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September 2019

September is National Pet Health Insurance Month – celebrate by getting your pet insured! No pet parent is prepared for the possibility of an unexpected surgery, and there is no better way to handle the expense than with insurance. If you subscribe early and keep up with your monthly premiums, pet health insurance can serve as a financial safety net, allowing many pet parents to provide a higher level of care to their sick or injured pets than they would otherwise be able. In addition, pet health insurance can alleviate the difficult decision to limit veterinary care, or to consider early euthanasia that economic limitations can impose. Prove to Fido that you care about his well being, get him insured!

September is National Service Dog Month. Every day millions of service dogs work hard to improve humans’ lives, and September is the month to recognize just how special these amazing dogs are.

September ? 2020

“San Francisco Strut Your Mutt,” Little Marina Green, San Francisco. Join Best Friends Animal Society and our partner rescue groups, shelters and animal welfare organizations for Strut Your Mutt in San Francisco! You can register to walk individually or join a team to fundraise for homeless dogs and cats in your community. Then, on September 29, join fellow animal lovers (dogs not required) to walk at Little Marina Green in San Francisco.  After, you can hang out and enjoy tasty dishes from local food trucks as well as pet-related vendors and lots of fun, family friendly activities. We, along with our partner organizations are dedicated to helping raise funds for pets in the San Francisco area. Last year, over 600 people raised more than $100,000 for lifesaving programs, such as spay and neuter services, adoption events and more. For more information or to donate, see bestfriends.org.

September ? 2020 (second Sunday of September)

“National Pet Memorial Day”. “Join us as we celebrate National Pet Memorial Day honoring our pets both past and present. Held each year on the Second Sunday in September, this prestigious event was established more than 40 years ago by our Members in recognition of the important role that our beloved pets play in our lives. Visit our Membership Listing to find a Member near you to join in celebrating this special day each year.” For more information see International Association of Pet Cemeteries. “National Pet Memorial Day” The day falls the second Sunday of every September and sets aside a time to reflect on and honor departed pets. You can mark this day in many creative, thoughtful ways. See http://www.iccfa.com/national-pet-memorial-day

September ? 2020

“Balls in the Ruff Golf Tournament,” noon-7pm, Tahoe Donner Golf Course. Registration begins at 11:00 for a noon shotgun start. Tahoe Donner Golf Course will host our scramble-style tournament, including fun contests throughout the course, a delicious box lunch, a hole-in-one with an AWESOME grand prize, special refreshments and an all-around good time! There will be an awards dinner immediately following play. Benefitting the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.  For more information see hstt.org.

September ? 2020

“Sir Francis Drake Kennel Club Dog Show and Agility Trials,” 8:00 am to 6:00 pm – North Grounds, Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo. “This all-breed show, incorporating agility, obedience and conformation, will feature over 2000 dogs from more than 150 different breeds. Dogs will compete for the ultimate conformation award of Best In Show at this premiere canine beauty pageant. You may see new American Kennel Club breeds, such as the Italian Spinone or the Polish Lowland Sheepdog. You will be able to enjoy exciting performance events, agility and obedience trials showcasing the dogs’ brains as well as endurance, and booths with information on nutrition, health, rescue and pet ownership. A fun and exciting day with man’s best friend! $5 Adult, $3 Seniors and Children 12 and over, Under 12 Free. Tickets are sold at the door only.” For more information on the show, contact Robin Welter at (510) 237-8135, or weltersinrichmond@comcast.net; for the Agility Trial, contact Lorie Abbott, Event Secretary, (925) 294-8965 or lorie@abbadogs.com or call (707) 795-7941 and see www.akc.org. For general information, see sirfrancisdrakekc.org.

September ? 2020

“Bay Area Pet Fair,” 10-5, Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton. The largest pet festival and animal adoption event in North America is back! Join us Sept. 14th and 15th at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton for the can’t-miss pet event of the year. Meet-and-greet with 2,000+ adoptable dogs, cats, bunnies, and small animals. Ready for a break? Enter your pooch in the Splash Dogs Dock Diving competition, check out a live band, or browse our 100+ vendor booths (with tons of free goodies!). Admission and parking are free. See you (and your leashed pets) there! The Bay Area Pet Fair is a labor of love by Pet Food Express, California’s source for exceptional pet products and expert pet advice. Thank you for joining us! For more information see the Facebook event or bayareapetfair.org.

September 17 or so

“AKC Responsible Owners Day”. See details after July 1 at the AKC website.

September ? 2020

“GALA 2019: Your Pawsport to Happiness,” 5:30-10 PM, Please join us at the most barked -about event of the year, as we celebrate the thousands of LIVES MADE HAPPY by Marin Humane! We’re transforming our campus for an exciting evening where you can visit the adoptable animals benefiting from your generosity at the Lives Made Happy Hour Reception! For tickets and more information see marinhumanesociety.ejoinme.org.

September ? 2020

“Bay Area Pet Fair,” 10am – 5pm, Marin Center, San Rafael. The Pet Food Express Bay Area Pet Fair will feature more than 70 California pet rescues and shelters in attendance, with over 1,000 adoptable dogs, cats & small animals. In addition, the event is an extravaganza for pet-loving families. Admission and parking is free, and there will be free live shows, free activities for kids and dogs, food trucks, lots of giveaways and loads of vendors. For more information see bayareapetfair.org.

September 18-24 (last week in September)

“Deaf Pet Awareness Week”. Visit Petfinder to learn about deaf pets—from what makes them different from hearing pets (answer: not much!) to how to go about adopting your very own lovable deaf pet, and here for information on training deaf dogs.

September ? 2020

“Westie Fall Fun Day Picnic,” Members and guests of the San Francisco Bay West Highland White Terrier Club gather in the early Fall to relax and visit with our friends and other Westie fanciers.  Locations change from time to time and the date usually falls during the month of September.  The date, time and location are always announced in the Club’s Highland Tartan newsletter as well as the Club’s website.  It’s great fun visiting with other Westie owners and, of course, their Westies! For more information  contact Lisa Blutman at lisa.blutman@aol.com or Gail Krieger at gailaurie@hotmail.com.

