Tails of Seattle: A pets blog
Fill your datebook with pet festivals, dog walks and feline fun
Grab that new calendar. We've got a roundup of pet festivals, dog walks, adoption events and more to write in for the new year.
If you're still looking for a calendar for 2013, see the earlier post about calendars offered by local organizations benefiting animals. Click here to see the post.
Before you head out the door, check the event websites for updates and guidelines.
(Some organizations have not released details about annual events but we're giving you a heads up on when they usually happen and the websites to check.)
Do you have an event? Send us an email about it at email@example.com.
Rabbit services: The Spay and Neuter Clinic at the Seattle Animal Shelter is taking appointments for bunnies. Rabbits are the third most common animal in need of a new home to end up at the shelter. Spaying and neutering can help reduce the pet overpopulation. The surgery fee is $75. The clinic is available to any pet owner regardless of residency or income status. For those who cannot afford the surgery, the shelter's Pet Population Control Fund is available to subsidize the cost.
Fabulous Felines: Seattle Animal Shelter showcases cats and kittens at adoption events around the city. The events are usually on the second Saturday of the month. Check the shelter's website for upcoming events.
Pet Bereavement Support Group: Meetings are held the second and fourth Saturday of the month at the King County Pet Adoption Center in Kent. Find out more about this program on the Regional Animal Services of King County website.
Cool City Pets: Looking for a pocket-size pal? Seattle Animal Shelter hosts an event scaled toward smaller pets on the third Saturday of the month at 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle. Learn about small animals available for adoption including hamsters, rabbits, gerbils, mice, rats and guinea pigs.
Microchip Tuesdays: Homeward Pet Adoption Center in Woodinville offers $20 microchip ID implants and registration from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Tuesday for cats and dogs. Cash only. Pets must be spayed or neutered. See the website for details and location. http://www.homewardpet.org/index.html
Barncats "R" Us: A Regional Animal Services of King County program rehomes outdoor cats to barns and garages as rodent hunters. Find out more about the program on the website.
Fabulous Felines: Jan. 12, Northgate Petco, 318 N.E. Northgate Way, Seattle. From noon-3 p.m., Seattle Animal Shelter hosts an adoptathon featuring kittens and cats that are ready to move from foster homes to forever homes. Volunteers will be available to answer questions. Adoption prices range from $45-$135 (plus applicable license fees). Adoptions include initial vaccinations, spay/neuter, microchip ID, deworming and Feline Leukemia test.
Cool City Pets: Jan. 19, Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle. Small creatures such as mice, rabbits, hamsters and gerbils are the focus of this adoption event from 1-3 p.m. at the shelter.
Northwest Spay & Neuter Clinic grand opening: Jan. 25, Northwest Spay & Neuter Clinic, 6401 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. Coalition HUMAnE moves into this new location with the new name Northwest Spay & Neuter Center. The ribbon-cutting ceremony includes tour, hors d'oeuvres and a raffle. If you're following Ninja Bob, there's a link to the cat's blog is on the new website.
http://nwspayneuter.org/ and http://nwspayneuter.org/spay-neuter/ninja-bob.htm
Free Critter Adoptions: Through Jan. 31, Seattle Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue. Seattle Humane is waiving the adoption fees for small animals including bunnies, mice, hamsters, gerbils, chinchillas and more.
Heart to Heart fundraiser: Feb. 10, Northwest Cellars, 11909 124th Ave. N.E. Kirkland. Wine-tasting event benefits Homeward Pet Adoption Center. $10 by Feb. 6 or $20 at the door.
Westie Health Seminar: March 2, Edmonds Lutheran Church, 23525 84th Ave. W., Edmonds. Breeders, veterinarians and people from the Westie Foundation will talk about hereditary diseases, choosing a puppy and other topics. $40-45. Registration deadline is Feb. 26.
Fur Ball Auction and Dinner: March 2, Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. 6th St., Bellevue. Gala benefits Homeward Pet Adoption Center. $125/individuals and $250/couples.
Pasado's Safe Haven Spring Sanctuary Tour: March 9. Meet the animals, learn about the sanctuary and discuss issues affecting animals. Directions will be mailed to participants.
Seattle Kennel Club All-Breed Shows: March 9-10, CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle. Meet the breeds, see the fur fly in agility and rally events, tour the vendor booths in this two-day event.
Whiskers Wine & Dine: March 16, McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, Building #23, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W., Lakewood. An evening of auctions and a buffet dinner benefits Northwest Spay & Neuter Clinic. $50 by Feb. 7 and $60 after that date.
PAWS Wild Night: April 6, Fremont Studios, 155 N. 35th Ave., Seattle. This fundraiser for the Lynnwood-based PAWS includes a cocktail hour and silent auction followed by dinner and a live auction. Buy tickets by March 5 for $125. After that, tickets are $150.
All Terrier Performance Seminar - Sports for Terriers: April 6, Edmonds Lutheran Church, 23525 84th Ave. W., Edmonds. Trainers, training facility owners and judges will share how to get started in sports. Demonstrations include nose work, tracking, lure coursing and dog dancing. $40-$45. Open to terrier owners. Registration deadline is March 26.
Average Joe Cat Show: May 4, Spartan Recreation Center, 202 N.E. 185th St., Shoreline. The 10th annual event celebrates felines and includes a photo contest.
Tuxes & Tails: May 11, Hyatt Regency, 900 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue. Evening of auctions benefits Seattle Human Society. Tickets start at $175/individual if purchased by April 1. After that, tickets start at $225.
Bark and Bid: May 11, Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, 1500 Broadway, Tacoma. Dinner and auction benefits Prison Pet Partnership, a nonprofit organization that rescues and trains dogs to become service animals. The program also provides vocational education for inmates.
Petpalooza: May 18, Game Farm Park, 3030 R St. S.E., Auburn. This annual family-friendly event includes a 3K Dog Trot, 5K fun run, demonstrations of dog sports, animal-related entertainment, pony rides, pet parade, petting zoo, Farmyard Follies show, vendors and contests.
Furry 5K: Fundraiser benefiting for the Help the Animals Fund for Seattle Animal Shelter. Check the website for updates.
Doggie Olympic Games: This event on the Long Beach Peninsula includes fun in the sand for dogs and their owners. Last year's games included Babe Ruth Obedience Baseball, I've Got Rhythm Musical Sit and the Peanut Butter Lick. Check the website closer to June for details.
Dog Day on Elliott Bay: July 28, Seattle to Blake Island. Citydog Magazine MuttMixer includes an Argosy Cruise from Seattle to Blake Island for a salmon bake at Tillicum Village for the people and a box lunch for the pooches. $89 per person. Dogs free.
Pasado's Bark: As it gets closer to summer, check the website for details about this fundraiser for Pasado's Safe Haven.
Woofstock: This annual pet adoption event and music festival in Tacoma benefits the Dugan Foundation's efforts to assist nonprofit organizations that care for homeless pets. Learn more about the foundation and its events on the website.
PAWSwalk: More than 1,800 walkers and about 800 of their canine pals participated in last year's fundraiser for Lynnwood-based PAWS. Check the website for details on this year's event.
Walk for the Animals and FidoFest: Check the websites for updates on the annual Seattle Humane Society walk and University Village FidoFest.
http://www.seattlehumane.org/explore/events/walk and http://www.uvillage.com/events/
Animal Krackers: This fundraiser for Kitsap Humane Society is usually held in September. Check for updates on the website.
Black Cat Ball: Oct. 26, Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E, 6th St., Bellevue. The annual gala dinner and auction benefits Purrfect Pals.
One word: Santa. He always turns up at pet events and pet-supply stores ready to pose with pooches. Just look for the jolly guy in the red suit.
Not sure what some events are like? As a sample of the fun, here's a video of Seattle Humane Society's big fundraising event Tuxes & Tails. Last year's event raised a record-breaking $1.2 million. This year's event is May 11.
If you've wondered what happens with the money raised at an event, check out the Kitsap Humane Society video below:
(Updated Jan. 14, 2013, with events for May and July.)