Meetup.com Pet Lover Groups in Portland, Oregon

So your dog could use some friends… and hey, why not you too? There’s nothing wrong with more friends, right? Portland is known for having great coffee, food carts, and being one of the top pet-friendly cities in the USA.

If you’re new to Portland or want meet some new fellow pet lovers Meetup.com is a website where people can join groups and participate in events with others who share common interests. Meetup groups for pet owners are great because they can help you find play groups for your dog based on size, energy level, breed, and location. Some groups ask for a small donation and others are free.

Here are 5 of the most active pet Meetup groups for Portland, OR:

The Portland Pug Meetup Group: There are over 900 members and they have monthly meetups at dog parks around Portland. Imagine a park full of fawn, black, and brindle pugs playing and running around. If you have a pug and want to meet other pug owners, this is the group! Their next play date is scheduled for August 4, 2012. You must be a member of the group to find out the location and RSVP.

The Portland Dachshund Meetup Group: This group has over 300 members and is a great way for Dachshund owners to meet each other. Dachshunds of all kinds are welcome. It’s great this group exists because these little pups sometimes are intimidated by taller dogs. Imagine a stampede of Dachshunds running around Gabriel Park! You must be a member to view the play dates.

The Portland Shiba Inu Meetup Group: Meet other local Shiba Inu owners. They have monthly play dates and membership is free. Due to the free-spirited nature of Shiba Inus, the play dates are always at fenced in dog parks or indoors.

The Portland Dog-Lovers Meetup Group: This is a fun loving group of dogs of all breeds, shapes, and sizes and their owners. They schedule dog hikes, urban walks, dog friendly happy hours, bbqs, and educational events. Their meetups are not just in Portland, a few past events were to the coast and surrounding areas.

The Portland Small Dog and Wine Lovers Meetup Group: This meetup group was started by a couple who moved to PDX within the last year. The group has about 100 members who all love their furry buddies and also have an interest in good food, good wine, and socializing. Some past meetups have been group trips to a winery, brunch, and play dates at local dog parks and indoor dog parks.

There are so many more meetup groups for Portland dog lovers, are you a member? What groups do you and your pup belong to?

Image from The Portland Dog Lovers Meetup Group

Upcoming Pet Events in Oregon

There are lots of creative and fun events going on in Oregon throughout the current holiday season. Whether Northwesterners are looking for pictures with Santa, puppy romps, pub crawls or reading sessions with dogs, lots of options are available!

Beer for Pooches Holiday Pub Crawl

Various locations

Portland, Oregon

December 11

The Beer for Pooches Holiday Pub Crawl will start at the Laurelwood NW public house. Admission to this event is $30, and that will cover a T-shirt, one drink ticket, other drink specials and possible raffle prizes. The money is meant to benefit the Oregon Humane Society. This pub crawl will go on from 12:00-7:00 PM.

Santa Paws Party at Hotel Monaco

Hotel Monaco

Portland, Oregon

December 11

The Santa Paws Party will happen from 2:00-4:00 PM in downtown Portland, in order to benefit the Oregon Humane Society. Dogs, cats and humans can take photos with Santa Claus. There will also be opportunities to decorate dog cookies, or to shop for goodies at the toy bar.

Dog Tale Time

Eugene Downtown Library

Eugene, Oregon

December 11

Dog Tale Time is a chance for children to read books aloud to trained canines. Youngsters can go there from 2:00-3:00, but parents must pre-register them by calling 541-682-8316.

Memorial Art Community Workshop

DoveLewis

Northwest Portland

December 12

The Memorial Art Community Workshop will be an opportunity for those who have lost a pet to express their grief and also be constructive through the means of arts and crafts. This workshop goes on the second Sunday of every month. From 1:00-2:30 PM, families are welcome, and from 3:00-4:00 PM, it is meant for adult participants over the age of 16.

Puppy Romp

Oregon Humane Society Manners Hall

Portland, Oregon

December 18

The OHS Puppy Romp session is a great opportunity to socialize young dogs while they are supervised by trained staff. The romp will go on from 4:00-5:00 PM, and is $15 to participate.

