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Get Outside With Your Pets + Test Your Pet Law Trivia!

Photos by Shawn Coulter Photography and special to Fargo Monthly

Are you a pet owner in the Fargo-Moorhead area? We want both you and your pets to live your best life, especially this summer. Your pet is special to you and you care for it every day, maybe you even have some custom pet portraits or furniture in your home to show your love, who knows!

Did you know that there are several pet-friendly events happening in Fargo-Moorhead throughout this summer? Check out this list and get ready to show up and have some fun with both your pet and other people’s pets (and other people, too, I suppose).

Take advantage of the nice weather with these events:

Red River Market

Every Saturday until October 27

Red River Market

The farmers market in Downtown Fargo that happens every Saturday allows dogs and features a variety of local and regional vendors.
Broadway and Fourth Ave. N

Tuesday, July 17 from 6-8 p.m.

Meet the Dogs

This is your chance to meet the dogs from 4 Luv of Dog at PetSmart in West Fargo.
1630 13th Ave E, West Fargo

Thursday, July 19, 2018 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Read to a Dog

Spend some time practicing reading with friendly dogs. The event will have trainers that will remain with dogs at all times. Several dogs will be at the library during this time.

Registration is required. Call the library at 701-433-5460 or stop by to schedule a time.
West Fargo Public Library
109 3rd St. E, West Fargo

Pet-friendly events calendar

Tuesday, July 24, 6-8 p.m.

28th Annual Paws Walk

This half-mile fun walk and pet party is to support the shelter pets of Homeward Animal Shelter. It will feature music, games, food and more.
Rheault Farm
2902 25th St S in Fargo

Tuesday, July 24

Food Services Annual Company Golf Tournament

During Food Services of America’s annual company golf tournament, Diamond in the Ruff Pet Rescue will have games set up at each of the par 5s with adoptable pets. Fifty percent of all proceeds from all the games will go to to the pet rescue.
Maple River Golf Course
3666 163rd Ave. SE, Mapleton, ND

Tuesday, July 25, 7:30 p.m.

Cats Cradle Fundraiser

Get a workout in and support Cats Cradle when you workout at Cyclebar on July 25 at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go to Cats Cradle.
3163 Bluestem Dr. #106, West Fargo, ND

Tuesday, August 7 from 6-8 p.m.

Meet the Dogs

This is your chance to meet the dogs from 4 Luv of Dog at PetSmart in West Fargo.
1630 13th Ave E, West Fargo


Monday, August 13

Doggy Dip

Bring your dog out for lots of water fun and swimming. Admission is $3.50 per dog and proceeds benefit the Moorhead Dog Park. Dogs should have a collar, ID tags, be properly licensed, vaccinated, and in good health to swim.
South Park Wading Pool
2101 14 St. S, Moorhead

Pet-friendly events calendar

Tuesday, August 14
Registration: 5:30 p.m., Walk: 6 p.m.

Adopt-A-Pet fundraiser

Join Courts Plus for the annual Adopt-A-Pet fundraiser. The 1.5 miles walk, with or without your pet, will benefit Adopt-A-Pet of Fargo-Moorhead. Their primary goal is placing rescued pets in loving and responsible homes. Donation includes t-shirt, gift bag, walk, door prizes, picnic and Pepsi products.
Courts Plus
3491 S University Dr, Fargo

Saturday, September 8 from 6-10 p.m.

Annual Silent Auction, Raffle and Dinner

Support Diamond in the Ruff at their annual silent auction, raffle and dinner. There will be door prizes, wine pulls, a bake sale, music and more. Tickets are $15 and a cash bar will be available.
FM Curling Club
4300 23rd Ave. S, Fargo

Fargo Pet Law Trivia

Fargo-Moorhead has a variety of laws governing pets in town. Put your test to see how many of these you know.

1. A leash must not be longer than ____ feet long.

A. 4
B. 6
C. 8
D. 10

2. The maximum number of cats and dogs, combined, someone can own in Fargo city limits is…

A. 6
B. 10
C. 15
D. 20

3. The city of Fargo requires that all pets must be licensed.

A. True
B. False

4. Which of the following animals are illegal to own in the city of Fargo?

A. Hoses
B. Pigs
C. Monkeys
D. Raccoons
E. Skunks
F. Squirrels
G. Foxes
H. Tarantulas

5. In the city of Moorhead, you can keep pigeons as pets.

A. True
B. False

Did you know? Fargo has an exotic pet expo! On Saturday, October 6, exotic pet enthusiasts will gather at the Hartl Ag Building in the Red River Valley Fairgrounds for the annual Fargo Exotic Pets Expo. Started in 2013, the event has grown into the leading vendor based show for exotic reef, reptile and exotic pet hobbies. This year will feature speakers and vendors from all around the country.


1. B
2. A
3. True. A license costs $5 per year. You can purchase a license at select Fargo veterinary hospitals, the Fargo City Animal Pound or Fargo City Hall (Auditor’s Office).
4. Trick question. They’re all illegal to own. City law prohibits keeping any farm animals or wild and exotic animals as pets.
5. True. Kind of. It is illegal to keep pigeons as pets except if they’re fancy or homing pigeons.

Written by Andrew Jason

Andrew Jason is the Editorial Director at Spotlight Media. He oversees the production and the wonderful team behind Fargo Monthly, Fargo INC!, Bison Illustrated and Design and Living magazines. In his free time, he enjoys running marathons and pretending he's a much better piano player than he actually is.

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