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!

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!

photo by CountryMax

September Pet Events

There are many dog-friendly events happening in September for you and your family to go to and have some fun, learn some new tips about pet care, and maybe even adopt a new family member. If you’re in any of the following cities, check out the pet events that are being held and maybe get your dog a fresh bath, or win a few prizes, or race your pup.

There are so many different activities for you and your pets to participate in. Here’s a few events happening in the next few weekends around the country.

Labor Day Dog Wash and Vaccine Clinic
Where: 3949 Dick Pond Road, Myrtle Beach, SC
When: Sept 3, 2011 1pm to 4pm
Admission: Free

From 1pm to 4pm come down to the K9 Cabana Dog Resort and celebrate Labor Day Weekend by having your dog washed, nails trimmed, and maybe even get a caricature created of your pup. Cartoon sketch artist, Eric Grady, will be there and will draw your pooch for you. There’s also a mobile vaccine clinic where you can update your dog’s vaccines for low-cost.

For more information please call 843-748-0351.

Paws in the Park 2011
Where: Payson Park, Baxter Blvd, Portland ME
When: Sept 4, 2011 10am to 2pm
Admission: $15 to $40 depending on the type of registration

Paws in the Park is a dog walk around Payson Park and you don’t need a dog to participate but your pup may enjoy a day out and about. Proceeds from the event will help benefit homeless pets via the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. Registrants will receive a gift bag, and be able to participate in some of the contests and other activities scheduled. The walk begins at 11am after registration. At 12pm there will be a number of contests such as Best Bark, Best Trick, Most Fashionable, and other fun contests. There will also be a micro-chip clinic, vendors, and various rescue groups on hand to answer any questions you have and also help educate the general public.

For more information please call 207-854-9771 ext. 102.

Dove Lewis Westie Walk
Where: Wallace Park, NW 25th Ave and NW Raleigh Ave
When: Sept 10, 2011 9am to 12pm
Admission: Registration is $20 per dog

Many West Highland Terriers will gather together in Northwest Portland for a 1.5 mile walk and will turn heads. Join them if you have a west or not! All proceeds from the walk benefit the Velvet Assistance Fund which helps provide financial assistance for low-income qualified patients treated at Dove Lewis. It will definitely be fun and cute!

For more information visit their website.

photo courtesy of The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland