DELAWARE: Bark on the Boards Dog Walk 2012
Join us for the 2nd annual Bark on the Boards Dog Walk, and take strides against animal suffering. Join hundreds of other animal lovers and their canine companions for a dog-gone good time!
No dog? No problem! You don’t need to bring a dog to participate. Enjoy a leisurely stroll on the boardwalk, then stay for fun activities for the whole family. We’ll have food, children’s activities, pet games and contests, and more.
Even if you can’t make it to the dog walk, you can be a virtual walker in the event. Participate from anywhere, raise money and compete for fundraising prizes! Same registration fee applies.
All proceeds from this event will go directly to the care of abused, neglected and homeless animals, and efforts to reduce pet overpopulation through spay/neuter programs.
NEW MEXICO: Barkin Ball 2012Where: Santa Fe, N.M. (Santa Fe Community Convention Center) Date: Saturday, October 6 Benefitting: Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society Information: For more information visit the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society event page. Can’t make the event? Make a donation to support the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society.
Enjoy an old-style country fair with your best buddy at this year’s Barkin’ Ball, the Santa Fe Animal Shelter’s annual fundraiser.
The community’s biggest bash to support Northern New Mexico’s furry friends is set for 5 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. This year, organizers wanted to focus on celebrating the Shelter’s successes, offering a fun-filled experience with carnival games, food booths and a general store, along with the usual favorites such as the Pet Parade, a silent auction and country western music.
As always, canines are welcome, and special accommodations are set to make the dogs feel at home, including special diversions and an outside break area.
The costs of the gala are underwritten by private individuals and businesses, allowing all proceeds to benefit the Shelter.
IDAHO: See Spot Walk 2012Where: Boise, Idaho (Julia Davis Park) Date: Saturday, October 6 Benefitting: Idaho Humane Society Information: For more information visit the Idaho Humane Society event page. Can’t make the event? Make a donation to support the Idaho Humane Society.
What could be more fun than spending a day with your best canine friend? How about spending the day with your best friend and several thousand other dog lovers and their dogs? That would be fun See Spot Walk style!
You can still register to enter crazy canine contests, watch pet-oriented demonstrations, visit dozens of vendor booths, see live entertainment, and view adorable pets. All proceeds from See Spot Walks benefit IHS’ sheltering and adoption programs, assist us with our ongoing community spay and neuter services, humane education programs, veterinary services, and humane animal control.
MARYLAND: DogFest 2012Where: Reistertown, Md. Date: Saturday, October 6 Benefitting: Baltimore Humane Society Information: For more information visit the Baltimore Humane Society event page. Can’t make the event? Make a donation to support the Baltimore Humane Society.
DogFest, Baltimore Humane Society’s biggest event of the year, is Saturday, October 6thon itsgrounds in Reisterstown! It’s a dog day extravaganza for pets, pet owners, and pet lovers that benefits animals in need of care and refuge at the 365 acre no-kill shelter.
There will be activities, games, events and contests galore! Here’s just a sampling of all the fun the day will offer: Dog Bowling, Hide ‘n Seek, 20-Yard Dash, Bobbing for Bones, and Paw Print Painting. There will be swimming, agility courses, and Mary Swift Photography’s Best of the Fest Photography Contest. Judged by a number of our area celebrities, attending dogs can enter to win a number of contests including the Best Kiss, Best Costume, Best Trick, and Best Dancer. There will be food, face painting, lots of dog rescue groups, kid crafts, and even a moonbounce. We expect as many as 10,000 attendees so don’t miss it!
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Humane Society for Greater Nashua Walktoberfest
Bring your dog and your whole family for this fun-filled day to benefit the shelter pets!
Walktoberfest features shelter dogs available for adoption, kids activities, entertainment, dog demos all day long, many pet friendly vendors, food and beer, and a raffle tent with over 100 great items!
