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“National Purebred Dog Day”. For more information see akc.org.
“National Specially-Abled Pets Day’. National Specially-Abled Pets Day is observed on May 3 to encourage people to adopt, love, and support differently-abled pets. Owners of differently-abled pets participate in the celebration by sharing their experience of caring for a specially-abled pet and the challenges and breakthroughs of the journey. The holiday, formally known as Disabled Pets Day, educates the public about caring for disabled animals and their special needs. A disabled pet can add tremendous joy to your life.
May 7, 2023
“Mayday for Mutts”. To shine a light on the millions of dogs entering U.S. animal shelters every year, Karen Derrico, the author behind the book Unforgettable Mutts: Pure of Heart Not of Breed, has found this first Sunday in May as National Mayday for Mutts. This event is being made possible by various animal shelters, humane organizations and pet-related businesses. These groups are promoting the adoption of dogs that are a mixed-breed. All of these events will happen during the whole month of May – so, while yesterday was the “official” day – the entire month is focused on bringing awareness to the need to adopt mix-breed dogs (lovingly called Mutts!). For more information see Mayday for Mutts.
“Beast of the Bay Awards 2021 Celebration,” 3-7pm, El Rio, 3150 Mission St., San Francisco. Celebrate all the winners of the Beast of the Bay Awards with MC Sister Roma, live music, food, dog costume contest and a raffle to benefit the “Best Rescue Group” winner. Cost: $10 at the door, 21+, well behaved dogs welcome. For information see Baywoof.com/events.
May 1-7, 2023 (first week in May)
“National Pet Week,” Pets have profound effects on the lives of their human owners. They provide us with love, endless hours of companionship, and wonderful relationships that help fill our our lives. National Pet Week is a celebration of those relationships. Being a pet owner is not just fun and games. Being a responsible pet owner requires that your pet’s health is properly cared for. Information on the health of your pet is included here, but make sure to talk with your veterinarian about your particular situation. “National Pet week” was,jointly founded by the American Veterinary Medical Association (Schaumburg, Ill.) and the Auxiliary to the AVMA, to promote responsible pet ownership, celebrate the human-animal bond, and promote public awareness of veterinary medicine. The Auxiliary to the AVMA is celebrating “Pets and People—Healthy Together”. The Auxiliary chose this year’s theme to promote the importance of exercise for people and pets, said Ginger Morton, the Auxiliary’s vice president for public relations. The purpose of National Pet Week is to foster responsible pet ownership, recognize the human-animal bond, and increase public awareness of veterinary medicine. The AVMA and Auxiliary founded the event in 1981, and the celebration has spread throughout the United States. The AVMA continues to support the event. For more information see petweek.org.
“Be Kind to Animals Week”. This week-long event has been celebrated since 1915. Always the first full week of May. For more information see dogtipper.com
“National Specially-abled Pets Day.” For more information see speciallyabledpets.com.
“Gold Country/NADD Dock Diving Spring Fling” 6355 State Highway 104, Ione. Gold Country K9 Services is hosting a North America Diving Dogs Event. Dogs must have a NADD number to compete. Try Its may be available. This is running as a mobile dock with an electronic sign up the week prior to the event. For more information see northamericadivingdogs.com/Event.
May 6, 2023
“Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience” 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Santa Clara University Performing Arts Center’s Louis B. Mayer Theatre. Get your tail wagging for Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience! Cheer on his loveable rescue-canine stars as they perform jaw-dropping stunts and tricks in this 90-minute pup-tastic show for the whole family. For tickets, preview video, and more information see scupresents.org.
May 6-7, 2023
“Mensona AKC event”, Sebastopol and Windsor. Mensona Kennel Club would like to invite our canine community to two days of fun-filled activities! We are offering both Farm Dog and Temperament titles May 6 & 7, as well as lovely ribbons. Also offered with be CGC/CGCA and Therapy Dog testing. Please reach out to email@example.com for more information.
May 6, 2023
“Sausalito Wag Dog Festival“, 10-3, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito. Annual WAG Dog Festival is on! Have fun with the Everyday Dog Show with categories like Best Wag, Best Bark, and Best Trick, visit with over 20 vendors and rescues, watch demonstrations, participate in the human/dog obstacle course. There will be food and beverages for sale (adult beverages as well)! Free to the public. For more information see sausalito.gov.
May 7, 2023
“Woofstock,” noon-5pm, Marin Humane, 171 Bel Marin Keys Boulevard, Novato. “Let’s get Groovy! Grab your leash, furry friends, and family to join us for the Bay Area’s grooviest dog (and animal) lover’s event! Enjoy music by the premier Tom Petty cover band, Petty Theft. We’ll have food trucks, beer, and wine. The ever-popular free Kid’s Zone will be back with awesome activities for kids of all ages. Explore the event booths featuring local merchants and animal rescue groups! 50% off by March 31 and use your secret code EWOOF50. All proceeds benefit the animals at Marin Humane. For more information see eventbrite.com.
