The Annual Dachshund Races and Rescued Dogs Reunion returns for 2021, (so long as we don't have another 'pandemic shutdown.') The Rescue the Animals SPCA event will return on Thursday, July 15th at the Festival Gardens across the parking lot from the Abilene Zoo.

The Dachshund Races and Rescued Dog's Reunion is open to every dog, because every dog is a rescue. We highly encourage you to bring your fur babies to this fun and hilarious event.  Admission and participation in the 'Rescue the Animals Dachshund Races' and the 'Rescued Dog's Reunion' is absolutely free, however, donations are needed and needed.

Come show off your fur-buddy before the Dachshund Races. Dress up yourself and your dog for the costume contest. Trophies will be awarded in many different categories such as: Goofiest, Smallest, Tallest, Fattest, Youngest and Oldest Dog. There's  also an Owner/Dog Look-a-Like, Couple of the Year, Best Costume, Mr. and Miss Congeniality and lastly the Homecoming Queen and King.

Sponsorships for this event are available and welcomed. All funds raised go directly to rescuing animals of all kinds here in West Texas. Plus many animals that have run out of time are rescued and shipped to various other animal rescue groups throughout the United States. Your help and donations are graciously accepted.

I personally invite you to come out to this event and bring your camera to capture all the fun and heartwarming moments, and share those photos with us. I am honored to be the master of ceremonies once again as this is one of my favorite events in the Lone Star State. we'll see you there.

Gates will open at 4 pm with food and beverage trucks. The 'Rescued Dog's Reunion' is at 6:30pm and the races begin at 7pm. It all takes place at Nelson Park's Festival Gardens. Register online at or call Rescue the Animals at 325-695-SPCA.

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