DELAWARE: Tails Around the Tower: the 22nd Annual Walk for the AnimalsWhere: Wilmington, Del. (Rockford Park) Date: Sunday, October 7 Benefitting: Delaware Humane Association Information: For more information visit the Delaware Humane Association event page. Can’t make the event? Make a donation to support the Delaware Humane Association.
Animal lovers and Delaware Humane Association supporters will gather for DHA’s biggest fundraiser of the year! The approx. one-mile walk around the park by dogs and their people is just one part of this event—a four-legged celebrity, fun atmosphere, dressed-up dogs, music, refreshments, pet-friendly vendors, the always popular Pet Contests, and a moonbounce for the kids make this a perfect outing for the entire family.
We are very proud to be joined this year for photos and book signing by special Walk Grand Marshall Oogy and author Larry Levin! Oogy, the Dog Only a Family Could Love, is the New York Times-bestselling story of a puppy brought back from the brink of death, and the family he adopted.
Mike Rossi from WSTW will also be on hand to add his special brand of humor to the festivities, and adoptable dogs from DHA will be in attendance—who knows, you just might find yourself a new friend that you want to take home!
Proceeds from the Walk for the Animals support DHA’s mission as it is carried out throughout a four state area. In order to continue carrying out this mission, DHA needs your support for the Walk for the Animals. Since fundraising is the goal of the Walk for the Animals, we ask that all participants raise at least $50 in pledges. Walk as an individual, or gather your friends, family and coworkers to form a team!
Dogs welcome! Dogs must be kept on leashes and be current on vaccinations, including rabies. You are encouraged to dress your pets up! Please remember to scoop after your dog.
MARYLAND: Bark in the ParkWhere: La Plata Md. (Charles County Fairgrounds) Date: Sunday, October 7 Benefitting: Humane Society of Charles County Information: For more information visit the Humane Society of Charles County event page. Can’t make the event? Make a donation to support the Humane Society of Charles County.
Bark in the Park is a special day to celebrate the bond we share with our faithful friends, while supporting the vital programs of the Humane Society of Charles County. We’ll converge on the Charles County Fairgrounds for a fun filled day of games, contests, an agility course, food, shopping, activities, an outdoor movie, and a new obstacle course made just for you and your pup, regardless of your athletic ability!
CALIFORNIA: The Great CatsbyWhere: Sacramento, Calif. (Arden Hills Resort) Date: Saturday, October 13 Benefitting: Sacramento SPCA Information: For more information visit the Sacramento SPCA event page. Can’t make the event? Make a donation to support the Sacramento SPCA.
The Sacramento SPCA’s premier food and wine tasting gala, Reigning Cats & Dogs, will be held on October 13 at Arden Hills Resort Club and Spa.
Join the Sacramento SPCA as we take a step back to the 1920′s with the “Great Catsby.”
Enjoy a delicious, three-course sit-down dinner as well as food and drinks from some of the best Sacramento area restaurants, wineries and breweries, silent and live auctions, live music, and dancing under the stars.
ILLINOIS: 2012 Black Cat BallWhere: Chicago, Ill. (Nacional 27) Date: Thursday, October 18 Benefitting: Tree House Humane Society Information: For more information visit the Tree House Humane Society event page. Can’t make the event? Make a donation to support the Tree House Humane Society.
When we planned last year’s premiere Black Cat Ball, we weren’t sure if it would become an annual event. We had never hosted a black tie affair of this kind, and were unsure of the response we’d receive. We were overwhelmed by the response from our supporters and animal-lovers across the region–more than 250 people attended including many local celebrities. We had so much fun, we decided to do it again–only this time it will be bigger and better! Black Cat Ball 2012–at a new venue and a new time and date–will feature more exquisite, Latin-inspired food and drink, live music and dancing, better audio/visual equipment, a bigger and more elegant completely private space, and a more central location with valet parking. Guests can also take advantage of a live and silent auction. Last year we announced that we were planning to build a new state-of-the-art adoption center. This year we will be unveiling the plans! Of course we’ll also be celebrating 41 years of rescuing and rehabilitating over 16,000 sick, injured, abused, and neglected stray cats and providing more than 20,000 free or low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for cats and dogs.
