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May 2023

May is Chip Your Pet Month, National Pet Month, Responsible Guardian Month, and National Service Dog Eye Examination Month.

May 1

“National Purebred Dog Day”. For more information see akc.org

May 1

“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.

May ?

“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 2-8

“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 http://www.dogtipper.com/blog/2015/05/be-kind-to-animals-week-turns-100.html

May 3

“National Specially-abled Pets Day.” For more information see speciallyabledpets.com.

May ? 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.

May ?, 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.

May ?, 2023

Sausalito Wag Dog Festival“, 10-3, Marinship Park, Sausalito.  5th Annual WAG Dog Festival – Saturday May 7, 2022 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 ? 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.

May 8

“National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day”

May ?, 2023

12th Annual Black Tie & Tails,” 5:30pm to 10:30pm, Truckee-Tahoe area. The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe’s 12th Annual Black Tie & Tails Fundraising Gala is taking place on Saturday, May 14th, 2022!  For more information see hstt.org.

May ?, 2023

Canine Behavior Symposium – Managing Canine Reactivity: Cooperative Care and Collaboration Between Veterinary Professionals and Trainers,” 8:00 – 3:30 pm (PST), Hybrid (In-Person at UC Davis, and live-interactive webinar via Aventri Virtual Platform). Come learn onsite or virtually with us on how to help manage fearful, reactive or aggressive dogs. We will focus on how to build relationships between veterinarians and dog trainers and work together to help these dogs lead a happier, fear-free life. This symposium is open to all veterinarians, veterinary technicians, dog trainers and others interested in canine behavior. For more information see vetmed.ucdavis.edu.

May ?, 2023

“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 randallhull@losaltoskiwanis.org, or see the website at losaltoskiwanis.org.

May ?, 2023

“DoxieCon SF – Summer 2022,” 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

May ?, 2023

“Woofstock,” noon-5pm, Marin Humane, 171 Bel Marin Keys Boulevard, Novato.  “Give your dogs (and family) a rockin’ day to remember at WOOFSTOCK 2022! 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 Eagles cover band, the Illeagles, who have taken the Bay Area by storm, and opening act Black Cat Bone. Food trucks, beer, and wine will be available. The ever-popular free Kids Zone will be back with awesome activities for kids of all ages. Explore the event booths featuring local merchants and animal rescue groups!  All proceeds benefit the animals at Marin Humane. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to watch the show. Don’t forget to BYOWB (Bring Your Own Water Bottle) as there will be purified water on tap! We will follow all local and state COVID-19 health & safety guidelines in place at the time of the festival and will communicate all requirements to ticket holders before the festival. Visit here for the most up to date California State guidelines. The show will go on rain or shine. All Woofstock 2022 ticket sales final. No refunds or exchanges.All proceeds benefit the animals at Marin Humane. For more information see eventbrite.com.

May ?, 2023

Paws on Parade and Annual Animals on Broadway,” Animals on Broadway (AOB) fundraiser, walk, and festival is an annual opportunity to gather the whole family — including your pet — to save lives! Every dollar raised makes a lifesaving difference for animals who rely on us for a second chance. We are so excited to walk together again in person! For vendor or sponsorship opportunities, please contact events@arflife.org. For more information see arflife.org.

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June 2023

June is National Pet Preparedness Month, Social Petworking Month, and National Foster A Pet Month

June ?, 2023

Petchitecture,” 6pm, Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco. Please mark your calendars for June 2, 2022, 6-9 pm at Fairmont San Francisco. For more information and to learn about sponsorships, visit  www.shanti.org/petchitecture2022 or email specialevents@shanti.org.  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 tickets see www.shanti.org.

June ?, 2023

“Operation Freedom Paws Annual Charity Golf Tournament – Golf for Veterans”  Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Gilroy. Operation Freedom Paws hosts their annual golf tournament fundraiser, with dinner and silent auction. Grab a friend or three and join us out on the course at Eagle Ridge in Gilroy! Registration opens at 9am with a shotgun start at 10am. Enjoy a scramble-style round of golf, practice balls, goodie bag and BBQ tri-tip & chicken awards ceremony. Play hookie for a great cause! For more information see operationfreedompaws.org.

June 3, 2023

Pints For Paws,” 2 PM, Berkeley Humane. Pints for Paws®, voted Best Fundraising Event in the East Bay, is returning for our 7th year. This year things will look a little different, but lots of great beer combined with the love of shelter pets! For more information see berkeleyhumane.org.

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 vivian@jakeswishrescue.org or see Facebook.com/event.

June 4-10 (First Full Week in June)

Pet Appreciation Week

June ?, 2023

“8th Annual Pints for Paws®” 2-5 PM, Berkeley Humane, 2700 Ninth St, Berkeley. The 8th Annual Pints For Paws beer festival returns in 2022 as an in-person event! DRINK BEER. SAVE ANIMALSThe Official Pints for Paws®, voted as the Best Fundraising Event in the East Bay for multiple years, returns in 2022 as an in-person event! Have a great time while benefiting Berkeley Humane’s life-saving programs. Meet local craft brewers and sample an unlimited number of very special unique beers. Additional featured beverages include amazing ciders, local artisan wines, handcrafted vodka – and so much more! Great selection of tasty food bites available for purchase. Enjoy live music, games, and hundreds of crowd-friendly dogs! Every dollar raised will save the lives of shelter pets. But don’t wait to purchase your tickets. Pints for Paws® sells out quickly, so get your tickets today!  21+. Learn more about the event on our website.