May 7, 2023
“ARF’s Animals on Broadway,” Animals on Broadway, your annual opportunity to gather with family, friends, and four-legged besties to save lives is back, in-person! Date TBA in 2023. For more information see arflife.org.
May 8-14 2023 (beginning on Monday before Mother’s Day)
“Puppy Mill Action Week,” everywhere. Puppy mills contribute to pet overpopulation and cause countless dogs lifetimes of suffering in squalid wire cages. Help us stop this cycle of cruelty: Do your research before getting a puppy, and look into adopting a dog from your local shelter.
“National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day”
May ?, 2024
“Operation Freedom Paws Annual Charity Golf Tournament – Golf for Veterans” 7:30-4, Coyote Creek Golf Club, 1 Coyote Creek Golf Dr, Morgan Hill. Operation Freedom Paws hosts their annual golf tournament fundraiser, with dinner and silent auction. Come join us for an 18-hole Shotgun Tournament on the Jack Nicklaus designed Valley Course at the beautiful Coyote Creek Golf Club. The Valley Course is exquisitely engineered to accommodate golfers of every ability. This par 72 course plays 7,066 yards from the Blue tees, with four sets of tee’s on each hole. It offers great views of rolling hills and sweeping meadows across the southern tip of the Silicon Valley. For more information see operationfreedompaws.org.
May ?, 2024 (Second Saturday of May)
“National Dog Mom’s Day”. National Dog Mom’s Day, observed on the second Saturday in May and taking place on May 13 in 2023, is a day for all pup-loving women across the country to celebrate their special kind of motherhood. Can you imagine that dogs came into our lives between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago? Dogs are descendants of a now-extinct wolf species. Over the years, they’ve lost their wild nature and have become human’s best and most loyal friends. They have even wormed their way into our hearts, creating deep bonds with us and becoming our family members. For more information see Dog Mom’s Day.
May ?, 2024
“Petchitecture,” 6pm, Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco. Petchitecture will be an in-person event held in accordance with public health measures. We invite you and your dog to Petchitecture, a gala benefitting PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support) at the Fairmont Hotel. Guests can enjoy and bid on one-of-a-kind pet habitats designed by Bay Area architects. Fully licensed and vaccinated pups (on leash) are most welcome. For more information and to learn about sponsorships, visit www.shanti.org/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
May ? 2023
“ARF’s Annual Business of Saving Lives conference,” Walnut Creek. This two-day conference offers an exciting agenda of workshops on animal behavior, shelter wellness, business and program practices to provide attendees practical information and tools for effective animal welfare operations. Register today! For more information see arf.net.
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“Canine Science Symposium,” San Francisco State University in San Francisco, CA. Join us on May 20 and 21, 2023 at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, CA for 2 full days of applied canine science. 8 of the best and brightest scientists in the field of companion animal behavior and welfare will be speaking. Head over to www.caninesciencesymposium.com for all the details!
May ?, 2024
“Annual Kiwanis Pet Parade,” Los Altos. Join US in your CAR in 2021! The Kiwanis Club presents their Annual Pet Parade. For over 60 years (starting in 1947, five years before Los Altos was incorporated as a city), the Los Altos Kiwanis Club has produced the Annual Kiwanis Pet Parade. From rather simple beginnings, the Kiwanis Pet Parade has evolved into the city’s most renowned civic event – a spring celebration that attracts thousands of kids, along with their pets of all kinds, wagons, bicycles, parents and neighbors, as well as bands and other community groups. Absolutely no commercial or political promotions; nothing distributed to the crowds; foot power only (exceptions can be arranged); groups are encouraged to identify themselves with a banner or signs (non-commercial). For more information, contact Randall Hull, Kiwanis Pet Parade Chairman at (650) 559-1914 or email@example.com, or see the website at losaltoskiwanis.org.
May ?, 2023
“DoxieCon SF,” 3-5pm, Corona Heights Dog Run, San Francisco. San Francisco’s largest dachshund meetup IS BACK. Come mingle with dachshunds and dachshund aficionados! The dog park is fully fenced-in, so your little furbaby can frolic to their heart’s content. Don’t miss the class photo at 4pm! For more information see facebook.com/doxiecon
June is National Pet Preparedness Month, Social Petworking Month, and National Foster A Pet Month
June ? 2023
“Lafayette’s Dogtown Downtown Walk,” 10 AM-12PM, Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette. Join Contra Costa Animal Services’ mobile team at Lafayette’s Dogtown Downtown walk Saturday, June 1st from 10am – 12pm. Stroll down Mt. Diablo Blvd. and surrounding streets with your downtown- friendly pooch, and come visit our mobile van with adoptable dogs. There will also be some tasty treats available during the walk as well. For more information see the Facebook Event.
