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The Houston Active Dogs Meetup Group is open for active, non-aggressive, well-socialized dogs of all ages and breeds. HAD Members enjoy meeting and getting together with their social canine companions! We meet at various locations - dog parks, dog-friendly restaurants taverns and events - around the Houston-area to allow our dogs to play and socialize, and to give us the opportunity to make new friends within the *HAD* Group. We are dedicated to the on-going well-being of our canine companions through socialization and recreation. Please utilize this site for an up-to-date info on, and listing of, Dog Parks in the Houston-area: http://www.houstondogpark.org/

Don't have a dog yet? There are many great rescues and shelters in Houston. Some work with any mixed breed dog while others may focus on specific breeds. Believe it or not, there are LOTS of purebred dogs that end up in shelters and rescues.

My favorite local shelter is Friends for Life located in the Heights. Check out their webpage here: https://friends4life.org . While they typically do not take owner surrenders they are a no-kill shelter with a focus on pulling animals from other area shelters that may be listed for euthanasia based on their breed, time at the shelter, medical condition, undesirable behavior, etc.

Upcoming events (3)

Puppies for Breakfast/Benefits Local Dog Rescues (Unhosted/Com­e & Go Event)

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS VERY LIKELY TO BE RESCHEDULED BUT NO OFFICIAL NOTICE HAS BEEN POSTED YET. In order to receive updates regarding this event, please do not change your RSVP to "No". This is listed on their site as a rain or shine event, but please check their site for any updates: http://puppiesforbreakfast.com Puppies for Breakfast is a morning dog festival that works to bring everything “dog” to one place for a few hours. The event takes place on April 11th from 10 am – 3 pm at Market Square Park in Downtown Houston. Houston is a huge city with so much to offer for our furry friends and with the creative minds from Neue Creative, Modular Dog, this festival provides a time for your dog to come play, surrounded by many of Houston’s dog industry vendors, businesses, and creatives. In addition, breakfast type food will be provided by some of Houston’s best food trucks and resident restaurant of Market Square Park, Nikko Nikko’s. You’ll be able to purchase some great food to fill your belly and enjoy mimosas and beer. Admission: The event is FREE to the public but a donation is requested to help Local Dog Rescue (suggested $5 MINIMUM for every attendee). Event Details and other stuff: • over 40 dog industry vendors • Local business vendors • Local food trucks • Dog Costume Contest • Other contests • Product giveaways and drawings CLICK HERE (http://puppiesforbreakfast.com/about/become-a-sponsor/) for a full list of sponsors and links to their websites. Parking: Parking is limited but there are several garages nearby where you can pay to park. Those that live close by, are encouraged to park at distant lots or neighborhoods and walk or ride bikes to the festival.