Puppy Romp

Schroeder’s Den

Hillsboro, Oregon

December 19

Another Puppy Romp is happening at this doggie daycare center. It is for dogs over 10 weeks, but under 6 months. The one-hour sessions from 1:00-2:00 PM can cost $8 per individual time, or $40 for six times.

Yappy Hour

Bishop Creek Cellars

Newberg, Oregon

December 30

This Yappy Hour will also be a New Year’s Mingle from 5:00-8:00. People who join this celebration can take advantage of the free samples and a chance to win a raffle prize. If they buy a bottle, part of the proceeds will go towards the Newberg Animal Shelter.

Upcoming Pet Events in Oregon for the Rest of September 2010

There are plenty of pet-related activities going on in Oregon, especially in the Portland area. They include puppy and small dog play groups, carnivals, wine events, dog washes and massage classes.

Small Dog Playgroup

Oregon Humane Society: Manners Hall

Portland, Oregon

September 18

This small dog play session hosted by OHS will take place from 4:30-5:30 PM. Admission is $15, and dogs must be under 20 lbs and over 5 months in age.

Puppy Romp

Schroeder’s Den

Hillsboro, Oregon

September 19

The Puppy Romp is meant for dogs who are 10 weeks to 6 months in age, and up-to-date in vaccinations. It will go on from 1:00-2:00 PM, and it costs $8 for a single time, or $40 for a six-pack package. The Romp is a great place for young puppies to learn to be social.

Pours for Paws

Domaine Meriwether Winery

Veneta, Oregon

September 19

Pours for Paws will be a benefit event for the Greenhill Humane Society. It will take place from 12:00-6:00 PM, and will be free admission with live music, artisan wines, food booths and fine views.

Basic Dog Massage for Owners

Sellwood Dog Company

Portland, Oregon

September 22

This class will go on from 7:15-8:45 PM, and will be $45 to register (call 503-380-4487 to RSVP). This session will teach dog owners how to effectively calm dogs during stressful times, relieve their joints and other useful skills.

PetUtopia’s 1st Annual Fall Carnival

Greater Portland Bible Church

Portland, Oregon

September 25

This Fall Carnival will include T-Touch sessions for pets and people, confidence runs, agility demonstrations, K9 Nosework classes, ask the vet, pet massages, pet portraits, dog nail trimmings, a session on gardening advice for working with pets and more. There will also be activities for children. This event will occur from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM, and admission is a suggested donation of new pet food or new/slightly used pet gear.

Dog Wash

Whole Foods

Portland, Oregon

September 26

The OHS is putting on a dog wash at the Whole Foods on NE Fremont and 15th, and the services will be volunteered by Aussie Pet Grooming. The prices range on the size of the dog, and are a suggested donation to benefit the OHS. Dogs will be treated to shampooing, rinsing and quick drying.

Waggy Hour

Jupiter Hotel

Portland, Oregon

September 29

Waggy Hour will take place at the trendy Jupiter Motel, and humans and pets are welcome to enjoy fun activites, wines, food and pet-related art from 6:00-8:00 PM. It is a benefit for OHS, and some pets will be there up for adoption.

Upcoming Oregon Pet Events: Early August 2010

A number of fun and beneficial pet-related events will be taking place in Oregon during August. People can purchase cat-created artwork, run for cats or attend a dog park fundraiser.

Canine Social Hour

Opportunity Barks

Pleasant Hill, Oregon

August 1

The canine social hours will be split up into two sections. From 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, there will be a play session for dogs under 30 pounds; from 12:00-1:00 PM, there will be a session for big dogs. It costs $5 to attend, and dog owners get to enjoy coffee and treats while their dogs play.

Puppy Romp

Schroeder’s Den

Hillsboro, Oregon

August 1, 8, 15, 22

The Puppy Romp is a weekly Sunday play session from 1:00-2:00 PM monitored by a dog trainer. It is for dogs between ten weeks and six months old. These sessions cost $8 for a single time, or $40 for a “six pack” discount.

