Don’t Miss These 16 Rescue Dog Events That Will Kick Off Summer


With the warmer weather here, summer is only a few weeks away. In fact, for many school kids across the United States, summer vacation has already begun. This means that festivals around the country are in full swing. Of course, while there is plenty of fun for kids of all ages, our focus is on the many rescue dog events that are happening. And there are tons when we look at the US, without even looking at other countries. So let’s take a look at some rescue dog events you should definitely head out to this June.

While we used to look at the rescue dog events through a geographic area, with more and more people traveling for these events, we are focusing on the weeks of the month and what everyone should be looking for in the areas they are visiting. 

First Week of June Rescue Dog Events

A swimming pond is always lots of fun, especially with friends.

From walks to pool parties, there is a lot happening across the United States in the first week of June. Check out some of our favorites:

June 2, 2018: 17th Annual Pet Expo, Akron, Ohio

With over 60 vendors and hundreds of dogs available for adoption, this is a great event for the whole family. Entrance and parking are free. The focus is on pet adoption and last year, over 260 dogs were adopted at the one-day event. Even Meghan Markle has adopted a rescue dog.

Definitely check out this activity for a lot of kid-friendly fun that will benefit a lot of homeless dogs.

June 2, 2018: Woofstock,  Interlaken, New York

Also happening the first weekend of June, this dog-friendly event is fun for the whole family. Filled with tons of things for everyone in the family to do, there are vendors, food, and even a swim pond for the dogs

Proceeds from the event go to help local animal rescues throughout the Finger Lakes area. The day runs from 12 pm until 7 pm with live music and tons for your dog to enjoy.

Donations are taken for entry and every donation receives “Dog-Gone Fun Tickets”.

Marathons are a lot of fun for the whole family, including dogs.

June 3, 2018: The Fast and the Furriest 5k, Dunwoody, Georgia

Head on down to the Fast and the Furriest 5k run, walk or stroll. You can compete as a runner or you can take a walk with your whole family, including kids and dogs. 

All of the proceeds go towards helping animals in need. And while there is an early morning start, the run kicks of a family-friendly festival for everyone to enjoy. If you are interested in running, there is a running fee. However, spectators are free. 

June 9, 2018: ARL Petcasso and Puff and Fluff Dog Wash, Des Moines, Iowa

This is a wonderful event that is hosted by Animal Rescue Leader of Iowa, Inc. It is a dog-friendly event where your dog can try his paws at painting his own piece of art. After he is done painting, he can get a nice wash and dry at the dog wash.

All proceeds from the event go towards animals at the ARL shelter, which is Iowa’s largest animal shelter. So it is fun and helps a lot of animals at the same time.

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