September ? 2020

“Bark In The Park”, 10am – 5pm. William Street Park – William and South 16th Streets, San Jose. “The day is full of educational and entertaining activities from training events and informative demonstrations to contests, performances, competitions and music. Nearly 75 commercial and non-profit vendors will be offering a variety of products and services. An assortment of food, beverages and music are available. Special areas include a kid’s tent with activities geared for many ages and coordinated by our local museums.” Activities include: Dog Water Park, Agility Course, Children’s Activity Area, Specialty Vendors, Rescue Organizations, Food and Beverages, Live Music, Celebrity Guests, Dog Costume Contest, Pet/Owner Look-Alike Contest. Demonstrations include: Flyball Canine Relay, Sheep Herding, Team Agility, Disc Dogs, Canine Good Citizen, Grooming, Training. Event is free! A $5 donation per registered pet is requested. Dogs must be leashed. For more information see barksanjose.org

September 23

“National Dogs In Politics/Checkers Day”. “National Checkers Day which is also known as Dogs in Politics Day, is observed annually on September 23rd. On September 23, 1952, Vice President candidate, Richard Nixon, gave a speech that was called the “Checkers Speech”. He had been accused of improprieties relating to a fund established by his backers to reimburse him for his political expenses. Wanting to defend himself as his place on the Republican ticket was in doubt, he flew to Los Angeles and delivered a half-hour television address. It was in this speech that Nixon stated that regardless of what anyone said, he intended to keep one gift; a black-and-white dog that had been name Checkers by the Nixon children, thus giving the speech its popular name. The ‘Checkers Speech’ was seen, or heard, by about 60 million Americans, making it the largest television audience to that time and it led to an outpouring of public support. With Checkers the dog in the speech, the day also became known as Dogs in Politics Day.”

September 24

“Poodle Day™,” Carmel. Morning, afternoon and evening events in various locations. Poodle Day, an annual event in Carmel, California, that unites poodle owners and lovers — and their furry companions — for a fun-filled day. In addition to being one of California’s premier vacation destinations, Carmel consistently ranks as one of Dog Fancy’s top ten most dog-friendly cities in America. For more information see PoodleDay.com.

September 24

“Hoofin & Woofin 5k9”, Hellyer County Park (San Jose). 5k and 1k run/walk. Come with or without your four-legged companion to the 2nd annual Hoofin & Woofin 5k9. Get some exercise, have fun, and help us raise money for our furry friends who are looking for homes. Benefiting City of San Jose’s animal shelter. Proceeds will be donated to the ‘Guardian Angel Program’ and will be used to provide medical care for special needs pets who don’t yet have homes. Many of these neglected animals suffer from bad teeth, serious wounds and broken bones. Money raised on their behalf allows them to get the surgery they need to recover and be put up for adoption. These funds literally give them a second chance at life. We thank you very much for your support! For more information see www.5k9run.com

September 23-28

“National Dog Week”. A whole week dedicated to celebrating the amazing canines in your life! (As if you needed another excuse to shower your doggie with love and adoration!) For more information see facebook.com/NatDogWeek.

September 28

“World Rabies Day”, everywhere. Sponsored by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control. For more information and ways to get involved, visit the Global Alliance for Rabies Control website.

September ? 2020

“Art and Wine on the Mountain,” 3-6pm, Mount Madonna. Come join fellow pet lovers and enjoy an afternoon filled with art, music, wine, food and celebration at a private estate on Mount Madonna overlooking the Monterey Bay!  Local artists will be on-site to display beautiful, animal centric art pieces and photography.  Central coast wineries will be pouring delectable wines and an array of delicious small bites and appetizers will be plentiful.  This event will feature incredible silent auction items and all proceeds will benefit BirchBark Foundation’s mission to help pets and their families through medical crises.  BirchBark relies on the generosity of our community and this event is a great way to celebrate our donors and learn about our recent success stories.  Dr. Merrianne Burtch, Founder and President of BirchBark, will talk about our mission and introduce one of our grant recipients who will share their story about their amazing pet. Space is limited so get your tickets early!  Sorry, no pets at this event. For more information see birchbarkfoundation.org.

September ? 2020

“Oaktoberfest”, 11-7pm, located at the intersection of Fruitvale Ave and MacArthur Blvd in Oakland. Our annual festival that celebrates the German history of the district with a modern feel reflecting our rich diversity.  We encourage you to walk to the event and yes, the event is dog-friendly, but please bring water for your pup. For pet owners it also means Paws & Claws Annual Howloween fundraiser parade & costume competition. This year we will be offering a sneak peek of our Howloween parade, with a mini Halloween costume doggy fashion show at Oaktoberfest, Sun. Sept. 30th, 1:30pm on the Family Stage.

September ? 2020

“Woofstock,” noon-5, Marin Humane Society. Help us celebrate the 5th anniversary of Woofstock with a day-long Adoptathon and afternoon concert featuring Wonder Bread 5! Outdoor concert from 2 to 5 p.m. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. FREE entry. Donations encouraged! Great music, great food and great company! For more information see MarinHumaneSociety.org and for tickets go to eventbrite.

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October 2019

October is Adopt-a-Dog Month® and Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month
Find out more through the American Humane Association and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal

October 1

National Black Dog Day

October 1

“National Fire Pup Day

October 1-7 (First Week of October)

National Walk Your Dog Week

October 4

“Feast Day of St. Francis, Catholic Patron Saint of Animals, and World Animal Day.”

October ? 2020

“Pooch Plunge,” 9 to 11 a.m, Blackberry Farm Pool, 21979 San Fernando Ave., Cupertino. This annual event gives dogs the chance to enjoy the pool before the end of the season. A $10 per dog fee will support the Best Friends Animal Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare and support of homeless animals. A maximum of two dogs per handler is allowed, and owners are not allowed in the water with their dogs. Any dog that wants to participate must have proof of up-to-date vaccinations. For more information see cupertino.org.

