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January 2023

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

All Month

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

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

January 14

“National Dress Up Your Pet Day”. Dress Up Your Pet Day is an opportunity to wow the neighbors, and to unleash the inner diva of your favorite 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 ? 2023

Stars to the Rescue for ARF,” ARF’s wintertime musical extravaganza, Stars to the Rescue, returns Saturday, January 30, 2021 for the 30th year — this time with an all-new online format featuring Gloria Estefan! Gloria Estefan along with other previous Stars to the Rescue performers are donating their time to an evening of music and laughter to raise critical funds for ARF’s lifesaving programs. Don’t miss this wonderful night! Proceeds from Stars to the Rescue ticket sales and auction allow ARF to save dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters and support programs that bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives. For more information:

January ? 2023

“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

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February 2023

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 (every year)

“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 ? 2023

“Palo Alto Humane Society presents Virtual Yappy Hour,” 5:00-6:30 pm, online event from Palo Alto. Palo Alto Humane Society (PAHS) presents VIRTUAL YAPPY HOUR – a family-friendly event via Zoom on Thu, Feb 11 (5:00 – 6:30 pm). This popular PAHS event brings the community and their pets together. Victor Adint will host, and guests are encouraged to bring pet(s) and preferred beverage and snacks. Attendees will be able to participate in interactive games, win prizes and share stories. Special poolside background provided by Sheraton Palo Alto. $10. Register at for Zoom link.

February ?, 2023

“Fear-Free Pet Behavior Symposium,” virtual. Hosted by the SF/SPCA. The conference will focus on three audiences: Veterinary Professionals, Shelter Personnel, and Pet Guardians. Featuring renowned Fear Free founder Dr. Marty Becker, SF SPCA Senior VP of Rescue and Welfare Dr. Jeannine Berger, SF SPCA staff veterinarian Dr. Wailani Sung, and a variety of Fear Free experts from the veterinary and shelter world, this all-virtual symposium will focus on the practical and environmental concepts of Fear Free as well as the latest strategies and processes demonstrated in veterinary clinics and shelters today. For more information see the website.

February ? 2023

Paws for Love Online Auction”, online. Paws for Love provides a vital safety net for homeless, abused, and abandoned pets by offering life-saving financial assistance when there is no one else. When you make a donation, you become part of a miracle for these animals in need. We are here to support those unwanted pets who depend us – no matter how old. We believe every one of them deserves a soft bed and someone to love them! Details at: and the FB Event page.

February ? 2023

“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

February ? 2023

“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

February 14 (every year)

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 organization, 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 20 (every year)

“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

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

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March 2023

March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month

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

March ? 2023 (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 ? 2023 (start)

Iditarod Race,” Alaska.

March ? 2023

“Pucks & Paws,” 3pm, SAP Center (Shark Tank), San Jose. Have you ever wanted to attend a San Jose Barracuda’s game at the Shark Tank with man’s best friend? Bring your canine friends to Pucks & Paws this Sunday, 3/10 @ 3pm at the SAP Center as the Barracudas take on the Stockton Heat. Pet Awareness and Welfare Society for San Jose Animal Care and Services, The Bay Area Siberian Husky Rescue Referral & Furry Friends are participating in this fundraiser for pet groups. For more info, dog waiver forms & to purchase tickets ($10 per human, $5 per pup), email The Barracuda’s are the American Hockey League affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.

March ? 2023

Crufts (The World’s Largest Dog Show)” Birmingham, England.  “A celebration of dogs – Crufts attracts over 20,000 competitors alongside hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and is broadcast to an international television audience.”

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

March ? 2023

“St. Pawtrick’s Day Play Dates – Mission Bay,”  Healthy Spot Mission Bay, 1200 4th Street, #Suite F, San Francisco. Celebrate the luck of the Irish at our St. Pawtrick’s Day Play Dates! Put on your green attire and join us for our luckiest event of the year! Make matching charms for you and your pup, enter our Pup Chug Contest and let your dog meet new pals with an hour of off-leash play. After playtime, grab a drink token and head to Sip Bar at SPARK Social SF to enjoy a beverage. For more information see Eventbrite

March ? 2023

Bark n’ Brewfest,” Thank you to everyone who supported our first annual Bark n’ Brewfest at West Washington Park in Burlingame. With over thirty beer and wine vendors and 500 guests, the event was a huge success, raising over $67,000 for our Hope Program which allows us to save the neediest and most vulnerable animals in our community. THANK YOU!  We look forward to the next Bark ‘n Brewfest on June 22, 2019! Check out the fun and see photos from Bark n’ Brewfest 2018 by clicking here. If you’re interested in learning more about our events, please contact Lauren Schneider at (650) 340-7022 ext. 374 or

