ASPCA’s Mega Match-A-Thon

The end of March is going to be a fur-filled weekend in New York City. If you’ve been toying with the idea of adopting a pet head to 67th street and Broadway from March 30th to April 1st.

The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals is hosting a three-day pet adoption event, the ASPCA Mega Match-A-Thon. There will be cats and dogs from several rescue groups located in New York City who are all waiting for forever homes.

The Mayor’s Alliance is the ASPCA’s partner for the Mega Match-A-Thon and is one of the 55 organizations sharing a grant to support the large-scale event in NYC and in several other cities throughout the country. The ASPCA will be there (of course), along with the Animal Care and Control of NYC, Animal Haven, Sean Casey Animal Rescue, and Picasso Veterinary Fund. Adoption vans are going to be parked along the curb for the event.

Every animal adopted will receive a free collar and ID tag. You’ll also get a few free food samples and other goodies available.

Details:

Friday March 30
Hours: 2pm to 7pm

Saturday March 31
Hours: 12pm to 5pm

Sunday April 1
Hours 12pm to 5pm

Maybe you’ll meet a little New Yorker that will melt your heart!

Dog Parks in San Francisco, CA

San Francisco is on the top tourist places in the world and it well know for its summer fog, steep hills, and cable cars. There’s also an eclectic nightlife and wonderfully crowded and amazing Chinatown. San Francisco is also a very pet friendly city. There are some amazing parks and hiking trails where you and your pet can play and walk. If you’re passing through or just moved and your pup needs to burn off some steam, here’s a few dog parks to check out.

There’s an off-leash dog park in the Pacific Heights area of SF in Lafayette Park located at Laguna St. and Sacramento St. This park is popular among dog owners. It’s a small park and offers some beautiful views of the city. The park is open from 6am to 10pm. It doesn’t get as crowded as some of the other dog parks and dog runs which is good if your dog is on the shy side. If you’re near Pacific Heights, this may be a good park to stroll through and let your dog make some new friends.

McLaren Park is located in the Bayview neighborhood at Shelly Dr. and Mansell St. This park is less than 10 acres but it’s fenced in and dogs can run around off-leash. The dog area is at the top of the hill. Don’t let your dog play in the reservoir. The park has a few rough neighborhoods nearby so you may want to be more aware of your surroundings if you are there late in the evening. It’s open from 6am to 10pm.

Golden Gate Park is one San Francisco’s most well known parks to tourists and city dwellers. It is also very pet friendly. There’s an off-leash area near the entrance at Fulton St and 38th Ave. The off-leash dog run has four separate areas allowing for dogs of different sizes, energy levels, and temperament to play. One of the fenced areas is for training purposes. When walking your dog to the runs, keep her on leash and be mindful of others. This park gets very crowded and there are a bunch of activities going on that could get your dog excited such as horses, skateboarders, joggers, and rollerbladers.

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More Pet Events for March

March is a packed month of pet events in many different cities. There’s so many parties, fundraisers, and educational events for you and your family to head to. If you’re not sure what to do while the winter weather melts away and heads towards spring, why not check out one of these events?

What: Leprechauns and Labradoodles St. Patrick’s Day Party
Where: Morris Animal Inn 120 Sand Spring Road Morristown. NJ
When: March 14, 2012 9am to 4:30pm
Admission: $49

It’s a fun day that will have contests, games, and a parade. Your dog can participate in the “Leprechaun Wrestling Match,” “Parade O’ Pups,” or have their picture taken wearing their green shamrocks with pride. Your dog must be up to date with vaccines and friendly with other dogs and already have played at Morris Animal Inn to participate. Reservations are required for this event, please call: 973-539-0377.

