Pet Events in December in the USA

Brrrr. The days are shorter and the nights are colder. But this doesn’t mean that you and your canine buddy can’t go out and meet other pets and their owners. The holidays can become quite busy for us and our pets may wonder what the decorations and running around is all about. Take a day and spend it with your dog at a pet friendly event near you. Many of them benefit your local pet rescue organizations or shelters and you may find an awesome toy or new treats that your pet will just love.

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 – December 2016

Stuff-A-Stocking at PetSmart

When: December 3-4, 2016 12pm to 4pm
Where: PetSmart 2076 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston, SC
Admission: Free
More information: (843) 573-9220

Come to PetSmart and shop for your pet and then stuff a stocking free of charge with chewy, crunchy, and jerky treats from Milk-Bone and Pup-Peroni. Even if your pup has enough treats already, you can always gift the stocking to another pup in need!

Santa Paws Pet Night and Adoption Pop Up

When: December 5, 2016 6pm to 8pm
Where: 239 Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos CA
Admission: Prices vary
More information: SPCLA

Time to meet Santa! Bring your dog or cat (must on a leash) to the Los Cerritos Center for their holiday picture. $3 from every package of photos purchased will go to help animals looking for their forever homes. If you’re thinking of growing your fuzzy family, don’t forget to check out the pop up mobile adoption that will also be there.

Champions For Change

When: December 10, 2016 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: Private Malibu Estate
Admission: $75
More information: Modern Dog Magazine

Pull out your best evening wear and support lawmakers and news reporters who help promote animal welfare. The event will have live music, food, drinks, raffles, auctions, and awards. The honorees are Marc Ching, Anita Krajnc, and Diane Warren who have all worked for animals around the world. The address of the event is private until you purchase a ticket and it is tax deductible. All the proceeds go to helping animals.

Best Friends Super Adoption

When: December 16 – 18, 2016
Where: 125 West 18th St, NY, NY
Admission: Free
More information: Best Friends

This is going to be fun. If you are ready to adopt a new friend, head to the Super Adoption. Meet a bunch of lovable and adorable pets who are looking for forever homes. Each rescue group that is participating will have its own booth and adoption application. Many will have same day adoption so you can head home with your new fuzzy buddy that afternoon. If you are planning to adopt, remember to bring ID, a copy of your rental agreement if you rent to show pets are allowed, and a form of payment like a credit card or check.

Puppy playtime at Unleashed

When: December 31, 2016 12pm to 12:30pm
Where:Unleashed Petco 2302 W. Burnside St, Portland, OR
Admission: Free
More information:

Attention all dogs in Philly: Come out and play! For half an hour at Petco chase white tennis balls, run in packs, and burn off some of the extra treats you got for the holidays. This play time is for puppies 8 weeks to 6 months of age. It’s a safe environment to learn social skills and meet new friends. There will be dog trainer on site to help facilitate the event and answer any questions you have about training your new buddy.

Winter Travel With Pets

Winter is a popular travel season in the United States – the weather is cold but great and the kids are out of school on break, making it an ideal time to pack up the family and head for the ski resorts or if you like warmer places, the sunny beach front resorts in warmer climates.

Winter is also an excellent time to take a trip that includes the family pet, especially if they love being out in the colder climates and playing in the snow.

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 winter’s travels. And that’s where we come in. Here are some pet travel tips for the winter, plus links to articles we’ve written about pet-related events in the US during the winter months like pet parades, photos with Santa, and other fun winter events.

Winter Pet Travel Tips

Planning ahead can reduce stress and save time. Don’t forget the following items before you head out:

  1. Winterizing your car – keep all chemicals such as anti-freeze away from your pets. They may ingest some of it and can become incredibly ill.
  2. Medication – 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.
  3. 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 policies of the airline before booking.
  4. Never leave your pet in the car – the air in the car doesn’t circulate and the temperature can drop within minutes to a point where it can become life threatening.
  5. Rest stop areas mean everyone gets a break – take your dog out for a walk, offer some water and a snack.
  6. Identification – make sure the tags on your pet’s collar are up to date and fastened securely to the collar.
  7. Clean up after your pet – bring plastic bags, litter, or bedding. Wherever you stay, don’t forget to clean up after your pet.
  8. Vet records – bring a copy of your pet’s vaccines. Hotels and vacation rentals often ask for proof of your pet’s vaccines.
  9. 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.
  10. Wipe the paws of your pet when coming inside from a walk – ice, debris, and chemicals to de-ice the sidewalks can become trapped between your dog’s toes and in the fur. If your dog licks his feet, he could become ill. Plus ice tangled in fur can be painful.

For more winter tips check out our articles:
Keep Your Pet Safe During Winter
Antifreeze: Toxic to Pets
Winter Pet Tips: Keeping Your Pets Warm and Dry

Winter Pet Events in the USA

Please note that these lists aren’t comprehensive – yet! 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!

Image from Oklahoma Alliance for Animals