June ? 2023
Berkeley Sunday Streets Pet Parade”, Cedar and Shattuck, Berkeley. Get your pets ready for the First Annual Pet Parade in Downtown Berkeley, in partnership with Sunday Streets, on Shattuck Avenue. Dress up with your family, friends, and your pet pals for a chance to win prizes! Register for free day of event. Start at Cedar and Shattuck in the Walgreen’s parking lot. Kickoff is at 12 noon, where you will be greeted by Holistic Hound with treats and water to get your furry friends all a good start! End:Durant and Shattuck, where you will be greeted by contests, prizes, and booths from local organizations, including Berkeley Humane, Berkeley Animal Care Services, Jiminy’s, and more!
June ? 2023
“Jake’sFest,” 12-6 PM, 70 East 4th Street, Morgan Hill. Jake’sFest is coming! Bring all your beer, wine, and dog-loving friends to this super fun indoor/outdoor benefit for Jake’s Wish Dog Rescue!! This year our event will be hosted by Kelly Brewing Company in downtown Morgan Hill. We’ll have a silent auction featuring fabulous vacations, wine packages, Sharks gear, and much more to bid on; a donation drawing with fabulous gifts; dog-related vendors; live music and dancing with Beagle at the Door and Knee Deep; food trucks; 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 the majority of 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 email firstname.lastname@example.org or see Facebook.com/event.
June 4-10 (First Full Week in June)
Pet Appreciation Week
June 8-11, 2023
“Woofstock Dog Show,” Solano County Fairgrounds, Vallejo. Four days of peace, music and AKC dog show coming to the Solano County Fairgrounds, Vallejo, CA. For more information see ccckennelclub.com.
“World Pet Memorial Day”
June ?, 2023
“HSSV Fur Ball Gala,” 5-10pm, This event is Humane Society Silicon Valley‘s annual black-tie fundraiser. Some things are worth waiting for, and Humane Society Silicon Valley’s preeminent event, The Fur Ball, is no exception! Don your most celebratory attire, grab your pup and join HSSV for an exceptional night on the field of Levi’s® Stadium that you will never forget! 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 Krista Coutts at 408-262-2133 x144 or Krista.Coutts@hssv.org. For more information see HSSV Event.
June ? 2024
“Westminster Dog Show”, online. See more information at westminsterkennelclub.org.
June ? 2023
“Paws for a Cause,” 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Pawtrero Hill Bathhouse & Feed Co., San Francisco. “Mark” this on your calendar, Rocket Doggers! Pawtrero will be donating 5% of the sales that day and giving out dog and cat swag bags! Rocket Dog Rescue will have adoptable dogs! There will also be free beer, wine and soda with donation! Come on out and join the fun! For more information see rocketdogrescue.org.
June ? 2024
“Blessing of the Animals: North Beach Festival Animal Blessing,” 2-3pm, 610 Vallejo Street, San Francisco. The animal blessing at The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi (610 Vallejo Street) will take place from 2-3 p.m. both days during the festival. The North Beach Festival is considered one of the country’s original outdoor Festivals. The event is situated in the historic North Beach District, known to locals and visitors alike as San Francisco’s Little Italy and the home of the famed beat generation. The Festival site includes numerous quaint streets in the heart of the district including Grant Avenue and Columbus Avenue. blessing of the animals. For more information see northbeachfestival.org.
June ? 2023
“Annual Santa Cruz Mountain Pet Parade & Festival,” 9am-2pm, Felton Covered Bridge, Graham Hill, Felton. A fun, family friendly event focusing on the pets that make our lives so much better! For more information see the Facebook page.
“National Dog Party Day”
June ?, 2024 (yearly on the Friday after Father’s Day)
“Take Your Dog To Work Day!” This fun “Dog Day” is celebrated across the nation every year in June by thousands of participating companies. The event calls attention to what wonderful companions dogs make and encourages their adoption from rescues and shelters. Dogs will have a chance to earn their kibble, owners enjoy the companionship from their furry friends and employers have the opportunity to experience the benefits of having pets in the workplace! See the TYDTWD webpage for more information. Articles on how to have a successful day are here, and here.
June ?, 2024
“Bark in the Park at the A’s vs NY Yankees”. Bring your hound to see the mound every Tuesday game! The best way to watch the Green and Gold is with your furry best friend at Bark in the Park starting May 16. For more information or to reserve a group of 15+ tickets, please reach out to us at email@example.com or see mlb.com/athletics.
June ? 2023
“PAH’s Annual Check the Chip”, 10-12, Pinnacle Animal Hospital, 4724 Meridian Ave, San Jose. Join us for our 7th annual Check the Chip event! Swing by with your pet, and we’ll verify their microchip is working, and we’ll help you update your contact info. The event is open to everyone!
June ? 2023
“Annual Shiba Party,” 10-4, Orange Park, South San Francisco. Shiba Fanciers of Northern CA presents their Annual Shiba Party! For all those looking forward to a fun summer picnic event that is centered around the best breed on the planet, the Shiba Inu, than what better way to spend a day then to participate in this year’s SFNC Shiba Party! Our event is the largest gathering of Shibas in the US so if you want to meet other Shiba fanatics this is the event to be at. For those thinking about getting a Shiba or wanting to learn more about the breed please feel free to come on by (you don’t need a Shiba to attend). If you are interested in attending please RSVP Jacey Holden at JHolden@JPS.net so that we can get a proper headcount.
