Tails of Seattle: A pets blog
August pet events: Meteors, DogFest, Catapalooza, Bark at Marymoor
While out walking the pup this weekend, we'll be scanning the night skies for the Perseid meteor shower. The show of bright streaking lights is expected to peak late Saturday.
If a late evening walk under the stars would disrupt your pet's bedtime schedule, maybe a little daytime fun would be a better choice. See the events below.
DogFest: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 11, Hamlin Park, 16006 15th Ave. N.E., Shoreline. Dogs that love games and contests will have their day at this free event hosted by ShoreDog, the City of Shoreline and the Shoreline Breakfast Rotary. There will be a doggie dash, best shedder competition, pie-eating contest, demonstrations, vendors and more. This year's event has moved to Hamlin Park where there will be a secure designated off-leash area. Contest entry fees benefit Shoreline off-leash areas.
Fabulous Felines: Noon-3 p.m. Aug. 11, Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E., Seattle. Seattle Animal Shelter event features kittens and cats ready to move from foster homes to forever homes. Adoption fees ($45-$135) include spay/neuter, microchip ID and initial vaccinations.
Japanese Gulch Trail-a-Muk 5K Run/Walk: 7-8:45 a.m. registration with run/walk starting at 9 a.m. Aug. 11, Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo. This pet-friendly run/walk benefits the Japanese Gulch restoration efforts. See the website link for details and registration fees.
Catapalooza: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 11-12, Seattle Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue. This is the eighth year for the cat celebration. Adoption fees for adult cats will be waived all weekend. For kittens, the fees for the first 25 approved adoptions will be waived. After that, the kitten fees will be $50. The felines are from nine animal organizations. Family activities will include cat toy crafts, face painting, education stations and advice from a cat expert. There also will be clicker training and other demonstrations, cat-related art and treats. Click here to get a pre-adoption questionnaire to complete and take with you.
CityDog Cover Model Search: Noon-3 p.m. Aug. 12, West Seattle Thriftway, 4201 S.W. Morgan St., Seattle. $10 per dog. The CityDog magazine event benefits Doney Memorial Animal Clinic.
Black Cat Adoption Special: Through Aug. 30, Purrfect Pals Shelter, 230 McRae Road N.E., Arlington, and other adoption locations. Purrfect Pals is reducing the adoption fee for all black cats who are six months or older The cats are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, tested for feline leukemia and have microchip IDs. See the adoption sites for details.
Scrub-a-Mutt: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 18, Strawberry Fields Athletic Complex, 6100 52nd St. N.E., Marysville. Suggested donation for a wash is $5 for a small dogs, $10 for a large dog, and $5 for nail trimming. The first 300 dogs will get goodie bags. There also will be demonstrations in dog agility at 11 a..m. and a K9 demonstration at 2:30 p.m. by the Snohomish County Sheriff's office. The benefit dog wash raises money for canine-based charities.
Cool City Pets: 1-3 p.m. Aug. 18, Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle. Meet and learn about rabbits, gerbils, hamsters and other small animals available for adoption.
Pasado's Bark at Marymoor Park: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 19, Marymoor Park (near the Velodrome), Redmond. The benefit Bark walk starts at noon. There's also a full-day of games, contests, demonstrations, vendors and animal rescue groups. The event's overall goal is to raise $50,000 to help animals. Click here to see a slide show of the 2011 Bark at Marymoor Park. To register for the walk, click here or visit the Pasado's Safe Haven website.
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