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Pins for Pups

Grab some friends and enjoy a fun morning of bowling, great raffle and silent auction items, and the camaraderie of dog lovers from throughout Central Ohio.

Best of all, you know the money raised will save the life of sick shelter dogs! Registration includes shoe rental and bowling for three hours. Proceeds raised from the event go towards the medical care of the sick and injured dogs at the Franklin County Dog Shelter. Prizes will be awarded to the top two bowling teams, and a raffle and silent auction will take place during the event as well. If you would like to support this great event but bowling isn’t your thing, that’s OK! You may still visit and meet volunteers from the shelter, learn how you can become involved and donate through the raffles and silent auctions held the day of the event.

Check back in early 2021 for more details on our next Pins for Pups!

Purses and Pearls

Buy a new purse and help save a dog's life!

Go shopping for new accessories while benefiting the sick and injured shelter pups! Friends of the Shelter is holding our annual sale of new and gently used purses and jewelry to raise funds for the sick and injured shelter dogs. Some handbag brands include Coach, Dooney and Bourke, Kate Spade, Fossil, Liz Claiborne, and Louis Vuitton. Jewelry includes Kendra Scott, Silpada, Stella & Dot, Lia Sophia, vintage, and handcrafted pieces. Most items will be priced between $5 and $35.

Purses & Pearls is held in the community room of the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center. 

Check back in early 2021 for more details on our next Purses and Pearls!


PupArt, our annual silent art auction, was a huge success in 2020 thanks to your support!

Thank you to all who participated during the first-ever, three-day online event to help us save the lives of sick and injured shelter dogs. While we missed seeing all of you in person this year at the beautiful Peggy McConnell Arts Center, you all came together when we needed it most to help us raise $25,734! In the middle of a pandemic, you generously donated more during PupArt than any previous year! We are so grateful for your support and belief in the work we are doing to help the sick shelter dogs.

Attention artists and supporters: We are already collecting donations from wonderful, local artists like yourselves for next year. Please consider donating a work of art to help this great cause! For more information please contact Cheryl Mandell at [email protected] 

5K for K9s

Plan to join us VIRTUALLY for our 12th annual 5K for K9s—and first-ever virtual 5K. While we’re going to miss seeing you in person at beautiful Alum Creek State Park, we’re grateful that we’re able to still host a fun event to help save more sick and injured shelter dogs.

Our 12th 5K for K9s and first virtual 5K was a huge success with 428 registrants and even more people who participated in the silent auction and raffles! We are so thrilled that over $23,000 was raised for the sick and injured shelter dogs at the Franklin County Dog Shelter!

Every year, Friends of the Shelter funds $150,000-$200,000 in medical bills for sick and injured dogs, and the 5K for K9s is one of our largest fundraisers. Thank you for making this event successful even during a pandemic, which has made fundraising difficult and limited our event options. Our supporters are the absolute best—allowing us to save hundreds of shelter dogs each year. We hope you had fun this year and hope to seeing you in person next year!

See photos from this year's virtual 5K for K9s

Howliday Bazaar

Mark your calendars to kick off the holiday season and help save a dog's life!

Santa Claus is coming to the dog shelter! Bring your dogs to Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center to have their photo taken with Santa or choose a beautiful winter scene! Shop our bazaar for great holiday items for dogs and their humans! You'll find dog toys, dog sweaters, holiday decorations, great gift items, and delicious baked goods! 

We are so sorry to let you know that the 2020 Howliday Bazaar is canceled this year. We’ve been unable to figure out a safe way to hold this event during a pandemic. We’ll miss seeing you all and hope to be back in 2021 with the Howliday Bazaar. 


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