Tails of Seattle: A pets blog
More March pet events: Guinea pigs, nature walks and more
It's guinea pig month at Seattle Animal Shelter. The rescued cavies will be the stars at the shelter's Cool City Pets event Saturday. Other happenings include nature walks with dogs, the Karelian Bear Dog 5K Run and the start of registration for Animal Adventures Camp and Backyard Habitat Classes.
They may be small but guinea pigs like this one can be big on personality. (Photo courtesy of Seattle Animal Shelter.)
Cool City Pets:1-3 p.m. March 16, Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle. For Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month, meet and learn about this very social animal. Cavies, as guinea pigs are sometimes called, enjoy being indoors where they can interact with people and prefer to live with at least one other guinea pig. Other small creatures available for adoption at the monthly event include birds, hamsters, ferrets, rabbits and gerbils. Volunteers will be available to provide information about the animals' basic care and needs. The adoption fee for a guinea pig is $15. Fees for other small pets are $15-$40.
Bring a Buddy Guided On-Leash Nature Walk: 1 p.m. March 16, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd., Seattle. Clip the leash on the dog and head to out for a nature walk that includes a talk on coyotes, wolves, foxes, cougars and bobcats. The walk is about 1 1/2 hours. $3/children, $5/adults. Space is limited. 206-652-2444 (ext. 103) or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/310423. If you miss this month's walk, check the center's website for April's event.
Woof Walk: 10-11 a.m. March 16, Weowna Park entrance kiosk, 1420 168th Ave. S.E., Bellevue. Dogs on leash and their owners can join a park ranger for a free walk and learn about the city's parks. Dress for the weather. No registration. 425-452-7225.
Animal Adventure Camp: Seattle Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue. Registration opens at 9 a.m. March 18. Seattle Humane's summer program offers kids ages 7-12 a chance to meet and learn about pets, hear guest speakers and take part in pet training, animal language lessons and other activities. The five-day camp is $205. (There is one four-day camp for $164.) Scholarships are available. The first camp starts on June 24. See the website for details on start dates for the different age groups.
Backyard Habitat Classes: March 20-May 21. Woodland Park Zoo's spring series includes information on attracting birds to your yard, keeping pets and wildlife safe and more. Classes are $25 per class or $100 for the five-part series (if you register before 3 p.m. on the first day of the series). Drop-in classes are $30 if space is available. See the zoo website for a complete class schedule and details.
Karelian Bear Dog 5K Run: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 23, Mill Creek Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, 16018 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek. Dog-friendly run benefits the Karelian Bear Dog Program. The dogs work with handlers to help resolve bear-human conflicts. The program also hopes to use the specially trained dogs in similar efforts with cougar conflicts and in other wildlife work. The Karelian Bear Dog Program will be collecting food donations for animals at PAWS during the event. The dogs are part of PAWS' black bear release program. Race registration is $30 before March 21 and $35 on the day of the race. For race details and to see photos of the dogs, see the website.
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The adoption spotlight is on guinea pigs this month at Seattle Animal Shelter. (Photo courtesy of Seattle Animal Shelter.)