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January 2018

January is National Train Your Dog Month , Shelter Dog Prevention Month, Walk Your Pet Month, and Unchain Your Dog Month

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The Association of Pet Dog Trainers Declares January “National Train Your Dog Month!” The APDT announces a new annual campaign to promote the benefits of positive training and socialization to create a healthy relationship between dogs and their owners. Hundreds of thousands of dogs have been turned into animal shelters because their owners didn’t know how to deal with behavior problems and couldn’t find a reliable resource to help them. We, at the APDT, think it is long overdue to dedicate a month where we can bring awareness to the importance of socialization and training, and most of all, to inform the public that training your dog can be simple and fun! The APDT has selected January as the perfect month because, as we all know, so many dogs and puppies are adopted and brought home during the winter holidays. Our desire is to help these new pet parents start off the new year with their newest family member in the best way possible. It is our hope that the everyday dog owners will visit our Web site, so that they can see how easy and fun training can be, and how patience, consistency and a deeper understanding of their dog’s behavior can lead to happier, healthier and harmonious households. We have a wide range of topics that we’ve covered so that pet owners will recognize themselves & their dogs. We have provided a great deal of information that will help using methods that are kind gentle and that have an emphasis on building your relationships with your dogs. In addition the APDT has more than 5000 members who are willing and able to help dog owners who need help with their dogs. If there is one thing that current television shows about dog training have taught the public its that there are solutions to help dogs with behavior problems and there are alternatives to try before giving up your dog. Our web site content will include contests winners from our membership, downloadable handouts on training, and regular updates on Facebook and Twitter with fun ideas and tips on how to train your dog. APDT members nationwide will help promote the event and focus on bringing awareness to their own home towns. Please join the APDT in celebrating National Train Your Dog Month! See www.trainyourdogmonth.com.

January 2

“National Pet Travel Safety Day”. National Pet Travel Safety Day, recognized on January 2nd annually, was founded by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert, Animal Advocate and former EMT-Medic, Colleen Paige, to highlight the dangers of unsecured pets in vehicles and educate the public about how to make vehicle travel safer for people and the pets they love. For more information see pettravelsafetyday.com.

January 14

“National Dress Up Your Pet Day”. Dress Up Your Pet Day is an opportunity to wow the neighbours, and to unleash the inner diva of your favourite pooch or Persian… Why not go the extra mile, and get the little guy or gal something to match your finest glad rags – that way you can both dress to impress and really set some trends! It’s National Dress Up Your Pet Day! Does your pet have an impeccable sense of style? Today is the perfect opportunity to break out the bejeweled collars, sassy sweaters, and fashion accessories. A Weimaraner named Man Ray is arguably the most famous dressed-up pet in American history. In the 1970s he collaborated with his owner, photographer William Wegman, to produce a collection of internationally acclaimed portraits. Whether you choose to dress your pet in a little devil costume from Halloween, a miniature tiara, or your Aunt Mildred’s floral dress, snap a photo of your pet in a fabulous outfit to celebrate National Dress Up Your Pet Day!

January 17-February 14

“Welcome to the Jungle: Cat Café and Puppy Cuddles”, Mon – Fri, 11 AM – 7 PM (closed January 21 for MLK Jr. Day), One Embarcadero Center, San Francisco.  The San Francisco SPCA will be back at One Embarcadero Center for a wildly adorable month-long event featuring daily Puppy Cuddles and a Cat Cafe! Set in a lush indoor jungle, this year’s Pop Up invites you to step into an enchanted world where adoptable animals are just waiting for you to visit and deepen your connection with the animal kingdom!  For more information see popup.sfspca.org.

January 17, 24, 31, and February 7

“SF/SPCA Pop Up Yappy Hour”, Thursdays 4:30 – 6:30 PM, One Embarcadero Center, San Francisco. Join us every Thursday night for a delightful themed Yappy Hour with wine and appetizers plus special presentations, activities, and engaging animal stories.  For each week’s theme and more information see popup.sfspca.org.

January 19

“Silicon Valley Dog Lovers Meetup – Small Dog Social, 1:30-3:30 PM, Pup Plaza, Pup Plaza’s fenced patio will be open for a small dog social! Bring your pint-sized pup by for a chance to meet other similarly sized dogs and have them socialize in a supervised and constructive environment! Dogs must be four  months or older, under 30 pounds, current on vaccinations and not aggressive. Sometimes excitement gets the better of our furry friends, but let’s make this a positive experience for everyone! For more information see pupplaza.org.

January 20

“Doga at Pup Plaza”, 10AM, Pup Plaza, 14408 Union Avenue, San Jose. Participants will learn about bonding with their dogs through Doga. While guiding the yoga practice, the Doga instructor will provide moments throughout the class for participants to bond, reward and breathe with their dogs. The instructor will provide suggested cues for the leash and various opportunities during class to check-in and reconnect with their dogs. To register, please click here. For more information see pupplaza.org.

