Paws on Grand is a community event produced annually by the Grand Avenue
Business Association. All proceeds go to support People & Pets Together.

Celebrate the dog days of summer on St. Paul’s Grand Avenue with Paws on Grand. Grand Avenue businesses partner with local rescue groups to celebrate our four-legged friends. Gather up giveaways, relax on a pet-friendly restaurant patio, learn about pet adoption, support rescue groups, meet adoptable animals and pose for the popular pet photo contest!


Wet Paint

Artist Rendered
Pet Portraits

With a donation to People & Pets Together, receive a free artist rendered pet portrait – first come, first served from noon to 3pm. Special animal themed in-store sale from 12-5pm.

1684 Grand Ave

A Johnson & Sons

Best Pet with Flowers Photo Contest

All animals will receive a flower to wear and model for this picture on our pet photo stage. All pet owners will receive a $5 gift card. The top five photos will receive gift cards ranging from $20 to $50.

1738 Grand Ave


Blessing of the

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ is setting up blessing stations on the west lawn. Two or three people will offer blessings, so hop in line with your pets and take part in this gentle activity.

900 Summit Ave

Red Balloon Bookshop

Dogs of Literature Costume Contest

Dress your dog like any character from a book (canine, human, or other). Post a photo of your costumed dog character to Twitter or Instagram, tag Red Balloon Bookshop, and use #dogsoflit

891 Grand Ave

Donna Chicone

Author, Advocate, TedX Speaker

What is my dog thinking? What is my dog feeling? Why did my dog do that? Dogs don’t speak human language and pet parents don’t speak dog. Don’t miss this special presentation!

Coulee Bank, 742 Grand Ave

Grand Groomers

The Workin’ Dogs Band

Swing by Grand Groomers and enjoy the howling tunes of the Workin’ Dogs Band. Walk-in nail trimming for $10 and a free grooming for the winner of the photo contest.

956 Grand Ave

Grand Ave Vet Center

Cool Off In a Doggie Pool

With so much fun to have, we’re sure your pooch is going to get warm. Bring them by for a dip in our doggie pool. Take a nice break, cool off and grab a free treat bag.

1140 Grand Ave

Irish on Grand

The Native Dogs of Ireland

Have you ever seen a dog so big that it’s basically a small horse? The Native Dogs of Ireland are enormous and sweet as can be. Come hangout with them in the garden at Irish on Grand.

1124 Grand Ave

Phresh Spa Salon

Pawdicures & Puppcicles

We will be offering Puppcicles, pawdicures, and bows for collars/leashes. All services are free, but a donation is appreciated. All donations will go directly to Safe Hand Hounds.

937 Grand Ave

Caitlin Nightingale

Furry Friend Photography

Save $15 if you buy your session during Paws on Grand. Then bring your pet into my studio and we’ll have a ball. It doesn’t matter if your dog is nuts and never listens – I can still get those great shots to show off your fur baby.

Sergeant Fuzz

St. Paul’s Police Therapy Dog

Rescued from a farm in the winter alongside his mother and siblings, Sergeant Fuzz is now an acting therapy dog for the St. Paul PD. This summer he’ll assume additional duties for the department, appearing as an ambassador at select events.

Pet Wants Mpls

Fresh Nutrition You Can Trust

Dry dog and cat food samples, homemade treats,  peanut butter sweet pawtato
chips, turkey treats, dog spa paw wax,  mosquito spray, skin spray, calm balm, healing balm.

Coulee Bank, 742 Grand Ave

Canine Circus

Handcrafted Pet Bowties

Every pup deserves to feel dapper. Gift yours with one (or two) of these fantastic bowties, handcrafted with love. Canine Circus donates 20% of all proceeds to local rescue groups.

Dixie’s, 695 Grand Ave

Dog Days

Decorate a Dog Biscuit

Swing by Dog Days to decorate a dog biscuit with
dog-friendly toppings and learn about our dog daycare, boarding & grooming services.

