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, or on a Pajama Pawty sleepover!
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.
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 step 2.
3. We will contact you within 24 hours!
Doggie-Date time schedule
MORNING : 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
MORNING : 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
AFTERNOON : 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
AFTERNOON : 3:00 – 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 no fee to participate – all we ask is that you provide photos and/or videos of your adventures. If you want, we’d would be thrilled if those participating donated $1 to our Guardian Angel Fund. This fund helps the animals in dire need of medical care.
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.
How long can I keep my Doggie Date? For as little as one hour up to four hours. You can also take a dog on a Pajama Pawty Sleepover for a maximum of 2 nights. See this page for more information.
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: [email protected]
Made possible by a grant from Maddie’s Fund®