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September 2018

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.

Through Sept ? 

“Cutest Pet Photo Contest” online. Got a great pet photo? Enter it into the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter Cutest Pet Photo Contest! You could be featured in our 2018 Pet Wall Calendar, available for purchase in November. All pets are welcome; enter as many photos of your pet as you like. Deadline to enter is Sept. 10, 2016. For more information see https://my.360photocontest.com/FAASCutestPetPhotoContest2016

September ? 2019

“Wild Blue Dog Camp,” Lake Tahoe. Training and classes for several dog sports and activities, and testing for CGC and Therapy Dog. For more information see wildbluedogs.org/camp.

September  ? 2019

“The Bay Area Pet Con,” 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose. This free indoor event for pet lovers and their animal pals includes exhibitors, prize giveaways, rescue groups, discounted vaccinations, microchipping and heartworm and flea preventatives, free nail trims, demonstrations, live entertainment, author Readings and book signings, pet products, and more. More details at BayAreaPetCon.com.

September ? 2019

“Annual World Dog Surfing Championships,” 9am – 2pm, Linda Mar Beach, Highway 1 & Linda Mar Blvd, Pacifica. The waves are calling! If you love dogs, love to surf, or even just walking on the beach, the 1st Annual World Dog Surfing Championships is the perfect event for you. The surf dog competition will bring together the best in local and international dog surfing talent. Competitors have an opportunity to raise funds for PHS/SPCA! During the event there will be a number of activities including the surf competition, dog beach fashion contest, dog adoptions, partner tents and activities, and more. For more information, see surfdogchampionships.com.

September ? (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 26-29, 2019

“Dog Walking Academy,” Humane Society Silicon Valley, 901 Ames, Milpitas. Intensive two-evening, two-day workshop covers canine behavior, new pack-management techniques and fight protocols, and the A-Z’s of running and marketing a dog walking business. Graduates come away fully equipped to start a dog-walking business — or advance an existing one. Expand your knowledge of canine behavior, learn new pack-management techniques and fight protocols, and go through the A-Z of running and marketing a dog-walking business. The fourth day of the course offers hands-on training with dogs. Stacy Braslau-Schneck, CPDT-KA, MA, of Stacy’s Wag’N’Train, teaches the academy.For more information see dogbizsuccess.com/dog-walking-academy.

September ? 2019

“Walk Your Tail Off – Nike Animal Rescue Foundation’s Annual Walk,” 9 am- 5 pm, Vasona Lake County Park- Circle Group A, Los Gatos. NARF’s 16th Annual “Walk Your Tail Off” for Homeless Pets! Come out and walk your tail off for a cause! Enjoy a stroll around the park and other activities for pet lovers and their furry pals. Adoptable dogs will be available for walking and showcasing! For $20 you will get a NIKE animal rescue T-Shirt and lunch! For more information contact Linda Pope at 408.224.6273 or narf@narfrescue.org, or see narfrescue.org/events.

September ? 2019

“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 ?

“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 ?

“Camp W: Summer Days,” Lake Tahoe area. Summer camp for you and your dog! Spend your days under the majestic Sierra pines and don’t forget to visit your own private beach for a refreshing swim! A week of incredible fun celebrating nature and summer with a more leisurely pace and lighter fare than Summer Camp. Includes our most popular activities – hiking, swimming, lure coursing, training and crafts – but allows more free time for relaxation and sightseeing. Summer Days offers accommodations with light breakfasts and lunches plus a dinner barbecue. Campers have most evenings free to enjoy local eateries and night life. For those wishing more comfort and privacy, off-site accommodations are available. Formerly “Camp Winnaribbun”. See www.campw.com for more information.

September 14-15

“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 ? 2019

“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 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 ? 2019

“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 ? 2019

“Furry Friends Rescue Woofstock,”3-6 pm,  Jack Rose Libation House, 18840 Saratoga Los Gatos Rd., Los Gatos. Dress up your inner hippy! Join us for a very groovy day of outtasight live music, food, drinks, Hippy Dog Costume Contest, Raffles and Woofstock fun with your dogs! Groovy live band, The Back Pages, play tributes to Rock and Roll of the 60s.  Peace, Love & Rescue! For more information see furryfriendsrescue.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 (last week?)

“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!)

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 28

“Furocious Pups”, 6-8pm, Paws & Claws, 3436 Dimond Ave., Oakland. The night before Oaktoberfest, Paws & Claws will be hosting Artist Reception for Alicia Cardell. You and your well-socialized pup are invited to join us for an evening of viewing fun art, meeting the artist, and enjoying lite snacks for all. The reception is also a perfect opportunity for you to shop for your pet’s needs, and avoid the street closures that occur the next day with Oaktoberfest.  Alicia Cardell is an Illustrator and Designer based in the Bay Area. Her love for dogs and creating art inspired her to give a new twist to movie classics. These beautifully detailed images of dogs give the viewer a new perspective to films we love. She uses the sales of her handmade screenprints & accessories to make a pawsitive difference for animals by donating a portion of sales of artwork & accessories to local shelters.   Hand-printed screen prints & accessories will be on sale that evening. For more information see pawsnclawsoakland.com.

