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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.
» 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 – July 2012
Feasting for Fido
Where: 4500 W Wisconsin Ave Milwaukee, Wi
When: July 12, 2012 5:30 to 8:30pm
Admission: $50 in advance $60 at the door
Benefits: Wisconsin Humane Society
More Information: Wisconsin Humane Society
Hotels in Milwaukee
The Wisconsin Humane Society is hosting its 4th annual Feasting for Fido, which is a fun evening of creative and delicious cuisines, beer, wine, and raffles from local restaurants. It’s being held on the grounds of the shelter. All proceeds benefit the shelter in caring for the animals as they await their forever homes.
1st Annual Washington Week For The Animals
Where: Westcrest Park 8806 8th Ave SW Seattle, WA
When: July 14 to July 22 2012 8am to 8pm
Benefits: Pets in your community
More Information: Washington Animals Website
Hotels in Seattle
Animal World USA is hosting the 1st Washington Week for the Animals. It celebrates the unique and life-changing role that pets play in our lives and will bring together educators, animal shelters, sanctuaries, advocates, artists, and many others in one place. The week long event will be packed with pet adoption events, festivities, and a blessing of the animals. There will also be low-cost microchipping and other low-cost veterinary services available.
Paddle With Your Pooch
Where: Boathouse Forest Park 6101 Government Drive St. Louis, Mo
When: July 15, 2012 1pm
Benefits: Forest Park Forever
Hotels in St. Louis
It’s the 9th annual Paddle With Your Pooch race. Each heat is limited to 25 boats. This is going to be a great event, if you can’t participate, come on down and watch!
Where: Four Muddy Paws 1711 Park Ave St. Louis, Mo
When: July 19, 2012 5 to 6:30pm
Admission: $12 for a glass of wine and a dog bath
More Information: Muddy Paws
Start your night with a wine tasting at Four Muddy Paws and then head out to dinner at several restaurants and stop by a few galleries. Choose from BBQ, Italian, or pastries. It’s a wonderful way to spend an evening with your best friend and meet other pet lovers.
Dog Daze of Summer
Shop at the different booths and listen to live music. Bring your best furry friend and kick back for an evening of fun, food, and good times. At 7pm there will be a fashion show of children’s clothing and pet clothing!
Mt. Tabor Doggie Dash
Where: Mt. Tabor Park SE 60th Ave and SE Salmon St Portland, OR
When: July 21, 2012 8:30am to 2pm
Benefits: DoveLewis Animal Hospital
More Information: Mt. Tabor Doggie Dash
Hotels in Portland
The 2012 Mt. Tabor Doggie Dash is a fun run through Mt. Tabor Park along a tree-lined path.There is an 8K and 5K course and a kids course. The kids race is a non-timed ½ mile event and is $5 without a t-shirt. The registration for the dash begins at 8:30am where you can pick up your packet. The kids ½ mile starts at 9:40am. The 5K walk/run and 8K walk/run begin at 10am. You can register online. The cost of registration varies depending on whether or not you want a t-shirt.
Bark For Life – San Francisco 2012
Where: Crissy Field 1199 East Beach San Francisco, CA
When: July 21, 2012 9am to 2pm
Admission: $25 prior to event day/ $35 day of the event
Benefits: American Cancer Society
More Information: Bark For Life Website
Hotels in San Francisco
Bark For Life is a walk even for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness of the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. By participating in the event, it helps save lives, and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Enter your dog in the “My dog is cuter than your dog” contest! The top 2 dogs chosen will be featured on the 2013 Bark For Life of San Francisco Website, Facebook, and poster. It’s only $10 to enter the contest. After the walk, there will be demonstrations, contests (such as the one mentioned), and games.
Go Dog, Go! Canine Festival and Dog Walk
Where: Juanita Beach Park 9703 NE Juanita Drive Kirkland, WA
When: July 28, 2012 10am to 5pm
Benefits: Parks and Community Services
More Information: 425-587-3385
Hotels in Kirkland
Go Dog, Go! is a family day long event full of games, demonstrations, contests, and more. Pet product vendors, canine clubs, and adoption societies will be there as well as great music, food, and entertainment. Admission is free but if you want to participate in the dog walk, it is $20. All dogs are welcome as long as they are over 6 months of age, well-behaved, and are on a short leash.