What: 1st Annual Bark For Life
Where: Berniece Bennet Park 31800 Village Center Road Westlake Village, Ca
When: March 18, 2012 11am to 3pm
Admission: $20 to register

Bark For Life is a non-competitive walk event for dogs and their owners. It raises funds to fight cancer in cooperation with the American Cancer Society. Bring your best furry friend, walk with others, and participate in contests, games, and activities. You can register online or the day of the event at 10am. There will be raffles, demos, and awards given for winners of the contests. For more information, please visit their website: http://barkforlifewestlakeca.weebly.com.

What: The 3rd Annual Brooklyn Mutt Show
Where: Brooklyn Lyceum 227 4th Ave Brooklyn, NY
When: March 24 – 25, 2012 11am to 7pm
Admission: Suggested Donation of $25 for dogs to enter contest

This event is gaining a reputation as being the “fun alternative to Westminster” in Brooklyn. The money raised is to going to help animal rescue and rehabilitation organizations. There will be a chance to have your dog’s photo taken by James Morrissey of Wild Coyote Studio who also does the photos for the dogs at Westminster in the green room. There will be competitions and classes on CPR and other health related issues with pets. The contests for “curliest tail” and “looks like their owner” are on the agenda and food, prizes, and animals for adoption will be present. For more information call 845-628-6263.

Pet Events for March

March is turning out to be a fun-filled month of events that welcome you, your pets, and help other animals in need. If you’re looking for a concert, happy hour, or looking to adopt a new family member, many of the events listed below are sure to fill those needs. Not near any of these cities? Check with your local humane shelter or animal rescue org to see if there’s some pet-friendly events near you.

Woofstock: A Day of Peace, Paws, and Music is scheduled for March 10, 2012 from 11am to 7pm at Founders Park in Islamorada, Fl. Admission is free but there is a requested donation. The money raised will benefit Marrvelous Pet Rescues. Just as the name suggests, it is going to be a day of music, peace, and pups! There will be food, vendors, games, and music all day. The event will celebrate loving your pet as well as have some great educational booths and vendors. There will be pet rescue organizations there as well with some dogs looking for forever homes. Founders Park is located at 87000 Overseas Highway and for more information please call 305-453-1315.

3rd Annual Alabama Week for the Animals is from March 10 to March 18, 2012. From 7am to 7pm everyday is bringing together educators, advocates, leaders, and pet owners to promote and highlight the importance of animals in our lives. Admission is free and there will be pet adoption festivals, wildlife activities, community building events, and statewide awareness through various businesses and organizations. All the events will shine a spotlight on Alabama and the pets and animals that make life brighter. If you’re looking to see what specific events are being held near you, visit their website for more information: http://www.alabamaanimals.org.

St. Pawtrick’s Day is being held in Rockville, MD at Dogtopia of Whiteflint located at 4920 Wyaconda Road on March 15, 2012 from 6pm to 8:30pm. Admission is $10 for individuals and $15 for couples. The Montgomery County Humane Society is throwing a St. Patrick’s Day after-hours part for you and your dogs! There will be an area for an off-leash romp, wine, beer, snacks, and a dj. It will be a great party for everyone. For more information call 240-401-8144.

March Pet Events

This weekend there are many pet events scheduled around the country for you and your best buddy to participate in and have a fun filled day. Many of the admission prices go to helping rescue organizations, pet shelters, humane societies, and other animal welfare groups. If you are looking for something to do this weekend, March 2-4, 2012, check out one of these events if you’re near by.

Mardi Growl is taking place in Knoxville, TN at Market Square downtown on March 3, 2012 starting at 9am. Admission is $15 in advance or $20 on the day. It’s the fifth annual Mardi Growl and it is the largest pet parade and festival in Knoxville. There are almost 1000 dogs and their human friends that march and spend the day playing, participating in contests, and hanging out. The parade begins downtown at the Petsafe Dog Park at the corner of Central Ave and Summit Hill. There will be multiple animal rescue groups, pet organizations, and vendors at Market Square. The money raised will benefit the Young-Williams Animal Center.

For more information, visit the Young-Williams Animal Center website.

