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May 2021

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

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 ? 2022

Wag n’ Walk,”  Register as an individual or as a team for a two- or four-mile walk benefiting the SPCA for Monterey County. Have your team photo taken, meet SPCA Humane Officers, get free behavior tips, contests (11 a.m.) and more.Choose between a two or four mile walk and enjoy a fun-filled morning by the bay with your pet while supporting The SPCA for Monterey County. For more information see

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

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

May 3

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

May ? 2022 (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 2-8, 2021 (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

May ?, 2022

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 8th, 2021! Keep an eye out for tickets going on sale in January, 2021.  For more information see

May 10-July 5, 2021

 “Trails for Tails Virtual Race, Monday, May 10 to Monday, July 5, 2021. HSTT’s Trails for Tails virtual race is the perfect opportunity to motivate and achieve your fitness goals and do something wonderful for yourself! BONUS: every step taken, stair climbed, pedal pushed or swipe of the vacuum will help our community’s homeless pets. That’s right; even household chores count!The run is available for registration from May 10th – July 5th, 2021 and only $25 to join. HSTT has set a Fitness Goal of 10,000 miles and a Fundraising Goal of $20,000. In honor of our service area, which spans North to South Lake Tahoe, we encourage our runners, steppers and doers to complete a full 170 miles within the 8 week challenge – the distance of one of our local favorites – the Tahoe Rim TrailParticipate however you are comfortable! You can walk your dog, run, sprint, yoga, dance in your kitchen – or a mixture of them all! In this race, YOU decide how to achieve your fitness goals while raising money to support our 4-legged friends! Though this run is mainly for paws – not applause, we still want to highlight your achievement. Each registrant will receive a pair of our one-of-a-kind wool running socks!  For more information see

May 23, 2021

“Animals on Broadway Virtual Pet Festival and Fundraiser,” Animals on Broadway (AOB) is an annual opportunity to gather the whole family — including your pet — to save lives, virtually! Help ARF raise lifesaving funds for animals in need.  Funds raised at Animals on Broadway support ARF’s many life-changing programs to enhance the human-animal bond including rescue and adoptionsmobile clinic services for low-income populations, disaster reliefPets and Vets, and more. For more information see

May ? 2022

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

May 7-28 (every Tuesday)

Yappy Hour,” 3-9pm, Cleophus Quealy Beer Company, 448 Hester St, San Leandro. You and your pooch are cordially invited to join us for Yappy Hour! Every Tuesday from 3-9pm, we’ll feature $5 pints for humans and fancy treats for their four legged friends. Snap a picture of your pup to be featured on the #DogsofCQ wall and enter them for a chance to win “Dog of the Month!” Dogs, children and well-behaved adults are all welcome. For more information see

May 8

“National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day”

May ?, 2022

Petchitecture,” 6pm, Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco. 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. Musical guest, Paula West. Fully licensed and vaccinated pups (on leash) are most welcome. For more information and tickets see

May ? 2021

Sausalito Wag Dog Festival, 10-3, Marinship Park, Sausalito.  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

May ? 2021

“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

May ? 2022

“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, or see the website at

May ? 2021

“Woofstock,” noon-5pm, Marin Humane, 171 Bel Marin Keys Boulevard, Novato.  “Give your dogs (and family) a rockin’ day to remember at WOOFSTOCK 2021! 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, along with food, beer, and wine. The ever-popular Kid’s Zone will be back with awesome activities for kids of all ages. Explore the event booths featuring local merchants! All proceeds benefit the animals at Marin Humane. For more information see

May ? 2022

Paws on Parade and Annual Animals on Broadway,” Virtual in 2021! Animals on Broadway (AOB) is an annual opportunity to gather the whole family — including your pet — to save lives, virtually! Register today as an individual or start forming your team with friends or co-workers to help ARF raise lifesaving funds for animals in need. Funds raised at Animals on Broadway support ARF’s many life-changing programs to enhance the human-animal bond including rescue and adoptions, mobile clinic services for low-income populations, disaster relief,

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June 2021

June is National Pet Preparedness Month and Social Petworking Month

June 5 2021

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

June ? 2021

“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 ? 2021

Three Legged Dog Picnic“, Duboce Ave between Scott St and Steiner St, San Francisco. 

