be available for adoption at the event.

The day is full of games, raffles, and other events at the bar. In addition, all proceeds will go toward supporting Live.Wag.BARK! Foundation. Their mission is to educate pet owners on responsible pet ownership.

April 21, 2018: Paws for a Cause, Portsmouth, VA

Another great day spent with your dog. You can run, walk or simply watch the race. Plus, there are plenty of fun activities for you and your dog. Going into their 10th year, the Cause for Paws is run by the Portsmouth Humane Society.

There are many activities there along with rescue organizations to look at adoption possibilities.

Central Rescue Dog Events in April

April 14, 2018: MasquerSpayed: A No Balls Ball, Alton, IL

While it’s not a dog-friendly event, it is one for the dogs. Or rather, for SNIP Alliance, an agency that provides low-cost neuter and spay for rescues, shelters, and the general public.

Put on by Carol House Furniture, the event runs from 6:30 pm to 11:30 pm. It is a cocktail attire ball with dancing, an open bar, and dinner. There are plenty of silent auctions, games, and raffles. A great night with funding going towards providing spays and neuter services for rescues in the area.

April 14, 2018: Third Annual Color Me Mutt 5K, Sevierville, TN

This weekend in April is full of great things to do and includes the 5K race that is for the whole family. Kicking off with a 1-mile Color Fun Run/Walk, dogs and owners can race in all of the events of the day.

It is a great way to spend the day and all proceeds will go to Pets Without Parents.

April 29, 2018: Yappy Hour, Toledo, Oh

Hosted at Bar 145, Yappy Hour is a dog-friendly event where guests can enjoy great food, music, and drinks. Proceeds for the event go to help dogs in need at the Toledo Area Humane Society. Head on out for treats and an excellent raffle.

West Coast Rescue Dog Events in April

April 8, 2018: Peterson Ridge Rumble, Sisters, OR

Have a dog that loves to hike or run the distance? This is the event for you. While the 20-mile jog is open to dogs and dog owners, the 40-mile run is for people only. Still, if you want to try your hand at 20 miles, slap on those running shoes and head out.

Make sure your dog is ready for the long hike and bring plenty of water.

April 14, 2018: C.A.R.E 5K Pet Run/Walk, San Jose, CA

This month, it is all about getting outdoors, and that is no different on the West Coast. Head out for a dog-friendly 5K that runs from 7am until 12pm. Whether you are running, walking, or cheering the dogs on, you and your dog will have a lot of fun.

The event raises money for Companion Animal Rescue Effort.

April 22, 2018: Stronger Together 5K Run, Walk or Roll, Eugene, OR

Although it is not technically a dog event, this is a great cause for the Ronald McDonald House. In addition, dogs are welcome. Therefore, you and your rescue dog can head out and help raise money for an excellent cause together.

As you can see, there is a lot happening this month. If you happen to be attending one, don’t forget to tag your location to raise awareness for shelter and rescue dogs. Do you know of an event happening in your area? Please share in the comments.