June ? 2023
“Northern California Beaglefest,” 11am-2pm. Sausalito Dog Park, 100 Ebbtide Ave., Sausalito. NorCal Beaglefest is a celebration of beagles! We meet every June at the Sausalito Dog Park for beagles to chase scents, meet friends and compete in friendly competitions: Doesn’t Come When Called; Best Arroooo; Longest Ears; Beagle and Parent Look-a-Like. This year we ask that you donate at least a dollar per beagle to the awesome Sausalito Dog Park – you can also make donation here in advance: sausalitodogpark.org/
July is “National Doghouse Repairs” Month
“Independence Day”, all day, everywhere. Dogs usually hate fireworks, and Independence Day weekend is one of the busiest of the year for most animal shelters. Get training tips to help you out here.
“Join the Parade,” San Jose. The Alameda Business Association is sponsoring a July 4th parade from Lincoln High School to the Alameda by the Theatre area. Need something fun to do with your dog on the 4th. of July? Join us in the annual neighborhood Rose,White And Blue Parade. Add to your participation by volunteering to help carry our Society banner at the head of the marching Hounders and their happy, tailing wagging (and barking) best buddies. Include your whole family. Kids( of all ages) LOVE being parade banner carriers! This is easy and fun. All our wonderful volunteer(s) need to do is: Arrange to pick up our banner in advance of the parade day (see below*) Be on time and in our assignment place the morning of the parade (July 4th.) so other Hounders know where to rally; Carry our banner with pride ( waving, smiling , possibly a bark here and there :>) Enjoy the always fabulous street fair at the end of the parade; Return the banner . Call our Co-Chair (408) 244-2535, Bob Walker so he can fill you in on what to expect and arrange to pick up and return the banner. Please call today!
“Basset Hound Waddle for Rescue Fourth of July Parade,” 10 AM – noon, Novato. Join the Golden Gate Basset Rescue for their annual fundraiser and basset hound promotion event, as part of the City of Novato’s Annual Fourth of July Parade! Participants are encouraged to collect pledges and the entry fee goes to benefit basset rescue. It is a good way to promote basset hounds and promote rescue because it gets dogs and their happy and proud owners out in front of the public. “Anyone with a friendly, social basset can enter; if the basset is a rescued dog, so much the better. If someone wants to participate, but he or she doesn’t have a dog, or the dog does not like crowds and commotion or is too young or too old to “waddle”, he or she can just come without a dog and volunteer to walk a dog for someone else. Many of us have more than one dog and can use an extra hand. There are almost always more than 50 bassets in the parade. We have a “bring-your-own-lunch” picnic afterward in a nearby park. The club provides sodas and prepares charcoal for anyone who wants to barbecue something. There will also be games and prizes.” For more information, see the GGBR website or call the City of Novato at 415 898-6425
“Aptos 4th of July Parade, 9 AM, 7701 Soquel Dr. (at State Park Dr.), Aptos (Santa Cruz area). Calling all Great Pyrenees! Great Pyrenees Rescue of Northern California invites all Great Pyrenees and their two-legged friends to join us in marching in the Aptos 4th of July Parade. The pyrs are always a crowd (and Judge) favorite! Then immediately following we’ll relax and refuel at our host Don Bowden’s mountain cabin retreat nearby for a BBQ lunch and social hour. Bring a dish to share — there’s lots of cool shade and great trails to explore at Don’s home near the parade route. We’ll provide directions at the parade lineup. We will be lining up at 9 AM (parade begins at 10 AM) (look for the group of impossibly large, fluffy white dogs – we’re hard to miss). After our march (which takes about 45 minutes), a club member with a home nearby hosts a post-parade-pyr-party with food, drink and a beautiful setting to visit with other friendly, pyr-loving folks and their four-legged fluffy pals. So add a little red and blue to your favorite big white dog and join the festivities! For more information contact Deb Michelotti at firstname.lastname@example.org (please use “pyr” in the subject line of your email) for further details.
“Morgan Hill 4th of July Parade,” meet between 8:30 and 9 AM, outside of The Granary Gallery, 17490 Depot St, Morgan Hill. “Come Walk with us! Show your support for a Morgan Hill Off-Leash dog park by bringing your dog to walk in the Independence Day Parade with MHDOG. Wear your stars and stripes and join us on Depot Street near the Granary between 8:30 and 9:00am (We must be completely assembled by 9:00am). For more details check out the parade route atwww.mhidi.com or the MHDOG site at www.morganhilldog.org or call (408)778-4644.
“The Annual Pooches on Parade and Dine With Your Doggie Bark BQ,” noon, Main Street, Half Moon Bay. We invite all dog owners to come celebrate the 4th of July with our Coastside Communities by walking their four-legged friends in Half Moon Bay’s Ol’ 4th of July Parade. Join us July 4 to be a part of the pageantry. Registration check-in begins at 10:45am and the parade starts at noon. There are fun events surrounding the parade, like our Yappy Hour (6/25) and our Bark BQ (immediately following the parade) that we’re certain you won’t want to miss. For more information see http://www.poochesonparade.org/
“Alameda July 4th Parade,” Alameda. Be a part of the Alameda July 4th parade! Walk the parade route with your dog and Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter staff and volunteers. For more information see alamedaparade.com.
