July 2014

Open Arms Rescue Adoption Event

Event Date: 
Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Event Location: 
The Olde Farmhouse, 7605 Tesnow Road, Akron, New York
Event Cost: 


Open Arms Rescue says:

Come on out and meet some of our adoptable friends and see what this unique gift shop has to offer.

Leashed and friendly dogs are welcome, however they are not allowed inside the store, they must be kept outside only. Dog owners that bring their furry companions can see the outside vendors and our rescue booth, but pets are not allowed inside the store (except for seeing eye dogs of course for legal reasons) because they have food items inside.

And sadly, if it is storming the outside vendors, which includes us, will not be there, but the sales and specials inside the store will still be happening.

Open Arms Rescue event page

K-9 Kids Club

450 Niagara Falls Blvd, Tonawanda, NY 14223

Notable features: rubbery floor makes play safer, emphasis on positive training methods, experienced staff

K-9 Kids Club is a doggy daycare in Tonawanda.

In addition to daycare, boarding and obedience classes, they've just started offering playgroups. Ren and I attended their first small dog playgroup session, and he of course, had a great time. He happily greeted staff member Becca, remembering her from previous playgroup facilities she's worked at - and we know that her extensive experience with training and managing dog play will be an asset here.

Update 1/15/17: K-9 Kids Club no longer offers indoor playgroups, but are still doing daycare, boarding and classes. You can also rent the facility for $20 per hour - so if you have some friends who can share the cost, you can have your own private "playgroup" session by renting the space yourselves.

For daycare and boarding, there are separate spaces for the size groups. There is also a fenced outdoor area, for when dogs want to enjoy the nice weather or when nature calls. And if nature calls inside, the rubbery floor cleans up easily.

K-9 Kids Club Facebook page
Daycare Rates

Orchard Park Parks


Park Type: Town

The town of Orchard Park allows dogs in all town parks

Dogs are allowed in:

  • Green Lake (Yates Park)
  • Birdsong Park
  • Brush Mountain Park
  • Orchard Park Compost Site
  • Sports Park

Orchard Park Town Code; Chapter 97, Parks and Playgrounds; 97-10 Dogs
Town of Orchard Park Recreation Department (although the page mentions dogs being allowed in "the park," singular, I confirmed in an email with the Assistant Recreation Director that this refers to all parks)
Town of Orchard Park Parks and Playgrounds (dogs are allowed at the parks but not the playgrounds)

Grandpaws Pet Emporium Grand Opening

Event Date: 
Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 10:00am to Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 5:00pm
Event Location: 
Grandpaws Pet Emporium, 402 Center Street Lewiston, NY
Event Cost: 


Grandpaws Pet Emporium has moved, and is holding a Grand Opening this weekend.

They will have adoption events, raffles, obedience training, and the opening of Canine Cafe. Events will be happening at different times but the store is open 10-5 Sat & 12-5 on Sunday.

A Pawsitive Experience

6440 Schultz Road, Hamburg Township, NY 14085

Notable features: Home-based facility, outdoor spaces for playgroups

A Pawsitive Experience is a home-based facility, offering daycare, boarding, playgroups and a variety of obedience classes. Owner Susan Ferry's property is fully licensed, zoned and insured, and she has impeccable credentials: she has over 30 years of training experience, has written a book chapter on dog play, helped to create national standards for dog daycare, and is certified in pet first aid.

Ren came to a Pawsitive Experience to check out the playgroup, known as "Happy Hour." All dog sizes attend at the same time, but are divided by size as needed, based on the comfort level of the dogs and owners. Since Ren is is sometimes defensive around much larger dogs, we stayed with a group of smaller breeds - first on a wooden deck in the yard, and then moving to a covered area when it began to rain lightly. The larger dogs played in a fenced area with a gravel floor and objects to climb/jump on. Check out some more photos here and here. This Happy Hour session included some dogs that were boarding, some that were attending a class afterwards, and some, like Ren, that had just come for the playtime.

Unique classes are available such as "Family Companion," teaching coping skills, social interaction and management. P.A.W.S. (Puppy Adaptation to World Stimuli) provides targeted real-life experiences that are difficult for working owners to provide.

A Pawsitive Experience website
Facebook page

Playgroups coming soon to K9 Kids Club

We haven't done a full writeup on K-9 Kids Club yet, but we want to let you know that they will begin offering playgroups on Saturday, July 26th. If you've been disappointed that some other facilities have stopped playgroups for the summer, here is an option to try. Ren and I plan to go to the first session, and hopefully we can get some photos and more information about the place to share. :)

Here is the info:

K-9 Kids Club
450 Niagara Falls Blvd, Tonawanda, NY

Small dog (under 30lbs) - 10:00am, $6
Puppy group (under 5 months) - 11:15am, no charge
Large dog (over 30lbs) - 12:30pm, $6

No need to pre-register, just show up! Although first-time visitors will need to be evaluated prior to entering the playgroup, so come a few minutes early.

Playgroup announcement on Facebook
K-9 Kids Club website

Joyful Rescues Pet-Fest

Event Date: 
Friday, August 1, 2014 - 10:00am to Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 4:00pm
Event Location: 
Jollytown Road, Hinsdale, NY
Event Cost: 


This event is a fundraiser for Joyful Rescues. Leashed pets are welcome, and there are some activities for them to participate in as well. In addition to basket raffles, food and demonstrations, there is also a talent contest and a dog/owner lookalike contest. Donations of leashes, collars, blankets, toys, food and other supplies are accepted at this event.

Facebook event announcement

Heart of Niagara First Annual Summer Picnic

Event Date: 
Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Event Location: 
Oppenheim Park, Pavilion #22 (far left corner of the park), 2713 Niagara Falls Blvd in Wheatfield
Event Cost: 

Free to attend, but lunch is $12

The Heart of Niagara animal rescue is having an event to honor their adoptive families, and other dogs and their owners are welcome too. Activities include a parade, lunch, music and contests.

Event webpage