Upcoming events

Have fun and help support the medical care for sick and injured dogs at our great events!




Purses and Pearls

Come buy a new purse or jewelry item and help save dogs!

Saturday, May 4, 2024, 9:30-3:30 

Franklin County Dog Shelter Community Room
Also, online auction, May 3, 8:00 AM–May 6, 6:00 PM.




Village Valuables

Second chance sale of purses and jewelry at German Village's neighborhood sidewalk sale

Saturday, May 18, 2024, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m

571 City Park Ave.
(Corner of City Park & Beck St. in German Village) Columbus, OH 43215




Dog Days of Summer

Register now for a photo session during the Dog Days of Summer on June 1st or 2nd for your pups and family!

June 1-2, 8:30 am-12:30 pm  

Park of Roses, Columbus
20-minute session
Ten high-resolution digital images of your choice via download
Cost: $200

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Our big events

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.

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.


PupArt, our silent art auction to benefit the sick and injured shelter dogs, was a huge success this year thanks to your support!

Thank you to all who attended our annual silent art auction to help us save more shelter dogs’ lives. We enjoyed a beautiful evening at the Peggy McConnell Arts Center—and raised nearly $25,000 for the shelter dogs’ medical needs! We are so grateful for your support and belief in the work we are doing to help the sick shelter dogs.

If you’re interested in donating art for next year's auction, please reach out to [email protected] or [email protected].

5K for K9s

All of the Friends of the Shelter volunteers were so glad to be back in person at Alum Creek Beach with all of you! Our 14th 5K for K9s was a huge success with 332 registrants and even more people who participated in the online silent auction and raffles!

We are so thrilled that over $20,000 was raised for the sick and injured shelter dogs at the Franklin County Dog Shelter! All proceeds from our events help homeless dogs.  

Thank you for making the 5K for K9s a success! Our supporters are the absolute best—allowing us to save hundreds of shelter dogs each year. We hope you had fun this year!

Howliday Bazaar

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

When: Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Where: Franklin County Dog Shelter Community Room

The Howliday Bazaar is back in person! Join us for a fun way to kick off the holidays. Plan to attend the event to start your holiday shopping with our auction items and holiday items available for sale.

Bring your pup for a photo with Santa Claus or a winter scene by the talented Muschlitz Photography. While all of our pre-registration slots are now filled, we’ll have some space for walk-ins throughout the day. 


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