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“Water and Wags Festival,”.10:30 am – 2 pm, Calero Reservoir, San Jose. “Join us for a paw-some time at the Calero Water and Wags Festival on Sunday, July 9th, from 10:30 am to 2 pm, at Calero Reservoir. Discover the incredible efforts of Santa Clara County Parks and Valley Water in safeguarding our precious water against invasive quagga and zebra mussels. Get ready to celebrate clean and pristine waterways while having a blast! Meet the Mussel Dogs, learn how to prevent the spread of invasive species, and indulge in delicious food, exciting games, and more! Don’t forget, your furry friends are more than welcome to join the festivities! Just a friendly reminder: there’s a $6 park entry fee and convenient on-site parking available. Remember to clean, drain, and dry your gear, and avoid wet live bait while fishing to protect our waterways .Mark your calendars and save the date—July 9th—for an unforgettable day of fun, education, and furry companionship. See you there! For more information see parkhere.org
“National Pet Fire Safety Day,” everywhere. For more information see akc.org.
“Pups Just Wanna Have Fun – Small Dog Event” 12-2 pm, Pup Plaza, 14408 Union Avenue San Jose. Do you have a small dog (under 30 pounds) who loves meeting new friends? Join us at Pup Plaza for plenty of summertime fun! Enjoy complimentary treats for you and your companion. This will be an indoor and outdoor event. If the day is hot, we have a cool indoor space.Advanced registration required. Please register for your dog, who can bring a few humans along! Suggested Donation – $10.Register at https://www.pupplaza.org/events
July 16, 2023
“3-Legged Dog Picnic,” 11-3, Duboce Park, SF. Annual Picnic for Three Legged Dogs! Dogs with cones, casts, one eye, wheelchairs, blind, deaf, toothless, extra lumpy, vintage etc are all welcome! Show us your dogs tricks! Our very own MC April Taylor will introduce your pup and its trick! Get blessings for you and your pup! With your blessing, Sister Chola De Dah will bless you and your pup! Dress up your pup for the 1st ever 3 Legged Dog Costume Parade!! Join Craig Goward Hermes as he leads the smallest ever Parade of handicapable pups! BYO Everything for you and your dog to keep you comfortable and happy at your picnic. ( blankets, chairs, water, food, funbrella, and such). PRIZES BUT NO CONTEST! Bring a prize to share and take one home with you! SHOP LOCAL – Think creatively and share your prize with your picnic neighbor! For more information see 3leggeddogpicnic.com or Facebook.com.
July ?, 2024
“Bark in the Park at the A’s “. Bring your hound to see the mound every Tuesday game! The best way to watch the Green and Gold is with your furry best friend at Bark in the Park starting May 16. For more information or to reserve a group of 15+ tickets, please reach out to us at email@example.com or see mlb.com/athletics.
July ?, 2023
“Three Legged Dog Picnic“, Duboce Ave between Scott St and Steiner St, San Francisco. 11th Annual Picnic for Three Legged Dogs! Dogs with cones, casts, one eye, wheelchairs, blind, deaf, toothless, extra lumpy, vintage etc are all welcome! Show us your dogs tricks! Our very own MC April Taylor will introduce your pup and its trick! Get blessings for you and your pup! With your blessing, Sister Chola De Dah will bless you and your pup! Dress up your pup for the 1st ever 3 Legged Dog Costume Parade!! Join Craig Goward Hermes as he leads the smallest ever Parade of handicapable pups! BYO Everything for you and your dog to keep you comfortable and happy at your picnic (blankets, chairs, water, food, funbrella, and such). For more information see Three Legged Dog Picnic.
July ? 2023
“Niles Dog Show (formerly Pooch Powow),” 10 AM – 3 PM, Niles Community Park at 3rd and H Streets, Niles District, Fremont. A great day for dogs and dog lovers alike! Register your pooch in our fun competitions, enjoy the water park, and dog-related demonstrations. For more information contact Niles Main St Association at 510-742-9868 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“National Craft for Your Local Shelters Day,” everywhere. National Craft for your Local Shelters Day is a day set aside to recognize that we can give back to our local shelters in a crafty way. This includes making beds, toys, vests and bandanas that say “adopt me,” leashes, and sew much more. What better way to give back to a shelter than the best way you know how – and for us, it’s crafting. For more information see sewdoggystyle.com.
