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5 Reasons You Should Sign Up For The Doggy’s Day Out Program In Greenville, SC

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Are you looking for a fun way to do good in the Upstate? Do your kids constantly ask for a pet dog, but your just not sure if it’s a good fit? We have all the info you’ll need to decide if a Doggy Day Out is something you should sign up for right away!

Meet Penny! Our Doggie’s Day Out Pal

1 / Dogs Are A Huge Responsibility

How many times did you hear that as a child, or have you said that as a parent? It’s true, and sometimes making the right decision for you or your family is a hard one, when puppy snuggles are involved! The good news is, you can still get some snuggles in, and be helping a rescue pet find the right fur-ever home.

The Greenville County Animal Care facility offers a program called Doggy’s Day Out. This is a great way to teach your kids what goes into owning a pet, but with training wheels.

2/ Help Find Your Furry Friend A New Home

Volunteers could come to pick up a dog and take them to most places where you would take a dog if you had your very own.
Doing this accomplishes several things:

  • Lets you get those puppy snuggles you crave!
  • Allows the dogs to get a break from the rescue facility and have some one-on-one attention from someone for an extended period of time.
  • It allows Greenville Care to learn about the dog and its behavior away from the shelter. Often, the fear and anxiety of being in a shelter don’t allow their true personality to shine through. This makes it hard for the shelter to place the dog with the right owner.
  • While you and your new best friend are out on the town, they will have a special vest that indicates they are available for adoption! You could potentially meet their new family while you are showing them off around town.

3/ Signing Up Is Easy

Due to COVID -19, the process now requires an appointment, but it’s still so easy to sign up! You’ll just need to call Greenville Animal Care and set up a time to pick up your Doggy Date. Pick-up times are between 9 am – 10 am, and your Doggy Adventure is a 2-hour window of time.

Once you arrive they will pair you with the perfect pup, and after going over a few things, you’ll be on your way!

Somethings to help you prepare for your Doggy’s Day Out:

  • Go over the Doggy’s Day Out Program Manual to familiarize yourself with what is expected. It answers most of the questions you might have about your upcoming adventure.
  • Figure out how you will secure your Doggy in your car. Preferably on a seat with an adult holding the leash or secured in the back of an SUV or a crate.
  • As a safety precaution during COVID-19, they ask that you bring your own water bowl for your Doggy’s Day Out. This can be as simple as a clean plastic food storage bowl or a stainless steel pet water bowl from a dollar tree. Don’t forget to bring some water; most public drinking fountains are turned off due to COVID-19.
  • Greenville Animal Care will supply the rest. They will send you on your way with a leash, poop-collection bags, treats, and a report card to provide info from your adventure.

4 / So Many Places To Explore With Your New Friend

The possibilities are nearly endless! The only restriction is that your Doggy’s Day Out Companion must remain on the leash at all times, so unleashed dog parks are prohibited. Other than that, go have fun! You can take your new companion to places like:

5 / Everyone Benefits From The Program

I’m sure it goes without saying that spending time doing good for others makes you feel good too. Even though we had to bring Penny back to Greenville Animal Care after our time with her was up, my kids were glad to have had the time with her. We plan to go back as often as our schedule allows us to do this again!

Penny was an amazing dog, and we know she will find a loving home with people who will give her all the permanent snuggles she deserves!
Head to the Greenville Animal Cares Website for more info about Penny and all the other available pets.

To Follow our Doggy’s Day Out Adventures, head to the Wagging Around Greenville Instagram Account.

Keeping Your Pets Safe During Storms

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Severe weather sometimes sneaks upon us, but if you have a plan already in place to refer to you can help keep you and your loved ones safe. There are steps you can take NOW to help keep your four-legged family members safe.

Don’t worry if you haven’t thought about it up until just now. We will walk you through the steps you can take before the threat is real.


10 Places You Can Get Low-Cost Pet Vaccinations Near Greenville, SC

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Is it time for your pet’s yearly vaccines? Are you a first-time pet owner trying to take care of your pet and keep from breaking the bank at the same time?

Here at Wagging Around Greenville, we’ve been on the hunt for the Upstates most-affordable vaccines. We’re passionate about keeping our pets happy and healthy, and thanks to a few budget-friendly options, we can do just that!


Pet-Friendly Hotels Are Waiting to Welcome Your Fur-baby In Greenville, South Carolina

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Are you planning a trip to Greenville, South Carolina, and you need a place to stay with your four-legged family members? We asked readers for places they recommend in the Upstate where Fido will feel welcome too!