1752 Grand Ave


French Meadow

1662 Grand Ave

Salut Bar Americain

917 Grand Ave

D’Amico & Sons

975 Grand Ave

Dixie’s on Grand

695 Grand Ave

The Lexington

1096 Grand Ave


777 Grand Ave

Punch Pizza

769 Grand Ave


Wireless Express

1064 Grand Ave

Park Dental

917 Grand Ave

Grand Ole Creamery

750 Grand Ave

Bibelot Shops

1082 Grand Ave

Cooks of Crocus Hill

877 Grand Ave

Toppers Pizza

1154 Grand Ave

Nothing Bundt Cakes

1580 Grand Ave

Mama’s Happy

1128 Grand Ave

Grand Groomers

956 Grand Ave

A Johnson & Sons

1738 Grand Ave

Red Balloon Bookshop

891 Grand Ave

Phresh Spa Salon

937 Grand Ave

Irish on Grand

1124 Grand Ave

Coldwell Banker Burnet

821 Grand Ave

Running Room

1068 Grand Ave

Dog Days

1752 Grand Ave

Treadle Yard Goods

1338 Grand Ave




People & Pets Together

Event Partner

People & Pets Together was started in 2009 and was originally known as The Pet Project. Inspired by the economic recession and the love we feel for our own pets, we felt that something should be done to help people keep their pets when crisis strikes.. Learn more

Safe Hands Rescue

Sponsored by Phresh Spa Salon

Our work focuses on rescuing and rehoming dogs from overcrowded, high intake, low adoption shelters where there is otherwise little hope. We also work to solve the homeless pet population problem where it starts. We partner with the shelters.. Learn more

Across America Boxer Rescue

Sponsored by Golden Fig

Boxers in shelters. Boxers on CraigsList. Boxers being sold by puppy mills and out of the back seats of cars. Seniors, babies, deaf, heartworm positive. Healthy or not, enter Across America Boxer Rescue. Volunteer-driven, this non-profit, foster home based rescue.. Learn more

Homeward Bound Dog Rescue

Sponsored by Ace Hardware

Homeward Bound promotes responsible adoption and care of companion animals. We seek out good, permanent homes for our loving and deserving animals. All are in good health and temperament. Homeward Bound does.Learn more

Animal Folks Minnesota

Sponsored by Bibelot

Animal Folks is an animal protection organization. Our mission is to modernize the animal law enforcement system — finding innovative and sustainable ways to prevent animal cruelty and improve how animal law is enforced throughout Minnesota.. Learn more

Animal Ark Rescue

Sponsored by Red Balloon

Your New Best Friend is Ready to Go Home. At Animal Ark we embrace and follow a no kill philosophy in our work to Rescue, Rehabilitate, & Re-home Minnesota’s lost and homeless companion animals every year. We are honored to have the opportunity to serve.. Learn more

My Pit Bull is Family

Sponsored by Toppers Pizza

Our mission is to keep families and their canine companions together through ending housing and insurance discrimination. We do this work through having conversations with property management companies, conducting pet policy research studies, providing.. Learn more


Sponsored by Brasa

We believe that saving one life at a time makes a difference. We improve the quality of life for the rescued dogs by providing safe, loving, and knowledgeable foster homes. We believe that supportive and proactive relationships with shelters, rescue groups, veterinarians, and adoptive families are a priority for all dogs.. Learn more

Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue 

Sponsored by Dixie’s on Grand

Our mission is to reduce the overpopulation, homelessness, disease, and malnutrition of companion animals on the Red Lake Reservation in Northern Minnesota. There is a RLRR Twin Cities support group. The volunteers help with animal transport to the Cities.. Learn more

Secondhand Hounds

Sponsored by Dog Days

Our organization provides safe shelter, proper veterinary care and daily necessities for animals at risk, while working hard to find each a permanent, loving home! Please explore our website or contact us to learn more information about Secondhand Hounds.. Learn more

Heart of a Border Collie Rescue

Sponsored by Mama’s Happy

dedicated to the rehoming of border collies and border collie crosses in need in Minnesota, the Dakotas and neighboring states, providing temporary housing in approved foster homes, proper medical care, training, rehabilitation and education of prospective homes... Learn more

NorthStar Shih Tzu Rescue

Sponsored by Coldwell Banker Burnet

We are dedicated to Shih Tzu and Shih Tzu blend dogs and the people within our community we operate as a no-kill rescue that provides rescue and adoption services, and meaningful outreach programs in order to advance the welfare of these companion animals, to serve and.. Learn more


While you and your pooch are enjoying Paws on Grand, swing by Dixie’s for music, food and drinks. Proceeds will be used to support Jackie’s Fight against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Jackie Le Vvintre was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Level 2B on June 6, 2018 after several months of doctors appointments and tests. Jackie is 21 years old and was supposed to begin OTS (Officer Training School) for the Marines. Having been in ROTC for several years, her military career has now been put on hold.

We ask for donations to help with lost wages, medical expenses, as well as peace of mind for the family who will be supporting her through this time in her life. Your generous donation will also be of value for the future this beautiful girl has ahead of her.