July 29, 2023
“Dog Adoption Event – Pup Plaza” 10-1pm Pup Plaza 14408 Union Avenue San Jose CA 95124 Come meet dogs available for adoption thru Silicon Valley Pet Project in a relaxed fun environment at Pup Plaza! Saturday, June 17th at Pup Plaza from 10am to 1pm. Click here for adoptable dogs. Note not all adoptable dogs attend each adoption event. Please complete an adoption application if you are interested in meeting any of the adoptable dogs. See all of the animals attending this event. Learn more at pupplaza.org and svpetproject.org
July 29-30, 2023
“Behavior in Everyday Practice: Step by Step of Managing Behavior Cases in Your Practice – Virtual Veterinary Conference,” Sessions start at 8 a.m. Pacific | 10 a.m. Central | 11 a.m. Eastern each day; online. Behavior problems are common in veterinary patients. How to treat them can be a mystery. Many of these cases can be diagnosed and managed in general practice. At this conference, you will learn how to recognize common behavior problems in canine and feline patients, collect and analyze a patient’s behavioral history, diagnose, and treat behavior problems in a general practice setting. For more information, see dripvet1.teachable.com.
July 30, 2023
“Circuit Training at Pup Plaza,” 8:30-9:30am Pup Plaza 14408 Union Avenue San Jose CA 95124 Join us, and Diane, at Pup Plaza for a fun and challenging full-body workout utilizing various pieces of fitness equipment arranged in a circuit. Diane has been in the fitness industry for over 12 years teaching group fitness and, more recently, personal training. Well-behaved dogs can join your workout. This class will take place outdoors. Class Fee – $15. To register: pupplaza.org/events.
July 30, 2023
“Hoppy Tails”, 1–4pm, Harmonic Brewing, 1050 26th Street San Francisco. Join us at Harmonic Brewing for an SF SPCA Adoptee Meetup! Calling all SF SPCA animal adopters and animal lovers! Join us with your furry companions for an afternoon of community, brews, raffles, and fun at Harmonic Brewing in the Dogpatch. Harmonic will be making a donation to support the SF SPCA, so be sure to save the date and check out more event highlights. To RSVP and for more information, see Eventbrite.
July 30, 2023
“Pound Puppy Rescue Adoption Event,” 2-4 pm, Woodside Plaza Pet Food Express, 372 Woodside Road, Redwood City. Come meet our puppies and find your love match! Gretchen, Raider & Indiana, Edison, Miso, the Motor Boys, Bali & Zanzibar, and Hershey* are all going to be there and can’t wait to meet you. See their full bios at poundpuppyrescue.org (Click picture for full image.) *Puppies in attendance subject to change. Please email us at email@example.com 24 hours in advance if you have questions about who will be there. Apply online in advance at www.poundpuppyrescue.org and you will be able to meet our volunteers and express your interest! P.S. Puppies will not go home the day of the event.
“National Mutt Day,” everywhere. National Mutt Day is all about embracing, saving and celebrating mixed-breed dogs. National Mutt Day was created to be celebrated on two dates per year to raise awareness of the plight of mixed-breed dogs in shelters around the nation and to educate the public about the sea of mixed-breed dogs that desperately await new homes. Mixed-breed dogs are thought to be healthier and better behaved; they are thought to live longer and are just as able to perform the duties of purebred dogs – such as bomb- and drug-sniffing, search and rescue. and guiding the blind. There are millions of loving and healthy mixed-breed dogs sitting in shelters, who are desperately searching for a new home. One of the county’s most famous movie dogs is Benji, is a mixed breed terrier.” For more information see nationalmuttday.com.
August is Adopt A Homeless Pet Month
“DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs”, everywhere. While rescuers at shelters nationwide are able to tell the approximate age of the animals that arrive at their adoption centers, the actual birth dates of the these pets are often unknown. To give these wonderful animals their much deserved recognition, the North Shore Animal League America declares the first day of the eighth month of the year – August 1st – as DOGust the 1st, a universal birthday for shelter and rescued dogs everywhere. For more information see North Shore Animal League.
August ?, 2024
“Annual World Dog Surfing Championships,” 9am – 2pm, Linda Mar Beach, Highway 1 & Linda Mar Blvd, Pacifica. The waves are calling! If you love dogs, love to surf, or even just walking on the beach, the 1st Annual World Dog Surfing Championships is the perfect event for you. The surf dog competition will bring together the best in local and international dog surfing talent. Competitors have an opportunity to raise funds for PHS/SPCA! During the event there will be a number of activities including the surf competition, dog beach fashion contest, dog adoptions, partner tents and activities, and more. For more information, see surfdogchampionships.com.
August ?, 2024
“Napa Humane’s Annual Walk for Animals,” taking place wherever you are! Move Your Paws for the Cause! Join us for Virtual Walk for Animals 2021 – Every dollar raised from Walk for Animals supports Napa Valley’s pets and their people. With your help, we can ensure every companion animal in the Napa Valley lives a healthy life. We can’t wait to see how many lives we’ll save together this year! Registered walkers will receive a goodie bag, access to the silent auction, virtual events and more as we come together virtually to raise funds for Napa Humane – serving Napa Valley pets and their people. For more information and to register contact napahumane.org.