RESCHEDULED AGAIN - Puptopia Houston! Fall 2020 Date Still TBD

***HOUSTON'S COVID 19 DISASTER DECLARATION CANCELLED/RESCHEDULED MANY CITY PERMITTED EVENTS. Please click here for more information about the new dates and options for tickets already purchased: https://www.puptopiafestival.com/health-tips#/ H-Town will officially be transformed into Pup-Town at bustling, one-of-a-kind Discovery Green on TBD! Furry friends from every corner of the city (and their humans) will be welcomed into our doggy haven in downtown Houston. Tickets are $30 (2 dogs allowed per ticket). Non-dog-owning friends can be added for $15 each. ***DISCOUNT CODE FOR $5 OFF TICKETS: Use the code "ACTIVEDOGS" to get a $5 discount. Thanks to the Puptopia organizers for setting up this HAD discount! Memory-making experiences abound - Puptopia Festival has something for every pup and their doting parent. Whether it's enjoying a ball pit-jumping show at the main stage, relaxing for a bit with friends at the K9 lounge or pampering your pup at the SPAW, be sure to take in all the spectacular sensory experiences awaiting you at Puptopia Festival. PARKING Plenty of parking surrounds Discovery Green, including the underground parking garage (entry on Avenida de las Americas, across from the George R. Brown Convention Center) the park is just a couple of blocks from the Main Street Metro rail. WHAT CAN YOU BRING? - check the event FAQ page for full details. https://www.puptopiafestival.com/faq#/ IMPORTANT: All dogs must be contained (stroller or pack) or leashed. Only empty water bottles/ hydration packs may be brought in. MAIN STAGE - 30 min. shows. Featuring an internationally-renowned stunt dog show, highlighting popular dog sports such as dock diving, freestyle frisbee disc, flyball racing, high jumping, and dog agility with multiple breeds of dogs and mixes who have been rescued or adopted from shelters. This along with other canine-centric programming throughout the day. PUPFORMANCE - owner led agility course. You and your four-legged friend will enjoy all the tunnels, ramps, jump-overs, obstacles and more in our owner-led agility course! BAR & BEVERAGES - K9 Lounge. A beautiful beverage oasis for you and your pup to enjoy together. Featuring some of the most delicious libations any dog and its owner could ask for. Kick up your paws and enjoy yourself in the K9 Lounge! LARGER-THAN-LIFE PHOTO OPS PAWground - Your dog's dreams come to life in our Pawground! Walk Fido over to a 9-foot fire hydrant or watch him jump into a life-size dog bowl filled with kibble. Then get a family photo next to giant-sized tennis balls! ALL THE FEELS - Pup Massage A little one-on-one quality time with your best friend - work out those knots and sore muscles in this guided group-doggy massage session. NEXT LEVEL PUP-PAMPERING - SPAW A luxurious experience awaits you and your furry friend in our Spaw! Get those nails done right with a high-end peticure, learn how to give your pup the best massage of his furry life and put a bow on top to finish the primp sesh. GET THE GOODS - Re-Tail Store Puptopia Festival wear for you and your pup! From totes, hats, fanny packs and shirts, purchase everything you and your pup’s wallet can handle! PHILANTHROPIC PARADISE - Non-Profit Friends Come visit with local charities devoted to the ultimate health and well-being of our beloved furry friends. THE NEWEST, BEST DOGGY PRODUCTS - Pup Vendors Check out the latest and greatest products for man's best friend. The newest trends for enhancing your mutt's daily life.

Party on the Plaza @ City Centre

800 West Sam Houston Pkwy N

The Houston PetTalk 11th Annual Doggy Party on the Plaza will be held in CityCentre again this year. This FREE family fun-filled day included loads of activities, raffles, vendor sales, games, contests and the Annual Doggy Party “Rescue Me” Parade. The 2020 emcees include Deborah Duncan (Great Day Houston), along with David Paul and Lisa Hernandez (from KHOU). “Rescue Row” is a special area packed with information to learn about rescue efforts from Houston’s top rescue groups. Take a stroll down the row and find out what they do and how you can help. The rescue groups are also featured in the annual “Rescue Me!” parade where they compete to win big. There will be shopping, food, games, artists, face painting, and so much more. Over 80 vendor booths will fill the streets along with the stores and restaurants throughout CityCentre as they all join in the festivities to create a doggy party extravaganza to remember! Stay up-to-date on all the latest party information on Facebook and check the official event site as all the 2020 details are finalized…it’s a party you don’t want to miss! Official Event Site: http://www.doggypartyontheplaza.com/about/ Let’s Keep The Party Fun For All…When You Come To The Party, Please Follow These Doggy Safety Rules: • Doggys must be on a leash and under control at all times. Doggy Party and CityCentre are not responsible for the actions of any pet at the event. • Pets must be current on vaccinations • Pets must be sociable with other pets, adults and children and not aggressive about food, toys or owner. • Pets must be comfortable in a loud and festive environment. Please be aware of the stress level of your pet at all times. We want this to be a positive experience for everyone. • Pets must be at least 4 months old since younger animals have weak or no immune systems. • Doggy Party and CityCentre reserve the right to refuse entrance or ask anyone whose pet is exhibiting aggressive behavior to leave PARKING: There is limited paid street parking but there is additional paid and free parking in various garages and lots located around CityCentre. Be sure you pay attention to parking signs - you risk potentially being fined/towed if you don't!

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