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Spring into fun! Things to do with your dog in Charlotte

Posted on 4 Apr 2011 by Nicole

With March in our rear-view mirror, I know I’m looking forward to watching those temperatures climb and enjoying some fun in the sun! Don’t leave your dog out of your springtime plans. There are lots of great activities happening in Charlotte that are dog-friendly!

April 6CLTweetup benefiting Hounds4Heroes — For all of you Charlotte Twitterati, #CLTweet up is heading to Dogtopia for their April CLTweetup to have some fun and help raise awareness for Hounds 4 Heroes! Feel free to bring your furry four-legged partner in crime along with you. They will have a room set up where your pets can play while you mingle and enjoy some fun with your two-legged friends. This event is currently sold out, but some tickets do open up the day of the event. Be sure to follow the #CLTweetup hashtag on Twitter for more information.

April 9Free Rabies Clinic — Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control offers a free rabies vaccine clinic to all Mecklenburg County residents on the 2nd Saturday of every month from 7 a.m. — 11 a.m. You MUST bring a picture ID with your current address. If your address on your ID is not current, please also bring a utility bill that shows your current address. If you do not have a picture ID you will be turned away.

April 9Sticks & Bones Trail Race — Love to run? Come out for the Inaugural Sticks and Bones Trail Race. There are three options to choose from. The 10K and 5K are just for two-legged competitors. Stick around after the race and bring your four-legged friends to the One-Mile Dog Jog that will start at 9:30 a.m. The Sticks and Bones Trail Race is part of the Carolina Trail Run Series.

April 9Adopt-A-Bull Party — The month of April will mark the Humane Society of Charlotte’s 2nd annual spotlight event on their pit bulls and pit bull mixes that are available for adoption at the shelter. These featured canines will have their kennels marked with a sign denoting that the animal is part of this special promotion. All participating canines will also have reduced adoption fees of $50 instead of the usual $110. During a special Adopt-A-Bull Party in the shelter’s parking lot on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 11:00am-2:00pm, these love-a-bull canine companions will be available for a “meet & greet” with the public. Members of the community who are interested in adopting or who would like to support the efforts of the organization are encouraged to visit the shelter on this day and enjoy the festivities which will include refreshments and vendors such as the American Pit Bull Foundation and Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control. In addition, the shelter staff and volunteers will be on hand to educate the public about what great companions these canines are and how myths about the breed have been an obstacle to placing them in new forever homes.

April 9Hounds4Heroes Anniversary Party — Help local non-profit Hounds4Heroes celebrate their 1st Anniversary. Tara Servatius will emcee, Suttle Band will perform and they will have a dedication ceremony in honor of five young Marines from one battalion who lost their lives in Afghanistan. Several of their Hound-to-Hero matches will be on hand. There will be food, drinks and silent auction items. The event will be from 12 p.m. — 3 p.m. at Dogtopia of Charlotte, 616 Springbrook Rd., Charlotte, NC 28217.

April 9Bark for Life — The American Cancer Society Bark For LifeTM is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. Walk is at the WFNZ Doghouse. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the walk begins 9 a.m.

April 15Celebrate Tax Day at Kennedy’s — Kennedy’s has a great big dog-friendly patio and has invited the Dogs & Drinks Meetup group to celebrate Tax Day! Drink specials include $2 PBR’s, $2 Miller High Life and $5 Car Bombs. The event is from 6 p.m. — 8 p.m. at Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill, 366 N. Caswell Charlotte, NC.

April 16Dog to Dog Introductions Training Seminar — Join the Humane Society of Charlotte for a new training seminar presented by Robin Brown, the Humane Society of Charlotte Animal Behavior Manager. In this session Robin will help you learn the proper introduction techniques to reduce stress and confusion between canines. She will review the Actual Introduction, Appropriate and Inappropriate Play, and Greeting Rituals. The cost is $25 per person. To Register, call Robin Brown at 7044947709 or email her. Space is limited, first come, first served. Class is for humans only, no dogs please.

April 17Easter PhotosSuperior Portrait Studios will be at Dogtopia of Charlotte on Sunday, April 17 from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. for Easter-themed portraits. Session fees are just $15 and you get a free 8×10! Sign up at the front desk, email Dogtopia or call 7043333063 to reserve your appointment today.

April 17Indoor Dog Park — Looking for some doggy socialization in a comfortable setting? Come to Dogtopia’s Indoor “Dog Park” play date. Dogtopia provides the cleanup supplies, play equipment and your dog gets to play with other furry friends in a climate controlled environment. The dog park is hosted the 3rd Sunday of each month. Small dogs/lower energy – 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., Large dogs/higher energy – 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Just $5/dog for current Dogtopia customers and $10/dog for all others. Owners must sign a waiver certifying that their dog is up to date on vaccinations and in good health. For more information email Dogtopia or call 7043333063.

