Welcome to Pets Family Day!

Taking care of something you love is an important part of life. Pets teach us so much about how to grow as people. Celebrate pets of all kinds, plant, animal, rock, or imaginary beast! Join the Dixon for a day of virtual pet-themed activities and experiences for everyone.

Performances | Make and Learn | Activity BookletCommunity Partners 


Family Day Performances

Jacana Jacana

Un proyecto de educación y storytelling que busca reconectarnos con la naturaleza a través del conocimiento de la biodiversidad de la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, en Colombia. Estuvimos compartiendo conocimientos sobre la biodiversidad de esta maravillosa montaña con las comunidades indígenas y líderes ambientales del territorio, inspirando nuestra creación en estas experiencias. Creamos varias canciones y un libro pedagógico con contenidos en lengua kogui. Trabajamos con este material en colegios rurales e indigenas de la Sierra, realizando talleres pedagógicos y creativos con los niños de las comunidades. Este proyecto fué Beca de Storytelling de National Geographic.

Paw-some Pet Videos

Meet the pets of Dixon staff and friends, led by our hosts Alfredo and Loretta.

Make and Learn with Dixon Staff 

Pet Sensory Gardens 

Pet Treats 

Click here for recipes.

Activity Booklet 

Download in English | Descagar en español

Thank you to our Community Partners!

Memphis Animal Services 

Memphis Animal Services is the municipal animal control and sheltering agency serving the city of Memphis. MAS works to help keep people and pets safe by enforcing animal care and control laws, helping keep pets in their loving homes, and achieving positive outcomes for the pets in their care. MAS saved 89 percent of the nearly 6,000 pets in its care in 2020.

Click here to learn more about fostering a pet.

Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County

Since 1933, the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County has been providing shelter, food and medical care for thousands of injured, neglected and abused animals. And for just as long, people like you have kept us going. Thousands of animals are neglected or abused in Memphis and Shelby County each year. Hungry, scared and injured, these animals face a bleak future. That’s where we come in. We are the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County.

Click here to explore the Memphis Humane Societies YouTube. 

Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy 

Southern Reins is a non-profit organization that provides equine-assisted services to children and adults with disabilities and hardship including Down syndrome, autism, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, amputation, cognitive and physical disabilities, attention deficit disorder, trauma and more. Using horses, our programs are designed to celebrate the ability of each individual with the goal to enhance their life skills and improve their overall quality of life. With a focus on access and inclusion, our recreational, therapeutic and learning programs provide a challenging and supportive environment to encourage goal achievement and personal growth for each participant. Visit our website to learn more about Southern Reins and how our horses are changing lives . . . one ride at a time.

Download PDF coloring pages from Southern Reins!

Out of the Woods Wildlife Rescue 

As tempting as it may be, you should never try to keep wild animals as pets. If you find a clearly injured animal, it’s best to leave care up to the experts! Out of the Woods Wildlife Rescue and Rehab is a safe place for injured or orphaned wildlife to get the help they need. Find out what to do if you find an injured animal and meet the animals currently being cared for by Out of the Woods here!

Click here to learn more on Out of the Woods' Instagram.

Local Pet Rescues 

Check out a few of the local pet rescues Dixon staff have met their fur-ever friends through!

Memphis Pets Alive! 

Sunny Meadows Safe Haven 

Mewtopia Cat Rescue 

House of Mews 

Guardian Angel Pet Rescue 

Real Good Dog Rescue 

Desoto Animal Rescue Society 

Streetdog Foundation 


A special thank you to Memphis Veterinary Specialists and Emergency for sponsoring Pets Family Family Day. 

If you enjoyed Pets Family Day, please consider joining the Dixon or texting DIXON2021 to 44-321 to make a donation. 

Coming Up
Monday Closed
Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm
Third Thursdays: Open until 8pm
Special / Holiday Hours

This site was funded generously by the Thomas W. Briggs Foundation, Inc. © Dixon Gallery and Gardens | Memphis Web Design by Speak