September 29

“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 29

“Bow-Wows and Books,” 11-2, Hacienda Carmel, 1000 Hacienda Carmel, Carmel-by-the-Sea. The Hacienda is a retirement community off Carmel Valley Rd. Peace of Mind Dog Rescue will be there as well as Animal Friends Rescue, and others. While it is mainly for the residents, the public is also invited. For more information see POMDR’s Facebook page.

September 29

“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 ? 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.

September 29-30

“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 30

“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.

September 30

“Annual Blessing of the Animals,” 11 AM, Mike’s Feed and Pets, 710 E 14th St, San Leandro. Bring your animals to Mike’s Feed & Pets for a blessing! The Blessing of the Animals at Mike’s is Sunday September 30, 2018, at 11:00 AM. Music! Tahitian Dancers! Cup Cakes! Non-denominational! For more information see mikesfeedandpets.com.

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October 2018

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 ? 2019

October 1-7 (First Week of October) 

National Walk Your Dog Week

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 4

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

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 ? 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

“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 ? 2019

“Wags to Riches,” 4 PM, Shrine Event Center, 170 Lindbergh Avenue, Livermore.  Please join us at Wags to Riches 2018 as we celebrate the “Year of the Dog”! The evening consists of live and silent auctions, a bag raffle, Police K9 demonstrations and a delicious meal catered by Englund’s Catering. We’ll also have plenty of “ambassadogs” on hand to make the evening festive!  I know we all love our dogs but we have to ask you to please not bring your personal dog.  For more information see gsrnc.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.

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, 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 ? 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 https://www.facebook.com/events/217108298704910

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

“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 ? 2019

“Blessing of the Animals,” Church of the Epiphany, 1839 Arroyo Avenue, San Carlo. 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

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 ? 2019

“Black & White ‘Fur’ Ball Adoption Event,” Noon-6 p.m., Hayward Animal Shelter, 16 Barnes Court, Hayward. Featuring black and white shelter pets looking for homes plus shelter pets of all other color combinations. Hor d’oeuvres and nonalcoholic beverages, door prizes and raffle baskets. All adoptions are $20 ($17 dog license fee for Hayward residents only). For more information see haywardanimals.org.

October ? 2019

“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 ? 2019

“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.

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  28

“Anniversary of Giving at Plank,” 11:00 am – 12:00 am (21+ after 9:00pm), Plank99 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 or http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=e88d1975ea101684ad7b6f8b5&id=8a02a34d38

October ?

“Bay Area Pet Fair,” 10am – 5pm, Marin Center, San Rafael. On October 15 and 16, 2016, 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

October ? 2019

“Paws & Claws 12th Annual Howl-o-ween Pet Parade & Costume Party Fundraiser,” 2-4pm, 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 ?

“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 ? 2019

“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 ? 2019

“4th Annual Pints For Pups,” 1-8pm, Golden State Brewery, 1252 Memorex Drive, Santa Clara. Join us for the 4th Annual Pints for Pups, where great beer, fantastic one-of-a-kind art, and good food come together to help local pups find forever homes. Sponsored by South Bay Beerhounds, Clay Planet, and Golden State Brewery. The Fourth Annual Pints for Pups will benefit Jake’s Wish Dog Rescue and the Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue. This event is all about Rescue Dogs, Beer and Art. . . All the best stuff! We’ll have 20 local artists selling their wares (think one of a kind Pint Glasses and Growlers amongst other unique handcrafted items). Golden State Brewery will be pouring all of their amazing beers. The two rescue groups will have some of their adoptable dogs as well as information on how to adopt, foster, or support these wonderful rescue groups. To register for free tickets, see Eventbrite.

 

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 ?

“Boo! Barks, Brews + Bites,” 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Jack London Square, Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland. Festive event with paw painting for pups, pets pampering, pet psychic, pooch photo booths, doggy treats, canine costume contest and more. For more information see http://www.jacklondonsquare.com/events/special-events

October ?

“HOWL-LOWEEN Dog Costume Contest,” 1-4 pm, Big Dog Vineyards, 4545 Felter Road, Milpitas. Join Furry Friends Rescue for their Spooktacular Fun Howl-loween Dog Costume Contest! Enjoy Wine Tasting, Dog Adoption Showcase, Yappy Hour dog goodies, Snacks and great Raffles! Fundraiser for rescue dog and cats! For more information and tickets, please visit their website atfurryfriendsrescue.org.

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 ? 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 2018. 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/

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

“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 2018

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 16 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 16 2018, 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 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 2018

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 GroupWith 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 ? 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 ? 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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