If you’re in or near Scottsdale, AZ this weekend head to the 3rd Annual Dogathon being held downtown at the Waterfront and Southbridge on March 3, 2012. Dogathon was started as a social and charitable event where dogs can gather and participate in games, contests, and raise awareness for animals that need homes and other causes. There will be games such as putting for pooches (golf game), spa sessions, dog (big group of dog yoga), and different classes where you can learn some new tips and tricks. There are also awards that will be given out for the Best of Show, Best Fashion, Best of Breed, and Amazing Dog Trick. All the money raised will be donated to the ASPCA.

For more information please visit their website.

Raw Food Seminar will be held on March 3, 2012 from 9am to 4pm in Otsego, MN. Admission is $79 and it is an all day educational event about myths, facts, and what best practices we can use when feeding our dogs raw food. Lee Olson, who holds a PhD in Natural Nutrition, will be present and discuss canine digestion and what nutritional supplements can be added to ensure a balanced and healthy diet. She has written several articles regarding best diets for dogs and will discuss myths of what foods are safe for dogs and aren’t, what types of bones can be given to your dog, and what diets can help with bone problems, skin problems, and cancer. The seminar will take place at Dogue Spot which is located at 5600 Queens Ave NE in Suite 200.

For more information please call 763-425-7768.

On the Road

We’re planning a road trip from Connecticut to North Carolina in the next month or so, and we’re taking our two dogs, Lola and Charlie (yes we know about the kid’s show, Charlie and Lola, which is why I reversed their names here). Lola is a 12 1/2 year old Gordon Setter and Charlie (4 years old) is everything else, with long lashes that’ll make most women weep with jealousy.

When Chris and I started petswelcome.com, it was so we could find pet-friendly lodgings for ourselves and our pets and other pet owners—and 15 years ago there were only a comparative handful. Now we have almost 35,000 pet-friendly venues throughout the world.

We’re taking our laptop (and smartphones) along so we can always find a pet-friendly hotel on www.petswelcome.com.  In addition, we know if there’s a problem with one of the dogs, we can always consult our list of Emergency Vets along the way.

Our final planning will be to consult our Search by Route application on our site. All you have to do is put in your Departure city and your Destination city, and not only will it plot your trip on a map, the pet-friendly hotels will show up along the route. Our first stop will likely be Washington, DC and we’ve already found a number of available pet-friendly hotels there.

But first things first: What do we take with us to make sure our pets are safe and healthy? Here’s a partial list that everyone can use.

  • Identification on their collars, including name and contact numbers.
  • If your pet has a microchip, make sure it’s updated with your current contact information.
  • Medical Records including their current conditions and any medicines you’ll need.
  • If you have a proof of vaccinations (especially Rabies), take that along with you.
  • Collar and leash
  • Crate, if your pet still needs one.
  • Bedding and/or blankets, and towels for those rainy days or swimming in a lake.
  • Combs and brushes and other grooming supplies.
  • Toys (don’t forget that on a long trip, they’re going to get bored.
  • Food (dry and/or canned), along with their bowls. We take a mat along to go underneath the water bowls to keep the floors dry.
  • Dog ramp. Lola has trouble jumping into the back of our SUV, so I have to lift her into it. The ramp we have weighs more than she does so I’m looking for a lightweight one. (Any suggestions?)
  • Water for the car trip. We used to bring water from home when we traveled so they’d have familiar water, but as soon as we reached our destination, they’d jump into the lake, or start sipping from a puddle.
  • Appropriate first-aid kit. We have long-haired dogs so we make sure we have tweezers for those pesky ticks.
  • Don’t forget those monthly items like Heart Guard or Frontline, or whatever other protection you use.

This is just a partial list, and you have to take whatever makes sense for your dog (or cat). Hopefully we’ll have room for our own luggage—although in the last several years we only take carry-ons. (More about that in another blog.)