Furs Thursday

Tufenkian Artisan Carpets

Portland, Oregon

August 5

Furs Thursday will be a display of cat-created artwork in the Pearl. People can stop by and see or buy the pieces, and adopt the cats that created them, between 5:00-8:00 PM.

Off-Leash Control

Oregon Humane Society, Manners Hall

Portland, Oregon

August 6-27

The Off-Leash Control will be a four-week class that will go on each Friday from 1:00-1:50 PM. It costs $85 to enroll, and a certified dog trainer will instruct people on how to get dogs’ attention while outside, coming out of play mode and teaching some commands.

Boot Scootin’ Bow Wow Fun Day 2010

Guide Dogs for the Blind Oregon Campus

Boring, Oregon

August 7

The Boot Scootin’ Bow Wow Fun Day will start at 9:00 AM, and will feature seminars, presentations, games and activities. They will have lunch from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, and things will wrap up by 2:00 PM. Though there will be guide dogs on display, only humans are allowed to attend this event.

Dog Day Afternoon

Hazeldale Dog Park

Aloha, Oregon

August 7

The 8th Annual Dog Day Afternoon will go on from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, and will be a fundraiser to support this dog park. Activities will include a raffle, vendors, Canine Good Citizen testing, flyball, dog dancing display and agility.


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CATnip Friday 5k & Mouse Miler

Sherwood High School Track

Sherwood, Oregon

August 13

The CATnip Friday 5k & Mouse Miler will begin with registration at 5:00 PM; the 5k run will then start at 6:50, and the Mouse Miler one-mile street run will begin at 7:45. It will also feature vendors and a balloon artist, and is a family friendly event. Pledges will receive prizes if they collect over certain amounts of money.

West Coast Ferret Clubs and Rescue Groups

Ferret lovers and owners throughout the West Coast of the United States have a handful of clubs they can join. Some of these clubs are rescue networks, if people are interested in adopting ferrets.

The California clubs pay close attention to the legalization issues regarding ferrets.

Ferret Friends, Inc

Ferret Friends, Inc, is based out of Tuscon, and is connected to the southern region of Arizona. They are around to provide information to the public on ferrets and to rescue unwanted ferrets and give them new homes. Rescue sponsors in this club can enjoy the seasonal Fall Fun Show Picnic and Spring Fling Picnic. They also publish a newsletter.

Mile High Ferret Club

The Mile High Ferret Club is a group based in Colorado, and its members promote the “better care of domesticated ferrets.” They work with Ferret Dreams, a rescue and adoption network. This club puts on several activities, like ferret play dates (such as BBQs), ferret enrichment, ferret education events, fund raising for Ferret Dreams and fund raising for ferret shelters around the country.

Cascade Ferret Network

The Cascade Ferret Network is based in Portland, Oregon. They are a club that rescues unwanted ferrets and takes proper care of them before placing them into new homes. They usually have several ferrets up for adoption.

Inland Northwest Ferret Association

The Inland Northwest Ferret Association is based in the state of Washington. Their goal is the promotion of public education regarding domestic ferrets, including topics like care, health, maintenance and vaccinations.

West Coast Ferrets

West Coast Ferrets is based out of Sacramento, California. They hold meetings the second Tuesday of every month.

Golden State Ferret Society

The Golden State Ferret Society is a California club that holds meetings the first Tuesday of every month. This club is around the provide education, ferret rescue, ferret legalization information for California and social activities. Members do not have to own a ferret, and joining is confidential.

Northern California Ferret Alliance

The Northern California Ferret Alliance is based out of Brisbane, California, and is there for the domestic ferret and the people that love them. They hold monthly meetings in San Francisco and Concord, California. Membership is confidential, and ferret ownership is not required.

