Pet Events in November in the USA

When the leaves have turned color and we’ve pulled out the winter blankets, our days are shorter and our pets are cuddling closer, Fall is here. This doesn’t mean that there are less things to do. November is full of educational, exciting, and silly pet events. Looking for something to do on the weekends when the kids are home from school, you have the day off, and your dog has some energy to burn?

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 – November 2016

Petco Grand Opening

When: November 4 – 6, 2016
Where: 1320 E Lincoln Way, Sparks, NV
Admission: Free
More information: 775 – 386- 1025
Hotels in NV

Petco is opening a new store in Starks, NV and has invited everyone to come on down. There will be free seminars about animal care and education, grooming services, and door prizes for everyone who stops in. Bring your canine buddy and let him/her check out the selection of toys and treats. The grand opening promises to be fun and exciting.

Stride for Strays

When: November 6, 2016 9:30am to 2pm
Where: Perry Harvey Sr. Park, 1201 N. Orange St, Tampa, FL
Admission: Free
More information: 813 – 335 – 3778
Hotels in FL

The annual dog walk and fundraiser is back in Tampa. The money raised benefits The Animal Coalition of Tampa which helps cats and dogs who are looking for their forever homes. The walk will take place in the newly renovated Perry Harvey Sr. Park. Come on down and bring your furry buddy.

The Diamond Ball

When: November 12, 2016 5pm to midnight
Where: One Ritz Carlton Dr., Dana Point, CA
Admission: $250
More information: Diamond Ball
Hotels in CA

The Diamond Ball is a gala benefiting the Canine Companions Veterans Initiative. The Canine Companions Veterans Initiative provides an opportunity for veterans to regain independence with the help of service animals. This year’s gala will include a silent auction, a live auction, four-course dinner, and several drawings. Put on your evening dress wear and get ready for a lovely night of good food, entertainment, and dancing.

Bow Wow Bonanza

When: November 20, 2016 10am to 3pm
Where: 16700 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami Beach, FL
Admission: Free but parking is $2
More information: Bow Wow Bonanza website
Hotels in FL

This event is going to be amazing. There will be K9 demonstrations, an agility arena, contests for the best dressed, obedience, and best trick. Need a kiss from a pup? Go visit the kissing booth. There will also be food, gifts, drinks, and plenty of goodies for you and your dog to enjoy. Proceeds raised will benefit the local pet shelters and organizations. Get ready! It will be fun.

Pet Events in October in the USA

Fall is here! October is full of pet-friendly events that will be fun, educational, and still taken advantage of the great cool weather. The days are getting shorter but it doesn’t mean the fun stops for you and your pets!

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 – October 2016

Spooky Pooch

When: Oct 1, 2016 11am to 3pm
Where: Washing Park, Cole Ave and Washington Ave, Cincinnati, OH
Admission: Free
More information: 614 – 286 – 2802
Hotels in OH

This is the 5th annual Spooky Pooch event and this year will be the best! There will be a grooming exhibition where professional groomers have the challenge of creating the most unique and fun hairstyles on dogs. Sign up to walk your dog in the costume parade, enter the contests, and check out the silent auction.

Yappy Hour

When: Oct 4, 2016 6pm to 8pm
Where: Rita’s On The River, 245 E. Commerce, San Antonio, TX
Admission: Free
More information: Rita’s
Hotels in TX

Come on down to Rita’s On The River and listen to music, have some great food, and treat your dog to some yummy treats from the doggy menu. There will also be giveaways and specials on hand. Parking is free. Bring your dog and hang out for a few hours with other dog lovers along the San Antonio Riverwalk.

Paws in the Park

When: Oct 8, 2016 10am to 3pm
Where: 788 Lafayette Ave, Hawthorne, NJ
Admission: Free
More information: Paws in the Park
Hotels in NJ

This is the first Paws in the Park at Goffle Brook Park. The event promises to be fun with face-painting for the kids, various contests, and demonstrations. Don’t miss the K-9 demo by the sheriff’s department! There will be music, food, and vendors selling the latest and greatest pet products. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Sheriff’s K-9 memorial wall where the names of fallen and retired K-9s are added.

