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Five things to do in Denver for National Dog Day

Happy National Dog Day!

Walk your dog while helping homeless pets
Did you know you can support homeless pets at the Dumb Friends League, simply by walking your own dog? The Dumb Friends League partners with two free mobile apps—WoofTrax and ResQWalk—that record the miles you walk with your dog and make a contribution to benefit homeless pets. It’s free to participate (donations are funded by sponsors, donors and advertising) so there’s no cost to you unless you want to donate too! Download either app through the app store to get started.

Treat your pup to a Pawbender

Through Labor Day, bring your dog to a GoodTimes restaurant and receive a free Pawbender. Pawbenders are veterinarian-approved treats made from GoodTimes frozen custard, dog biscuits and peanut butter. Your dog must be present to redeem the free Pawbender. Get a Pawbender after Labor Day weekend and a percentage of the proceeds will benefit one of two local Colorado animal welfare groups.

Register for Wag `n Trail
Make plans to take your dog for a scenic fall hike on Saturday, Sept. 17! The Dumb Friends League Wag `n Trail is a 1.6-mile hike to benefit homeless pets at the Buddy Center. It takes place from 8 a.m. to noon at Glendale Farm Open Space (near I-25 and Surrey Ridge). Grab a craft beer (or root beer) in the beer garden afterwards and browse vendor booths, watch dog demos, enjoy food trucks, sample ice cream and more. Register online at

Enjoy a day at the dog park
Pick any one of the metro Denver area’s dog parks and enjoy a day running, playing with other pups and spoiling your pooch! For a list of local dog parks visit the Denver Parks and Recreation website.

Get involved
Adopt, volunteer, donate or give back to your favorite animal shelter to help homeless pets in need. Last year, the Dumb Friends League saved more than 19,000 homeless pets through its shelters in Denver and Castle Rock and has one of the highest placement rates for pets in the country. These accomplishments are made possible by the support of animal lovers in our community and would not be possible without you.

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