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

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 Conteset

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

Coldwell Banker

Pet & Parent
Photo Stop

A picture is worth a thousand words. We want you to remember this special day with your pup. Enjoy all the activities and be sure to come visit us for a free portrait with your pooch.

821 Grand Ave

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.

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.


People & Pets

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

Sponsored by Presh 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

Sponsored by

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


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

1082 Grand Ave