MARYLAND: BARCStober Fest and 5k Run
Join us for our annual BARCStober Fest, featuring “Ready, Set, Sniff” 5 K run, on October 20th 2012. The fun begins in Patterson Park near the Pagoda. BARCStober Fest benefits over 12,000 homeless animals that come to BARCS each year.
BARCStober Fest includes: pet contests (including costume), pet health and welfare specialists, pet blessings, pet micro-chipping, stage entertainment, food vendors, local artists, silent auction, raffle, other area animal rescues and so much more!
This year BARCStober Fest, in partnership with Charm City Run, will be featuring its first Ready…Set…Sniff 5 K Run OR Walk with your 4 legged friends around Baltimore’s Patterson Park. The Run/Walk ends right at the start of the festival so you and your fur kids and human family can enjoy a day of fun together!
NORTH CAROLINA: The 4th Annual Ties and Tails Gala
The Ties & Tails Gala is an elegant, black-tie optional evening fundraiser featuring a cocktail reception, live entertainment, an open bar, dinner and dancing, and both a silent and live auction. Our guests celebrate our mission and recognize those that make a difference in the lives of homeless pets.
Best of all, your canine companions can attend with you! They will be treated like VIPs (Very Important Pooches) as they enjoy: their very own dog concierges, a souvenir “red carpet” photo with the “pawparazzi,” strutting their stuff with you in the Pet Promenade, and having their photo displayed at the event!
VIRGINIA: Alexandria Shelter Walk
Image courtesy of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria
Join the AWLA for the first-ever Alexandria Shelter Walk for Homeless Animals and help us raise awareness about pet overpopulation in Alexandria and throughout the region. Each year, the League cares for thousands of animals at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter. Some are abused and neglected and some are simply unwanted, but all deserve a second chance in a permanent, loving home.
ILLINOIS: It’s Raining Cat’s and Dogs!Where: Chicago, Ill. (The Palmer House Hilton) Date: Friday, October 26 Benefitting: The Anti-Cruelty Society Information: For more information visit The Anti-Cruelty Society event page. Can’t make the event? Make a donation to support The Anti-Cruelty Society.
It’s Raining Cats and Dogs! takes place at Chicago’s famous Palmer House Hilton.Enjoy delicious food from local chefs, live entertainment, live and silent auctions, and much more!
CONNECTICUT: Fall GalaWhere: Westport, Conn. (The Inn at Longshore) Date: Friday, November 16 Benefitting: Connecticut Humane Society Information: For more information visit the Connecticut Humane Society event page. Can’t make the event? Make a donation to support the Connecticut Humane Society.
This travel themed black tie optional event will feature performances from Broadway stars, exciting silent and live auctions, a reception, dinner, and the presentation of the first Gertrude O. Lewis Humanitarian Award to Mary Tyler Moore.
Mary Tyler Moore, a Greenwich, CT resident and renowned actress, founded Broadway Barks fourteen years ago with Broadway legend, Bernadette Peters. Every year, this star-studded annual pet adoption event finds homes for hundreds of companion animals from New York area shelters.
Gertrude O. Lewis founded the Connecticut Humane Society as a Hartford High School Senior in 1881. Our Humanitarian Award in her name will be presented annually to individuals and organizations making a difference in the lives of homeless pets or in the field of animal welfare.
This fun event supports the Connecticut Humane Society’s lifesaving programs and services for homeless pets.
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A Crash Test Vacation with Max & Dukeby Debbie Glovatsky, GLOGIRLY.com
MAX: *whispers* Psssst…Hey Duke! Where are we??? Are we – is this….HEAVEN???
DUKE: Heaven!? What are you, CRAZY? This is Minneapolis.
MAX: WHOA! The last thing I remember, we were crashing into a cement wall. It was AWESOME!
DUKE: Max, you seriously need to take a break. You’re turning into a regular crash test dummy.Read More