January 22

“Free Open Office Hours for Behavior Questions”, 12-1 PM, One Embarcadero Center, San Francisco. Does your pet have unusual, funny, or concerning behaviors you want to better understand? Bring your questions to open office hours with our veterinary behaviorist Dr. Sung on January 22. For more information see popup.sfspca.org.

January 22 and 29 and February 5

“Paint Your Pet”, 5-7 PM, One Embarcadero Center, San Francisco. Take home a masterpiece portrait of your lovie. Advanced registration required! Purchase tickets through the website. For more information see popup.sfspca.org.

January 25

“Paint Your Pup at Pup Plaza”, 6:30-9:30 PM, Pup Plaza, 14408 Union Avenue, San Jose. Unleash your inner Pup-casso! You’ll create your own, one-of-a-kind acrylic pup portrait on canvas, done in a style inspired by American Pop Artist Andy Warhol. The instructor will walk you through each step of the process – from transferring your pup’s image to the canvas with graphite, to painting the background, to painting the main features of your pup, and the finishing details. You will use vibrant, non-toxic acrylic paints. No artistic experience is necessary! Before the class begins, you will need you to email a high-resolution digital photo of your pup. Uncropped, full-body shots with uncluttered backgrounds work best. All art materials and light refreshments will be provided. To register, please click here. For more information see pupplaza.org.

January 27  New!

Stars to the Rescue for ARF,” 7pm – 11pm, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek. Ring in the new year by joining Tony La Russa and ARF as we present the 24th annual Stars to the Rescue. This gala event is always a crowd-pleaser and boasts past performances by the likes of Luke Bryan, Bruce Hornsby, Chris Isaak, Tony Orlando, Carlos Santana, Bob Weir, Wynonna and many others. Tickets for this popular show will go on sale in December. Check back for performer updates in the Fall. Proceeds from Stars to the Rescue allow ARF to save dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters and bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives. For more information: arf.net

January or February TBA

“Dog Walking Academy,” Humane Society Silicon Valley, 901 Ames, Milpitas. An intensive four-day workshop leading to professional dog walking certification. Graduates are fully equipped to start a dog-walking business — or advance an existing one. For more information see DogTec.org/dogwalkingacademy.php.

January 27-28

“Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show,” Cow Palace Main Arena, North & South Exhibition Halls and Lower Exhibit Building, 2600 Geneva Avenue, Daly City (San Francisco). Judging starts each morning at 8:30am and continues at 9pm, but the best hours for the public to attend the event are between 9am and 5pm. Event includes flyball, rally, Canine Good Citizens Test, vendors, an all-breed fashion show, and of course conformation competitions. This is a “benched” dog show. “Benched dog shows are a rare breed (pardon the pun), with only a few still existing in the United States. They are unique because the dogs are on display throughout the show, not only during events or judging. This means that you have a chance to interact with the dogs and get to know them more personally… only dogs that are entered in the show and service animals are allowed inside the Cow Palace.” General Admission – $15 (discounts for seniors, children and families. Discount admission coupons available at Pet Food Express. Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster or day of show on site at the Cow Palace Box Office. For more information see goldengatekennelclub.com.

January 29 and February 5

“Paint Your Pet”, 5-7 PM, One Embarcadero Center, San Francisco. Take home a masterpiece portrait of your lovie. Advanced registration required! Purchase tickets through the website. For more information see popup.sfspca.org.

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Bay Woof’s Beast of the Bay Award Voting” Our popular reader’s poll is back and voting is live now through Jan 31. Vote for your favorite dog-friendly people, places and things in our 7th Annual Beast of the Bay Awards. Winners will be announced in the March 2018 issue, and the party to celebrate it all will be at the fabulous El Rio, San Francisco, Saturday, April 11. Sponsorship opportunities are available – call 415-525-4040 for details. Stay tuned to Baywoof.com for more info, and don’t forget to VOTE!

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February 2018

February is Spay/Neuter Month, Responsible Pet Owner Month, and Dog Training Education Month!
Also: National Prevent a Litter Month, Pet Dental Health Month, Responsible Animal Guardian Month, and Unchain a Dog Month

All February

Spay/Neuter Month,” Humane Society Silicon Valley, 901 Ames, Milpitas. Throughout February, spay/neuter surgeries are on sale. The cost includes a brief pre-op exam, pre-anesthetic, anesthetic, hospitalization on the day of surgery, and the Spay-Neuter surgery itself. We do have additional charges for those animals in-heat, pregnant, cryptorchid and/or obese ($50 for each 15 minutes time period) and all animals must be current on all vaccinations. Additionally, we have mandatory take-home pain medication. By appointment only! Space is Limited. Call 408.727.3383 x827 or x828 to set up an appointment.