Nashville Pet Expo

When: Oct 8, 2016 10am to 6pm
Where: Middle Tennessee Expo Center, 1660 Middle Tennessee Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN
Admission: Free
More information: Pet Expo
Hotels in TN

Check this event out! There will be hundreds of vendors at the expo selling toys, beds, and lots of other pet products. Don’t miss the live demonstrations and training sessions. There will also be contests where you can show off your pet’s coolest halloween costume or unique pet trick. Plus, if you are thinking of adding to your fuzzy family, go check out the adoption corner. There will also be a low cost vaccine area if you need to get your pet updated or want to microchip him.

Dog Film Festival

When: Oct 15, 2106 11am to 10pm
Where: Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, NY, NY
Admission: $15.00
More information: Dog Film Festival
Hotels in NY

The Dog Film Festival is returning to NYC during Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! The festival celebrates the bond between dogs and people. The films are all ages and are all dog related. The screenings include documentaries, animated, and live-action. Purchase your tickets directly from Symphony Space.

Monster Mash Pet Dash

When: Oct 29, 2016 9am to 1pm
Where: Upland Memorial Park, 1100 E. Foothill Rd, Upland, CA
Admission: $15
More information: 909 – 931 – 4330
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Pets Events in September In The USA

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!

>>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 – September 2016

Bow Wow Bark in the Park

When: Sept 3, 2016 9am to 6pm
Where: Rockwell Park, Bristol Ct
Admission: Free
More Information: 860-940-9260
>> Hotels in CT

Bow Wow Bark in the Park is an event where your pup will have the time of his life. It’s all an day event so get plenty of the sleep the night before. There will be costume contests, a talent show, an animal adoption area if you’re thinking of expanding your furry family, a photo booth, and good food, games for kids, and more. If you bring your dog, s/he must be on a leash, must be up to date with vaccines, and ok with large crowds and other dogs. The admission is free but please consider bringing a can or small bag of food which will be given to a shelter.

Strut Your Mutt

When: Sept 10, 2016 8am to 12pm
Where: Sellwood Riverfront Park, Portland Or
Admission: Free to watch, varies for registration
More Information: 602-617-2314
>> Hotels in Or

It’s the annual Strut Your Mutt in Portland. Bring your dog and enjoy the walk, play a game of musical doggie chairs, enter the raffles, and check out the vendors who will be there. There will also be contests, a little dog race, and an ask a vet booth. The money raised will benefit 6 of the local dog and cat shelters in the Portland metro area.

25th Annual Dog Olympics

When: Sept 10, 2016 10am to 2pm
Where: North Carolina State University, 1060 William Moore Drive, Raleigh, NC
Admission: Varies, check website
More Information: CVM Olympics
>> Hotels in NC

Come out and participate in the games. Dogs of all size are encouraged to take part in the events. There will competitions like small dog limbo, the longest tail competition, high jump, and frisbee toss. At the games 13 rescue groups and shelters are going to be there as well as over 20 vendors. This is a great way to have some fun, help out your local shelters, and play some games with your dog.

Doggiest Walk N Roll

When: Sept 17, 2016 9am to 1pm
Where: 1101 S. Joyce St, Arlington, VA
Admission: Free
More Information: 571-216-4863
>> Hotels in VA

Participate in raising money for more assistance dogs for people with disabilities. Create a team with friends or coworkers, get sponsored, and walk. After the walk, there will be food, vendors, and festivities.

Strut Your Mutt

When: Sept 18, 2016 12pm to 4pm
Where: 3950 Scott Street, San Francisco, CA
Admission: Free
More Information: Strut Your Mutt SF
>> Hotels in CA

Not your everyday walk. Strut Your Mutt helps raise money for local shelters. The SF Strut Your Mutt will have a bean bag toss, simon says, and hula hoop games. There will also be kids area to make crafts. Check out the fly ball demo and little dog race while you’re there. Bring your dog! Bring your family! Get ready for fun.

