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June is Pride Month, and in light of recent events across the country, the LGBTQ+ community needs support more than ever. So if your local parade is pet-friendly, leash up your pup and march for their rights. Keeping your pet’s safety and comfort in mind, you can both dress for the festivities by donning symbolic rainbow accessories. We rounded up the coolest gear — from kicks and shades for you to bandanas and LED collars for your pal — that are sure to bring on the smiles wherever you make an appearance. What’s more, most of these brands donate a portion of their sales to LGBTQ+ nonprofits.
On Monday, June 27 (the morning after the NYC Pride March), tune into The Wildest’s Instagram for photos and videos of the best dressed pets for Pride, courtesy of The Dogist!
Designer Christian Cowan’s ready-to-wear is moving from the catwalk to the sidewalk. He collaborated with Maxbone on a limited-edition, feathery rainbow knit sweater that should make any dog look fab. Proceeds from this piece will be donated to the Ali Forney Center, a non-profit that houses and protects displaced LGBTQ+ young people in NYC.
Tie this vibrant bandana around your beloved pet for Pride (and beyond) and support the Kʼicheʼ Maya peoples — every piece is hand-dyed and handwoven by a team of indigenous artisans from the Guatemalan highlands.
If you’ve got an excitable pup who could benefit from a sturdier leash, this rainbow-bright, anti-fraying option claims to be able to handle “hundreds of pounds of pull.” It’s hand-dyed in NYC and top-stitched with industrial thread for durability. Found My Animal also donates a portion of their profits to animal rescues and posts adoptable dogs on their website.
These LGBTQ+ Pride patches are the perfect accessory for any hat, tee, or tote. Made by Damnation Party, a trans-owned shop based in the UK, there’s no better way to celebrate Pride than to give back to the community (and its businesses).
Teva’s Universal Pride Sandal incorporates metallic webbing made with REPREVE® recycled polyester, so it’s perfect for staving off the summer sweats while keeping our planet cool. Designed to celebrate equality and inclusion, this bold pride sandal elevates the Original with pops of color on the hardware and outsole. To help empower the LGBTQ+ community and support hard-fought freedoms, Teva is donating $35,000 to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
This organic cotton rainbow sling handmade by Nepalese artisans is ideal for toting around a smaller-sized dog, or a young pup who will be attending their first major parade. It comfortably carries up to 17 lbs and easily slings around either shoulder.
If you’re looking to shimmer up your pet’s ID tag, look no further than Trill Paws’ customizable enamel rainbow charm. Display your pal’s name on the front and get your contact info engraved on the back — in case you get separated in a crowd. Trill Paws also donates 25 tags a month to rescue organizations including The Labelle Foundation in LA and Rescue City in NYC.
Don’t forget your statement shades from Crap Eyewear when heading out to your local fête à la Rihanna. If you buy this particular pair of rainbow frames, 15 percent of proceeds will be donated to the Center for Black Equity, an org dedicated to the well-being of the Black LGBTQ+ community.
One of the best things about being a pet parent is being able to dress up your pup in ridiculously cute, Insta-bait costumes. For a real Pride moment, slip these rainbow wings onto your dog and watch those likes roll in.
The New York City Pride March is one of the largest Pride marches in the world, and if you’re gonna be marching for the full 12 hours, you (and your dog!) need to stay hydrated. This portable water bowl is at once festive and functional, folds flat for easy storage, and the attached carabiner is handy for clipping it onto your belt or tote bag.
Marching is sure to work up an appetite. As well as hydrating, keep your pup fueled with these nutritionist-crafted chicken, banana, and cinnamon treats. Shameless Pets is a sustainable brand — the treats are made from 30% upcycled fruits and veggies, and 25% of the packaging is made from recycled plastic bottles. For Pride, they are donating five percent of the sales to the Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP), a Chicago-based organization that supports LGBTQI+ youth who are experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
A hands-free fanny pack is just what you need to conveniently stash poop bags and dog treats. Plus, you can feel good about supporting Coach — the luxury brand’s “Go All Out For Pride” 2022 campaign features LGBTQ stars Saucy Santana, Benny Drama, Joel Kim Booster, Linux, Sasha Calle, and Icon Meeka. Plus a portion of proceeds from the Pride capsule collection will be donated to four LGBTQ+ partners: the Hetrick-Martin Institute, Point Foundation, and CenterLink.
Time to pop the champagne! We’re celebrating all the love this Pride season — including the affection we share for our pups, who, as always, deserve a nice treat. This plush squeaky dog toy is made with durable mesh that’ll hold up against even the scrappiest of canines and non-toxic dyes that allow your dog’s true colors to shine safely.
If you plan on celebrating after dark, you may already have a flashing LED necklace in the bag. This rechargeable LED collar provides a rainbow-hued ring of light that can be cut to size to fit dogs big and small. It’s designed for your pet’s safety so you don’t lose sight of them — but a parade is not the time or place to let your dog off leash.
Btw, our editors (and their pets) picked out these products. They’re always in stock at the time we publish, but there’s a chance they’ll sell out. If you do buy through our links, we may earn a commission. (We’ve got a lot of toys to buy over here, you know?)