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Last updated January 29, 2019
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“National Purebred Dog Day”. For more information see akc.org
“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 http://blog.porchpotty.com/mayday-for-mutts-a-fight-to-eliminate-canine-discrimination/
“Beast of the Bay Awards 2019 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.
“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
“National Specially-abled Pets Day.” For more information see speciallyabledpets.com.
May 3-9 (first week in May)
“National Pet Week,” Pets have profound affects 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 www.petweek.org.
“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 ? 2019
“Wag n’ Walk,” 8:30-noon, Shoreline Park, Foam Street near the Coast Guard Pier, Monterey. The Wag n’ Walk is our signature people and dog walk-a-thon! The more donations you collect, the further each step you take will go to help the animals. Have fun and help us raise money and awareness for homeless, abused and neglected animals at the 21st annual 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 funfilled morning by the bay with your pet while supporting The SPCA for Monterey County. For more information see spcamc.org.
“National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day”
May ? 2019 (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 ? 2019
“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 www.shanti.org
May ? 2019
“Napa Humane’s Pawsport Napa Valley,” 10:30am-5pm, 17 Wineries in the Napa Valley, see website for all locations. The only dog-friendly, passport-style wine tasting event in Napa Valley is back. Pawsport Napa Valley, benefitting Napa Humane. Enjoy unforgettable experiences at 17 Napa Valley wineries and tasting rooms, featuring exclusive tastings, food pairings, bottle purchase discounts, souvenirs for you and your pup, delectable treats for four-legged friends, and more. Cost: $75. For more info: Adrienne Amdahl, firstname.lastname@example.org. Purchase passport: napahumane.org.
May ? 2019
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 sausalito.gov.
May ? 2019
“Bay to BARKers Cocktail Pawty,” 6pm – 9pm, SF SPCA Mission Campus, 250 Florida Street, San Francisco. Join us for cuddles, animal-themed cocktails, delicious vegetarian food, and more at our annual spring cocktail party! Enter the Instagram pet costume contest today by using the hashtag #B2BARKERSCOSTUME. Winners to be announced at 7:30pm at the event. Prize categories: most original, most likes, and most San Francisco! RSVP required, unlock your ticket with a donation of your choice.
May ? 2019
“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.
May ? 2019
“Annual Kiwanis Pet Parade,” Los Altos. 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 ? 2019
“Paws on Parade and Annual Animals on Broadway,” Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek. 0.91 Mile Walk. 9:30 am – Pet Walk begins; 10 am – 4 pm – Community festival. Broadway is not just for CATS anymore, it’s for dogs, birds, rabbits, and even potbellied pigs! No, we aren’t talking about the theatre, we are referring to “Animals on Broadway”, a festival for people and pets alike to join together and spend the day celebrating their animals on Broadway — Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek, that is. At “Animals on Broadway”, there’s fun for the entire family! Enjoy your day checking out vendor booths that include travel gifts, costumes, pet jewelry and artwork, gourmutt pet treats and professional pet photography, to name a few. Don’t miss the opportunity to view dog obedience and training classes, police K9 units at work, or having your dog washed by ARF volunteers. And be sure to sign up early for all the fun contests that include Cutest Beg, Silly Pet Tricks, Fastest “Woofer”, Distraction Factor and Dunkin’ for Dogs! Kids can enjoy a special area just for them with fun ARF kids’ crafts and face painting. While you’re listening to live music, look for that special autographed celebrity baseball or St. Louis Cardinals line-up card at the “Sports and ARF Sales” booth or pick up some ARFWear for your family and pets. And while you’re considering adding a new member to your family by adopting a dog or cat at the ARF Adoption Mobile, don’t forget to visit the feral cat and dog rescue groups. For more information contact Animal Rescue Foundation.
May ? 2019
“Bay to BARKers Adoptathon,” SF SPCA Mission Campus, 250 Florida Street, San Francisco. All adult animals (6+ months) will be FREE to adopt May 19 and 20, at both SF SPCA campuses! For more information see SF/SPCA.
June is National Pet Preparedness Month and Social Petworking Month
June ? 2019
“Pints For Paws,” 2-5 PM, Berkeley. Drink Beer. Save Animals. Come to the 5th Annual Pints for Paws event and sample a selection of nearly 100 craft beers from 20+ craft breweries and have a great time while benefiting Berkeley Humane. Meet your favorite local craft brewers, cider makers, artisanal winemakers and sample a wide mix of unique brews. Don’t miss a great range of food from local food trucks and vendors. Enjoy live music and bring your crowd-friendly dogs (leashed of course!). Sample tastings from participating beverage vendors are included with admission. For more information see berkeleyhumane.org.
June ? 2019
“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 ? 2019
“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 4-10 (First Full Week in June)
Pet Appreciation Week
“World Pet Memorial Day”
June ? 2019
“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 ? 2019
“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 sresproductions.com.
“1st 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 20 (Wednesday)
“DogShow Art Demo,” 1:30-3:30 PM, Harrington Gallery at Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton. Painting demonstration inside the Harrington Gallery by Kathleen Hill. For more information see firehousearts.org.
