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Looking for local pet events? Ann Arbor pet events? Or any event that celebrates dogs, cats and other animals? How about some pet holidays to give you a reason to celebrate?
Then this is the page! Check out the pet events below, and check back often for updates (or follow us on Facebook, and we will keep you up to date on the latest pet events!).
If you know of any local events, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be happy to add them here, in our newsletter and on our Facebook page.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT LOCAL EVENTS:
March 11, 2018, from 2-5pm
Detroit Dog Rescue presents Canines & Couture
At the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, MI
A celebrity-filled fashion show featuring our fabulous homeless canines. This event, hosted by the Townsend Hotel and Fox 2’s Amy Lange, is a fun filled way to bring the public together to support Detroit Dog Rescue’s No-Kill Mission.
Enjoy a strolling lunch, watch our fun-filled runway show and bid on our amazing collection of silent auction items including a private access pass to feed the Penguins at the Detroit Zoo (courtesy of Jim and Kay Brady).
Canines & Couture benefit’s Detroit Dog Rescue’s medical fund to help care for dogs who are victims of violent crimes.
Silent Auction, Live Auctions and Raffles.
Strolling hors d’ oeuvres lunch and dessert table.
Complimentary Wag Bags for the first 150 guests!
$75.00 per person., ages 12 and up. $135.00 per couple
Purchase your tickets at www.DetroitDogRescue.com
Saturday and Sunday, April 7-8, 2018
West Michigan Pet Expo
at the Deltaplex in Grand Rapids
Featuring live animal entertainment, reptile and amphibian exhibit, thousands of pet products, pet seminars, free samples and coupons, and a petting zoo. Find out more at the West Michigan Pet Expo web site.
Thursday, April 26, 2018, from 6-9pm
5th Annual Wine & Wag to Benefit Teacher's Pet
at Fieldstone Winery, 23 S. Main St, Rochester Hills
Saturday, April 28, 2018, starting at noon
Michigan War Dog Memorial- K9 Veterans Day Event
25805 Milford Rd, South Lyon (at the War Dog Memorial)
We will be hosting an event to honor our K9 heroes. We have a great line up of keynote speakers, including John Burnham, Vietnam scout dog handler (US Army); Ron Aiello, Vietnam scout dog handler (US Army); Terry Foley, law enforcement K9 handler for over 25 years. Come and hear their stories of our K9 heroes! For more information, contact Phil Weitlauf at: email@example.com.
Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 8am-1pm
The Humane Society of Huron Valley's 39th Annual Walk & Wag and Run!
at Rolling Hills County Park - 7660 Stony Creek Rd, Ypsilanti
Our largest fundraiser and community event, Walk and Wag & Run welcomes over 1,500 animal lovers and 600 dogs! The event kicks off with a 5k run and 1-mile walk at
Rolling Hills County Park in Ypsilanti on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Dogs enjoy games and contests a-plenty, including “Bobbing for Weenies,” “The Great Biscuit Search,” “Best Pet Trick” and more.
Individuals and families enjoy the dogs, entertainment, food and fun—as well as meeting other dog-lovers and dog-loving organizations like you!
Find out more at: www.hshv.org
Friday and Saturdey, June 15-16, 2018
Bark on Biddle
Downtown Wyandotte, off Biddle Ave.
Shop, Dine & Play with your dog at Bark on Biddle in Downtown Wyandotte! This two day dog festival will take place in the riverfront parking lot (just off Oak and Biddle Ave.) and parts of Bishop Park. There will be plenty of “paws-on” activities for consumers and their pets and hours of entertainment, including the Ultimate Air Dogs dock jumping competition, Barn Yard Hunt and Disc Dogs of Michigan. Dogs can participate in one of many contests throughout the weekend to win prizes. Several local animal rescues will be on-site with pets looking for their forever homes. There will be live bands and a Tito's Handmade Vodka "Bark Garden". Tito's will be donating $1 to the Detroit Dog Rescue and WAG Animal Rescue for every Tito's drinks sold at Bark on Biddle and particpating bars and restaurants. Find out more on their Facebook page.
Friday-Sunday, July 20-22, 2018
Farmington Founders & Fido Festival
in Shiawassee Park
There will be hours of entertainment, including the Ultimate Air Dogs, Rock N Roll K9's Performance Team and Disc Dogs of Michigan. Dogs can test their skills on the agility course, check out the newest dog wearables at vendor booths or participate in one of the many contests throughout the weekend. There will be rescues on site looking to place pets in their forever homes. The event will feature a variety of craft beers (and wine) to sample in the “Bark Garden”. Pet related vendors will be on site showcasing their products/ services. On Friday evening, a film featuring a famous dog will be showcased on the big movie screen and on Saturday, beautiful hot air balloons will fill the park for the Light the Night event. Find out more at the Farmington Fido Fest Facebook page.
Saturday and Sunday, September 15-16, 2018
Barktoberfest Royal Oak
in Memorial Park, 13 Mile and Woodward
The Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce invites you to discover Barktoberfest, a fall festival for dogs and their people. Centered around locally-brewed craft beer and
music, this is the most dog-friendly event in town!