All February

“National Canine Weight Check”. This February, be your dog’s best friend. Join us for the National Canine Weight Check. In February, veterinarians across the country are teaming up for the first-ever National Canine Weight Check, a free and simple way to help you determine if your dog is overweight. Just take your dog to a participating veterinary office, and in many cases, you won’t even need an appointment. For more information and to find a participating vet, click here.

February 5

“Thank a Positive Reinforcement Champion Day”, everywhere. In honor of the birthday of Dr. Sophia Yin, take a moment today to thank someone who has been helping to spread the word of positive training and gentle handling!

February 5

“Paint Your Pet”, 5-7 PM, One Embarcadero Center, San Francisco. Take home a masterpiece portrait of your lovie. Advanced registration required! Purchase tickets through the website. For more information see popup.sfspca.org.

February 9

“Paws for Love Gala”, 6-10 p.m. Finley Community Center, 2060 W. College Ave at Stony Point, Santa Rosa. Join us for our 20th Anniversary “Paws for Love” Gala! Live and silent auctions, Wine Cave, live music and passed hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and champagne — and a gallery of captivating art by shelter animals! Tickets are $50 donation in advance / $60 at the door, and may be purchased on our website until Friday, Feb. 8th – or at various locations throughout the county. Details at: PawsForLove.info and the FB Event page.

February 9-10

“CAPE’s Annual Animal Film Festival,” Center for the Arts, Grass Valley. Twenty-two international films on animals, animal protection, rescue, rights, and the human-animal bond at this festival produced by the Center for Animal Protection & Education. $25 all-day pass, $15 senior/student/military, $10 evening session For more information see AnimalFilmFestival.org or CAPEAnimals.org.

February 10

“Valentines Photo Shoot,”10 AM – 4 PM, Pup Plaza, 14408 Union Avenue, San Jose. Suszi McFadden of Fuzzy Beastie Photography is ready to take beautiful family photos with you and your fuzzy beastie(s). What more could you want for Valentine’s Day? To register, please click here.  For more information see pupplaza.org.

February ?

“Strutt Your Mutt Dog Show,” 2-5  p.m., Hilton Concord, 1970 Diamond Blvd., Concord. Let your pet strut their stuff on the runway, win prizes, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, fine wines at this fundraiser for Contra Costa Humane Society. For more information see www.cchumane.org.

February 13

“SF/SPCA Popup Closing Night Party”, 5-8 PM, One Embarcadero Center, San Francisco. The evening’s hosts welcome you into an enchanted indoor jungle featuring puppy and kitten cuddles, delicious food and wine, and an unbelievable art auction, including works from local legend The Obanoth and other stellar artists! RSVP now! For more information see popup.sfspca.org.

February 14

Pet Theft Awareness Day“. Pet Theft Awareness Day is meant to call attention to the importance of pet identification methods. It is a day for considering just how much the presence of an animal can enrich a family and also the responsibility that goes with it. It is a day that encourages those with pets to take steps to ensure the animal’s security and their own peace of mind. Launched in 1988 by the Last Chance for Animals organisation, Pet Theft Awareness Day is aimed at educating animal owners in keeping their pets safe from thieves. With almost 2 million pets being stolen annually in America alone, the threat is real. Two options are to have pets microchipped or tattooed, which can provide an opportunity for some group bonding.

February 16

“Human-Directed Canine Aggression Seminar”, 10-11:30 AM, SF SPCA Mission Campus. If your dog has growled, snarled, snapped at or bitten any person, or if you want to understand why or how this could happen, this educational seminar is for you and your family. This seminar will help you and your family understand your dog’s aggression, how to be more tuned in to his/her emotional state, and what can be done to start to help reduce incidences of aggression.  For more information see sfspca.org.

February 20

“Love Your Pet Day,” everywhere! This “unofficial” National holiday is a day set aside to give extra attention to and pamper your pets that you love everyday. This is a good day to focus on the special relationship that you have with your pets. For more information see http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/national-love-your-pet-day-february-20/

February 24

World Spay Day,” everywhere. World Spay Day shines a spotlight on spay/neuter as a proven means of saving the lives of companion animals, community (feral and stray) cats, and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in a shelter or killed on the street. Each year, World Spay Day – the last Tuesday in February – provides an opportunity for organizations, agencies, clinics, and individuals to join together in a global movement to raise awareness of the life-saving importance of spaying and neutering. This year, events were held in 41 countries, including all 50 U.S. states. Are you looking to have your pet spayed or neutered? Low-cost resources are available in the U.S. and may be available internationally! For more information see worldspayday.org

February ?

