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Doggone Shopping: Shopping and Events For Our Four-Legged Friends

Jan 27, 2022 12:52PM ● By ANN MARIE O’PHELAN

Going to a shopping center can be a lot of fun. Who doesn’t love to people-watch, window-shop, and be entertained? Our four-legged friends also like it; they get to socialize, check out new scents, and take a nice walk. Plus, let’s not forget they love the car ride getting there. Several shopping malls in Southwest Florida welcome dogs; some even host dog-adoption events. 

At Mercato in Naples, many establishments offer dog-friendly patios, and many retail stores are dog-friendly. For a complete list of where you can bring your leashed dog, visit

Although only service animals are allowed at Edison Mall in Fort Myers, Gulf Coast Humane Society hosts the Mall Mutts event the second Thursday of every month from 11:30 am. “Several furry ambassadors walk the mall during the event,” says Brian Wierima, GCHS community relations coordinator. Mall Mutts is held in partnership with the Lee County Sheriff's Office Outreach Center—where the event starts and ends. The public is welcome to enjoy donuts and coffee. In Estero both Coconut Point and Miromar Outlets are pet friendly; Miromar also has a monthly Mall Mutts event. 


Ann Marie O’Phelan is a Southwest Florida resident and regular contributor to TOTI Media. 



Coconut Point 

23106 Fashion Drive, Estero 

Edison Mall 

4125 Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers 




9110 Mercato Drive, Naples 



Miromar Outlets 

10801 Corkscrew Road, Estero