October ? 2020

“Mutt Strutt,” 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Masonic Home, 34400 Mission Blvd., Union City. One of the most popular events of the year is the New Haven Schools Foundation Mutt Strut. Families with dogs are invited to participate, and enjoy the scenic views along the route in the Union City foothills at the Masonic Home. The event also includes a pancake breakfast, games, contests and prizes. For more information see nhsfoundation.org.

October ? 2020

“Wags to Riches,” 4-8 PM, Shrine Event Center, 170 Lindbergh Avenue, Livermore. Join us at Wags to Riches 2019 and help us raise some much needed funds for the dogs! This year’s event will take place on Saturday, October 5th beginning at 4pm. The evening consists of live and silent auctions, a bag raffle, Police K9 demonstrations and a delicious meal catered by Englund’s Catering. Early Bird price is on NOW!! Be sure to buy your event tickets and Wags merchandise by August 25th to take advantage of the Early Bird prices! We all love our dogs but we have to ask you to please not bring your personal dog to Wags. We’ll have plenty of “ambassadogs” on hand to represent our favorite breed and to make the evening festive! We also have our “Lucky Dog” Grand Raffle tickets on sale! We have 1,500 tickets that are available for $20/ticket. We have three prizes: 3rd place is a two night stay at a pet-friendly Carmel Country Inn; 2nd place is a new Apple product with retail value up to $2,500; the GRAND PRIZE is a six day trip to MAUI (airfare included) or a $2,500 cash-out option!!! Need we say more?!? Have you bought your tickets yet?  For more information see gsrnc.org.

October ? 2020 (first Sunday of October)

“Blessing of the Animals, 10 AM, Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 13601 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga. Held the first Sunday in October. Don’t miss one of the most fun services of the year in honor of St. Francis Day! Enjoy the parade of our parish pets and animals in all their barking, meowing, squawking, braying, splashing glory! Bring your dogs on leashes, fish in water, cats and other small animals in carriers please. Stuffed animals welcome, too! Kibble and cake afterwards. Woof! For more information contact 408-867-3493 or st-andrews-saratoga.org.

October ? 2020

“Blessing of the Animals,”, 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 6 p.m., services, and at hospitality time. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco. The Feast of St. Francis & Blessing of the Animals. Remember St. Francis of Assisi (feast day October 4) the patron and namesake of our San Francisco. With his associate, Clare, Francis lived a life of simplicity, active care for the poorest of the poor, and appreciation for the divine imprint in all creatures. Franciscan ideals continue to enliven and challenge us today. On this day, we bless domestic animals as a token of the love St. Francis showed for all created beings. Your pets are welcome at the 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 6 p.m., services, and at hospitality time. For the safety and comfort of all, each must be on a leash or in a secure carrier, and please exercise your pet before entering the church. For more information contact 415-749-6344 or gracecathedral.org

October ? 2020

“Blessing of the Animals,” 2:45pm-4:00pm, Skyline Community Church, 12540 Skyline Blvd, Oakland. Skyline Community Church will host the 18th Annual “Blessing of the Animals” on Sun., October 14, 3-4:00 pm, (registration starts at 2:45). This is a special ceremony to honor our animal companions and acknowledge the blessings they bring to our lives. Bring your pets: dogs, cats, chickens, horse, goats, parakeets, fish, etc. (leashed or caged) or a photo of your pet (“In Memoriam” space provided). Refreshments provided for both pets and owners.  Ceremony will take place on the plaza in front of the sanctuary, set in a beautiful hillside environment. Afterward, guests are invited to walk with your pet through the unique labyrinth behind the sanctuary. In the fall all over the world, lively and sacred ceremonies are held to bless our animal companions and honor the blessings they bring us. Churches of all denominations honor beloved pets around the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi (Oct 4) the patron saint of animals and the environment. Rev. Laurie Manning and Rhea Babbitt of Skyline Community Church  will bless your pet(s) or photos of beloved pets who cannot make the journey or have passed on.  For more information see skylineucc.org.

Through October 31

“Pawtoberfest Fall Adopt-A-Thon,” 4800 Imhoff Place, Martinez; 910 San Pablo Ave., Pinole. Through Oct. 31, adoption fees for all dogs and cats at Contra Costa Animal Services is $20. The fee includes microchip, spay/neuter, vaccinations and license fees. For more information see co.contra-costa.ca.us.

October ? 2020

“Annual Lincoln Hound Society Members Meeting,” 6:30 pm, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Shasta Ave on the Alameda, San Jose. Come to learn and contribute ideas for your Lincoln Hound Society, Meet fellow Hounders who use the CF at other times and days, get your membership card –  if you don’t already have one; volunteer for any the numerous areas of need in maintaining the CF; and share your enthusiasm of being a Conscientious Dog Companion!  For more information see www.nonprofitpages.com/lincolnhoundsociety

October ? 2020

“Black and White Furball,” For more information see haywardanimals.org.

October ? 2020

“FFR Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest,” 2 pm, Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Rd, San Jose. Cutest, Unique, Group (dog/people) and Grand Prize for Best Costume! For more information and tickets, please visit their website at furryfriendsrescue.org.

October ? 2020

“Puptoberfest,” 12-7, The Fairgrounds are going to the dogs (and other pets)! Join us for an Oktoberfest themed beer garden. Hang out with your pet and enjoy local craft beers. Stop by our off track betting with your pet and get a chance to watch the races. Pet-friendly Beer Garden, Games, and so much more!  For more information see thefairgrounds.org/event/puptoberfest.

October ? 2020

“Dogtoberfest,” 11-3, Robert Livermore Park, 491 Loyola Way, Livermore.  DOGtoberfest … a doggone good time for dogs and their humans! The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District will be hosting the fourth annual DOGtoberfest, Sunday, October 14! The event is designed to help promote the 7 dog parks in the LARPD district to the community. Join in the officially sanctioned attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records “Most Dogs Wearing a Bandana.” Each dog participant receives an LARPD bandana. For more information see larpd.org.