“Mt. Diablo DTC All-Breed Agility Trials and ABBA Ratter Barn Hunt,” . For more information see www.abbadogs.com

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March 2018

March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month

March 1 (Friday)

“Tails at Twilight,” 6-11pm, Palm Event Center, Pleasanton. Rendez-vous with friends and animal lovers at the 5th annual Tails at Twilight gala! Celebrating the animals who touch our hearts, this year’s benefit is an elegant Diner en Blanc affair in support of our lifesaving and life-enriching programs. Dance and mingle with friends and animal lovers at a Parisian soiree, nibble tantalizing hors d’oeuvres during a champagne reception, and enjoy an elegant seated dinner. Dress to impress in all white. Bon appetit! Live and silent auctions offer an interesting array of enticements to raise money for our programs and services, including dog and cat rescue, humane education, and community services such as Animeals and Canine Comfort. For more information see valleyhumane.org.

March 2

Iditarod Race,” Alaska. Starts March 6; Awards Banquet on March 20, 2016.

March 2-4

“The Play Way: Using Social Play to Help Stressed and Fearful Dogs”, 9-5, San Francisco SPCA’s Geraldi Building and Multi-Purpose Room. This is a full weekend workshop all about using social play to help shy and fearful dogs. The​ ​Play​ ​Way​ is Amy Cook’s method of helping shy and fearful dogs overcome these issues to live a happier, less-stressed life. Rather than focusing on food, as many do when working with these dogs, Amy has established a more nuanced rehabilitation process that revolves around personal, social play. She believes play is a much more reliable method of judging a dog’s true behavioral thresholds, while being equally effective at supporting a dog to make emotional change. Play is both an indicator of stress and an intervention for stress! To learn more about Dr. Cook, please visit playwaydogs.com. For more information on this workshop and to register, see sfspca.org.

March 3

“If Pets Had Thumbs Day”. If Pets Had Thumbs Day leaves you wondering what would happen if……. One thing that sets humans apart from many other species on the planet is an opposable thumb. It allows us to do many things that other creatures can’t do. Now imagine what it would be like if your pet had thumbs. Do you get a clear image of your pet with thumbs? Are you seeing your pet doing things with their new thumb? If so, your mind is in spirit with today. Note: If you have a pet monkey, you already know what it would be like for your pet to have thumbs. For more information see http://www.petmd.com/dog/slideshows/seasonal/if-your-pet-had-thumbs

March 3-9 (First Full Week in March)

Professional Pet Sitters Week,” everywhere. The annual celebration of professional pet sitters has pet parents gearing up to thank those trusted individuals who take care of their furry companions. The week-long event recognizes the commitment and dedication of professional pet sitters nationwide.

March 5

“Marin Humane Society Anniversary Gala,” The Clubhouse at Peacock Gap, San Rafael. Experience a night of dramatic and inspiring storytelling about the animals – and people – whose lives are changed by the work of Marin’s oldest nonprofit organization. Join us for a reception featuring animal ambassadors followed by a gourmet, three-course dinner, and an opportunity to bid on unique live auction items. Top off the evening with dancing into the night! This elegant affair is the Marin Humane Society’s most important benefit event of the year. For more information, please call 415.506.6208 or see the Marin Humane Society website.

March 7-10

Crufts (The World’s Largest Dog Show)” Birmingham, England.

March 13

“K9 Veterans Day” March 13 marks the birthday of the United States K9 Corp. Unofficially, it’s known as “K9 Veterans Day”- a national effort to annually honor all war dogs – from Border Patrol K9s to Bomb Detection K9s to the Therapy Dogs that help human veterans recover from their traumatic injuries. This week’s newsletter is dedicated to all military working dogs worldwide and their handlers – those on active duty, retired, deceased, or fallen heroes. For information see http://k9veteransday.org/

March ?

“Third Annual Paws on the Avenue”, 1-4 PM, Lincoln Avenue, Willow Glen (San Jose). Dress Fido in his finest and join us for the 2nd Annual Paws on the Avenue! This free event is presented by District 6 Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio, the Silicon Valley Pet Project (SVPP) and the Willow Glen Business Association (WGBA) Hop on over to downtown Willow Glen for the 2nd Annual Paws on the Avenue! Dress Fido in his Easter finest, put Bella in her best Easter bonnet, and join us for an Easter stroll. Festivities kick off at 1pm under the balloon arch at 1261 Lincoln Avenue. You and your BFF (best furry friend) will pick up some great treats along the way and then join us for some live music, cake, raffle prizes and of course plenty of great photo opps! Even the Easter Bunny will be making an early appearance – don’t miss him hippity hoppin’ down Lincoln Avenue! Check Facebook regularly for updates on this event! For more information see https://www.willowglen.org/paws_on_ave

March 23

“National Puppy Day”. It’s National Puppy Day! A woman named Colleen Paige declared the first National Puppy Day in 2006. The purpose of the occasion is to celebrate the unconditional love and joy that puppies bring to our lives, and to raise awareness about the horrors of puppy mills. There are more than 8,000 puppy mills and “backyard breeders” in America that supply our nation’s pet stores. The dogs at these puppy mills are kept in terrible conditions and are often killed when they are no longer fertile. How can you make a difference? The official motto of National Puppy Day is, “Adopt instead of shop!” To celebrate National Puppy Day, give a puppy a hug, learn more about this important issue, or adopt a dog from your local shelter!