June ? 2021

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 ? 2021

“Jake’sFest 2021,” 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 or see

June 4-10 (First Full Week in June)

Pet Appreciation Week

June 9

“World Pet Memorial Day”

June ? 2022

“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

June ? 2021

“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

June ? 2021

“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

June ? 2021

“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 25, 2021 (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 theTYDTWD webpage for more information. Articles on how to have a successful day are here, and here.

June ? 2021

“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 ? 2021

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 so that we can get a proper headcount.

June ? 2021

“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: NorCal Beagle Rescue will attend with info on helping Beagles in need and adoptable beagles!For more info:, twitter: @NorCalBeaglefst.


July 2021

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 (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 or the MHDOG site at 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

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

July 15 

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

July ? 2021

“Annual Carmel Dachshund Beach Pawty and Wiener Roast,” 12-4 PM, cove on Scenic Rd, between 11th and 12th Ave, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Although visitors are encouraged to explore the splendor of Carmel Beach, the primary gathering spot will be at the cove on Scenic Road, between 11th and 12th Ave. Members, visitors and guests are encouraged to bring picnic supplies, beach-blankets, portable seating, and most of all, your beloved DACHSHUNDS! Tables will be provided for those who wish to bring food, treats or side dishes to share! Dexter’s White-Dapple-Turkey-Chili will be provided to all members again this year! There is a number of pet-friendly hotels available to members and visitors traveling from out of the area. For more information contact the Carmel Dachshund Club at or see

July ? 2021

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

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

July ? 2021

“2nd Annual Animal Run 5k, 10k, 1/2m or canicross,” Point Pinole, 5551 Giant Hwy, Richmond. Welcome to our 2nd Annual Animal Run 5k, 10k, 1/2 marathon and canicross (canine cross-country).  Your registration fees support this year’s beneficiaries: Stockton’s Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary and San Rafael’s WildCare. Enjoy free food, two raffle events, vegan vendors, dogs for adoption and a beautiful handmade eco finishers medal. Water and various vegan snacks will be provided at all aid stations. Canicrossers, kindly note that dogs must be on-leash at all times.  Bib pick up starts 7am. All races stagger start between 8-8:15am. For more information see

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

July 31

“Summer Pup Photos with Tonya Perme Photography,  12:00pm – 4:00pm, Pup Plaza, 14408 Union Avenue, San Jose.  Tonya will capture the beauty, joy and spirit of your pup during your 15-minute photo session.  The session fee includes on ‘instant’ 4×6 print.  You will have the option to purchase additional prints, digital files and greeting cards online. For more information see

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August 2021

August is Adopt A Homeless Pet Month

August 1-31 2021

“Clear the Shelters” Each year shelters nationwide participate in Clear the Shelters to help find loving homes for animals in need. Meet the animals involved in Clear The Shelters at Humane Society Silicon Valley throughout August in 2021! Find your forever friend during Clear The Shelters!

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 1-11

“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!  Movie will be available for viewing from August 1 – 11.  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

August ? 2021

“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

August ? 2021

“19th Annual Pooch Parade,” 5:30-7:45pm, Lions Wayside Park, First & Neal st., Pleasanton. Come and joins us at The 19th Annual Pooch Parade. Bring your pups for completion in various categories and win some raffles and prizes. Cost: $10. For more information see

August 4-10  (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

August ?, 2022

“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

August 10

“Spoil Your Dog Day”

August 14-15  2021

“2021 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

August 14, 2021

“Stories from Beyond the Shelter”. Virtual event featuring author Amy Tan and KQED’s Michael Krasny! Which story will be crowned Best in Show? Join us for this feel-good celebration of animals, writing, and the beloved pets that grace our lives with love and joy. For more information see

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

August ?

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?, 2021 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 21, 2021 ( 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

August ? 2021

“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

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 ? 2021

“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

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 ?, 2022

“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

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



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