The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale is celebrating the dog days of summer – literally – by encouraging its shoppers to include their pooches in a series of dog-themed initiatives during the month of August. The newly launched Dog Days program will speak to the heart of The Galleria’s loyal shoppers, many who are loving pet-owners, with three dog-themed Wednesday evening events:
- August 12 – Forever Homes Pet Adoption Expo: A house isn’t a home without a dog and the Forever Homes Adoption Expo will showcase local pet adoption agencies with loveable dogs, including Animal Aid, Inc., Good Karma Pet Rescue, Humane Society of Broward County, Island Paws Rescue and Justin Bartlett Animal Rescue. Plus, attendees will learn about pet products and services available at Auggie’s Doggies, Fort Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists, Lauderdale Pet Lodge and Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists.
- August 19 – Fashion Hounds: Ultra-stylish pet-lovers will be able to prove that their pooch is the ultimate Fashion Hound during this pet-and-owner fashion event. Dress you and your dog in the fiercest summer fashion to see whose strut will have the paw-parazzi barking. Prizes will be awarded for Best Dog Walk, Best Dressed, Dynamic Duo and Best in Show. Registration is $25, which will be collected via cash or check at the event and will benefit the pet rescue charity of your choosing. Sign up in advance at www.blacktie-southflorida.com.
- August 26 – Bow Wow 100 Photograph Gallery: The Galleria’s Dog Days will culminate on National Dog Day with the unveiling of ourBow Wow 100 Photograph Gallery, a Broward 100 event. This social media initiative will run throughout the month, allowing shoppers to post images of their pups to Instagram and Facebook using #GalleriaFtLaudDogDays. The top 100 images will be included in the on-mall photo installation.
All Dog Days events will take place from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Dogs must be friendly, leashed and accompanied by their owners at all times.
“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,” said Melissa Milroy, senior marketing manager at The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale. “Our Dog Days series encourages shoppers to come celebrate their four-legged family members with a night out on the town.”
Throughout the month of August, you can enjoy a daily dose of squishy faces and wagging tails by following @JLLRetail and @GalleriaFtLaud on Instagram.
For more information about Dog Days at The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, as well as other back-to-school promotions, events, sales and a complete list of retailers, call (954) 564-1036 or visit www.galleriamall-fl.com.