March 23

“Abilities United presents: Silicon Valley Disability Thrive Day Run, Walk, Roll,” 9:30am-1:00pm, Mitchell Park – Magical Bridge Playground, 600 East Meadow, Palo Alto. Silicon Valley Disability Thrive Day is a morning community event where people of all ages and abilities can run, walk, or roll through the beautiful Mitchell Park in Palo Alto. Friendly dogs are welcome too! Help raise awareness of the rights, independence, and inclusion of people with disabilities. $20 registration fee. For more information and registration, see https://www.abilitiesunitedevents.org/thrive?tab=2

March 18-24 (Third Full Week in March)

National Animal Poison Prevention WeekNational Poison Prevention Week raises awareness of poison prevention nationwide during the third full week of March every year. The week is an opportunity to highlight the dangers of poisonings for people of all ages and promote community involvement in poisoning prevention.

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April 2018

April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month, National Pet First Aid Awareness Month National Adopt a Greyhound Adoption Month, National Heartworm Awareness Month, and Prevention of Lyme Disease in Dogs Month

Through April 

“Free Spay/Neuter for San Francisco Pit Bulls and Pit Mixes” at the SF SPCA. Did you know that over 60% of the dogs euthanized in the City of San Francisco are at least part pit bull? As part of an awareness campaign and in an effort to encourage San Francisco residents to spay or neuter their unfixed pits, the SF SPCA is offering FREE spay and neuter surgeries for pit bulls and pit mixes during the months of March and April . Please call us at 415-554-3030 to schedule an appointment.

Through April 30

“Registration for National Service Animal Eye Exam Event”. The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists will conduct free eye exams to eligible service animals throughout the month of May. Clinics and hospitals in San Francisco, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Fremont, Palo Alto, Pleasant Hill, San Carlos, San Rafael and Santa Rosa will be participating in the event. To qualify, Service Animals must be “active working animals” that were certified by a formal training program or organization, or are currently enrolled in a formal training program. Owners/agents for the animals must first register the animal via an online registration form 1 at www.ACVOeyeexam.org. Registration ends April 30.

April 1-7

“International Pooper Scooper Week,” everywhere! The Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists (aPaws) was founded in February 2002 by a group of pooper scoopers who believe every dog should have its day. In recognition of a growing problem in our communities, environment, and water tables, aPaws has established a special week of educating pet owners on the importance of cleaning up after their dogs. Dog waste is no joke! If you can’t pick up the dog waste yourself then please hire an aPaws Professional Pooper Scooper! For information about aPaws, the Find-A-Scooper Directory, and other health information, please visit www.apaws.org or email info@apaws.org. For more information see http://www.apaws.org/about/media/details.aspx?id=1044

April 6

“Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs,” 12-2pm, Lakewood Park, 834 Lakechime Dr, Sunnyvale. “Bring your furry friend and join us for our 9th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs to benefit Silicon Valley Pet Project. Enjoy finger foods and local vendors while your dog sniffs out eggs filled with tasty treats and valuable prizes. Don’t forget your camera for photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. Dogs and children (under 12) enter for FREE! The event will take place rain or shine. Looking forward to seeing you there! 100% of proceeds will be donated to Silicon Valley Pet Project. Help support this pawesome cause and have fun in the process!” For more information and tickets see here.

April 7-15

8-Day Dog-friendly Southwest US tour“. See the highlights of the Southwest all in one amazing journey. From the view into the one-mile deep, 271-mile long Grand Canyon, to the Alice-In-Wonderland-like lunar landscape of Bryce Canyon to breathtaking Monument Valley, nothing is more memorable than eight days in the Southwest! Hiking, rafting, and jeep tours are just a few of the activities that you can enjoy with your four-legged friend! This is an experience that is guaranteed to leave everyone with a sense of wonder and more than a few deep thoughts of our amazing good fortune to be residents and caretakers of this amazing planet. For more information see See the highlights of the Southwest all in one amazing journey. From the view into the one-mile deep, 271-mile long Grand Canyon, to the Alice-In-Wonderland-like lunar landscape of Bryce Canyon to breathtaking Monument Valley, nothing is more memorable than eight days in the Southwest! Hiking, rafting, and jeep tours are just a few of the activities that you can enjoy with your four-legged friend! This is an experience that is guaranteed to leave everyone with a sense of wonder and more than a few deep thoughts of our amazing good fortune to be residents and caretakers of this amazing planet. Actual tour date is April 7, 2019 – April 15, 2019 For more information see Happy Tails Tours.

