August is a great time to plan a trip in the US that includes not just your human family, but your pets as well. Summer events are at their peak, with lots of things taking place outdoors, which always makes it easier to bring your dog along to join in the fun.
Of course, there are also events going on in August that cater specifically to pets and their people. Here’s a rundown of some of the pet events in the US in August around which you might just want to plan a vacation.
» With so many pet events across the country, this list can’t be quite comprehensive – at least not without your help. Is your pet event, or one in your area, missing from our list? Please help us update this list to keep it current by leaving the information in a comment below!
Pet Events in the USA – August 2012
There are a lot of great family activities this August happening across the states. If you aren’t near any of the cities listed, check with your local humane society to see what events are happening near you. This information was correct when it was published – please check with the local event organizers for the most up-to-date schedule, location, and admission information.
San Antonio Pet Expo
Shop, Learn, Play, and Adopt! The San Antonio Pet Expo is a huge event with over 80 pet loving exhibitors, vendors, and rescue groups under one roof. Bring your dog, bird, cat, lizard, hamster, or rabbit as long as you also have proof of vaccines and your pet is ok with large crowds. Shorty Rossi will be there, who is the star of “Pit Boss” on Animal Planet. Watch the demonstrations of agility, training, and entertaining tricks. You can enter your dog in the pet costume contest! There will be welfare and rescue groups on hand with wonderful pets who are looking for a forever home. If you have been thinking of adopting another friend or a new friend, definitely check out the adoption booths.
A special display at Tufenkian Artisan Carpets featuring feline artists is sure to grab your attention. This is your chance to bring some new art into your home, along with the artist who created it. Yes, the paintings are by cats at the Oregon Humane Society who are looking for a new forever home. The cats and the art are all available for you. Complimentary wine and other refreshments will be served and all the proceeds will benefit the Oregon Humane Society.
Ruff! Life Benefit Wine Tasting
When: August 3, 2012 6pm-9pm
Where: Norris Penrose Event Center, Colorado Springs, CO
Admission: $50 in advance ($55 at the door) – must be 21 to attend
More information: National Mill Dog Rescue
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The Ruff! Life Wine Tasting is a benefit for National Mill Dog Rescue, and includes not only wine and hors d’oeuvres but also live music, silent and live auctions, and even a rescue “meet and greet.” This isn’t an event where you can bring your dog, but it’s certainly one that dog lovers can appreciate supporting.
Bow Wow Bash
The annual Bow Wow Bash is a family-friendly event – including the furry members of the family – and great for all ages. Activities include the “Doggie Olympics,” a fashion show for dogs, and a demonstration by the Beaverton Police K-9 unit.
Mountain Dog Canine Carnival
This is the inaugural Mountain Dog Canine Carnival event, and it features all kinds of dog contests – including agility, sheep herding, and even a talent/costume contest. Print the flyer on the event’s home page to get a free gift when you arrive, and there are more giveaways available for early arrivals at the event.
North Shore Pet Fair
The North Shore Pet Fair is a combination dog show and exhibition ground for vendors of pet products. You can enter your dog in a variety of competitions, or simply browse the tents of pet products, services, activities, and demonstrations. The Pet Fair runs from 10am until 2pm, and the dog show begins at 2pm.
Wishbone Pet Care Anniversary and Mobile Adoption Event
Looking for a new pal? Head to this event where you’ll meet some adorable pets looking for forever homes. There will be a raffle drawing, free doggie ice crier, and give aways. Wishbone is also giving free leashes and collars, and grooming to those who adopt during the event.
Lake Humane Society’s 18th Annual Mutt Strutt
When: August 11, 2012 10am to 2:30pm
Where: Mentor Municipal Center 8500 Civic Center Blvd, Mentor, OH
Admission: Free to all walkers who raise more than $20
More information: Mutt Strutt
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Mutt Strutt is the annual fundraiser that the Lake Humane Society hosts to bring together the community and help the animals in their care. The day starts out with registering for a mile long walk with your dog at 9:45am. After everyone has registered, there is a runaway show of adoptable pets in the care of Lake Humane. You might fall in love with one of the many adoptable pets. The walk kicks off at 11am. The rest of the day is full of demonstrations, booths that have great food for you and your pets, toys, and educational literature. There will be an agility course set up too that your pet can try out.
PAWSibilities Rummage Sale
The PAWSibilities Rummage Sale is a great event that raises money for the Humane Society of Greater Akron. Patrons of the shelter and animal lovers have donated used and new household items to be sold. 100% of the proceeds will go to the rescue group. Maybe you could use a new or slightly used blender? It is summer after all and smoothies on a hot day are amazing. You might find one here!
Scrub-A-Mutt Fundraising Dog Wash
When: August 18,2012 11am to 4pm
Where: Strawberry Fields Athletic Complex 6100 152nd St. NE, Marysville, WA
Admission: Donation of $5 for small dogs and $10 for big dogs
More information: Scrub-A-Mutt
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It’s summer and that means your dog probably has been getting dirty running around the dog parks, hiking with you, and laying in the grass. Why not give her/him a bath? Join the 5th annual dog wash at Strawberry Fields. 100% of the donations benefits the Snohomish County Pet Rescue Groups. There will be goodie bags for the first 300 dogs that attend. Dog washing and nail trims begin at 11am. You can buy raffle tickets for some of the great prizes that will be given away and also grab some lunch. There will be vendors selling popcorn, ice cream, and more. While your dog is being washed watch the demonstrations that are scheduled: agility demo at 11am and a K9 demo at 2:30pm.
Sushi With Your Poochie
When: August 21, 2012 5pm to 8pm
Where:Loring Kitchen & Bar 1350 Willow Street, Minneapolis, MN
Admission: $15 online and $18 at the door
More information: Lucky Pet Care
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Hungry? Like sushi? Want to bring your dog out to dinner? Then register and head out on August 21 to Loring Kitchen & Bar with several other pet lovers for an amazing night of food, fun, and conversation. The event is organized by Lucky Pet Care and Sidewalk Dog. The money raised from the event benefit the Minneapolis Animal Care and Control facility.
Pull out your tie-dye shirt and get ready for this rocking event. The 5th annual Woofstock will be held at Johnson Springview Park benefitting various canine rescue groups in the area. Your dog will have a great day meeting other pups. There will be a pancake breakfast, a 3k walk that you can participate in (starts at $5 to register), contests, demonstrations, and activities. Live bands will play throughout the day. You can hang out and listen or go play frisbee with your dog in the field. Check out the dogs that are available for adoption and don’t forget to watch the “wiener dog race” at 11am.