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

Jan 27, 2022 02:35PM ● 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 Coconut Point Mall in Estero, leashed dogs can walk around the center, which has water stations and potty stations available. Dogs are allowed in the common outside areas and inside many stores, such as PetSmart

At Miromar Outlets in Estero, leashed dogs are welcome at many stores. Gulf Coast Humane Society hosts a Mall Mutts event the first Thursday of every month beginning at 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 (Suite 190)—where the event starts and ends. The public is welcome to enjoy donuts and coffee. Mercato in Naples is also pet friendly. 


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



Coconut Point 

23106 Fashion Drive, Estero 


9110 Mercato Drive, Naples 


Miromar Outlets  

10801 Corkscrew Road, Estero