Pets are a member of a family, but sometimes traveling with them can be a logistics issue. There are plenty of Greenville hotels that accomidate dogs, and other pets. The city of Greenville is super dog friendly, so pack your bags and get ready to enjoy an adventure with your four-legged bestie.

For more Downtown Greenville hotel info, check out our sister site’s Guide To Accommodations in Downtown Greenville


Readers Top Choices For Adopting A Dog or Cat

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“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France

Do you have a heart for rescued animals? Do you dream of finding a furry best friend?

Greenville has a variety of passionate pet adoption organizations that work hard to unite their rescues with loving forever homes. These generous teams of people rescue a multitude of cats and dogs daily, saving hundreds of lives! When choosing to adopt, you not only make a difference in an animals life, but you’ll be making memories that last a lifetime.

  • For most adoptions, you simply need to fill out an online application.
  • Most organizations foster pets within a home already, so they will know.
  • Always have your ID available.
  • Be ready with a form of payment (cash, debit/credit card).
  • Understand what your adoption fees are covering. Most fees cover medical basics such as Spay or neuter, microchip and registration, vaccines, de-wormer, flea treatment, and a heart worm test.
  • Some organizations may require an in-home visit. This helps secure that the home is safe and ready for a new furry family member.

Note: This list was compiled from reader suggestions and does not constitute an endorsement from Wagging Around Greenville. We recommend that readers research any adoption organization.

Dozer. He is a 6 year old boxer/coon hound mix. We adopted him last year from the Spartanburg Humane Society. He loves children and thinks he is a lap dog. He absolutely loves meaty treats. He has a relaxed temperament with a bit of a wild streak.
Dozer is a 6 year old boxer/coon hound mix. We adopted him last year from the Spartanburg Humane Society. He loves children and thinks he is a lap dog. He absolutely loves meaty treats. He has a relaxed temperament with a bit of a wild streak.

Lucky Pup Rescue

The adoption fee is a flat rate of $250. It covers a variety of healthcare and preventative services, including a microchip. To adopt, you must get a vet reference and home visit are REQUIRED for approval.

If you prefer purchasing a dog from a rescue, Lucky Pups Rescue is great & of course, Greenville Humane Society is wonderful as well!🐾🐶


Greenville Humane Society

305 Airport Rd, Greenville

Adoption fees cover a variety of shots and services. Fees range from $35 – $250 depending on the age of the cat or dog. Puppies and kittens are typically more. *Fees are subject to change.

Greenville Humane Society! They have so many animals that need a home and run great adoption specials.


Greenville County Animal Care

328 Furman Hall Rd, Greenville

The adoption fee is $35 and includes a variety of healthcare and preventative services.

We adopted from Greenville Animal Care. Free for veterans! We had a great experience there. They had a huge green space for you to play with the dogs off- leash and encourage you to bring a dog that you own back to make sure they’re a good fit together before you commit.


Foster Paws Rescue

On the hunt exclusively for a cat or kitten? Foster Paws is a wonderful organization that is fueled by donations only. You can check out their adoptable cats and kittens online or find them at the Taylors and Simpsonville PetSmarts for adoption events!

Foster Paws is a great cat rescue that pulls cats from Greenville County Animal Care to prepare them for adoption!


The Barker Rescue Project

The Barker Rescue Project! 💕


Spartanburg Humane Society

Address: 150 Dexter Rd, Spartanburg
Phone: 864.583.4805

Spartanburg Humane Society. Adopted our dough-bear from there. 💕


Pickens County Humane Society

Address: 500 5 Forks Rd, Liberty Phone: 864.843.9693

Pickens County Animal Shelter on Prison Camp Road. Barn cats are free and adoptions are always free for veterans.


Carolina Poodle Rescue

Carolina Poodle Rescue in Pacolet, SC. Awesome place, we rescued our dachshund and corgi mix from there.


Concerned Citizens for Animals

Address: 3625 Fork Shoals Rd, Simpsonville Phone: 864.243.4222

Concerned Citizens for Animals is the best!


Day Before the Rainbow Rescue and Adoption

Day Before the Rainbow Rescue and Adoption has lots of pups and kittens!


PURR – Paws Up Rescue and Resources

There are a lot of amazing local rescues. Purrbabies Rescue has a lot of adorable kittens who are looking for homes.


Tri-County Technical College Veterinary Technology Program

This program hosts annual adoption days where animals from local shelters that have been socialized are offered up for adoption for an affordable fee.

Pendleton, SC
(864) 646-1547

Tri-County Technical College Veterinary Technology program has amazing cats and dogs for adoption every semester!


What is your favorite part about adopting a rescue animal?