June 21, 28 (Thursdays)
“Contemporary Jewish Museum presents: Take a Paws,” 12:30-1pm, Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street San Francisco. Step away from your desk every Thursday and into The Museum’s comfy new Commons in the Blue Cube for a lunchtime respite of adorable animal videos. Bring lunch and let those zany and adorable puppies and kittens furry your worries away. Free! About Contemporary Jewish Museum: With the opening of its new building on June 8, 2008, the Contemporary Jewish Museum ushered in a new chapter of engaging audiences and artists in exploring contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas. The facility, designed by Daniel Libeskind, is a lively center where people can gather to experience art, share diverse perspectives, and engage in hands-on activities. For more information see https://thecjm.org/programs/345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-655-7800.
June 21 (Thursday)
“DogShow Youth Class,” 4:30-5:45 PM, Harrington Gallery at Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton. YOUNG @ ART: “Woof!” Fun and educational afternoon program for kids ages 5-11. After visiting the “DogShow” exhibition, participants will create dog-themed art in the Reznick Art Studio upstairs. To register, visit Pleasantonfun.com, class code is 6938. Instructors: Julie Finegan and Debbie Wardrope. For more information see firehousearts.org.
“National Dog Party Day”
June 22 (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.
“Bark n’ Brewfest,” Thank you to everyone who supported our first annual Bark n’ Brewfest on June 23, 2018 at West Washington Park in Burlingame. With over thirty beer and wine vendors and 500 guests, the event was a huge success, raising over $67,000 for our Hope Program which allows us to save the neediest and most vulnerable animals in our community. THANK YOU! We look forward to the next Bark ‘n Brewfest on June 22, 2019! Check out the fun and see photos from Bark n’ Brewfest 2018 by clicking here. If you’re interested in learning more about our events, please contact Lauren Schneider at (650) 340-7022 ext. 374 or Lschneider@peninsulahumanesociety.org
June 22 (every 4th Friday)
“Yappy Hour at Eastridge Mall,” 5-7pm, Eastridge Mall, Center Court (next to Starbucks!), Quimby and Capital, San Jose. Join the PAW-ty! Bring your furry friends for some fun socializing! Enjoy local dog friendly pop-ups, GIANT games+Food+drinks+ LIVE music. The first 20 people with pets will get one free boba from Quickly+ Mini Bon from Cinnabon. Text “DOGS” to 41487 to get updates! For more information see facebook.com/events/155355151940533.
“K9 Fit Club at Strike Brewing Co,” 11AM-noon, Strike Brewing Co. & Warehouse Taproom, 2099 South 10th Street ##30, San Jose. “Two things that make working out not so Ruff: Dogs and Beers! And we’ll have both! Your ticket includes a one-hour pantin’ and sweatin’ session where dogs and their humans work out together in a circuit, plus a nice, cool beer from Strike Brewing Co. and free treats for your four-legged friend to enjoy after! Come join us for a howlin’ good time, and Don’t Sit, Get Fit™”. For more information contact Valerie of K9 Fit Club Adobe Animal Hospital at email@example.com or 408-357-8018 or see the K9 Fit Club Facebook page.
“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/
“Dog Speak – Canine Body Language,” 6-9 pm, Sacramento SPCA, 6201 Florin-Perkins Road, Sacramento. Has your dog’s behavior ever caught you by surprise? Dogs often let us know how they’re feeling and what they’re about to do with subtle signals before they react. Unless you know what to look for, you might miss them! Learn how to read what your dog is saying, which can help prevent frights, fights, and bites! This is the first installment of our Dog Pro series for those who work and volunteer with dogs, as well as dog owners of all experience levels. These seminars are for humans only. For more information see SSPCA.org.
“150th Anniversary Trivia Night,” 7pm, SoMa StEat Food Park, 428 11th Street, San Francisco. Test your knowledge of animals and the SF SPCA at trivia night! For more information see SF/SPCA.
June 29 – July 1
“Barn Hunt Competition & Jack Pot Jumpers Series Dock Diving Competition,” Doggone Dirty Dog Sports, 756 Jarvis Lane, Hollister. All Doggone Dirty Dock Diving competitions are sponsored by the Jackpot Jumpers Series and are UKC sanctioned. For more information see doggonedirtydogsports.com.
July is “National Doghouse Repairs” Month
“Dog Days of Summer: FAAS Fundraiser & Costume Contest – Concerts At The Cove,” 5 – 7:30 p.m (Music starts at 5:30; costume contest at 6:15), Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda. It’s a special edition of Alameda Crown Beach’s popular summer concert series to celebrate pets and raise money for Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter. Featuring live music by Oakland Caribbean band Carne Cruda and a Pet Costume Contest judged by Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer and FAAS executive director Nancy Baglietto. Bring a blanket to sit on and your pet in his cutest costume for a chance to win a prize! We will also be bringing shelter pets for you to meet and adopt. Cost: Free to attend. Enjoy local wines, craft brews, and food. We will be accepting a small donation to the shelter from contest entrants. (No outside alcohol allowed. All dogs must be on leash and under owner’s control.) For more information see http://alamedaanimalshelter.org/events-news/events/#.VWaeK2RVhH
“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 http://www.alamedaparade.com/
“Three Legged Dog Picnic“, Duboce Ave between Scott St and Steiner St, San Francisco.