April 5 (First Saturday in April)

“Every Day is Tag Day”, everywhere. Millions of dogs and cats are taken to animal shelters as strays each year — but only about 15 percent of dogs and 2 percent of cats who end up in shelters without an ID tag or microchip are reunited with their owners. Why? Because their owners failed to put identification on their animals. Yet even the most responsible pet owners can be accidentally or unexpectedly separated from their pets. That’s why American Humane Association celebrates Every Day Is Tag Day™ on the first Saturday in April each year: to encourage all pet owners to tag and microchip their companion animals. For more information see americanhumane.org.

April ?

“McKinley School Dogfest,” 11am-4pm, Duboce Park, Noe Street at Duboce Avenue, San Francisco. DogFest is a celebration of dogs and kids benefitting SFUSD McKinley Elementary School, a K-5 public school at Castro and 14th Streets. The festival offers something for dogs, kids, and parents of both species. For more information see mckinleyschool.org/dogfest.

April ? 2019 (second full week of April)

National Dog Bite Prevention Week,” National Dog Bite Prevention Week takes place during the third full week of May each year, and focuses on educating people about preventing dog bites. With an estimated population of 70 million dogs living in U.S. households, millions of people – most of them children – are bitten by dogs every year. The majority of these bites, if not all, are preventable. A program of American Veterinary Medical Association. For more information see www.avma.org.

April 8

National Dog Fighting Awareness Day,” everywhere. In honor of National Dog Fighting Awareness Day (NDFAD) on Wednesday, April 8, we’re asking animal advocates across the country to help us Get Tough on dog fighting. This brutal form of animal cruelty occurs in every part of the country and in every type of community, and it must be stopped. We’re working to eradicate dog fighting by assisting in raids and rescues alongside law enforcement agencies and by advocating for stronger laws and sentencing for those who commit this terrible crime. But we can’t do it alone—we need the support of animal advocates like you. Read here for three simple ways to help.

April ? 2019 (second full week in April)

National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week”, everywhere! The National Animal Care & Control Association is proud to endorse our annual effort to celebrate and promote professionalism within the Animal Control field on the national stage. As with other events designed to promote specific groups, professions, and other important causes, NACA is pleased to provide all the necessary encouragement for all localities who would like to show their appreciation to their Animal Control personnel. We encourage all Animal Control agencies to have a special week of their own to show off their pride and receive recognition for the important services they provide to their communities. This week of appreciation is designed to give recognition to the hard-working men and women of Animal Control who risk their lives and devote huge amounts of personal time and resources, while they serve the public like other public safety and law enforcement agencies empowered with the same duties. For more information see http://www.nacanet.org/?page=appreciationweek

April 11

“National Pet Day”, everywhere. National Pet Day was founded in 2005 by Colleen Paige to celebrate the joy pets bring to our lives and to create public awareness about the plight of many different kinds of animals awaiting a forever home in shelters and rescues all around the globe. Almost any non-exotic animal you can think of, from dogs and cats, to small animals, farm animals, reptiles and birds…there are pets who need your love. For more information see http://www.petdayusa.com/

April ? 2019

“Barkitecture 2018 Auction & Gala,” 6:30 p.m. McCormack Hall, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo. Join us on April 14, 2018 for a Greek-themed gala benefit for the Humane Society of the North Bay! This exciting event takes place in the USA World Classics Event Center. It is like a little old-fashioned city with classic cars and artifacts of yesteryear. Family-style food will be served to each table! There will be silent and live auctions, games and entertainment. Last year sold out, so this year, don’t miss out! Proceeds support the programs at the Humane Society of the North Bay. For more information see HSNB.org.

April ? 2019

CARE 5K Pet Run/Walk,” 7 a.m., Los Lagos Golf Course, San Jose. This fun event benefits Companion Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.).Participants will receive shirts and awards! More information see CarePets.org. 

April ? 2019

Annual Canine Science Symposium,” 9:30am – 4:30pm, Pawsitive Tails, 1255 22nd Street, San Francisco. Join Pawsitive Tails as we host a full day of exciting, new dog research with scientists from laboratories on both coasts discussing their latest work in canine cognition and behavior as well as the interesting intersections of canine and human behavior. Speakers for this year’s Symposium include Clive Wynne, Erica Feuerbacher, Sasha Protopopova, Lindsay Mehrkam and Lisa Gunter. For canine professionals, shelter workers, and enthusiasts that are interested in understanding more about the science behind our interactions with dogs, this day of applied science will include presentations on human/dog relationships, shelter adoptions, behavior labels & fictions, breed labeling and improving canine quality of life with a roundtable discussion to end the Symposium hosted by board-certified veterinary behaviorist Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB. Symposium proceedings and lunch provided for attendees. For more details and online registration, visit sfspca.org/css2018.

April ?

“Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny,” 11-2, Willow Glen Pet Hospital, 860 Willow Street, Suite 500 San Jose. The Willow Glen Pet Hospital Easter Bunny is coming to town! And the best part is, he will be taking pictures from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. There is NO fee to have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny! You can take your own photos with your camera or cell phone. Or just let us know and we would be more than happy to take the photo for you then email it right on over! We will also be giving away amazing pre-filled Easter Bags! Annnnnnnnddd we are not done yet! We will be having our famous “3 Golden Eggs”, hidden within our free goody bags! Each Golden Egg will have amazing surprises – anything from a FREE Dental, to a FREE 6-month supply of flea meds. So mark your calendar and come out for some amazing fun – we are so excited to see all of you! And do not forget these pictures are family friendly so the whole family can join in on the fun! For more information see http://willowglenpethospital.com/?page_id=122

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“SF Wag Hotels’ 7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs,” Noon-2pm, Old Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park, 371 Chain of Lakes Dr. E, San Francisco. Proceeds benefit Family Dog Rescue.Cost: $15 per adult in advance / $20 at the door. For more information contact Liz Miller, liz@waghotels.com, 415-860-4500 or see sfeasteregghunt2016.eventbrite.com

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“Alameda Wag Hotels’ 7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs,” Noon-2pm, Shoreline Park, Adelphian Way (at Mecartney Rd), Alameda. Proceeds benefit Tony La Russa’s ARF. Cost: $15 per adult in advance / $20 at the door. For more information contact Liz Miller, liz@waghotels.com, 415-860-4500 or see okeasteregghunt2016.eventbrite.com.

April ? 2019

“Jake’s Fest,” 12-6pm, 17520 Depot St, Morgan Hill. Jake’sFest is coming! Come check out our first annual Jake’sFest fundraiser and bring all your craft beer, wine, and dog-loving friends! This indoor/outdoor benefit will be hosted by The Grapevine and Running Shop and Hops in downtown Morgan Hill. We’ll have a silent auction featuring Hawaiian and Mexican vacations, wine packages, and much more to bid on; a donation drawing with lots of fabulous gifts; dog-related vendors; live music with Beagle at the Door; food trucks (including vegan!); sales of beer and wine; and more! And best of all, all proceeds go to help Jake’s Wish save more shy, injured, abandoned, or otherwise at-risk dogs from our local shelters and community. We are an all-volunteer organization so your dollars go straight to the dogs to help us cover vaccinations, food, supplies, and most importantly – spay/neuter! Together we can make a real difference in our community. For more information see https://www.facebook.com/events/1763461070615500/ and to purchase tickets see https://jakesfest.eventbrite.com/

April 15

“Tax Day,” USA. Have you filled out your 1040-DOG form?

April 18-24 (Third Full Week of April starting with Sunday)

“National Pet ID Week”, everywhere. The third week of April has been designated National Pet ID Week. It is a time to increase awareness of the need to properly identify pets. We encourage pet owners to use various pet identification methods to ensure the safe return of their pets should they become lost. For more information see http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=22+2016&aid=3122

April ? 2019

HSSV Fur Ball Gala,” 6-11 PM,Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton. This event is Humane Society Silicon Valley‘s annual black-tie fundraiser. This one-of-a-kind event, which includes your pet as a guest, will have wine tasting, gourmet cuisine, dancing, and silent and live auctions. Advanced reservation required. Tickets are $250 per guest (Animal companions may attend free of charge). If you and your animal companion would like to join us, please contact Contact Amy Winkleblack 408-262-2133 x144 or amy.winkleblack@hssv.org

April ? 2019

“Days of Wine & Wet Noses,” 1-5 pm MacDorsa Park – 1 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley. 8th Annual Day of Wine and Wet Noses includes a day of music, fabulous local breweries and wineries, plus super yummy food! Join the fun, with local beer, food, and music while supporting animal rescue organizations. Proceeds will go to the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, Unconditional Love Rescue, and Heading Home Animal Rescue. Gates open and ticket sales begin at 12pm.  Entrance: $15 – 21years+; $10 for 10-20 years, and free for  under 10 years.  Peace Of Mind Dog Rescue information table & adoptable dogs will be on site. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Do bring: blankets, lawn chairs; Do not bring: bottles or cans. For more information see facebook.com.

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“Chief Solano Kennel Club Dog Show,” 8:00 am to 6:00 pm – North Grounds, , Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo. Parking: $7 per vehicle. Our annual AKC Dog Show and Obedience Trial, Rally Obedience Trial, and Sanction B-Match will be held April 19th and 20th this year at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo. We want to invite all those who wish to participate this year. Especially all the exhibitors, spectators and venders. Please make sure you also visit our Obedience and Rally Obedience rings. New this year: Check out our Owner-Handler Series and don’t miss the New Puppy 4-6 month Puppy Series. For more information, please call: (707) 446-7492 or see www.chiefsolanokennelclub.org.