Upcoming Pet Events in Oregon and Washington

Summer is the best time to be in the Northwest, both for humans and their animal companions! There are some charity events, dog festivals, classes, happy hours and more fun things to do for the next few weeks throughout Oregon and Washington.

Waggy Hour

Jupiter Hotel

Portland, Oregon

June 30

The Oregon Humane Society and LexiDog Boutique & Social Club are helping put on this Waggy Hour at the trendy Jupiter Hotel. It will be a happy hour lasting from 6:00-8:00 PM, and there will be food, drinks, pet-related artists and pets up for adoption. Dogs are welcome, and part of the proceeds will go to the OHS.

Shy Dog Class

Oregon Humane Society Manners Hall

Portland, Oregon

July 10

This Shy Dog Class will go on from 4:30-6:00 PM, and will be a workshop intended to boost dogs’ confidence and encourage them in many situations. It will also go over communications skills between humans and dogs. The class will be instructed by a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, and costs $35 with a dog and $25 without a dog (dogs must be fixed and vaccinated).

Puppy Romp

Oregon Humane Society Manners Hall

Portland, Oregon

July 14

The Puppy Romp will take place from 6:00-7:00 PM, and costs $15. It will be a nice chance to introduce your puppy into social settings with other dogs, a valuable skill in its development. Puppies are required to be at least 5 months old, in good health and properly vaccinated.

SummerFest PetFest

Lively Park

Springfield, Oregon

July 17

The SummerFest PetFest will be a free event going on from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, and families and pets are welcome to attend! There will be a large variety of activities during this morning, including Border Collie International Frisbee Dogs, a station to ask vets questions, contests, performances, dog park orientations and more.

Bark for Life

Willamette Park

Portland, Oregon

July 18

Bark for Life will be a non-competitive walk from 8:00-9:00 AM. Humans and dogs are welcome to walk and support the American Cancer Society. It costs $20 for the first participant/dog, and then $10 for every additional dog in the family. Those who register the day of the walk must pay $25 per dog.

Dog-A-Thon 2010

Fort Steilacoom Park

Lakewood, Washington

July 24

This will be the 20th Annual Dog-A-Thon, which will take place from 8:30 AM-1:00 PM. It is one of Washington’s largest dog walks, and a huge fundraiser for the Humane Society.

Yappy Hour Tour

Hotel Monaco

Portland, Oregon

July 27

The Yappy Hour Tour will take place from 6:00-8:00 PM, and is $50 admission. Humans and their canine companions are welcome to attend and socialize and enjoy the cocktail party. It is meant to benefit the Oregon Humane Society.

Pet Stores in Salem, Oregon

Salem, Oregon has an array of interesting small pet businesses. Most of them are centered around dogs, but there are also some resources for cats and other domestic animals.

Sebastian’s Healthy Pet Food & Supply

This store has been open since 1993, and they sell all sorts of premium cat and dog foods, along with nail trimmers, toys, dental hygiene products, flea products and more.

Yuppy Puppy

Yuppy Puppy is located in Salem’s historic Reed Opera House. It is a new store that opened in 2008, and is dedicated to providing dogs with many options of fashion and design. They claim to catch the trends in all of the major fashion centers in the world to bring straight to the dogs.

If your dog is festive, they have all sorts of different clothing for holidays, including Christmas, Valentine’s, St Patricks, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. They also carry a wide range of different types of dog clothes, like coats, sweaters, hoodies, pants and bikinis. Apart from clothes, they also carry luxurious dog toys, harnesses, leashes, collars, carriers and travel accessories.

Coral Reef Pet Center

The Coral Reef Pet Center sells all sorts of saltwater fish, corals and anonemoes. Some of their featured products include clams, yellowtort, jawfish and zoanthid polyps.

Pet Etc

Pet Etc is a locally owned store that sells all sorts of pet food, treats and supplies.  They also sell many accessories, carriers and health products.

Salem Friends of Felines

Salem Friends of Felines is not exactly a pet store, but is a thirft store and cat shelter. The thrift store is meant to raise money to help out the cats. They mostly sell clothing and household goods.