October 15-November 30

“Wishbones for Pets Month”. Wishbones for Pets® is the first international pet sitter charity drive which takes place yearly October 15 through November 30. Each year, professional pet sitters throughout the United States and Canada offer a pet supply fund-drive approximately six weeks prior to Thanksgiving, with all the proceeds going to their favorite pet-related charity in their local community. It’s only natural that pet sitters want to help pets that need a forever home. Many pet sitters will be asking for donations or pet goods to help a local charity of their choice. There will be drop boxes at local business establishments who have agreed to sponsor this event. Look for ads and signs promoting it! “Wishbones for Pets” is to pet sitters what “Toys For Tots” is to the Marines. Make a difference for the pets in your community! If you’re a pet sitter you’re invited to join our forum. For more information see wishbonesforpets.com.

October 17

Reading with Dogs,” 4-5 PM, Pup Plaza, 14408 Union Avenue, San Jose. Children (6+ years old and up) are invited to practice their reading skills with our Pup Plaza canine ambassadors. Books will be provided, but children can bring their own book if they choose. Pup Plaza provides a casual, fun environment to read in the company of gentle and loving dogs. Admission is free, but space is limited so pre-registration is necessary. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information and to register see www.pupplaza.org/events.

October 19, 2019

“Barktoberfest,” Maidu Park, Roseville. This extravaganza is one of the most-anticipated community events in the area, designed for canines and their well-behaved human companions! Take part in a fun run/walk for canines and companions alike, followed by games and contests, food, entertainment, vendors and beer tastings! If you thought Oktoberfest was fun, just wait until you experience Barktoberfest! For more information see placerspca.org.

October 19, 2019

“CorgiCon” 10-2, Ocean Beach, San Francisco. “Furriends! Are you ready to get your FRAP and DERP on? Fall 2016 Event will take place at Ocean Beach across the street from Beach Chalet Restaurant, between Stairwell 21 and Fulton Street. For more information and to RSVP see corgicon.com.

October 19

“Paint Your Pet,” 2:30-5:30 PM,  Pup Plaza, 14408 Union Avenue, San Jose. Create your own, one-of-a-kind acrylic pet portrait on canvas, done in a colorful style inspired by American Pop Artist Andy Warhol. No artistic experience is necessary!  Fee: $40 (includes canvas, paint supplies and refreshments). For more information see pupplaza.org.

October 20

Doga at St. James Park” 9-11 AM, St James Park, San Jose. A summer tradition continues! Thanks to a generous grant from the San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services, Silicon Valley Pet Project is proud to offer a one hour complimentary Doga (Dog + Yoga) class! Classes are June 9, June 23, July 14, July 28, August 11 and August 25. Doga in the Park is a free event however space is limited — don’t miss out — please reserve your free tickets now online here – https://bookeo.com/svpetproject?type=41570RAFFW416A4B49154C. Our certified yoga instructors will take people and their pups through a yoga practice suitable for all-levels. This event provides a healthy way to stay fit of mind and body and to enjoy quality time with your canine best friend while enjoying one of downtown San Jose’s most historic parks. Doga in the Park participants will also be invited to share in a bonding meditation to cultivate calm behavior in pets and their people! To request an accommodation for City-sponsored events or an alternative format for printed materials, please contact events@svpetproject.org as soon as possible, but at least three business days before the event. This event is FREE and open to the public.

October 20

“Doggo Dreamland: Santa Cruz SPCA at the MAH,” 12-3 PM, Abbott Square Market, 725 Front Street, Santa Cruz. Doggos are taking over the MAH for a special event with the Santa Cruz SPCA.  Front and Cooper will be featuring their brunch specials in tribute to this event with dazzling canine cocktails: The Salty Dog, and The Greyhound both served with Bulldog gin and the Pomeranian! Play with pups. Bring your own doggo or play with all the adorable and adoptable dogs from the SPCA. Learn more about the SPCA’s new animal shelter (under construction now). Make dog and cat masks to match your favorite pup. Enjoy Abbott Square. Pop in the Museum. Grab a bite to eat in the Market and make a day of downtown Santa Cruz. For more information see the Event page or santacruzmah.org/events/doggo

October 20 2019

“Paws & Claws 15th Annual Howl-o-ween Pet Parade & Costume Party Fundraiser,” 2-5pm, Paws & Claws Oakland, 3435 Dimond, Oakland. Join us for our 12th Annual “Howl-o-ween” Pet Parade & Costume Contest in the Dimond District. Meet in front of Paws & Claws Saturday, October 20th at 2pm to parade through the Dimond business district collecting treats. Pets, kids & adults are welcome to participant in the parade. After the parade, we return to Paws & Claws for a chance to win some fun prizes as folks compete for the Best Human & Pet Costume. This annual celebration includes some of the best costumes you’ll ever see. This year’s event will benefit Pals East Bay, a nonprofit organization that provides monthly free wellness clinics and support for spay & neutering, as well as end-of-life and rescue. For more information see PawsNClawsOakland.com, or call 510-336-0105.

October ? 2019

“Empty the Hayward Shelter,” 1-5pm, Hayward Shelter, 16 Barnes Court, Hayward. Free adoptions to qualified homes. For more information see haywardanimals.org.

October 24

“A Beautiful Night in the Neighborhood – Block Party!” 6-9 PM, SF/SPCA, 201 Alabama St, San Francisco. “The SF SPCA and SF Animal Care and Control are celebrating 30 years of partnership! On October 24 we’ll be closing Alabama Street for a “Beautiful Night in the Neighborhood”. This Mr. Rogers’ themed block party will be filled with memorable elements from the beloved children’s program. Think cardigans, trolley cars, and puppets paired with food trucks, drinks, and music. Admission is free! Save the date and stay tuned for more details at Facebook/events.

October 24

“Paint Your Pet workshop,” 7– 9 PM, SF/SPCA, 201 Alabama St, San Francisco. Come paint a personalized portrait of your furry best friend! No art experience necessary. This class will take place during our “A Beautiful Night in the Neighborhood” block party.  If you’re participating as a group, please have one person purchase all tickets so that we know to seat you together. Tickets for Paint Your Pet: https://paintthetown.us/product/pet-painting; more information on our block party: www.facebook.com/events/481547822446427.