April 20 (Saturday before Easter)

Bunnies and Bonnets Parade,” noon, Campbell Avenue (Light Rail tracks to Third Street), Campbell (near San Jose). The annual Bunnies and Bonnets Parade in Downtown Campbell is a family and community affair held on the Saturday just before Easter and follows the City of Campbell’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. In past years the parade has featured marching bands, baton dancers, classic cars, bagpipers, floats, dog clubs, and other assorted things of interest that make up the Campbell area community. This year, the parade is entering its 10th anniversary and we’re seeking participants to help us make this year’s parade the best one yet. If your group, club, or organization would like to participate in this year’s parade, download the attached entry form. There’s no fee to be in the parade (unless it’s a commercial float). The parade will not be judged and no prizes will be admitted. This is all just for fun! For more information see www.downtowncampbell.com.

April 23

“Lost Dog Awareness Day,” everywhere. “All too often, when someone finds a lost and wandering dog along the street, they assume that this dog is a stray, and has no home. Lost Dogs of America (LDOA) was formed to help prove this assumption wrong, and help those wayward mutts find their way back to their owners and friends. The organization was established in 2011, and in 2013 established Lost Dog Awareness Day. Over those years they have helped 42,000 dogs find their way back to their loving homes. Take your pet to a vet and get them microchipped. Then make sure you have plenty of recent photos of your fluff-ball just to make sure you have a lot of recent images of them to help others identify them. Lost Dog Awareness Day is your chance to make a difference in the lives of our furry four-footed family.” For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/lostdogsofamerica/

April 25
“Home Alone: Separation Anxiety Seminar,” Sacramento SPCA, 6201 Florin-Perkins Road, Sacramento. Separation anxiety is a panic disorder in dogs that is stressful for everyone. The solutions vary depending on each dog and common recommendations found online often provide no relief or make things worse. Learn how to help your dog feel more comfortable when you leave. These seminars are for humans only. PLEASE DO NOT BRING DOGS. Includes lecture, photo and video examples. Presented by Sacramento SPCA Behavior and Training Specialist, Lisa Mullinax, CDBC. Ticket Price: $59. For more information see SSPCA.org.

April 26

“National Kids & Pets Day”, everywhere. Created in 2005, this day is dedicated to celebrating the magical bond between kids and animals. It helps to bring awareness to the many animals in need of a loving home, as well as educates the public about safety between kids and pets. This day was established to honor the strong connection that kids have with their beloved pets. Children who grow up with pets learn about compassion, responsibility, caregiving, and more. This day also encourages pet adoption through local animal shelters – with an importance placed on safe interactions between kids and pets. Celebrate today by reminiscing about your favorite childhood pet, or bring your children to interact with animals at a local shelter. How did your pets impact your childhood? For more information see http://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/national-kids-and-pets-day

April 25 (Last Wednesday in April)

“International Guide Dog Day”, everywhere. Guide dogs are amongst the most phenomenal animals on the planet, and the difference they make to the lives of those without sight simply cannot be overstated. It is impossible to feel anything but pure love and awe when you witness just how dedicated these guys are to their owners, or, it seems, best friends, and how precious and adorable the relationship the two of them have is. To celebrate these dogs and the patient and talented people who train them, and pay tribute to the important role they each play in our society, people across the world come together to partake in International Guide Dogs Day. It isn’t just those who need Guide Dogs that celebrate this special day, either. The crucial work they do is recognised by everyone, and on International Guide Dogs Day, lots of people like to go out of their way to honour and express their gratitude to these dogs who have impacted the lives of so many. For more information see https://trudog.com/home/its-international-guide-dog-day/

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“2019 Bark For Life,” 10am-2pm, Murphy Park – 1571 Yellowstone Ave. Milpitas. This fundraiser for the American Cancer Society is focused on our canine companions. The American Cancer Society Bark For Life™ is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. By supporting Bark For Life, you help the American Cancer Society save lives, and that helps us move closer to our ultimate goal of a world with less cancer and more birthdays. So bring your best canine friend and join us for a fun-filled day starting with a walk, and then continuing with demonstrations, contests, and games. For more information see Crowdwise.com.

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“Doggy Dash and Bark in the Park Festival,” 8:30 AM-3PM; William Land Park, Sacramento. Registration opens at 8:30 AM on the day of the Doggy Dash and the 5k/2k walk leaves at 10:00 AM. Immediately following the walk—stay and play at the Bark in the Park festival and enjoy K-9 demonstrations, contests, food, drinks, and more than 80 sponsor and vendor booths to visit, sample and purchase pet-friendly products and more!  Join us during the Bark in the Park Festival in our Food and Beer/Cocktail Garden from 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM – we will be serving up mimosas and Bloody Mary’s as well as pouring local craft beer. Local food trucks will also be serving up great food and treats for you and your family. Relax with your pooch, enjoy a beverage (or two) and chow down on some grub after the walk!  Bark at the Park Festival admission is FREE for registered Doggy Dash walkers! There is a $5 suggested donation for anyone not registered to walk upon entering the festival area. For more information see SSPCA.org.

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