Everything Pawsable

Everything Pawsable is a dog training center, where they do puppy classes, obedience classes and therapy dog certification. They also sell some dog gifts, foods and supplies.

Pet Village Ltd

Pet Village has been providing pet boarding facilities ever since 1974. They also offer training services, like obedience classes, private lessons, puppy kindergarten and guard and protection classes.

Affordable Pet Grooming

Affordable Pet Grooming has services for all breeds and sizes. They can do baths, cuts, nails and other services for dogs. They also do boarding.

Upcoming Pet Events in Oregon

Lots of great pet-related events are happening in Oregon the rest of May, especially around Portland and Eugene. There are some great classes to attend, as well as the opening of a new dog hotel, a pug crawl, benefits and more!

Bark in the Park

Alton Barker Park

Eugene, Oregon

May 16

This will be the 17th annual event put on by the Greenhill Humane Society. It will be a 5k run/2k walk for the animals, and you can register there at 7:00 AM, or register in advance. All of the registration fee, sponsors and pledges will go to help the humane society. After the run/walk, there will be prizes for the winners, and then some dog activities, demos, refreshments and contests.

Opportunity Barks First Year Anniversary

Opportunity Barks

Pleasant Hill, Oregon

May 16

Opportunity Barks, a dog training and boarding center, will be hosting its own birthday party from 12:00-4:00 PM. It is a potluck, so people should bring their own food, and Opportunity Barks will provide the party with beverages, raffles and music. Humans only.

Foster Care Orientation

Greenhill Humane Society

Eugene, Oregon

May 17

On Monday, the humane society will be hosting two sessions on foster care and orientation. The first will go on from 10:00-11:00 AM, and the second will go on from 5:00-6:00 PM. Those who are interested in attending must call to register: 541-689-1503, ext. 116.

Pooches in the Pearl

Fields Park

Portland, Oregon

May 22

This will be the first-ever Pooches in the Pearl, which will go on from 1:00-4:00 PM. It will be an afternoon full of canine education that is sponsored by many local businesses. This event is meant for dog owners to become more informed on being responsible to their pets and active in their community. Dogs must be leashed to attend.

OHS Pug Crawl

MacTarnahan’s Taproom

Portland, Oregon

May 23

This Pug Crawl will go on from 1:00-3:00 PM, and is a suggested $10 donation, which will go to the Oregon Humane Society. People are encouraged to bring their dressed-up, leashed pugs, as there will be a parade starting at 2:30 PM. There will also be food, drinks and music.

Sniff Dog Hotel Opening

Sniff Dog Hotel

Portland, Oregon

May 24

The long-awaited opening of the Sniff Dog Hotel in the Pearl will finally take place on this Monday.

Understanding Your Dog

Willamette Humane Society

Salem, Oregon

May 24

This seminar will be held from 5:30-7:00 PM, and will cover common issues that dog owners come about, as well as how to build a positive relationship with your pet. Drop-ins and families are welcome, humans only.

Upcoming Pet Events Around Oregon

There are some fun and educational events going on during the next couple weeks in Oregon. You can take classes and learn how to trap feral cats or massage dogs, or attend dog social hours.

Caring For Feral Cats

Greenhill Humane Society

Eugene, Oregon

April 17

This class will cover how to care for feral cats, as well as techniques in trapping, neutering and returning them to their trapping course. It is a free class that will go on from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM. RSVP is required.

Canine Sunday Playgroup

Opportunity Barks

Pleasant Hill, Oregon

April 18

Well-behaved, sociable dogs are welcome to go to the Sunday playgroup session. The first group is reserved for small dogs under 30 lbs, and will go on from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM. The second group is for larger dogs, and will go on from 12:00-1:00 PM.

It costs $5, and there will be baked goods and coffee for the owners. Puppies must be at least 4 months old, and all dogs must be vaccinated.

