Mingle With Our Mutts
Dec
2
12:00 PM12:00

Mingle With Our Mutts

Looking to adopt a friend for life? Visit the Franklin County Dog Shelter on the first and third Sunday of every month from noon to 2 p.m. to mingle with their adoptable dogs. Who knows—maybe you’ll find the newest addition to your family! Can’t make it on Sundays? No worries—the shelter is open seven days a week, every week.

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Mingle With Our Mutts
Dec
16
12:00 PM12:00

Mingle With Our Mutts

Looking to adopt a friend for life? Visit the Franklin County Dog Shelter on the first and third Sunday of every month from noon to 2 p.m. to mingle with their adoptable dogs. Who knows—maybe you’ll find the newest addition to your family! Can’t make it on Sundays? No worries—the shelter is open seven days a week, every week.

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Celebrate with the Critters
Dec
26
9:00 AM09:00

Celebrate with the Critters

Embrace the holiday spirit up close and personal with some of Ohio’s wildlife! After a $5 admission fee, you can meet some unique critters, build birdhouses, make winter crafts, and have some wholesome seasonal fun. Dress in warm clothes for this outdoor event.

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Mingle With Our Mutts
Jan
6
12:00 PM12:00

Mingle With Our Mutts

Looking to adopt a friend for life? Visit the Franklin County Dog Shelter on the first and third Sunday of every month from noon to 2 p.m. to mingle with their adoptable dogs. Who knows—maybe you’ll find the newest addition to your family! Can’t make it on Sundays? No worries—the shelter is open seven days a week, every week.

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Mingle With Our Mutts
Jan
20
12:00 PM12:00

Mingle With Our Mutts

Looking to adopt a friend for life? Visit the Franklin County Dog Shelter on the first and third Sunday of every month from noon to 2 p.m. to mingle with their adoptable dogs. Who knows—maybe you’ll find the newest addition to your family! Can’t make it on Sundays? No worries—the shelter is open seven days a week, every week.

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Happy Tails-n-Trails
Nov
18
2:00 PM14:00

Happy Tails-n-Trails

Need some afternoon outdoor time with your pup? Join other dog lovers and their furry friends on this 2-mile hike. Does your hiking companion need more motivation to exercise? No worries, the hike ends with a complimentary doggie treat!

photo: Cheryl Blair

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Mingle With Our Mutts
Nov
18
12:00 PM12:00

Mingle With Our Mutts

Looking to adopt a friend for life? Visit the Franklin County Dog Shelter on the first and third Sunday of every month from noon to 2 p.m. to mingle with their adoptable dogs. Who knows—maybe you’ll find the newest addition to your family! Can’t make it on Sundays? No worries—the shelter is open seven days a week, every week.

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Party with the Pets
Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

Party with the Pets

Check out Columbus Humane’s newly renovated digs and support the shelter! Now that the shelter renovation is complete, you can see all the new spaces, hang out with cute adoptables, and enjoy good food and drinks with other pet-loving humans.

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Mid-Ohio Cluster Dog Show
Nov
15
to Nov 18

Mid-Ohio Cluster Dog Show

If you’re looking for a family-friendly activity that involves lots and lots of dogs (approximately 2,000 a day!), the Mid-Ohio Cluster Dog Show will be perfect. Watch the dogs show off their skills, talents, and beauty that they’ve worked so hard on.

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Santa Claws with Paws for a Cawse
Nov
11
12:00 PM12:00

Santa Claws with Paws for a Cawse

Looking for a fun, free holiday event for furry and feathered friends? Look no further, this one’s for you. Join Barker, Meowski, and Tweet for an afternoon of refreshments and complimentary pet photos with Santa, and help support a good cause. All donations benefit the Furry & Feathered Friend Food Fund.

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Greyhound Gather & Walk
Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

Greyhound Gather & Walk

Fall is officially here for real this time, so Columbus Greyhounds and company, let's gather to revel in its glory! 

Join Queen Bee the Greyhound & her humans to chat, make new friends, and enjoy fall, all while walking the beautiful Olentangy Trail around Antrim Lake! 🍂🎃 

Just meeting at the park - no cost, free parking, super casual!

❤ All are welcome, no matter what Greyhound adoption group! 
Other breeds welcome to come make lanky new friends! ❤ 

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Walk and Woof
Nov
4
2:00 PM14:00

Walk and Woof

Get outside and enjoy a refreshing chill on this 2.5-mile hike. You can socialize with other dogs and their owners, or you can go off the beaten path and discover new trails together. Either way, this makes for a fun afternoon for everyone involved.

photo: Andrew Kennett

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Wags for Wine
Nov
4
1:00 PM13:00

Wags for Wine

Did you know that veterinarians need to access a blood bank just like human doctors do? Check out this tasty fundraiser benefiting The Greyhound Health Initiative Blood Bank, and support their lifesaving efforts. Can’t attend? No problem, there’s an online option that still supports the blood bank!

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Mingle With Our Mutts
Nov
4
12:00 PM12:00

Mingle With Our Mutts

Looking to adopt a friend for life? Visit the Franklin County Dog Shelter on the first and third Sunday of every month from noon to 2 p.m. to mingle with their adoptable dogs. Who knows—maybe you’ll find the newest addition to your family! Can’t make it on Sundays? No worries—the shelter is open seven days a week, every week.

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Midwest BunFest
Oct
27
9:30 AM09:30

Midwest BunFest

  • Northland Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Rabbit fans, if you’re feeling a little excluded, don’t worry; the Midwest BunFest is all about—you guessed it—bunnies! Come together with bunny lovers from across the state to bond, shop, and learn about rabbits. The best part? You can bring your rabbit—there’s even a special bunny spa just for them.