As we travel, I’ll try to blog about where we are and what we’re doing, and about how the dogs are enjoying the trip.

If you have suggestions about what to take with you when taking a road trip, let us know. We welcome your feedback.

Pet Friendly Hotels in Savannah, GA

Heading on a vacation to Savannah, Ga and looking for places to stay that you and your best friend are allowed to stay? There are many fun things to do in Savannah and some very dog friendly parks, hiking trails, and cafes to check out. Here are some pet friendly hotels where you and your buddy can sleep after an exciting day of exploring the city.

Staybridge Suites Historic District Hotel is located at 301 East Bay Street in Savannah, Ga and rates start at $100 a night depending on the time of year. The hotel accepts up to two pets that are under 50 lbs. for an additional fee of $75 for a stay up to 6 nights or $150 for a stay that is over 7 days. Policies may change so ask before completing your reservation. The hotel is located at Bay and Lincoln Streets which is just 11 miles from the airport and near the Historic River Street and Savannah History Museum. The hotel has a 24 hour fitness center, parking lot, and internet. It is the perfect place for you and your dog and near a park for those morning and late night walks. Check-in time is 3pm and Check-out time is 12pm.

For reservations please call 1-800-225-1237.

Olde Harbour Inn is located at 508 East Factors Walks and allows up to two pets that are medium to small per room for an additional $40.00 a day. Rates start at $180 a night depending on the time of year. There are 8 pet friendly suites in the hotel and it is nestled between River Street and Factor’s Walk. The hotel was built in 1892 and was once a bluff-side warehouse overlooking the Savannah River. Now it’s a great elegant place for you to vacation with your best buddy. There is a daily continental breakfast, wine and cheese in the evening, and sightseeing tours that can be booked with the staff at the front desk.

For reservations please call 1-800-553-6533.

The Thunderbird Inn
is located at 611 W. Oglethorpe Ave and rates start at $75 a night depending on the time of year. The inn allows up to two pets that are medium to small for an extra fee of $50 a night. This hotel is fine with having cats stay so if you are traveling or driving across the country with your feline in the car, she can stretch her legs here. The inn provides pet beds, dishes, and treats for their VIP furry guests. Dog owners will receive a complimentary map of downtown Savannah upon checking in of cafes, restaurants, and other areas that are pet friendly. It is conveniently located near everything including the Civic Center, Savannah College of Art, and River Street. The inn was built in 1964 and is known as the hippest hotel in Savannah with 42 guest rooms, continental breakfast, and moon pies. Yes, moon pies.

For reservations please call 912-232-2661.

Photo courtesy of Olde Harbour Inn

Top 5 Pet Friendly Cities

If it’s time to try out a new city or move for work, there are some great places that are very pet friendly. The list of the most pet friendly cities is based on several things such as size of the city, walkability, dog parks, businesses that cater to pets, and legislature.

Here are the top 5 best cities to live with your pet:

1: New York City: Despite limited places for your dog to urinate, the city is full of dog parks and dog runs, over 120. There are a lot of dog friendly cafes, bars, and pet services available throughout the 5 boroughs. If you can afford the cost of living, want to live in a city that really does never sleep, and want some great pizza, NYC might be the place for you. NYC also has the ASPCA and has been striving to improve the welfare of animals in the NYC area and beyond.

2: Chicago, Illinois: This city has the most pet-friendly hotels, vacation homes, restaurants, and other public places that love pets. There’s some amazing parks to wander through and each year you can bring your dog to the annual “Dog Day” baseball game and watch the White Sox play with your pup. There’s a wonderful trail that is 18 miles at Lakefront Trail for you and your furry friend to wander during the nice weather.

3: Boston, Massachusetts: The public transportation system allows well-behaved leashed dogs to ride the Boston T making it one of the easiest cities to get around with your dog. There’s a lot of dog parks, pet services, and hiking trails available for some exercise and bonding time with your pup. The restaurants allow dogs at their outdoor seating areas but policies differ from place to place.

