A great way to spoil your dog is to bring them to an event where they can meet new friends, sample some great treats, and participate in competitions and contests. Attending pet events in your area is a good way to bond with your pet, spend time with the whole family, and meet other pet lovers. Plus, many events benefit humane societies and other charities and helps homeless pets in your community.
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.
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Pet Events in the USA – July 2014
Start your 4th of July off with the annual Pet Parade that goes through downtown and ends at Drake Park where you, your family, and your beloved furry canine can spend the afternoon playing, eating, and having fun.
Kids are invited to march in the parade dressed up with their furry friends. All dogs must be on a leash and can be attached to your child’s bike, wagon, or trike.
What:8th Annual Downtown Dog Day Afternoon
Where: Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels 555 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA
When: July 9, 2014 6pm to 9pm
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LA Dogs get ready to strut your stuff! It’s a night of music, mingling, and fun at the annual Downtown Dog Day Afternoon. There will be snacks, a full bar, and vendors selling the latest and greatest pet products.
Meet other pet lovers, enjoy music, food, and spending the day with the family having fun. You might even find a new best friend over in the adoption area.
What: 2014 Surf Dog Competition
Where: 2 Elder Ave Imperial Beach, CA
When: July 13, 2014 10am to 3pm
Admission: $53 to register your dog, free to watch
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Over 50 dogs are expected to participate in the surf dog competition for 2014. Come on down and watch these amazing dogs ride the waves and see who wins! Bring your camera and get ready for to see amazing stunts by amazing dogs.
Come on down to the Catfest! The event will feature hundreds of wonderful cats looking for forever homes. The adoption fees are waived on cats that are 1yr and older, plus you’ll get a goodie bag filled with toys, treats, and other things for you and your new cat to enjoy. You’ll also get to talk to pet experts and find out some wonderful tips and tricks.
What: 8K Run and 2K Run/Walk
Where: PCH State Beach 17851 Pacific Coast Highway Huntington Beach, CA
When: July 27, 2014 8am to 12pm
Admission: Price varies to register, free to watch
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You and your dog will love running or walking the 2K but dogs aren’t allowed for the 8K run. Take in the beautiful ocean views as you run along the beach. All participants will receive a shirt, finishing medals, and prizes for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place racers will win gift cards and trophies.