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Mingle With Our Mutts
Oct
21
12:00 PM12:00

Mingle With Our Mutts

Looking to adopt a friend for life? Visit the Franklin County Dog Shelter on the first and third Sunday of every month from noon to 2 p.m. to mingle with their adoptable dogs. Who knows—maybe you’ll find the newest addition to your family! Can’t make it on Sundays? No worries—the shelter is open seven days a week, every week.

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Paws in the Park
Oct
14
11:00 AM11:00

Paws in the Park

Looking of a fun outing with your pup? Check out the first annual Paws in the Park, a fun-filled afternoon for dogs and people of all ages! Benefiting Godown Dog Park, this event features music, activities, canine demonstrations, rescue groups, raffles, speakers, food trucks, and a pet costume parade.

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German Village Makers Market
Oct
14
11:00 AM11:00

German Village Makers Market

  • City Park & Thurman in German Village (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Love supporting local businesses but hate leaving your pets at home? The German Village Makers Market is just the place for a weekend outing! Shop products from local vendors and bring your pets along to join in on the fun. There’s even a designated area with water and treats, so everyone is guaranteed to have a great day.

photo: Jen Brown Photography

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Mingle With Our Mutts
Oct
7
12:00 PM12:00

Mingle With Our Mutts

Looking to adopt a friend for life? Visit the Franklin County Dog Shelter on the first and third Sunday of every month from noon to 2 p.m. to mingle with their adoptable dogs. Who knows—maybe you’ll find the newest addition to your family! Can’t make it on Sundays? No worries—the shelter is open seven days a week, every week.

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Running with the Bullies
Oct
7
9:00 AM09:00

Running with the Bullies

Join Buckeye Bulldog Rescue for this fun-filled morning! Run a 5K or walk a one-mile fun walk with two- and four-legged friends. Then stay to watch the Bulldog Race. That's right, bulldogs racing. The Frenchies are quick, but the English bulldogs are entertaining! Register your bullie to race other bulldogs, or just watch the mayhem.

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Garden Party Fundraiser
Oct
7
12:00 AM00:00

Garden Party Fundraiser

A super special charity event to benefit cats of all kinds (and a few of their dog friends). Enjoy an afternoon of fanciful fun, from desserts to raffles to auctions. The best part? It’s all to benefit Colony Cats (& dogs) and their efforts to rescue, support, and love cats from every walk of life.

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Defend Your Friend 5K
Oct
6
9:00 AM09:00

Defend Your Friend 5K

Join Columbus Humane for their 12th Annual Defend Your Friend 5K with your family, friends, co-workers or favorite four-legged! Yes, this event is for well-behaved dogs also. Defend Your Friend supports Columbus Humane's work in cruelty investigations. 

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Paws in the Plaza
Oct
4
4:30 PM16:30

Paws in the Plaza

A chance for outdoor fun and adventure for you and your pet. Includes paddleboating (for pets, too), vendors, pet-friendly nature paths, giveaways, and more. This is a wonderful opportunity to mingle with other pet owners and enjoy some time exploring new terrain with your pet, all while supporting local businesses and adoption groups.

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Dublin Pet Fair
Sep
30
9:00 AM09:00

Dublin Pet Fair

A good-natured event for a good cause. Bring your pet to socialize, view demonstrations, partake in contests, buy products from local vendors, and eat good food. Most importantly, you'll get to meet and learn about local pet rescues and advocacy groups.

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Cat Caper 5K
Sep
23
7:30 AM07:30

Cat Caper 5K

Want a chance to support a charity that exclusively benefits cats? This is the perfect place to start! This 5K walk/run benefiting the Cat Welfare Association includes a race, a raffle, and even a pancake breakfast for those who donate. Register now to help cats in need and have fun while you’re at it.

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Mingle With Our Mutts
Sep
16
12:00 PM12:00

Mingle With Our Mutts

Looking to adopt a friend for life? Visit the Franklin County Dog Shelter on the first and third Sunday of every month from noon to 2 p.m. to mingle with their adoptable dogs. Who knows—maybe you’ll find the newest addition to your family! Can’t make it on Sundays? No worries—the shelter is open seven days a week, every week.

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Bassetfest
Sep
15
12:00 PM12:00

Bassetfest

Support a local basset rescue while having some outdoorsy fun. You can enjoy viewing a basset hound race (yes, really), participating in auctions, and being outside with your pet, all while meeting some wonderful basset rescues. All types of dogs are welcome at this event.

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5K for K9s
Sep
15
8:00 AM08:00

5K for K9s

Hosted by Friends of the Shelter, this is the perfect event for dog owners who love to be active with their pets. Whether you run, jog, or walk, this 5K is more than just a workout; all proceeds raised go to the Franklin County Dog Shelter to benefit sick and injured dogs. It’s a fun way to make a big difference.

photo: Lisa Browning

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Ohio Fuzzy Pawz Chinese Auction
Sep
9
12:00 PM12:00

Ohio Fuzzy Pawz Chinese Auction

Looking to donate to a local ShihTzu rescue, but don't know where to start? This event is for you! Includes a silent auction, raffle, bake sale, and a chance to meet adoptable dogs. This ninth annual event is a fun and unique way to learn about a local rescue and help a good cause.

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Rescue Runway
Sep
9
12:00 AM00:00

Rescue Runway

  • Wells Barn at Franklin Park Conservatory (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Fashion week has nothing on the pups that’ll be modeling in this special runway show! This event brings together several different charities to raise money and awareness, all while showcasing adoptable animals in the cutest possible way. A fun way to support animals in search of their forever homes.

photo: Ray LaVoie

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