October 26

“Wellness Clinic for Pets of the Homeless,” 8-11 AM, Vets for Healthy Pets, 2750 Monterey Road, San Jose. This is a first come, first served clinic. Please arrive early and put your name on the waiting list. For more information see Facebook event.

October 28 2019

Sip & Swirl Wine Tasting event for the Mutts.” 3-6pm,  1723 Evemarie Ave, Los Altos.  Our friends at Girls on the Run Silicon Valley are doing their second annual afternoon of fabulous wines and fun auction items. The event will feature delicious appetizers plus red & white wines primarily from Napa. The wines are all rated at least 90 points, and several are rated 100 points! Proceeds will benefit both GOTR Silicon Valley and also Muttville! For added fun this year, there will also be a special tasting table to benefit Muttville! For an additional donation, you can taste selections from some of the world’s most exclusive wineries – starting with Champagne and working your way to one of the world’s best dessert wines.  For more information see muttville.org.

October ? 2019

“Dogs Stroll for Strive in Piedmont Park”, 9-11 AM, Piedmont Park. Join us as we walk our dogs and raise money to support training programs for low-income adults with barriers to employment in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. $20/dog ($25 at the event), $30/family with multiple dogs ($35 at the event). For more information email strivedogstroll@gmail.com or see striveforchangefoundation.org.

October ? 2019

“An Interfaith Companion Animal Memorial Service,” 3:30-4:30 PM, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 101 Gold Mine Drive, San Francisco. Everyone is invited to a celebration of the lives of our beloved pets. Anyone who has grieved the loss of a companion animal understands the depth and intensity of this journey. Join together to honor and acknowledge our relationships with these animals. The service will be led by Dr. Betty Carmack and Lois Roach. Please feel free to bring a photo and/or a memento to place on the altar we will create together. Children are welcome. Parking available in Safeway lot across the street from St Aidan’s. For more information, please call  415-285-9540, ext. 3.

October ? 2019

“Blessing of the Animals – A Celebration of St. Francis,” 9-12, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco. Everyone is welcome to bring their pet and celebrate Blessing of the Animals at the 9:00 or 11:00 services. All pets and their humans are welcome! Please ensure pets are safely in carriers or on a leash. Photos of animals not able to attend also welcome. For more information see facebook.com/stmarkssf.

October ? 2019

“Blessing of the Animals,”, 10 a.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 4620 California Street, San Francisco. St. Francis Day: Blessing of the Animals Service. Honor St. Francis and our animal companions with this service of thanksgiving for all of God’s creatures. Bring your four-legged, two-legged and no-legged friends for a blessing. For more information contact (415) 751-1198 or stjamessf.org.

October ? 2019

“Saint Francis Sunday/Blessing of the Animals,” Church of the Epiphany, 1839 Arroyo Avenue, San Carlos. Your animal friends are welcome to services as we celebrate The Feast of Saint Francis beginning outside with the blessing our animal friends. All animals must be leashed or in carriers. There will be a pet supply collection for “Coppers Dream,” a foster-based rescue organization. Please bring your new or gently used collars and leashes, beds and blankets to a box labeled for Coppers Dream that will be outside the parish hall – or just inside. Please hand any $ donations to The Rev. Hailey McKeefry Delmas. For more information call 650.591.0328 or see epiphanysancarlos.org.

October 26

“Microchip Clinic at Pup Plaza,” 2-4 PM,  Pup Plaza, 14408 Union Avenue, San Jose. Keep your pet safe! Stop by Pup Plaza to have your pet microchipped! For $20, you can have peace of mind knowing that your pet has permanent identification.Please bring all pets on leash or in a carrier. Studies have shown that cats are 20x more likely to be reunited with their families when microchipped. Dogs are 2.5x as likely to be reunited! Collars and tags can fall off or be damaged, but microchips are permanent and can’t be lost! Cost: $20 per microchip (includes insertion and registration). Walk-ins welcome – no appointment necessary! For more information see the Facebook event.

October ? 2019

“Tails & Ales,” 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mitchell Park, 600 E Meadow Dr, Palo Alto. Join us on Saturday, October 13 at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto for Humane Society Silicon Valley’s inaugural Tails & Ales! Featuring family-fun activities, crafts, vendors, breweries, and wineries to boot, Tails & Ales brings our community together to raise money and awareness for Humane Society Silicon Valley. For more information about Tails & Ales, visit tailsales.org.

October 27

PFE Campbell Halloween Pet Costume Social,” 2 PM – 5 PM, Pet Food Express, 1902 S Bascom Ave, Campbell. It’s that time of year again! Halloween is just around the corner. Show off your pet’s spooky side at PFE Campbell’s Halloween Pet Costume Social. We are partnering with P.E.T.S trainers, Pam and Sarah in creating a fun and friendly Halloween pet costume social – complete with pet friendly trick-or-treating! Questions? Just call the store at (408) 371-5555 or see Facebook/events.

October 27

“Sunnyvale Halloween Pet Parade and Fair”, 10-4 PM, Murphy Avenue (Downtown Sunnyvale). “Our last Sunnyvale Pet Parade was in 2009. It has been a decade of hard work, but Sunnyvale citizens, who live in the epic center of Silicon Valley, and their loving stress-relieving pet companions have made a full recovery from the Great Recession. A salute to our multi-cultural multi-species community is in order. Since its founding as a rural farming community in the late 1800s Sunnyvale has been transitioning itself as circumstances and opportunities have arisen. Now it is has become more urban and high-tech in its businesses. Sunnyvale’s downtown has reflected that continuing metamorphosis, transmogrification and transmutation of the city and of Silicon Valley. There is no better place to witness the chaotic excitement of change and the perilous construction of progress then the always-new Sunnyvale Downtown. The proceeds from the Pet Parade will go towards funding a K-9 memorial dedicated to Jax, which will honor the past and current working K-9 officers of the City of Sunnyvale.” For more information and registration, visit sunnyvalepetparade.com.