August ? 2024 (Starts on First Sunday in August)
“International Assistance Dog Week”, everywhere. International Assistance Dog Week (IADW) was created to recognize all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability related limitations. The goals of IADW are to recognize and honor assistance dogs; raise awareness and educate the public about assistance dogs; honor puppy raisers and trainers; and recognize heroic deeds performed by assistance dogs in our communities. For more information see assistancedogweek.org.
“Spoil Your Dog Day”
“Snoopy’s Birthday” Although the birthday of Snoopy, the beagle from the comic strip “Peanuts” is celebrated on a few different dates, August 10 has become his official birthday based on strips that ran from August 8–10, 1968. So, when exactly is Snoopy’s birthday? Even though it is officially celebrated on August 10, the exact date of our favorite beagle’s big day remains something of a minor mystery. Sometimes even Snoopy can’t remember when he was born. And, of course, if you were to ask Snoopy, every day would be his birthday!
August ?, 2024
“Rockridge Rock-N-Stroll with Pup Promenade” 11am-6pm, Rockridge District – College Avenue Shops, 5655 College Avenue, Oakland. Rockridge Rock-N-Stroll brings outdoor live music dotted along College Avenue, big sales from merchants, giveaways, tastings and special menus, popup vendors, kids’ crafts, art shows, and fun activities for the whole family. On Saturday, August 12, Rock-N-Stroll celebrates National Dog Month by catering to our four-legged visitors. Pups can visit watering holes, get treats, walk the red carpet for a selfie, have their sketches made by a local artist for free, enjoy dog menus on patios, and more! And their human companions can shop dog-themed products from merchants and pop-up vendors. This event is free and fun for all ages (human and dog)! For more information, visit www.RockridgeDistrict.com.
August ? 2024
“Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest,” 4:00 – 8:00 pm each day, Village at Squaw Valley. Festival-goers can take in the beautiful mountain atmosphere, sip a wide array of tasty beers (wine and cocktails available too!) and enjoy a fabulous lineup of live music while canine guests cool off in the Canine Chill Out Zone sponsored by Truckee Tahoe Pet Lodge. The music stage will be located in the Events Plaza this year with advanced ticket purchase recommended, as we will be capping attendance and may not have day-of tickets available. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. For more information visit www.hstt.org
“Check the Chip Day,” everywhere. August 15 is Check the Chip Day, an observance to increase awareness of not only the benefits of microchips, but the critical importance of keeping the microchip registration up-to-date. After all, the microchip can only be effective in reuniting pet owners with their beloved pets if it’s registered and the information is accurate.For more information see avma.org.
August ? 2024
“Pet Corner Fair Hot Pawgust Night,” 1245 Lincoln Ave, San Jose. Join us for Ganado Feed & Pet Supplies’ Pet Corner Fair! Event will take place on August? at 1245 Lincoln Ave, in the heart of Downtown Willow Glen, in San Jose. Our goal is to bring the local animal lover community together to meet local rescues, and to learn about vendors/services offered in the area that meet all their furry, scaled, or feathered friends’ needs, as well as shop local products and enjoy a fun day with their pet. The event will host rescues, a variety of vendors, a beer garden, food and much more. This will be our second event, last year’s being a great success. This year we are excited to host the event right in the heart of Downtown Willow Glen, where it will be promoted by local businesses and accessible to foot traffic much like any other street festival. We expect a positive turnout from the neighboring communities of Campbell, Los Gatos, Santa Clara, and Saratoga as well.
August ?, 2024 (third Saturday of August)
“International Homeless Animals Day®,” everywhere. Animal protection organizations and concerned individuals from around the world come together on the third Saturday of August each year to raise awareness about the pet overpopulation epidemic. ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day activities often include candlelight vigils, adopt-a-thons, spay/neuter clinics, microchip clinics, blessings of the animals, and heartfelt speeches given by council members, local veterinarians, humane officers and shelter personnel. Other activities include slideshows, rallies, dog walks, open houses, award ceremonies, live music, raffles, and games. Individuals and organizations wishing to take part in ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day events can order a complimentary downloadable candlelight vigil packet by contacting ISAR by mail, phone, fax or email. Our vigil packet includes guidelines for organizing a successful vigil event with tips on site selection, suggestions for speakers and vigil events, reaching target audiences, poems, songs, sample press releases and more! A program of International Society for Animal Rights. For more information see homelessanimalsday.org.
August 26 2023
“Hot Pawgust Nights Car Show Fundraiser and Adoption Event”. We are doing our Hot Pawgust Nights event again this year! We are going to have a car show, adoptions, food (for a small donation) and live music. Every proceed goes to helping at the animals at the Hayward shelter. For more information and to sign up with your car, see https://www.haywardanimals.org/upcoming-on-the-calendar
August 23-September 19, 2023
“Clear the Shelters” Each year shelters nationwide participate in Clear the Shelters to help find loving homes for animals in need. This year’s Clear the Shelters campaign takes place Monday, August 23 – Sunday, September 19. 30 for 30! Adopt any dog over 30lbs for $30 from September 13 to September 19! Meet the animals involved in Clear The Shelters at Humane Society Silicon Valley throughout August! Find your forever friend during Clear The Shelters!
