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 2016
Stuff-A-Stocking at PetSmart
When: December 3-4, 2016 12pm to 4pm
Where: PetSmart 2076 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston, SC
More information: (843) 573-9220
Come to PetSmart and shop for your pet and then stuff a stocking free of charge with chewy, crunchy, and jerky treats from Milk-Bone and Pup-Peroni. Even if your pup has enough treats already, you can always gift the stocking to another pup in need!
Santa Paws Pet Night and Adoption Pop Up
When: December 5, 2016 6pm to 8pm
Where: 239 Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos CA
Admission: Prices vary
More information: SPCLA
Time to meet Santa! Bring your dog or cat (must on a leash) to the Los Cerritos Center for their holiday picture. $3 from every package of photos purchased will go to help animals looking for their forever homes. If you’re thinking of growing your fuzzy family, don’t forget to check out the pop up mobile adoption that will also be there.
Champions For Change
When: December 10, 2016 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: Private Malibu Estate
More information: Modern Dog Magazine
Pull out your best evening wear and support lawmakers and news reporters who help promote animal welfare. The event will have live music, food, drinks, raffles, auctions, and awards. The honorees are Marc Ching, Anita Krajnc, and Diane Warren who have all worked for animals around the world. The address of the event is private until you purchase a ticket and it is tax deductible. All the proceeds go to helping animals.
Best Friends Super Adoption
When: December 16 – 18, 2016
Where: 125 West 18th St, NY, NY
More information: Best Friends
This is going to be fun. If you are ready to adopt a new friend, head to the Super Adoption. Meet a bunch of lovable and adorable pets who are looking for forever homes. Each rescue group that is participating will have its own booth and adoption application. Many will have same day adoption so you can head home with your new fuzzy buddy that afternoon. If you are planning to adopt, remember to bring ID, a copy of your rental agreement if you rent to show pets are allowed, and a form of payment like a credit card or check.
Puppy playtime at Unleashed
When: December 31, 2016 12pm to 12:30pm
Where:Unleashed Petco 2302 W. Burnside St, Portland, OR
More information: Petco.com
Attention all dogs in Philly: Come out and play! For half an hour at Petco chase white tennis balls, run in packs, and burn off some of the extra treats you got for the holidays. This play time is for puppies 8 weeks to 6 months of age. It’s a safe environment to learn social skills and meet new friends. There will be dog trainer on site to help facilitate the event and answer any questions you have about training your new buddy.