October 27

“Los Gatos Halloween Pet & Kids Parade,” 2:45 – 5:00 PM, Sereno Group Los Gatos, 214 Los Gatos Saratoga Rd., Los Gatos. Join us for a fun, pet-friendly Halloween event! The Los Gatos Halloween Pet Parade will start at Sereno Group Los Gatos and end at Loma Brewing Company. Come with your family and your pet in costume and trick-or-treat down N Santa Cruz Ave. Visit participating shops and restaurants offering treats (or tricks) for you and your pet! Tickets are $10 a family and $5 for individuals. All proceeds will be donated to the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). 2:45pm Check in at Sereno Group 214 Los Gatos – Saratoga Rd. Los Gatos. 4pm Ceremony at The Palms 115 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030.  For more information and tickets see eventbrite.com.

October  28

“Anniversary of Giving at Plank,” 11:00 am – 12:00 am (21+ after 9:00pm), Plank, 99 Broadway, Oakland.  Head to Plank in Oakland for a fun filled day of bowling, bocce ball and enjoy the dog-friendly beer garden! On Sunday October 21 and 28, a portion of all bowling and gaming sales will be donated to the East Bay SPCA to help local homeless pets in need in honor of Plank’s 4th Anniversary. Ambassador animals and volunteers from the East Bay SPCA will also be on site to cheer you on and provide information about our programs and services.” For more information see Plank.

October ?

“Saratoga Pet Parade,” 11-1, Saratoga Village Center, Big Basin Way, Saratoga. Every year, the SVDC (Saratoga Village Development Council) holds a pet parade and contest in downtown Saratoga. Sponsored by Saratoga Village Development Council (SVDC) – see www.SaratogaVillage.info

October ?

“Collie Fun Day”, 11-4pm, Morgan Hill. We invite NCR friends, supporters and collie lovers to join in fun, food and fellowship with collies for the afternoon. Come and spend the day with beautiful collies and fellow collie lovers. Share your collie’s cutest tricks or their amazing story of rescue. Refreshments will be available. Please RSVP to laurie@calcollierescue.org by October 31st. include the number of people and number of collies in your group, and if you would like to pre-register for CGC Testing. Collies & Shelties only please. For more information see NorCal Collie Rescue at facebook.com/norcalcollierescue.

October ? 2020

“Celebration of the Animals,“ 11:30am to 12:30pm, Congregation Sinai, 1532 Willowbrae Avenue, San José. Family and animal-friendly service in the courtyard at Sinai on Sunday at 11:30 am with our pets. All pets are invited in carriers, cages, on leashes, and in bowls. Playpens for large and small dogs will be provided. All are welcome to attend this free event. The Celebration of the Animals weekend is generously sponsored and hosted by Bert & Suzanne Peters. For more information see sinai-sj.org.

October ?

“Halloween Pet Costume Contest,” 2-3, PetCo Unleashed, 185 Branham Lane, San Jose. Bring your costumed pet in to strut their stuff at our Halloween Pet Costume Contest. Prizes and treats will be awarded including the grand prize – a Petco Gift Card! Dress up with your pet for bonus points!

October ?

“SFACC’s Pet Pride Day,12-5 pm, 1200 15th St. and Alabama Street (Rescue Row), San Francisco. “San Francisco Animal Care & Control presents the 23rd annual Pet Pride Day. Join SFACC at our HQ for this free event celebrating pets and the people who love them. The street fair will include onsite adoptions (ACC adoption fees waived), pet costume contest, photo booth, food trucks, and kids activities. Plus Bay Area animal rescue groups with adoptable animals and pet-product vendors. Free microchipping for SF residents with licensed dogs. All proceeds benefit the ACC shelter animals.” For more information see Petprideday.com.

October ?

“aPAWcalypse!” 1-4pm, Westbrae Biergarten, 1280 Gilman St., Berkeley. Jjoin us at Westbrae Biergarten for some spooky, aPAWcalyptic fun! Bone-chilling fall craft beers, de(vi)licious food truck treats, a pet costume contest (prizes for top 3 costumes), a thrilling silent auction, plus scarily adorable dogs and cats available for adoption, adds up to a wicked good time! Westbrae Biergarten, Sierra Nevada and Berryessa are generously donating beer proceeds from this event to benefit Berkeley Humane. Please join us for a few cold ones, some ghoulish fun, all while supporting shelter animals! We hope to see you there! Free to attend & pet friendly (harnessed & leashed, please). For more information see https://berkeleyhumane.org/apawcalypse

October 26,2019

“Canine Companions for Independence® DogFest Walk ‘n Roll,” 11am, Jack London Square in Oakland. Grab your friends, family and dogs and head to Jack London Square in Oakland, CA on October 27 for DogFest Bay Area. Once again, we’ll be partnering with Boo! Bark, Brews + Bites in making this a not-to-be-missed event! Furry friends and families are invited to join us for a day of fun, festivities, graduate speakers, dog demonstrations, music, food and more! Registration is free. Last year over 2,500 supporters enjoyed a great day at DogFest Bay Area. Attendees had the chance to meet assistance dogs and puppies in training, listen to a graduate speaker, do a little pet shopping from local vendors, enjoy great beer and food, pet caricatures drawings, face painting, a costume contest and much, much more! We look forward to celebrating with our supporters, graduates, volunteers and friends again in 2019. For more information see cci.org.

October ? 2019

“Halloween Trick-or-Treat for Dogs in Willow Glen!” 5-6:30pm, Gussied Up Dog Boutique, 1310 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose. Dogs in costume, Trick-or-Treating up and down Lincoln Avenue in Downtown Willow Glen! This adorable event is fun for the entire family. Don’t have a dog? Bring a chair and enjoy the parade! For more information see facebook.com/events/518107528616352/

October 30

Howl-o-Ween Yappy Hour,” 6-8 PM, Track 7 Natomas, Sacramento. Join us for our Yappy Hour! Bring your pup down to enjoy “hoppy” brews, adoptable dogs, raffle prizes, and more… all benefiting the Sacramento SPCA! For more information see sspca.org.

