Fun Things to Do With Your Dog in Boston
Looking for things to do with your new canine companion in the Boston area? Happily, Boston is an extremely pet-friendly city with plenty to do with Fido. Be a tourist in your own town on a unique walking tour of Back Bay or Beacon Hill with Boston Strolls. You’ll discover offbeat tidbits and scandalous secrets about Boston that you can later use to impress your friends.
Socialize your new pup by spending an afternoon in the Boston Public Garden. You are bound to meet other humans and canines as you watch the Swan Boats, relax under the trees, and stroll past the fountains and sculptures. Dogs must be leashed at all times in the garden. For off-leash fun and socialization, head to the South End for a romp in Peter’s Park Dog Run. This popular dog park has over 30,000 square feet of off-leash play area including a 3,000 square feet small dog area that is separately enclosed, shade trees, and plenty of seating scattered through the park.
Just around the corner from Peter’s Park Dog Run, Polka Dog Bakery is an excellent place to bring your new best friend for treats, food, accessories, and information on local gatherings of dog-lovers. If you are in the Back Bay area, a great place to bring Fido for treats, accessories, grooming, and more is Pawsh Dog Boutique where you will meet some of the most dog-lovingest humans around. Travelers to Boston should be aware that the MBTA Commuter Raila and T subway allow pets as long they are confined to a cage. Use this website to find pet friendly hotels outside of Boston near the T or Commuter Rail. For more ideas on things to do with your dog in the Boston area, visit the Dog Owner’s Guide to Boston on BringFido.com.
Boston Dog Rescues & Shelters
The Top 5 Reasons to Adopt, Rather than Buy a Dog or Puppy for Sale in Boston.
- Finding the Best Match - Luckily, when you decide you want to add a furry member to your family, you have many dogs to choose from. Dogs and puppies of different breeds come with genetic tendencies that vary between breeds. More importantly, they also have distinct personalities, as each is an individual! It is common for rescuers and animal shelter staff and volunteers to already know the personality and tendencies of many of their dogs and puppies. This means they can better match up your requirements and lifestyle with the ideal dog or puppy. When searching for a new dog or puppy in Boston, consider your lifestyle first. Answer yourself these questions:
- Do you have time to housetrain a puppy and teach them the rules of the house?
- Can you provide adequate exercise for an active dog, or one who needs mental stimulation and lots of interaction?
- Will your new four-legged friend have other pets as buddies around the house?
- Is it critical that you find a dog who is comfortable with children?
- Purebred or Fabulous Mixed-Breed: Shelters Have Them All! - Looking for a specific type of dog or puppy? It is estimated that 30% of all shelter animals are purebred. There are also large numbers of “breed-rescue” organizations specifically devoted to rescuing and adopting out a particular breed. On the other hand, you can find your own one-of-a-kind, amazing mixed-breed dog in a shelter. We love those fabulous mutts! Due to a larger gene pool to draw from, often mixed-breed dogs have fewer behavioral problems or health issues, and can even live longer than purebred dogs. In short, whatever you’re looking for you can find at your local shelter or rescue group in Boston, and right here on Adopt-a-Pet.com.
- Adult Adoption = Less Stress - Adopting an adult dog has many advantages. Adult dogs in shelters have often already been in homes, and may already be housebroken and obedience-trained. Also, since adult dogs’ personalities are already established, it is easy to tell if they are good with children, or familiar and comfortable with other pets. One thing is certain; adult dogs require less attention and less work than puppies do. Best of all, any rescued dog will be forever grateful you saved their life.
- Be a Hero - Adoption helps save lives! One dog or puppy adopted in Boston paves the way for another one to be saved. When you choose to adopt, you’re an instant hero.
- Adoption is MORE AFFORDABLE - Typically, adoption fees are much less than you’d pay for a dog or puppy for sale at a pet store, or even a breeder, in Boston. Adopting is especially a great deal because usually rescued dogs and puppies have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and have been spayed or neutered. It all adds up, but when you choose pet adoption you are paying less for a dog or puppy who is just as perfect as one you’d find for sale!
Some Boston Dog & Puppy Rescues
Below you'll find many Boston focused rescue organizations. This is not a complete list! If you are a Boston focused rescue and would like to be included, please sign up for an Adopt-a-Pet.com account here, then submit your request using the Contact Us link after you login to your Adopt-a-Pet.com rescue or shelter account. Thank you!