March ?, 2023

Pups & Pints @ Seabright Social” 12-4pm, Seabright Brewery, 519 Seabright, Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz SPCA and Seabright Social have teamed up for an afternoon of pups, pints, food and sunshine Sunday, March 20th from 12-4pm! Adoptable dogs will be mingling with the crowd so come ready to snuggle some loveable pups looking for their forever homes! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to your Santa Cruz SPCA! Come join the paw-ty!

March ? 2023  (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 animals of all ages and promote community involvement in poisoning prevention.

March ? 2023

“St. Pitty’s Day!” 10-5, Contra Costa Animal Services, 4800 Imhoff Pl, Martinez.  Join us for our annual St. Pitty’s Day celebration on Saturday, March 16th from 10am – 5pm. At our Martinez shelter we’ll have food, drinks, vendors, and local rescues. At both locations, all Bully Breeds will be FREE to qualified homes, and all other animals will be $25! This annual event is an opportunity to showcases our wonderful Bully Breed shelter dogs, enlighten and educate the public about this amazing breed and highlight the work of our transfer groups who specialize in this breed of dog. There will also be some Star Wars characters from Rebel Legion Endor Base and Golden Gate Garrison walking around, and posing for pictures! For more information see

March ? 2023

“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

March ?, 2023

“Husky Hoedown,” 6-9pm, Pet Camp San Francisco, 525 Phelps Street, San Francisco. Enjoy Hoedown music with your husky and meet amazing humans and their sled dogs. Howdy! Down to kick it country? Kick up your heels at Pet Camp’s Husky Hoedown on Tuesday, March 22, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Meet other pawsome humans (like yourself) and their sled dogs. No need to bring a sled. Just your husky! FREE! No one likes a party pooper, so don’t let your dog be one at this event! Well-behaved guests are welcomed, and that includes the humans, too. Masks are encouraged, but proof of vaccination is required. For more information see Eventbrite

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 ? 2023

“Paws on Main”, 10:30-12, Main Street’s town square, 19459 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino. Main Street Cupertino is inviting all four-legged friends and their two-legged companions to the city’s downtown on March 24. From 10:30 a.m. to noon, Main Street Cupertino is hosting Paws on Main, a fun-filled festival for dogs and humans. The event will feature agility activities, free 1:1 consultation with professional dog trainer Brad Greene, complimentary nail clippings, giveaways and more. Main Street is also debuting yoga for dogs sessions. Attendees are asked to bring their “sense of humor, a non-retractable leash, favorite treats, yoga mat and water” for both dog and human. The session, affectionately called “doga,” begins at 11 a.m. The Silicon Valley Pet Project will be on-hand at Paws on Main with puppies in need of a home. The event will be in Main Street’s town square, 19459 Stevens Creek Blvd.

March ?, 2023

Ales for Tails” 12-10pm, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing,  402 Ingalls St, #27, Santa Cruz. It’s a dog party! Come meet adoptable dogs, drink beer and raise money for the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. On the last Thursday of each month, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing hosts Ales for Tails! A day of beer drinking, fundraising, and meeting adoptable dogs from Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. We’re adding mobile dog grooming with Pawsitive Styles. Plus, it’s a fun reunion with dogs adopted at previous Ales for Tails. $1 of every beer purchased goes to the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. For more information, see Eventbrite or contact

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April 2023

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

April ?

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 ? 2020 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 for more info, and don’t forget to VOTE!

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 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 or email For more information see

April ?, 2023 (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

April ? 2023

Annual Canine Science Symposium,” 9:30am – 4:30pm, San Francisco State University Seven Hills & Towers Conference Centers. The 7th Annual Canine Science Symposium returns to San Francisco in a new location: San Francisco State University. This year, you’ll be learning from the best canine scientists as they discuss their latest applied research in shelter dog play groups, summary label & explanatory fictions in dog behavior, canine sociability, adoption event best practices, canine detection & odor training, shelter dog welfare & enrichment, veterinary care accessibility and much more! Ranked one of the Top 10 Animal Behavior and Dog Training Conferences of the Year (2018, 2017), this is an information-packed two days of dog science you do not want to miss. For more details and online registration, visit

