September can be a busy month for families as children go back to school, teachers say goodbye to their summer vacations, and our pets adjust to the schedule changes that Fall brings about. It’s an important month to stay mindful about our pet’s well-being. They can experience “back to school blues” and may mope more.
How can you help keep your pet’s spirits up? Find a pet friendly event in your area to bring her/him to and spend some quality time having fun together!
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Pet Events in the USA – September 2013
6th Annual Fido’s Festival
When: Sept 7 – 8 10am to 5pm
Where: Salem County Fairgrounds Woodstown, NJ
Admission: $7 daily or $12 for the weekend
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This year’s Fido Festival is themed “Once Upon A Canine” and dogs from everywhere will bring their owners to the Salem County Fairgrounds for a weekend of fun, play, and tail wagging. There will be storybook themed contests, frisbee contests, and a costume contest – have a dog that is a perfect “Snow White?” Show her off! There will be vendors, speakers, and plenty of other dog-loving people there. Come on down and have participate in a silly and awesome weekend of dog-centered events.
Pet First Aid Class
When: Sept 7 12pm to 5pm
Where: 2020 #12 Rd Newport, VT
More Information: call 802-235-2434
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Do you know what to do if your dog or cat was experiencing an emergency and needed CPR? Do you want to learn how to do it correctly? It’s different than doing it on another person. If you are curious, sign up for this class and learn the ins and outs of how to assess a situation, properly administer CPR, and have another tool to helping save a life.
3rd Annual Animal Blessing and Pet Expo
When: Sept 8 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Where: Tydings Park Commerce Street Havre De Grace, MD
Admission: Free but a donation of pet food is requested
More Information: Havre De Grace Methodist Church
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Bring your pet down to the park for the 3rd annual blessing of the animals. A tradition that has roots with St. Francis. Blessings will take place at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. There will also be a face painting table and crafts for children.
Play Fore Paws
When: September 8 12pm to 7pm
Where: Merrimack Valley Golf Club 210 Howe St Methuen, MA
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Play golf for a cause. Survivor Tails Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization that rescues, rehomes, and rehabilitates pets looking for their forever homes. The event will support their work and includes a banquet awards dinner after the games have been played. There will also be raffles and silent auctions for you to partake in.
Celebrity Catwalk’s 2nd Annual Paws and Pjs
Slip on your PJs and head on out to the 2nd Annual Celebrity Catwalk. Last year well known celebs like Melissa Rivers and Jamie Foxx hosted the fashion show. It’s a benefit for homeless pets and raises funds and awareness for the National Animal Rescue Organization. There will be an silent auction, contests for your dog to enter, and great giveaways.
Pet Blessing in the Garden
When: Sept 21 10am to 12pm
Where: Unity Church of Portland 4525 SE Stark Portland, OR
More Information: call 503-781-0356
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It’s the annual Blessing of the Pets in Portland, OR. This is its 12th year and the service will take place in the Peace Garden, bring you cat, dog, duck, pig, goat… whatever you have. All pets are welcome as long as they are on a leash or in a carrier. If your pet is unable to go, you can also bring a picture and your pet will be blessed.
When: Sept 22 7am to 11am
Where: Montrose Fields 600 Montrose Ave Chicago, IL
Admission: Price varies
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The Petco 5K-9 Run/Walk is open to everyone with or without their pets. The mission is to help promote awareness of pets who need homes and also to remind everyone how important it is to keep your pets fit and trim. Money raised goes to the Petco Foundation which helps animal welfare organizations across the country. So gather a few friends and make a team!
Wag N’ Walk
Wag N’ Walk is a free event where everyone and their pets can walk 3 miles around the park and help raise funds for the Animal Rescue Volunteers of Simi Valley. Walkers are encouraged to raise funds for their walk. If you raise $100 you can get a goodie bag and event t-shirt! Bring your pup, put on your sneakers, and help other pets find their forever homes.