June 9

“World Pet Memorial Day”

June ?, 2023

“2022 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.

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 ? 2023

“Westminster Dog Show”, online. Usually, the event is held at Madison Square Garden in New York City, but due to COVID-19, the 145th show will be in Tarrytown, New York, from Thursday, June 11, to Sunday, June 13. 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 ? 2023

“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.

June 21

“National Dog Party Day”

June ?, 2023 (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 ? 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/donate. NorCal Beagle Rescue will attend with info on helping Beagles in need and adoptable beagles!For more info: norcalbeaglefest@gmail.com, twitter: @NorCalBeaglefst. facebook.com/norcalbeaglefest.

 

July 2023

July is “National Doghouse Repairs” Month

July 4 Hot!

“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.

July 4

“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!

July 4

“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

July 4

“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 deb@citadeltech.com (please use “pyr” in the subject line of your email) for further details.

July 4

“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.

July 4

“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/

July 4 New!

“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.

July 15 

“National Pet Fire Safety Day,” everywhere. For more information see akc.org.

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 info@niles.org.

July 21

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 31

“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.

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August 2022

August is Adopt A Homeless Pet Month

August 1

“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 ?, 2023

“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 ? 2023

“BOW WOW Film Festival – an online movie experience!” Grab your pup (or lap kitty!) and your ‘pup’corn and enjoy this wonderful movie experience right from your own home.  Make it a party for your dog loving-friends! Purchase tickets now!  Watch as many times as you want! Bow Wow is a traveling film festival that celebrates, educates and inspires all things doggie, through the art of short film.  For more information see bowwowfilmfest.com.

August ? 2022

“Hot Pawgust Nights Car Show Fundraiser and Adoption Event”. Classic Cars WANTED for 2020 Hot Pawgust Nights: To enter a classic car in the car show call (510) 881 – 7927 or e-mail Shelter.Volunteers@hayward-ca.gov.

August ? 2023  (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.

August ?, 2023

“Virtual 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 10

“Spoil Your Dog Day”

August ?, 2023

“Rockridge Rock-N-Stroll” 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 13, 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 ?  2023

“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

August 15

“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 ? 2023

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 20, 2022

“Steps for Strays,” everywhere/virtual. Join our third annual Steps for Strays virtual charity event. This free event encourages folks to be active, whether it’s walking, cycling, skipping — even better if your pet can be included! For every participant that signs up, the Healthy Paws Foundation will donate $5 to help homeless pets, up to $10,000 to SAYv Animal Organization in Chicagoland, Illinois. For more information see HealthyPaws.com.

August 20, 2022 (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 23-September 19  2022

“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!

August ? 2022

“Contra Costa Humane Society Coming to the Rescue”. 6-8:30 PM, Perera Pavilion at the Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant HillComing to the Rescue is the Humane Society’s annual dinner and auction. Our signature fundraiser features a delicious dinner, a large and fun selection of live and silent auctions items, and the opportunity to learn more about the live-saving work CCHS does every day to benefit animals in need. At Coming to the Rescue, guests will enjoy: silent and live auctions featuring fabulous lifestyle & entertainment packages and incredible items selected especially for you, your home and your pet; delicious buffet dinner with delicious desserts; fine wines, ales and lagers from some of the best vintners and brewers in the Bay Area; and live entertainment, prizes & surprises plus the opportunity for you to show your support for CCHS as you mix and mingle with special guests and supporters. Funds raised at Coming to the Rescue will support CCHS programs and services like Foster Dog Program, free & subsidized spay/neuter assistance, Kitty Corner, AniMeals and more. Individual tickets are $60. Sponsorship packages start at $300. For more information see www.cchumane.org.

Before August 24

“Snake Avoidance Training with Ken Ramirez,” live, online. Snake avoidance training can be a life saver for dogs who live in areas with venomous snakes – on the plains, in the desert, mountains, and forests. Learn snake avoidance with world-renowned animal trainer Ken Ramirez in six weeks with Ken’s proven, go-to, positive reinforcement protocol for teaching dogs to detect, indicate and avoid snakes. You will also learn how to adapt this protocol to help keep dogs safe from a wide variety of other environmental dangers and odors including skunks, porcupines, and other critters.  Begin online any time before the first live class; live classes are on August 24th, August 31st, September 7th, and September 21st.  For more information see karenpryoracademy.com.

August 26

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 27, 2022

“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 27, 2022

“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.

August ? 2022

“Dog Days of Summer – at the Giants Game”, 1:05pm, AT&T Park, San Francisco.Giants vs. Mets. Strut your stuff in a pre-game parade and costume contest! For more information see mlb.com/giants/.

August 28

“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.

August 30

“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/

 

 

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