October 31

“PFE Danville Halloween Paw-ty,” 11 AM to 2 PM, Pet Food Express Danville,  609 San Ramon Valley Blvd, Danville. It’s that time of year again! Halloween is just around the corner. Show off your pet’s spooky side at our PFE Danville Halloween Paw-ty and costume contest. Join us in-store for trick or treating and a pet costume contest, with prizes! Questions? Just call the store at (925) 837-1777 or see Event.

October 31

“Halloween,” all night, all over.  Help you dog deal with the challenges of scary people, running kids, sugary candy, and the incessant doorbell!  See Surviving the Halloween Nightmare!

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November 2019

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month: the time to consider a companion who knows not to chew on your gym shoes, jump on visiting friends, or scratch the sisal carpet. Petfinder.com has teamed with shelters everywhere to shine the spotlight on older animals who often get overlooked. Studies have shown that having a pet around can lower blood pressure, especially when that pet is housebroken and calm. Many shelters have reduced or waived adoption fees during the month, and some have Seniors for Seniors programs, special adoption plans for older adults. So if you’re looking to add a furry companion to the family, visit your local shelter and consider an older (and probably wiser) cat or dog.
November is also National Pet Awareness Month, National Senior Pet Month, Pet Cancer Awareness Month, Pet Diabetes Month, National Pet Wellness Month, , National Pit Bull Awareness Month, National Service Dog Month.

November 1

“National Cook for Your Pets Day”, everywhere.

First Week of November

“National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week”, everywhere. In 1996, The HSUS launched National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week (based on an idea from the Capital Humane Society in Lincoln, Nebraska). Now incorporating rescue groups as well, this campaign was designed to acknowledge and promote the invaluable role shelters and other animal welfare organizations play in their communities and to increase public awareness of animal welfare issues and shelter services. During National Animal Shelter (and Rescue!) Appreciation Week, the first full week of every November, The HSUS promotes and celebrates animal shelters and rescue groups across the country through media and public outreach. National Animal Shelter (and Rescue!). For more information see AnimalSheltering.org and TailsInc.com.

November 10

“Human-Directed Canine Aggression Seminar,” 2-3:30pm,  SF SPCA Mission Campus, San Francisco.  If your dog has growled, snarled, snapped at or bitten any person, or if you want to understand why or how this could happen, this educational seminar is for you and your family.  According to the CDC Dog Bite Prevention center it is estimated that 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs of all breeds each year.  In 2008 there were 316,200 emergency room visits and 9,500 hospital stays due to dog bites.  The emergency room cost of dog bite injuries averaged $18,200 with more men needing care than women. Children from ages 5-9 had the highest percentage of hospital visits due to a dog bite.  It’s not easy to understand aggressive behaviors in animals, and it can also be embarrassing and frustrating for their human caregivers.  Understanding where aggression comes from will give you the ability to help your dog and keep others safe, especially if your dog has bitten in the past.  This seminar will help you and your family understand your dog’s aggression, how to be more tuned in to his/her emotional state, and what can be done to start to help reduce incidences of aggression.  For more information see sfspca.org.

November ? through January 1

“Annual Holiday Windows,” Macy’s Union Square, Stockton at O’Farrell, San Francisco. Adoptable animals from the SF/SPCA on display at Macy’s Union Square windows. Since 1987, we’ve been filling the Union Square holiday windows with adoptable cats and dogs. Nearly 10,000 animals have found loving homes through the event. Come kickoff the season’s festivities as we reveal the Windows at Macy’s Union Square on Friday, November ? 2019, at 5pm on the corner of Stockton and O’Farrell Streets. Our Cuddle Experience is back again this year on Macy’s 7th Floor! A $10 donation gets you 10 minutes of cuddles with our adoptable animals. November 17-25, 11am-1pm and 5-7pm, plus a special session the night of the unveiling, November 16, 5- 7pm. Macy’s is hosting a Make Good Cents round up campaign November 16-25. Round up your purchase to the nearest dollar to make a donation to the SF SPCA!The Windows will remain open through January 1. See the SF/SPCA for more information.

November 14

Pick Your  Pooch,” 7-8:15 pm, Pup Plaza, 14408 Union Avenue, San Jose. Part of Silicon Valley Pet Project’s community educational series, join us for Pick Your Pooch at Pup PlazaEllen McBriarty,  Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) will provide resources and guidance on how to pick the right dog for you/your family. Thinking about adding a dog to your family? This session will help point you in the right direction and help match your lifestyle with the type of dog that will best fit right in! This is a free community class, but pre-registration is encouraged. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Link to Registration: https://bookeo.com/svpetproject?type=41570F6KXMF16D849BB818

November 17

“Holiday Pup Photo Shoot with Fuzzy Beastie Photography,” 10-4, Pup Plaza, 14408 Union Avenue, San Jose. Back by popular demand and in perfect time for your holiday cards!  Suszi Lurie McFadden of Fuzzy Beastie Photography is ready to take beautiful holiday photos with you and your fuzzy beastie(s). You’ll receive two (2) photographer’s choice images sized for sharing on social media and printing on cards, and have the opportunity to see and purchase additional images as prints, enlargements, gifts, and framed pieces should you so desire. You will love these photos! And the best part is that a portion of your fee is going directly to Silicon Valley Pet Project and Pup Plaza – so you will be spreading the love to pups in need. $60/20-minute photo session. Registration required; to register and for more information see pupplaza.org.

November 23

“Wolfenoot”, everywhere. Jax Goss wrote, “My son has invented a holiday called Wolfenoot. It is when the Spirit of the Wolf brings and hides small gifts around the house for everyone. People who have, have had, or are kind to dogs get better gifts than anyone else. You eat roast meat (because wolves eat meat) and cake decorated like a full moon. A holiday to the spirit of wolves that celebrates people who are kind to dogs? I can 100% get behind this. So we will be celebrating Wolfenoot. It’s on the 23rd November if anyone else is moved to celebrate it.  (If you do, send me pics, so I can show my kid his idea spread. )  Please use #wolfenoot if you post pics or anything so he can see how it spreads. He’s already excited that other people want to do it. 

