Upcoming Pet Events in Florida

Floridians and vacationers should take a look at all the pet events going on in July. A new pet shelter is opening, and there will also be some dog washing events and birthday parties.

Bark for Life

America’s Backyard

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

July 8

Bark for Life will go on from 5:00-9:00 PM. Admission is $20, and that includes two complimentary drinks, plus a chance to win $100 of pet prizes. It will also feature an array of vendors and activities. Citizens for Pets in Condos will have a table at this event.

Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening

Florida Humane Society

Pompano Beach, Florida

July 9, 10, 11

This Ribbon-Cutting event will start off the opening of the new animal shelter, the Florida Humane Society, on July 9, from 3:00-5:00 PM. The Grand Opening of this shelter will then take place on the 10th and 11th. People can come from 12:00-4:00 PM, so they can tour the new facilities and take a look at the pets that need homes.

Dog Wash

Leon County Humane Society

Tallahassee, Florida

July 10

The Leon County Humane Society will put on a fundraising dog wash to raise money for the shelter. Volunteers will be washing dogs from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, and it costs $8 per dog.

Mama Weenie & Pixie’s Pupparazzi Pawty

Barkers Pet Resort

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

July 11

This birthday party will happen from 2:00-4:00 PM, and costs $5 to enter. People are encouraged to dress their dogs up as celebrities so they can take pictures of them in front of the crazy backdrops and frames! People can bring gifts and donations to help out Get A Life Pet Rescue. All well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to come celebrate, and there are indoor and outdoor play rooms, as well as treats and games available.

Suds on Sunday

Dunedin Brewery

Dunedin, Florida

July 11

The Dunedin Doggie Rescue will be at this pub doing a dog wash from 12:00-5:00 PM. It will feature dog washing, ear washing and nail trimming, and leashed dogs may go anywhere in the parking lot or on the patio. There will also be live music, treats and vendors. The dog washes cost according to the size of the dog.

Dog Gone Good Time

Sandoval Banking Office

Cape Coral, Florida

July 16

The Dog Gone Good Time will be a lunch for people and dogs, sponsored by the Florida Gulf Bank. There will be complimentary food for humans and treats for dogs, from 11:30 AM-2:30 PM. People can donate food here to the Animal Refuge Center. To register for this event, you must call: 239-433-6000.

Upcoming Dog Events in Florida


Many people are heading down to the sunshine state this winter to escape the harsh weather of the north. There are plenty of fun dogs events to check out during your pet friendly visit in Florida! Even though there won’t be any snow, there sure are holiday events, and Santa will even stop by.

Photo Shoot

The Hounds Meow

Lutz, Florida

December 5

This store is holding a second photo shoot, due to the success of the first. You can check out this pet store and get a pet portrait between the hours of 12:00 noon-4:00 PM.

Bark in the Park

John D MacArthur Beach State Park

North Palm Beach, Florida

December 6

This will be a fun family event that will go on from 12:00 noon-4:00 PM. It will include demonstrations, pet games, vendors, a silent auction, children activities, food and music. This event itself is free, but there is a $5 entrance fee for vehicles up to 8 people.

Normally, people use this park for activities like kayaking, fishing, bird-watching and snorkeling. It is a benefit for the Natural Science Education Programs.

Pet Portraits

Woof Gang Bakery

Sarasota, Florida

December 6

This pet bakery is holding a pet photo session from 11:00 AM-5:00 PM. It costs $20, and you get several different backgrounds to choose from. You must book a spot in advance by calling: 941-312-5233, or emailing [email protected]. This is a chain store that has a location in Sarasota, and others all around Florida.

Santa Photos with Pets

International Plaza-Grand Court

Tampa, Florida

December 6, 13

The International Plaza mall is hosting photos with Santa the next couple weekends. It’s a nice way to break up that hectic holiday shopping! For pricing, call: 813-342-3780.

Second Annual Block Party with Santa

Courtyard by Downtown Dogs

Tampa, Florida

December 17

This event will go on from 6:00-8:00 PM, and it is a $5 donation. It’s definitely worth this price, as it will feature prizes, drink specials, wine tasting, snacks, photo with Santa and live music! Part of the proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

Pet Photos with Santa

Petsmart-Citrus Park

Tampa, Florida

December 19, 20

This event is open to the public from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM on both days. It costs $10 for a 4×6 photo in a holiday themed frame. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. You can definitely pick up some pet holiday presents at this Petsmart!