4: San Francisco, California: The City by the Bay is a great place to settle down with your pets. Dogs are allowed on the public transportation system including the cable cars, muni buses, trains, and ferries. This helps cut down on using a car and can save you a fortune. A walk along Fisherman’s Wharf or letting your dog run around in the off-leash areas of the parks is a great way to spend an afternoon. The San Francisco Giants even have a Dog Day where you bring your pup and watch the game.

5: Seattle, Washington: This city offers some of the most pet-friendly places to stay if you’re just visiting but also has many pet-friendly apartments to rent. Dogs of all sizes are allowed on the buses and trains as long as they are leashed. The washington Ferry also allows dogs to ride. There are plenty of hiking trails and parks where you and your dog can romp and explore together. The only downfall might be the amount it rains but if you don’t care about that and your dog likes water, it shouldn’t be a problem.

I Love Pets Photo Contest

As you may know, February is Pet Parent Month. A month where organizations and us pet owners take some extra time to remember why we own pets, care for them, and love them and all the special things they bring into our lives. Many shelters and organizations have planned special adoption events, educational events, playmates, and more to celebrate the joy of having a pet.

The Mayor’s Alliance of New York is also celebrating by holding a photo contest. From now till February 28, 2012 at 11:59pm, all pet owners can enter the contest. If you live in NYC, you can enter the contest for a chance to win a prize and have your photo seen by other New Yorkers.

To enter all you need to do is submit a photo of your pet or you and your pet with a brief caption. The caption should describe why you think your pet is the quintessential, lovable Little New Yorker. Maybe your cat loves bagels or your dog likes sunning himself in Washington Square Park listening to people play guitar and play chess.

The photos are posted to the Facebook page of the Mayor’s Alliance of New York where you, your friends, and a bunch of people can vote on their favorite ones. The contest ends on February 28, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.

The photos that have received the most votes will be chosen as the winners. The announcement will be posted on the Facebook page. There will be three winners picked with a special article that will appear on the Mayor’s Alliance website and blog in March. The winning photos will also appear on the website’s homepage.

The prize is a I Love NYC pets t-shirt along with the article and your photo on the sites. So come on, enter the contest. Show off and tell everyone why your hamster, cat, bird, fish, or dog is the best Little New Yorker around!

For more details check out the Mayor’s Alliance webpage and Facebook page.

A Second Chance At Love

On February 18,2012 at The Park located at 118 10th Ave in New York, NY there will be a charity ball for dogs who need homes.

Tickets are $20.00 in advance or $25.00 at the door. Doors open at 7pm and bands will be done playing by 10pm.

It’s hosted by The Park and Pinups for Pitbulls with live music from Bikini Carwash, The Screamin’ Rebel Angels, Djs, and items for sale from Dollsville NYC and Enz’s. There is also a silent auction, great food and drinks offered courtesy of The Park, and a lot of fun for a good cause.

Pinups for Pitbulls is an organization that was founded in 2005 to raise money for animals who need new homes. Every year the organization creates a calendar of “pinup” girls money from the sale of the calendar goes to helping pitbull dogs find new homes.

The team at Pinups for Pitbulls also educate, advocate, and work to show the public that the breed or mixed breed of a dog should not be reason enough to ban it, euthanize it, or be afraid of it. Pitbulls are loyal, intelligent, loving, and gentle and can be lifelong companions. Their bad reputation comes from being trained and bred to be fighters or aggressive by owners who aren’t interested in the welfare of the dog but more so for their own self-interests.

If you’re thinking you want a fun night out, then buy and ticket and learn some more about the event here: http://pfpbcharityballnyc-efbevent.eventbrite.com. If you’re curious to learn about how to volunteer at Pinups for Pitbulls, check out their website: http://pinupsforpitbulls.org/.

Photo courtesy of Pinups for Pitbulls