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Adoptable dogs at SPCA Florida in Lakeland, Florida are hoping to go on a Doggie Date with you!

Take one of our dogs on a date for a few hours!

Dogs of all shapes, sizes, and ages are available (six months old and up).

This fun opportunity is perfect for those wanting to see what it’s like to have a dog, those who can’t have a pet of their own, or just want someone to hang out with.


The Doggie Dates also allow the dogs to interact with spaces outside of the adoption center, helps relieve stress, and give them more exposure to potential adopters.

From March 1, 2022, there will be a $10 rental fee for the doggy dates. 

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Where will you go with your Doggie Date?

We will provide a sheet with ideas, including:

  • Visiting a local park

  • Walking around Lake Hollingsworth

  • Downtown Lakeland window shopping

  • Visiting Starbucks for a Puppuccino

  • Going to Benson’s Canine Cookies for a free treat

  • Netflix at your place



The possibilities are endless!

Each dog comes with everything you need for your date, including information about the dog, a sheet with suggestions on what to do, a harness and martingale collar, and a bowl for water. 


1. If you would like to take a specific dog, please scroll down to see a list of our adoptable dogs. Click to read the dog’s bio to see if that dog is available for a Pajama Pawty and make a note of your top three choices. If you would like to be matched with a dog by a staff member, just fill out the form in the next step.

2. Follow this link and fill out the form for your Doggie Date! 

3. We will contact you within 24 hours!

Doggie-Date Time Schedule

Pick-up Times*

MORNING: 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

AFTERNOON: 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Drop-off Times*

MORNING: 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

AFTERNOON: 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

*We are flexible and can accommodate your schedule for alternate pick-up and drop-off times.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a fee?  There is a $10 rental fee that is used to cover our staff time and expenses for the program. We would also love if you provide photos and/or videos of your adventures.

Is this all SPCA’s in Florida?  No. Despite the name, we are one location in Florida. We are located in Lakeland, Florida.

How are you ensuring the dogs’ safety?  We are vetting folks in the same manner we would a foster family who usually have multiple SPCA Florida animals for weeks on end. Safety is our #1 priority for all of our animals.

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How long can I keep my Doggie Date?  For as little as one hour up to four hours. 

Where do I pick up my Doggie Date?  Please park in the Medical Center parking lot. Walk around the Medical Center building (side closest to the back fence) and continue walking on the pavement until you reach the gate to the kennel area. A staff member will meet you there.

What can I expect when I arrive?  When picking up your friend, the Adoption Center staff will go over safety, restrictions, and other necessary information for both you and the pup to have a safe, healthy day. You will complete and sign a waiver. Each dog will come with a bag that tells you about the dog, a sheet with suggestions on what to do, a harness and martingale collar, and a bowl for water.

What if I need to cancel?  Please give us a 24-hour notice so the dog can find another playmate.

For more information or questions, please contact us at:

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Made possible by a grant from Maddie's Fund®


Ready to pick out your Doggie Date?


Click on the pup's picture and read the description. Dogs ready for dates will be identified in their descriptions.

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