November 27-December 3

National Pet Suffocation Week – http://www.preventivevet.com/dogs/pet-suffocation-awareness and https://www.facebook.com/PreventPetSuffocation and Instagram.com/preventpetsuffocation

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December 2019

Through December 31

“Home For The Holidays,” various times, four locations in Santa Clara County. HSSV has four adoption centers in Santa Clara County. Stop by one of these locations this holiday season, from November 23 to December 31, for $20 adoptions on any animal! For more information, and to browse our available animals, see hssv.org.

Through January ?

“Wag Hotels Season of Giving Donation Drive,” Join Wag Hotels’ Season of Giving Donation Drive for the North Valley Animal Disaster Group. With our love for pets, we thank the North Valley Animal Disaster Group for rescuing and caring for the animals that have been displaced, evacuated, and lost during these tragic days and we ask for the community’s help in raising money for their efforts.   The North Valley Animal Disaster Group (NVADG) works with local emergency agencies and responders to help people and animals in times of crisis. There are all-volunteers and provide education, emergency shelter, and evacuation and rescue to communities affected by the disaster. During the Camp Fire, they have handled over 3,000 calls for service, and currently, have 1,365 animals in their shelters. “Our work during the devastating Camp Fire will continue for several more weeks. Please help us with a financial donation today. We thank you and are grateful for your support. is currently in need of donations to their general fund in order to best serve evacuated animals from the Hill and Woolsey Fires being housed at the shelter. Thank you for your support!” – NVADG Wag Hotels is a dog daycare and boarding facility with locations throughout California. We see California as our home and these fires have been heartbreaking. We ask for your help to raise money for the animals who are struggling during this time.  For more information see gofundme.com.

December ? 2019

“Los Gatos Children’s Christmas/Holidays Parade,” Join various rescue groups, vet hospitals, and dog training clubs in this annual parade. See lgsrecreation.org for more information.

December ? 2019

“Pet Photos with Santa,” 1pm, Unleashed by Petco, 1155 Lincoln Ave, San Jose. Make a memory this holiday season and support pets in need in our community! SVPP will be hosting Photos with Santa at Unleashed by Petco in Willow Glen in partnership with the Petco Foundation! Join us and support our lifesaving work by participating in this year’s event. For a $9.95 donation to help save animal lives, you will receive a digital keepsake photo of you and your pet with Santa. The more participants we have, the more donations we receive, and the more lives we can save this holiday season and beyond! The event is open to the public, but Petco requires all animals to be on leashes to participate. Learn more at petcofoundation.org. Hope to see you there!

December ? 2019

“Adoption Event & Holiday Photos,”  12-3pm, Pet Food Express, 5148 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose. Join us at Pet Food Express San Jose on December 8th. We’ll have a small group of dogs available for adoption at our holiday pet portrait event! RSVP in advance to guarantee your spot in photo lineup by emailing Jill@coppersdream.org. Photos are $20 in advance, $25 day of. More details here: coppersdream.org.

December 7

“Paint Your Pet,” 2:30-5:30 PM,  Pup Plaza, 14408 Union Avenue, San Jose. Create your own, one-of-a-kind acrylic pet portrait on canvas, done in a colorful style inspired by American Pop Artist Andy Warhol. No artistic experience is necessary!  Fee: $40 (includes canvas, paint supplies and refreshments). For more information see pupplaza.org.

December ? 2019

“Dog Day at Christmas in the Park,” 10-2, Christmas at the Park (Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park – S. Market Street, San Jose between San Carlos and San Fernando Streets), San Jose. Free pet visits with Santa, pet adoptions, vendor booths and more! Leash-up your dogs and come on down to Christmas in the Park. For more information see christmasinthepark.com.

December ? 2019

“Furry Friends Rescue Pet Photo With Santa Paws and Holiday Photos,” 1-4 PM Pet Food Express, Saratoga. Furry Friends Rescue benefits from this holiday photo event. For more information see FurryFriendsResue.org.

December ? 2019

Santa Paws” 11-3, Mission Campus Geraldi Building, 250 Florida Street, San Francisco. The San Francisco SPCA is hosting Santa Paws at its Mission Campus on Saturday, December 9. It’s a special holiday event where you and your beloved pooch can get a close-up with Mr. Claus. Bring your dog and enjoy taking a festive holiday photo! No RSVP required. For more information see sfspca.org.

December 14-15, 2019

“Home for the Holidays Adoption Event and Holiday Pet Photos,” Hayward Shelter, 16 Barnes Court, Hayward. For more information see haywardanimals.org.

December ? 2019

“Pet Photos with Santa,” different locations. Holiday pet portrait session with Santa! Parents & kids can join in the photos! 100% of all proceeds go directly to Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue to help rescue Bay Area Labs! For more information see labrescue.org.

December ? 2019

“Santa Photos,” 11-3, Pet Food Express, 1902 S. Bascom Ave, Campbell. Bring your pet (dog, cat, rabbit, etc.!) to take a picture with Santa! Donations of $10 or more are requested to help the animals at Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority. For more information contact Friends of SVACA at (408) 421-2556 or contact@friendsofsvaca.org or see http://www.friendsofsvaca.org. Pictures available on site. $10.00 requested donation benefits SVACA.

December ? 2019

“NorCal Poodle Rescue Holiday Brunch,” 11am, Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Dr, Danville. Please join us at the NorCal Poodle Rescue Holiday Brunch. Enjoy new friends, silent auction, poodle theme gifts and excellent food while benefiting rescue dogs. Cost: $50. For more information see norcalpoodlerescue.net.

December ? 2019

“The Northern California Pug Club’s PUGTACULAR”, 1-4 pm, The Danville Grange Hall, 743 Diablo Road, Danville. For more information see pugtacular.com

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