Finicky Feline Class

Oregon Humane Society

Portland, Oregon

April 18

At 12:30 PM, you can attend a class about common cat problems, such as litter training, biting, scratching, attitude and other domestic issues. There is a $10 suggested donation.

Taking Care of Your Pet’s Teeth

Rose City Vet

Portland, Oregon

April 22

Becky Smith, a Certified Veterinary Technician, will host this free class at 7:00 PM. She will go over how to brush your cat’s or dog’s teeth, when to schedule dental cleaning, and what happens if your pet’s teeth are not cleaned. You must RSVP, as space is limited!

Tail Tales

Willamette Humane Society

Salem, Oregon

April 24

At 12:30 PM, children ages 4-10 can come to the shelter and enjoy an animal-themed story and meet a pet or two. Drop ins are welcome!

Smart Planning for Pet Medical Expense

PetUtopia

Beaverton, Oregon

April 24

This will be a free animal workshop from 5:30-6:30 PM. Financial advisers will be there giving advice on how you can fit your pet expenses into your overall living budget. They will also explain certain methods you may not have thought of.

Basic Dog Massage Class

Doggy Business

Portland, Oregon

April 25

This class will start at 11:30 and go on until 1:30 PM. Participants just need to bring their dogs, and they will get expert advice on all sorts of dog massage methods, such as relieving muscle and joint tension. You must RSVP to attend; the class costs $40.

Upcoming Pet Events and Workshops Around Portland, OR

Lots of fun and helpful events and classes are going on in the Portland area this week!

Alternatives to Declawing

PetUtopia

Beaverton, Oregon

March 16

From 7:30-8:30, PetUtopia will host a lecture by Amy Tongue, who is from the Oswego Veterinary Hospital. She will discuss several dangers related to declawing cats, and alternative ways to handle claws. She will also explain some tools that people can use to prevent cats from messing up their furniture. This is a free workshop!

Dog Nutrition Workshop

DoveLewis

Portland, Oregon

March 16

There will be a workshop from 6:00-7:30 PM, taught be the DoveLewis staff, and it will cover how to read pet food labels, by-products, and information on raw food diets. This is a free workshop, but participants are required to register in advance.

Family Pet Care & Rescue

Beaverton Library

Beaverton, Oregon

March 19

Animal Aid will be at the Beaverton Library from 3:30-4:30 PM, and will explain how to make good decisions when it comes to adopting, fostering and rescuing cats or dogs. It will be directed toward children in the second through fifth grades, with their parents. You must pre-register by signing in at the Children’s Desk at the library, or by calling: (503) 350-3600.

Gardening with Pets in Mind

PetUtopia

Beaverton, Oregon

March 20

This free Animal Aid Workshop will be held at PetUtopia from 10:00 AM-11:00 AM. Two gardeners will explain some techniques in how people can design for pets or pet-friendly areas in the greater garden to accommodate pets and their specific needs. They will also discuss how to deal with common problems, like digging and potential poisonous plants.

Pooches on Green

City Park

Beaverton, Oregon

March 20

Dogs and humans are invited to this park for the second annual Pooches on Green. It will take place from 11:00 AM-3:00 PM. It will be an Irish-themed event that will celebrate the St Patrick’s Day spirit, with an Irish pipe band, dancing, contests and demonstrations. Dogs and humans can dress up and enter contests, but they must pre-register to compete. Several vendors and pet care specialists will be there, along with Beaverton Cares, who will be collecting canned and dry food, along with new collars, leashes, nail clippers and toys for dogs in need.

Finicky Feline Class

Oregon Humane Society

Portland, Oregon

March 21

If you are having some cat issues, or are thinking about adopting a cat, this will be a good educational seminar to pick up some tips. It is free, and will take place from 12:30-1:30 PM.

Bowl for Paws

Interstate Lanes

Portland, Oregon

March 21

Interstate Lanes in North Portland will host a Fundraiser event to help out the Oregon Humane Society. Participants must check in between 9:30-10:30 AM; it costs $25 per couple, and you must pre-register. Donations for the Humane Society are also accepted.