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 8

“National Dog Farting Awareness Day,”  Light a candle for all of the noses that have been burned in the past. We will never forget. For more information see

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

April ? 2023 (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

April ?, 2023 (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

April ? 2023

“Barkitecture Auction & Gala,” 6:30 p.m. McCormack Hall, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo. Join us on ? 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

April 15

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

April ? 2023

“Hoppin’ Hounds Biscuit Hunt”, 9-10:30 AM, Byrne Preserve, 27210 Altamont Rd, Los Altos Hills. Hoppin’ Hounds, an on-leash biscuit hunt for dogs, is back! Join us on Saturday, April 16 from 9 – 10:30 AM at the Byrne Preserve in Los Altos Hills for a morning of yummy treats and good sniffs. Best of all, any proceeds made will be donated to Pets In Need. $10 per entry. It’s the nineteenth annual Doggie Biscuit Hunt in Los Altos Hills!  You and your dog will hunt through Byrne Preserve in search of dog-healthy biscuits. Pre-biscuit hunt, catch up with all your canine companions while enjoying a coffee bar with humans treats. Tails will wag for this exciting on-leash event is held to benefit the Palo Alto Animal Shelter operated by Pets in Need. Can’t attend the event? You can hold your biscuit hunt at home! Make your donation of $10 or more and Town Staff will arrange for a socially distanced kit pick-up on Friday, April 15th.  Your kit will include a bag of treats, a Hoppin’ Hounds Donor Dog Bandanna, and a chance to win four large gift baskets. Tails will be wagging all around! Learn more and register today:

April ? 2023 (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

April ? 2023 (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 or

April ? 2023

Operation Freedom Paws’ Annual Easter Egg Hunt,” 1pm, Operation Freedom Paws Canine Education Center, 13920 Llagas Avenue, San Martin.Join us at OFP for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the OFP Canine Education Center. Bring your whole family as we have fun for all! Children 10 and under may come to hunt while others enjoy face painting and meeting the Easter Bunny. For more information and to register see

April ? 2023

“Chief Solano Kennel Club Dog Show,” ?  For more information, please call: (707) 446-7492 or see

April ? 2023

“McKinley School Dogfest,” 11-4, Duboce Park, San Francisco. DogFest is back! San Francisco’s famous dog- and kid-centric community festival returns for its 15th year. Join us in the heart of the city for doggie contests and treats, games and activities, food and drink, and unbeatable community spirit. See you in Duboce Park! For more information see

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

April ? 2023

Doggy Dash and Bark in the Park Festival,” 10 AM-1PM; William Land Park, Sacramento. The Doggy Dash is back, in person! By participating in the Doggy Dash, you are saving lives and helping the Sacramento SPCA provide direct care to more than 35,000 animals each year.  Join Northern California’s Largest 2k/5k Walk to support lifesaving care for animals in need. For more information see

April ? 2023

“Animal Rescue Recon Adoption Event,” 10 AM – 1:30 PM, Pet Food Express Antioch East, 5829 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. Are you looking to add a new four-footed friend to your family? Join us Saturday, 4/23 at the Antioch East Pet Food Express for an adoption event with Animal Rescue Recon! Come down and meet adoptable dogs and puppies. For more information see FB Event.

April ? 2023

Animal Assisted Happiness Night for Smiles Gala Fundraiser,” 4pm, Lucie Stern Community Center,  Palo Alto. Fundraiser for Animal Assisted Happiness at  — Food, Fun, Wine, Music, Live and Silent Auction & Pop Ups. For more information see Night For Smiles.

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

April ? 2023  (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 Guide Dogs Day.

April ? 2023

“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

April ? 2023

“Annual Wags ‘N Wine – Rescues on the Runway,” 1–4 PM, Guglielmo Winery, 1480 East Main Avenue, Morgan Hill.  Please join South County Tail Waggers for our Annual Wags ‘N Wine – Rescues on the Runway event! We are extremely excited to announce that our Tail Waggers will be escorted down the runway by South County local heroes! Please come out to the beautiful Guglielmo Winery where you will receive a complimentary wine glass to commemorate the day, and where you will enjoy music, complimentary appetizers, $5 glasses of wine, fun photo opportunities, vendor booths, silent auction, runway show, and more! Our adoptable Tail Waggers will be strutting their stuff on the runway and are sure to impress. They will even be available to meet after the show. It is going to be a really fun and exciting event, and we hope to see you there!!! For more information see South County Tail Waggers.

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