Dog-Friendly Spots In Charleston

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Are you planning a trip to Charleston soon? Traveling with your pet is excellent, especially when you have a beautiful place that you can enjoy together! We know our readers love the Charleston area, and you’ll be glad to know that your dog can have a great time there too! We found several dog-friendly spots around Charleston, and there’s even a great beach to visit!

Finding nice places to take your dog for an adventure while on vacation can be hard sometimes. Luckily the Charleston area is full of beautiful places to enjoy with your pets.

Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island

It was hard to believe that a beach that landed on the top 10 list in the nation was so accommodating to dogs! Not only are they welcomed, but they have amenities, just like humans. The shower area at the top of the boardwalk has a spot where you can wash the sand off of your dog, and they can grab a fresh drink of water. There are seasonal leash requirements, and even when leashes aren’t required, they must be on hand at all times. Beachwalker Park is a popular sea turtle nesting area, so please exercise caution around marked off squares

Hampton Park, Charleston

Hampton Park provides a fenced dog park, a water spigot, grass, shade trees, and benches for park visitors.

Isle of Palms County Park

This park provides beach access for humans and leashed dogs year round.

James Island County Dog Park, James Island

James Island County Park offers four-legged guests multiple ways to stay cool in the summer! A lake that is safe for splashing around in, and the waterpark that offers a pet day every year. There are hiking trails, disc golf, and plenty of space to explore with your dog. The park also has an off-leash dog park.

Palmetto Islands County Park, Mount Pleasant

Palmetto Islands County Park is a 943-acre park with lots of places for pets and humans to explore. There’s an off-leash dog area, a nature trail, and a waterpark that has special dog days.

Wannamaker County Park, North Charleston

This county park in North Charleston offers over 1,000 acres of space to enjoy. This includes seven acres of meadows for dogs and humans to enjoy. The park has a water-park that offers dog days for guests to bring their dogs to go swimming.

We’re sure there are more places we’ve yet to discover! Do you have a favorite place to go with your dog when you are in the Charleston area?

Upstate Animal Rescue Groups Making A Difference

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Are you looking to add a new family member to your home during quarantine? If you have space in your heart and home for a special new member of the family, animal rescues are a great place to find a new pet and they don’t just help dogs and cats!

The best dog I’ve ever known was the first pet I got after leaving my parents home. I went with my best friend to an animal shelter thinking I wanted a Boston Terrier just like Roxie, my friend’s dog. At the rescue facility, all the dogs were barking for our attention.
Except for one.

My Rescue Dog and the kids
The Three Loves Of My LIfe

I’ve joked that he knew he was coming home with me that day and figured the extra effort was not needed. A little blonde rat terrier named Phillip stole my heart that day and spent the next 14 years by my side. He was with me through five moves through three states, heartbreak, the birth of my two children, and more. Sadly he passed away recently and that little rescue dog will always have a special place in my heart.

Aside from local animal shelters, there are local non-profit groups that rescue animals, rehabilitate them if needed, and adopt them out. Some are even breed-specific if you have a certain breed in mind.

Rescues aren’t subsidized by taxpayers, so adoption fees might be a little higher than at the local animal shelters. These non-profits are also a great opportunity for your family to give back, by fostering a pet while a “fur-ever” home is found for them.

WAG is your resource for all your pet-related needs! Did you see this peek behind the scenes at a local animal shelter?

Rescues That Specialize In Canines

Carolina Boxer Rescue helped turn this dogs life around. This is how he looked when they got him (L) and how he looked after they nursed hum back to being healthy (R).

Carolina Boxer Rescue

Carolina Boxer Rescue obtains Boxer breed dogs from shelters, and save them from being euthanized. They service the states of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Foothills Golden Retriever Rescue

Foothills Golden Retriever Rescue is a full-service rescue dedicated to providing rescue and necessary veterinarian attention for neglected, abused, and homeless golden retrievers breed dogs.

Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue

Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue specializes in and services Boxer breed dogs. They provide adoptions to The Carolinas and Virginia.

Auction For A Kaws Rescue

Auction for A Kaws rescue is a Greenville based rescue. They are a foster-based organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and adopts out dogs in the Upstate.

Carolina Loving Hound Rescue

Carolina Loving Hound rescue provides adoptions for different breed dogs. Their motto is “Rescue, Rehabilitate, Re-home or Retire”.

Lucky Pup Rescue

Lucky Pup Rescue is a foster-based rescue. They are in Greenville and require home visits for dog adoption applicants.

Now that you have your eye on a pup, you need a place to take them for a walk! There are plenty of places in the Upstate and we have a list of places in Greenville to take a walk with your new pal.

Rescues That Specialize In Felines

Foster Paws Rescue

Foster Paws is a Cat rescue serving Spartanburg & Greenville Counties. They are a foster-based rescue, that holds adoption events through local Petsmart locations.

