Brrrr. The days are shorter and the nights are colder. But this doesn’t mean that you and your canine buddy can’t go out and meet other pets and their owners. The holidays can become quite busy for us and our pets may wonder what the decorations and running around is all about. Take a day and spend it with your dog at a pet friendly event near you. Many of them benefit your local pet rescue organizations or shelters and you may find an awesome toy or new treats that your pet will just love.
Check out some of the events listed below and if you’re not near these, check with your local humane society and newspaper for local pet events.
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 – December 2013
Portraits with Santa
When: December 2-17, 2013 5pm-6pm Mon thru Fri, 2pm-3pm Sat and Sun
Where: Yuppy Puppy 544 Union St Brooklyn, NY
More information: 347-799-1812
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Need holiday pics of your furry buddy to send to everyone this year? Then come to Yuppy Puppy and meet Santa. Your dog will get to tell Santa what a good pup he was this year and let him know just how much he wants that fleece-lined pet bed.
Head to the Humane Society and meet Santa for portraits! Money raised will benefit the shelter and the animals who are waiting for their forever home. There is also going to be a bake sale and who knows, you might end up going home with a new family member. All pets must be leashed or in carriers and up to date with vaccines.
4th Annual Holiday Pet Festival
Proceeds from this event help the pet sanctuary. Come and bring your pet with you to the big event of the year that celebrates the holidays with fun activities for the family, demonstrations, and exhibitions. Shopping for that purrfect Christmas gift? Don’t worry! You’ll find it here. There will be over 100 booths full of great pet toys, leashes, products, and other things. Plus, Santa will be there for holiday portraits.
Celebrate with Victoria Stillwell from “It’s Me or The Dog” and other guests at the Reindog Parade. Dress your dog up and compete in the costume contest. Santa will be there to take pics with your pet and there will also be plenty of local businesses on hand for you to do some shopping. Other contests scheduled for the day are: Best Puppy, Best Dog-Owner Dress-A-Like, and Best Dog Pack. It will be a fun day!
Holiday Pup Crawl
When: December 8, 2013 12pm-4pm
Where: Downtown at Palm Beach Gardens 117-1 Lake Victoria Gardens Palm Beach, FL
More information: Holiday Pup Crawl Website
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Get your pup’s pic taken with Santa, buy some gifts for your dog and all his doggie buddies, and watch some of the pet demonstrations at this fun and free event. There will be plenty of vendors selling the latest and greatest pet products, an on-site adoption booth, and games, rides, and food.
When: December 14-15, 2013 8am-5pm
Where: Orange County Convention Center 9899 International Drive Orland, FL
Admission: price varies
More information: Celebrate Dogs Orlando Website
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Celebrate Dogs is a huge event where pets and people will come together and spend the day watching canine agility demonstrations, meet dogs of all shapes and sizes at the Meet the Breeds booths, and then shop, shop, and shop some more! Don’t miss out, mark this weekend on your calendar and be prepared to be surrounded with wagging tails and covered in happy, drooling kisses.