Face Foundation 4th Annual Doggie Dash

When: Sept 25, 2016 9am to 12pm
Where: 5553 Copley Drive, San Diego, CA
Admission: $30 registration
More Information: Road Runner Sports
>> Hotels in CA

FACE helps families with pets who are in need of veterinary assistance. This year, FACE will hosting the Doggie Dash. The proceeds will go towards continuing the mission of helping pets. Join the fun and walk the 5k with your best furry friend. After the walk, stick around and join in the games, browse the vendors, and enter the costume contests and other competitions. It will be a great day for a great cause.

Fall Travel With Pets

Fall is easily the most packed holiday season in the United States – the weather is reliably cooler and the kids are back in school, Labor day, Halloween, Columbus day, Veterans day, Thanksgiving, and sometimes even Hanukkah, all start in Fall. Meaning there is a lot of planning of family trips, get togethers, and shopping.

Fall is also an excellent time to take a weekend getaway that includes the family pet, since cooler weather means you and your four-legged friends get to spend time outdoors and not feel overheated.

No matter what your day to day tasks are, there’s no reason to not plan ahead for next fall’s travels. And that’s where we come in. Here are some pet travel tips for the fall, plus links to articles we’ve written about pet-related events in the US during the autumn months.

Fall Pet Travel Tips

Fall is a busy season anyway, so when you plan to travel with a pet you need to make doubly sure you’ve done your homework – arriving in a town where there’s no vacancy at the pet-friendly hotel and all the other rooms are booked for the night is no way to have a relaxing vacation. Here are some tips to help make your fall travels fun and memorable for you and your pet.


Make sure the tags on your pet’s collar are up to date and fastened securely to the collar.

Research and Obey Local Laws

Be aware of local leash laws when you travel – you can’t assume every town loves your dog as much as you do. Find out where the pet friendly places are in the towns you’re visiting so you know where you can go without leaving your furry friends behind.

Keep your pet warm

If your pet has short hair, time to pull out the doggie sweaters. If your pet has had a summer cut, let it grow in a bit. Make sure there are no drafts where the pet bed is and dry your dog and cat well after they have had a romp in the rain or after a bath to prevent chills.

Never Leave Your Pet in the Car

No matter how cool it is outside, it’s never safe to leave your pet in the car. On sunny days, the car can heat up quickly and on colder days, the car can become an ice box.

Watch for snakes!

Snakes are starting to look for places to hibernate for winter and they can become pretty hostile if disturbed. If you go on a hike with your furry buddy, be careful about letting him/her dig around and run through bushes. Keep your pets away from areas where you know snakes like to hang out.

Watch out for mushrooms

While many types of mushrooms are not harmful to pets, the ones that are can be highly toxic. Don’t let your pet wander away too far where s/he may find some and eat them. Keep them away from areas where mushrooms are growing.


Make sure you have enough of it for the duration of your time away from home. Pick up refills for your pet before you head out.

Kennels and Carriers

Some places require that your pet be in a carrier or crate when left alone. A kennel is also a safe way to travel for your pet. Airlines have size restrictions for kennels that can travel in cabin. Check about restrictions and pet air travel policies of the airline before booking.

Car coolants

Fall is the time when many of us start winterizing our cars. Clean up spills immediately to prevent your pet from accidentally ingesting coolants.

Keep Bugs Away

Fleas, ticks, and even heartworm can be of an issue for your pets in the summer. In the fall, these parasites may be looking for a warm, dry place to stay during the winter months so take precautions against them before you leave home.

Find the Local Emergency Vet

Know before you go where the emergency vet is in the area you are staying in case your pet becomes injured. It saves a lot of stress and time in the event that your pet needs immediate medical attention.

Find Pet-Friendly Accommodation and Activities

Before you leave home, you can find out about a variety of pet-friendly events going on in and around the places you’ll be visiting on your trip, and you can also make sure you’re booking stays at hotels, campgrounds, and vacation rentals that allow pets – all right here on!

Fall Pet Events in the USA

Please note that these lists aren’t comprehensive – yet! – so if you know of an event for dogs, cats, horses, parrots, guinea pigs or anything else that you think should be added to our lists, please let us know!

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