Miss Dixie’s Kitten Rescue

Miss Dixie’s specializes in rehabbing and rehoming orphaned kittens in the Upstate.

Rescues That Specialize in Rabbits, Reptiles and Other Animals

Bunny Brigade

If you are looking for a pet that is probably not going to deliver you candy in the spring, Bunny Brigade rescues, rehabs, and rehomes domestic rabbits. They work closely with Izzie’s Pond to find fur-ever homes for floppy-eared friends.

Greenville SC Exotic Animal Rescue

GSCE specializes in almost any pet appropriate animal that is not a dog or a cat. If you are in the market for a snake, ferret, parrot, lizard, tarantula, or another exotic animal, they are the rescue to contact!

Rescues That Help Multiple Species

Day Before The Rainbow Rescue

Day Before The Rainbow rescues animals from high-kill shelters and fosters them out while they are found a home. The rescue also works with animal control to help when animal hoarding events happen and animals need to be helped.

Concerned Citizens For Animals

For 40 years Concerned Citizens For Animals has been helping stray, neglected, and abandoned dogs and cats in the Upstate.

Saved By The Heart Companion Animal Services

Saved By The Heart Companion Animal Services adopts cats and dogs out to people in the Upstate. They also provide resources to pet parents who need help retaining their pets through a hardship.

Note: This list was compiled from reader suggestions and does not constitute an endorsement from Wagging Around Greenville. We recommend that readers research any adoption organization.

Have you found the love of your life through a rescue? Tell us all about it in the comments!

5 Great Places to Find Pet Food in Greenville

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Shopping for pet supplies can be a tedious activity. Of course, we also want the best food for the best prices! No matter what you feed your pets, there’s a few local places that make it their mission to provide great pet food options. 

Nugget’s favorite place in Greenville is Tractor Supply.

Saluda River Pet Food And Supply Center

1050 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville

If you’re looking for a wide selection of pet food, toys, beds, and other materials, Saluda River Pet Food And Supply Center is a great place to check out! This Greenville treasure is not like your average Petco or Petsmart, offering a variety of bulk deals and low prices. Their friendly associates are always willing to talk pets!

EarthWise Pet Supply

2700 Woodruff Rd, Simpsonville

“At EarthWise Pet, we know your pet is part of your family, so we treat you like family too.” Another great option for pet lovers of the Upstate! This Simpsonville gem is a great place to not only shop for pet products but treat your furry bff to a grooming. Did you know they also deliver?

Pet Wants GVL

1143 Woodruff Road, Suite I, Greenville

Owned and operated by a rescue dog family, Pet Wants GVL specializes in specially crafted pet food (along with offering other brands as well) and prioritizes a pet’s overall wellbeing! They also deliver to multiple towns including Greenville, Mauldin, Greer, and Simpsonville. They strive to give back to their community and are actively involved in lending a hand to animal rescue organizations.

Pet Super Market

1922 Augusta St, Ste 118, Greenville
3620 Pelham Rd, Unit 1-D, Greenville

Pet Super Mart is another option for pet parents looking for a variety of products. They also ship free for orders over a certain amount! They always have major sales going on and offer products for a variety of pets including birds and fish.

Pet Smart & Petco

Various Upstate locations

Of course we had to include Pet Smart & Petco! You just never know when you’ll have to pop into one of these stores on a whim because you totally forgot to pick up dog food on your way home from work yesterday. Thankfully, these chains are scattered throughout Greenville and can really help when you need something in a pinch!

Where do you shop for your pet’s food?

Dog-Friendly Places to Eat & Drink in Greenville

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You’ll be amazed at how dog-friendly Greenville is! If you’re looking for a place to eat and relax, here’s a list of dog-friendly spots. Don’t be surprised if they already have a water bowl out waiting for your furry friend.

Adorable pup at Birds Fly South Brewery!

Birds Fly South Ale Project

Fire Forge Crafted Beer

Gather GVL

Liability Brewing Co.

Unleashed Dog Bar

Grateful Brew

The Community Tap

Pour Taproom: Greenville

Quest Brewery

Brewery 85

Tetrad Brewing Co.

Mellow Mushroom

What Ales You Pub

Pet-friendly outside seating only:

Smoke on the Water

Mac’s Speed Shop

Paserelle Bistro

Universal Joint

Iron Hill Brewery

Eggs Up Grill

Willy Taco

Grill Marks – Main St. Greenville

The Lazy Goat

Did we miss a place? Send an email to stephanie@kiddingaroundgreenville and let us know. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more about dog-friendly spots in Greenville.