Pet Events in July in the USA

A great way to spoil your dog is to bring them to an event where they can meet new friends, sample some great treats, and participate in competitions and contests. Attending pet events in your area is a good way to bond with your pet, spend time with the whole family, and meet other pet lovers. Plus, many events benefit humane societies and other charities and helps homeless pets in your community.

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 – July 2016

What: Yappy Hour
Where: James Island County Dog Park 871 Riverland Dr, Charleston, SC
When: July 7, 2016 4pm to 8pm
Admission: $2
More Information: 843-795-4386
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After a day at work, come out and play! Bring your pup and enjoy an evening of live music, food, and drink at the James Island Dog Park. This is an ongoing monthly series through the summer and promises to be a great break from the work week. This month’s band is Return of the Mac.

What:Muddy Paws Wine Festival
Where: 3678 Victoria Ave, Vineland, Ontario
When: July 9 – 10, 2016 12pm to 5pm
Admission: $20
More Information: Gordon Biersch Website
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Gordon Biersch and Hillcrest Brewing have brewed All You Need is Love collaboration beers. The variation of beers is debuting on July 12. Come on down and try it out. Also, money is being raised to help the therapy dogs and the travel expenses that went to Orlando, Florida. Bring your dog, bring your human friends, and enter some of the raffles for great prizes.

What: Pool Party
Where: Marshall Grain 3523 William D Tate, Grapevine, TX
When: July 16, 2016 11am to 3pm
Admission: free but donations are encouraged
More Information: DFW pugs
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It’s that time of year again. Join the DFW pugs for a pool party at Marshall Grain. Bring your dog out for a free bath or cool your paws off in one of the several wading pools.There is also a play area for your dogs to make new friends and plenty of treats for them to nibble on.

What: Windy City Pet Expo
Where: Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 Thoreau Dr North, Schaumburg, IL
When: July 23 – 24, 2016 10am to 5pm
Admission: free
More Information: Pet Expo
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The Windy City Amazing Pet Expo is the ultimate pet event! There will be tons of vendors with the latest and greatest pet products. Also, check out the Rescue Groups, see live demonstrations, and enter the raffles for great giveaways and prizes. If your dog likes costumes, enter him/her into the contest! Free nail trims and low cost vaccines are also available at the expo. It’s going to be an awesome weekend at the Convention Center.

Summer Travel with Pets

Summer is easily the most popular travel season in the United States – the weather is reliably great and the kids are out of school, making it an ideal time to pack up the family and head for the hills. Or the beach. Or the forest. (You get the idea.)

Summer is also an excellent time to take a trip that includes the family pet, since good weather means you and your four-legged friends get to spend time outdoors.

No matter what the weather’s like outside your window right now, there’s no reason you can’t start dreaming – and planning – for next summer’s travels. And that’s where we come in. Here are some pet travel tips for the summer, plus links to articles we’ve written about pet-related events in the US during the summer months, from pet parades to dog washes to wine tastings, so you can plan to include the furry members of your family in some of the summer fun.

Summer Pet Travel Tips

Summer is a busy travel 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 summer vacation. Here are some tips to help make your summer 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 beaches and other pet friendly places are in the towns you’re visiting so you know where you can go without leaving your furry friends behind.

Clean Up After Your Pet

Bring plastic bags, litter, or bedding. Wherever you stay, don’t forget to clean up after your pet. It’s both common sense, and courteous to the places you’re visiting.

Never Leave Your Pet in the Car

On sunny and warm days, the air in the car doesn’t circulate and the temperature can rise within minutes to a point where it can become life threatening. Even if the windows are cracked, cars heat up quickly and your pet can be in danger.

Watch for Heatstroke

Even if you don’t keep your pet in a hot car, hot summer weather can still be bad for your pet’s health – find out about the symptoms of heatstroke in dogs, and how you can prevent it.

Vet Records

Bring a copy of your pet’s vaccines. Hotels and vacation rentals often ask for proof of your pet’s vaccines.


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.

Rest Stop Areas Mean Everyone Gets a Break

Take your dog out for a walk, offer some water and a snack. Be sure you’ve got plenty of water around for both you and your pets, especially on hot days.

Practice Water Safety

Just because your dog loves the water doesn’t mean he always knows its dangers! Keep an eye on your pet around water, especially when it’s an unfamiliar place. Animals won’t know about fast-moving currents, how tired they can get if they swim out too far (or for too long), and potentially-poisonous water sources, among other things. If your pet will be in and out of water often on your trip, bring along a life-jacket for him or her, too. Here are a few more swimming safety tips for pets.

Sunblock is for Pets, Too

Did you know that animals can get sunburned, too? This is especially true for animals with light-colored skin. If that describes your pet, talk to your vet about getting some pet-safe sunscreen and then be sure to use it (particularly on areas like the nose and ears).

Keep Summer Bugs Away

Summer is high travel season, and it’s also a high bug season. Things like fleas, ticks, and even heartworm can be more of an issue for your pets in the summer, so take precautions against them before you leave home.

Poisonous Summer Plants

You might know exactly which plants not to grow at your house, because they’re poisonous to your animals, but when you travel – all bets are off. Try to be alert when your pet is eating greenery you’re unfamiliar with, especially in the summer when the whole world seems like it’s in bloom. Here are some summer plants that are poisonous to animals.

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!

Summer 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!

photo by newandrew on Flickr

Pet-Friendly Events for July

Dogs days of summer… not sure what to do other than mow the lawn? Here are some pet events happening in July that you and your family may want to check out! Bring the dog, bring the kids, and have a day of fun that also helps homeless animals.

The 2nd Annual United Kingdom Week For The Animals starts on July 2 and runs through July 10. It is a week long event that strives to bring together animal shelters, rescue groups, businesses, and the community. There will be pet adoptions, dog shows, low cost spay and neuter, activities, and more happening all week long across the UK. All the events will spotlight how amazing animals are and how compassionate people can be.

For more information and a list of the events check out UK Animals or call 00-1-877-454-0807.

Poochapalooza is happening on July 9th at the Strawberry Fields Athletic Field in Marysville, WA located at 6100 152nd Place NE from 10am to 3pm. It’s free to go and benefits the care and upkeep of the Strawberry Fields off-leash dog park. This is the 5th year for Poochapalooza and there will be over 50 vendors, demos of flyball, dancing dogs, and a pie eating contest. Bring your dog down and let her run around the 3 acre park. It promises to be a fun day!

For more information call 360-651-0633 or visit their website.

The Wagging Tails and Wine Tasting event is being presented by Garden Court Hotel in partnership with Palo Alto Patch on July 14 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm with all proceeds benefitting the Humane Society of Silicon Valley. The suggested admission is $20 and it will be a fun filled evening of wine tasting, food, and activities for dogs and their owners. The event will take place at the Garden Court Hotel located at 520 Cowper Street in Palo Alto, Ca.

For more information call 650-543-2215 or RSVP on their website.

Photo courtesy of Poochapalooza.