Galleria Mall Marks Dog Days Of Summer With Pet-Friendly Events Wednesdays In August
The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale is celebrating the dog days of summer with plenty of pet-friendly activities.
The mall is hosting its own Dog Days event series every Wednesday night through the end of August. The festivities kick off this Wednesday, Aug. 12, with an adoption expo for dogs from local pet adoption agencies across Broward County.
Melissa Milroy, Galleria mall's senior marketing manager, said the Dog Days initiative will help put the mall on par with other dog-friendly shopping centers.
"Up to 47 percent of households in the U.S. have a dog, and more than 14 states now have malls that are dog-friendly environments," she said in a press release. "Our Dog Days series encourages shoppers to come celebrate their four-legged family members with a night out on the town."
At the Forever Homes Adoption Expo this Wednesday, attendees will not only be able to adopt a new pet but they’ll also be able to learn about pet products and services from veterinary centers, a dog food and supply store, pet lodge and more. The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in front of Macy's at the west end of the mall.
The following Wednesday, Aug. 19, Galleria will host its Fashion Hound event for pets and owners alike. Dogs will strut their stuff down the catwalk—or is it dogwalk?—and prizes will be awarded in the categories of Best Dressed, Best Dog Walk, Dynamic Duo and Best in Show. Registration is $25, and the money will benefit a pet rescue charity.
Throughout the month, dog owners can post pictures of their pups to Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #GalleriaFtLaudDogDays. On Aug. 26, National Dog Day, the series will culminate in the Bow Wow 100 Photograph Gallery, which is part of the yearlong Broward 100 celebration. The top 100 photos will be selected for this on-site photo installation and unveiled that day.
Dogs must be on a leash and accompanied by their owners at all times during these events. For more information, visit www.galleriamall-fl.com/events/.
The Galleria; 2414 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
The original version of this story incorrectly stated that the adoption expo would take place on Aug. 10. The correct date is Wednesday, Aug. 12.