“National Dog Day,” everywhere (US). The National Dog Day Foundation is working diligently to raise needed funds for public awareness about the plight of dogs in our country. With its first annual National Dog Day Parade coming to New York City in 2007, proceeds from the pre-events and the parade will go to help animal rescue organizations and call attention nationally to dog issues with the hopes of impacting the outreach of animal rescue organizations across the country. National Dog Day’s goal, through public awareness, is to be a catalyst for the adoption of a minimum of 10,026 dogs on that day across the nation by participation of all animal shelters and rescue groups. Shelters that are closed on Saturdays will be asked to stay open, and everyone who adopts a dog on National Dog Day will receive a special National Dog Day “thank you” and adoption certificate as a keepsake of the day. National Dog Day will turn out to be many a dog’s birthday and for all of them it will be a “K9- 4th of July!” Even citizens who are not dog owners will be encouraged to donate $5 to their local shelter on National Dog Day. For more information see the website.
August 26, 2023
“Clear the Shelters!” 10-5, San José Animal Care Center, 2750 Monterey Road San Jose. The San José Animal Care Center is hosting a special event on Saturday, August 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. where adoption fees are waived on ALL pets. This day will be filled with family-friendly activities, resources and more! There will even be special guest appearances including, Sharkie! Help the shelter reach their goal of getting 50 animals into furever homes. If you are unable to adopt, donations are always appreciated and will go to the shelter’s Guardian Angel Fund, which provides medical attention to animals in need. Or participate in our fostering program. Help a shelter pet decompress in a home for as little as three days or as long as three months. To see all the available animals at ACS, visit: bit.ly/PetCompass.
“Doggy Days of Summer”, 10-4, Morgan Hill. A canine festival in downtown Morgan Hill on Saturday, August 26, 2023, from 10am to 4pm. This event is part of the city’s 4th Saturday Downtown Street Series.
August 26, 2023
“Bark (& Meow) Around the Block,” Berkeley Humane Society. Berkeley Humane’s Bark (& Meow) Around the Block adoption event is returning on August 27th, 2022! Adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be vaccinated, microchipped, and ready to go home with their new families. Adoptions are in-person, outdoors, and first-come, first served, so arrive early for your chance to meet your furry soulmate! Safety protocols and the latest guidance from the City of Berkeley, County of Alameda, and CDC will be strictly enforced at this event. Lots of dogs and cats are looking fur love at this Adopt-a-thon! For more information see berkeleyhumane.org.
August ?, 2023
“Clear the Shelters!” 10-4, SF/SPCA, 201 Alabama St, San Francisco. Help Us Clear the Shelters! In August, we’re participating in the Clear the Shelters nationwide adoption campaign with special focus on larger dogs. Animal shelters across the country are seeing unusually high numbers of bigger dogs. Help us find homes for our amazing big dogs! For more information see sfspca.org/adoptions.
“Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day,” everywhere. In honor of all of our friends with fur, feathers or fins who we have said farewell to, author Deborah Barnes has created Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day. Choosing August 28th in memory of the day in 2013 when she said goodbye to her pal Mr. Jazz, Barnes has set up a special Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day event page on Facebook so pet parents can gather in the virtual world to celebrate the life of their late pet by posting a photo or poem.
“Doga at Pup Plaza”, Pup Plaza,14408 Union Avenue, San Jose. Your Doga instructor will guide you and your pup through a 60-minute yoga practice and provide moments throughout the class for you to bond, reward, and breathe with your dog. You will be encouraged to share your energy with your dog and explore the natural bond that exists between you and your canine best friend. Doga will provide you an opportunity to learn from your dog how to be in the present and have fun, while our dogs may pick up the calm and focus of our practice, eventually becoming more relaxed and comfortable with sharing a space with others. A minimum of two participants is required to hold the class. Cost: $15. Proceeds from activities at Pup Plaza support Silicon Valley Pet Project’s (SVPP) life-saving work.. Register here: https://bookeo.com/svpetproject
“Barks and Beers,” 6-8pm, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay. Bark your calendars – We’re partnering with our friends at Pack Lyfe Rescue for a free adoption event in The Beer Garden this upcoming Monday, August 28th from 6-8pm! Pack Lyfe will be bringing 5-6 dogs who are in need of foster or furrever homes. Whether you’re ready to adopt, or just want to meet some dogs and enjoy a beer, all are welcome to attend! For more information see HMBBC.
“National Holistic Pet Day,” nationwide. This August 30th you have the chance to change your pet’s life just by celebrating Holistic Pet Day. The goal of this special day is to highlight the importance of whole pet health instead of singular systems or problems. Holistic pet health can help improve nutrition, increase energy and remedy lingering ailments. You play a very important role in the health of your dog. Your dog’s food, amount of exercise, and mental stimulation lead to excellent health and well-being, affecting your dog’s physical, behavioral and emotional health. For more information see http://www.dog.com/dog-articles/celebrate-national-holistic-pet-day/9920/