July 14 (?)
“Bastille Day Poodles (And Friends) on Parade”11 AM – 2 PM. Santana Row, San Jose. Hosted by Left Bank Brasserie. Whether your dog is a purebred poodle or a Heinz 57 mixed breed, you won’t want to miss the Bastille Day dog parade benefiting HSSV. This is a really fun event with great dog- and people-watching potential! Left Bank is donating each $10 registration fee to HSSV. Don’t miss this fun event with lots of dog- and people-watching! See santanarow.com for more information.
“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 email@example.com or see carmeldachshundclub.com.
“National Pet Fire Safety Day,” everywhere. For more information see akc.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 http://www.sewdoggystyle.com/2015/07/4th-annual-national-craft-for-your.html
“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.
“Clear The Shelters,” San Francisco SPCA. It’s that time of year again… Time to #cleartheshelters! During this weekend event, all animals will go home with their new families for free.* To celebrate, the San Francisco SPCA is throwing a street fair on Rescue Row with games straight from the midway, delectable sweet treats, vegetarian nibbles, oodles of fuzzy new friends to take home with you, and the return of the notoriously creative dog costume contest! This is a contest of Olympic proportions, so get your glue gun fired up and strut your dog’s stuff on the runway at 1pm. At stake: bragging rights and prizes from NBC. For more information, see https://www.sfspca.org/get-involved/events/cleartheshelters.
“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 http://www.nationalmuttday.com/
August is Adopt A Homeless Pet Month
“Annual Dog Days of Summer at Cima Collina Winery,” Thursday – Monday 11-6, Cima Collina Winery, San Carlos between Ocean & 7th, Carmel-by-the-Sea. For the month of August, we are offering all people who come in with pets a complimentary tasting of our award-winning wines. We specialize in vineyard-designated Pinots, Chardonnay, Cabernet-blends from the finest vineyards in Monterey County. Includes a tasting of our “Howlin’ Good Red,” a flavorful blend of Merlot & Syrah – benefits the SPCA. Free Doggy treats for Your Dogs! For more information, call the tasting room or visit http://p0.vresp.com/8aWoeW or http://www.cimacollina.com
“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 http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/celebrate-dogust-the-1st—the-universal-birthday-for-rescued-dogs-with-north-shore-animal-league-america-99548964.html
Frisbee Dog Class (All Levels), 6:30 PM, Living With Dogs, 8022 Soquel Drive, Aptos Village. Beginning teams will get an introduction into the exciting world of disc dog, work on throwing techniques, how to teach your dog to catch a flying disc, throwing for accuracy and distance, learning advanced throws, introducing multiple discs to your dog with plenty of individual coaching. Intermediate and Advanced teams will be challenged to increasing proficiency, with more advanced and trick moves as well as problem solving and preparation for Disc Dog competitions. All Level classes are open to all levels of training from newbie beginners to more advanced dogs who want to learn and improve on tricks. For more information see livingwithdogs.us.
“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 trivalleyguidedogs.org.
“Napa Humane’s Annual Walk for Animals,” 7:30am-noon, Oxbox Commons, McKinstry Street (between First St. and Soscol Ave.) Napa. Move Your Paws for the Cause! Join us in Downtown Napa – walk with or without a pooch. Music, activities, doggie contests, give-aways and more. Cost: $35 pre-registration ($45 day of). More info: Adrienne Amdahl (707) 255-8118 x205, email@example.com. For more information and to register contact napahumane.org.
August ? (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 http://www.assistancedogweek.org/
“Spoil Your Dog Day”
“2019 Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest,” Village at Squaw Valley. Breweries from throughout the western states showcase their best brews in The Village at Squaw Valley while fantastic bands bring the funk, making this fun-filled event one of the most popular in the Tahoe region. AND you can bring your canine companions to party down with you! $10.00 entry donation per day benefits 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.
“Contra Costa Humane Society Coming to the Rescue”. See www.cchumane.org.
August 20 ( 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.
“Senior Prom: Summer of Mutt Love,” 6:00pm – 6:30pm: VIP cocktail reception for table sponsors; 6:30pm – 9:30pm: Cocktails, dinner, and program; 9:30pm – 11pm: After party with dessert, drinks, and dancing; City View at Metreon, 135 4th Street #4000, San Francisco. SENIOR PROM is Muttville Senior Dog Rescue’s annual celebration and fundraising gala. The money raised at the (humans-only) event supports Muttville’s mission to create better lives for senior dogs through rescue, foster, adoption and hospice, and to change the way the world treats seniors. Since its inception in 2007, Muttville has saved over 3900 lives (and counting!) and found them loving, new homes. For more information see muttvilleseniorprom.org.
“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.
“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/.
“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.
“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/