April 1822 — Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Spring Break — Going out of town with your kids for Spring Break? Choose a pet-friendly getaway, or be sure to book a boarding reservation for your pet. Book early, as a lot of boarding facilities get full during this week.

April 19Pet First Aid & CPR class — Want to be prepared for anything? Check out the Pet First Aid & CPR Class taught by Donna Rogers from K9 Capers from 6 p.m. — 8:30 p.m. at Dogtopia of Charlotte. The cost is $45 per person and includes: Pet First Aid & CPR certification and a Dog First Aid Manual & DVD.  Topics covered will include: Symptoms and care for common ailments and emergencies, Instructions for creating a pet first aid kit, giving medications and how to recognize emergencies, Tips on maintaining your pet’s health and well-being, and How to perform pet CPR.
To register call 7047216757 or email Donna by April 15.

April 20AARF Animal Expo — Animal Advocates for Reform Federation (AARF) is excited to present Animal Expo. The goal of the expo is to raise awareness about the animal overpopulation issue in our community and the importance of spaying and neutering, as well as to find homes for some loving, adoptable animal. The Expo is at Founder’s Hall from 11:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m.

April 30Bark in the Park — The 2011 Pedigree® Bark in the Park Presented by Food Lion is Saturday, April 30, 2011
from 10 a.m. — 4 p.m. at Rural Hill. In addition to watching canine demos and browsing merchandise for your furry friend, your dog can participate in a variety of contests.  Sign-ups are at Bark in the Park and are FREE.  Registration for contests is not available prior to the day of the event.  Here is a list of the contests available: Best Trick, Pet/Owner Look-A-Like, Best Bark, Biggest Dog, Smallest Dog, Long Shot and Throw & Catch.

May 1First Friday Yappy Hour — On the first Friday of every month Dogtopia of Charlotte hosts a “First Friday Happy Hour” from 57 p.m. They have beer, wine and soda for everyone. Your dogs will get to enjoy some off-leash play while parents get a chance to socialize. Please keep in mind that dogs of all sizes will be welcome. There is not a separate area for large and small dogs. This event is free for everyone, but if you are not a current Dogtopia customer you will be required to sign a waiver certifying that your dog is up to date on vaccinations and in good health. At this event Dogtopia is asking everyone to bring a clean, gently used woman’s suit or monetary donation to  Dress for Success Charlotte.

May 7Humane Society of Charlotte Vaccine Clinic — The Humane Society of Charlotte will once again be offering low cost vaccines.  You do not have to be a resident of Charlotte/Mecklenburg to participate with your pet(s)! They will try to serve everyone who is in line by 10 a.m. Fees are Canine Distemper/Parvo: $10, Feline Distemper: $8, Rabies: $5. Any method of payment is accepted!! Check, Debit, Visa/MasterCard/American Express/Discover, Cash or Money Orders. No other services or vaccines will be offered.

May 7South Park Mall Adoption Event — Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control hosts an adoption event at South Park Mall on the 1st Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.  Adoption agents are on-hand so you can take your new best friend home with you that day!

May 14Pet Palooza at Independence Park — Pet Palooza is the Humane Society of Charlotte’s largest annual fundraiser, taking place on Saturday, May 14, 2011 (rain date June 4th) at Independence Park. The event attracts more than 2,000 attendees and is fun for the entire family, both two legs and four! Participants will enjoy a dog walk, the Kennelly 5K run, a vendor fair, musical entertainment and the much-loved fido fashion show.  5K Run Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., the Kennelly 5k Starts at 8 a.m., the Pet Walk starts at 9 a.m., and there are various Entertainment Activities including the Fido Fashion Show and announcement of Race Winners and Top Fundraisers from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. For more event information, please contact the Humane Society of Charlotte at 7043770534, ext. 236 or email Donna Ragan.

May 21Charlotte Pet Expo — The 2011 Charlotte Pet Expo is Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. — 6 p.m. at the Park Expo Center. Prize giveaways, dozens of rescue groups, discounted vaccinations, microchipping and heartworm & flea preventatives, free nail trims, agility demonstrations, live entertainment, obedience demonstrations, author readings/book signings and pet products.


  1. Jaclyn Stanley 5 Apr 2011 at 6:40 PM

    The rescue I volunteer with also does all sorts of events if you’re interested.


  2. billy newman 19 May 2011 at 4:02 PM

    i love to adaop a dog gearshere and i like to know where to come to if you can help me thank you som much

  3. billy newman 19 May 2011 at 4:12 PM

    ilike to know where to come to so if someone can call me 7042104386