Barktoberfest encourages you to leash up your pooch pal and come out to enjoy a locally brewed beer, food and live music while you browse vendor booths with everything from pet-related products to locally made crafts to bottlecap creations and cool wearables for craft beer collectors. Dogs can compete in the Howl-a-ween Costume Contest, Weiner Dog Race, and More. $5 per person (kids under 10 free). IDs are required. Live entertainment, food, dog contests and shopping -- centered around locally-brewed craft beer -- make this a fun event for all ages! More info on Barktoberfest Facebook page.
There are also lots of great dog events throughout the state. Traveling around Michigan? Love dogs and dog events, like dog shows, obedience, rally, scent, games and other events? Then check out the Michigan Canine Resource Guide Calendar of events!
PET HOLIDAY CALENDAR (brought to you by DogTipper.com):
Pet Holidays 2018
National Train Your Dog Month.
Walk Your Pet Month.
Adopt a Rescued Bird Month.
Jan. 2: National Pet Travel Safety Day.
Jan. 14: National Dress Up Your Pet Day.
Jan. 22: National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day.
Jan. 24: Change a Pet’s Life Day.
Jan. 29: Seeing Eye Guide Dog Anniversary.
Beat the Heat
Dog Training Education Month.
National Cat Health Month.
Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. (Humane Society of the United States)
Pet Dental Health Month.
Responsible Pet Owners Month.
National Prevent a Litter Month.
Unchain a Dog Month.
Feb. 4-10: Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week.
Feb. 12-13: Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show. Held at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, this event is televised.
Feb. 14: Pet Theft Awareness Day.
Feb. 14-20: National Justice for Animals Week.
Feb. 20: Love Your Pet Day.
Feb. 22: Walking the Dog Day.
Feb. 23: International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day.
Feb. 27: World Spay Day. Annual campaign by the Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States; held the last Tuesday of February.
Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month.
March 3: If Pets Had Thumbs Day.
March 4-10: Professional Pet Sitters Week.
March 8-11: Crufts. Held in Birmingham, England, this is the world’s largest dog show, featuring nearly 28,000 canines in its four days.
March 13: K-9 Veterans Day.
March 17: Saint Gertrude of Nivelles Day— patron saint of cats
March 18-24: National Poison Prevention Week.
March 23: National Puppy Day.
March 28: Respect Your Cat Day
National Adopt a Greyhound Month.
National Heartworm Awareness Month.
National Pet First Aid Awareness Month. This event is an effort by the American Red Cross to draw attention to the need to know specialized pet first aid.
Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month.
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. (ASCPA)
National Pet Month. (UK)
April 1-7: International Pooper Scooper Week.
April 6: National Siamese Cat Day
April 7: Every Day is Tag Day. Always the first Saturday in April.
April 8: National Dog Fighting Awareness Day.
April 8-14: Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week. .
April 8-14: National Dog Bite Prevention Week.
April 11: National Pet Day.
April 11: Dog Therapy Appreciation Day.
April 15-21: Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week. An effort by the Humane Society of the United States.
April 15-21: National Pet ID Week.
April 21: Bulldogs are Beautiful Day.
April 22: Earth Day.
April 26: National Kids and Pets Day.
April 27: Hairball Awareness Day. Last Friday in April.
April 28: World Veterinary Day. This event from the World Veterinary Association is always celebrated on the last Saturday in April.
April 30: Adopt a Shelter Pet Day.
Responsible Animal Guardian Month.
Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Sponsored by Pet Cancer Awareness and the Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research. (Also see November events.)
Chip Your Pet Month.
National Service Animal Eye Exam. The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists hosts this annual event when over 300 veterinary ophthalmologists donate their services to provide eye exams to service dogs in the US and Canada during the month of May.
May 1: National Purebred Dog Day.
May 3: National Specially-Abled Pets Day.
May 6: Mayday for Mutts. First Sunday in May.
May 6-12: American Humane’s Be Kind to Animals Week. This week-long event has been celebrated since 1915. Always the first full week of May.
May 6-12: National Pet Week. Always held the first full week of May by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
May 7-12: Puppy Mill Action Week. An initiative of the HSUS, this week is always scheduled to begin the Monday before Mother’s Day.
May 12: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day.
Adopt-a-Cat Month®. From the American Humane Association.
Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month. From the ASPCA.
National Pet Preparedness Month. This month, timed for the first month of hurricane season, urges people with pets to make preparations in case they should be hit by a disaster…and that includes making plans for what you would do with your dog in case of a hurricane, tornado, flood or other natural disaster.
June 4: Hug Your Cat Day.
June 3-9: Pet Appreciation Week. First week in June.
June 8: Best Friends Day.
June 10: World Pet Memorial Day. Second Sunday in June.
June 18-22: Take Your Pet to Work Week®.
June 21: Take Your Cat to Work Day®.
June 22: Take Your Dog to Work Day®.
Dog House Repair
National Lost Pet Prevention Month™. Learn how to keep your pets from becoming lost in this month-long observance launched by PetHub.
July 1: ID Your Pet Day.
July 4: Independence Day. This US holiday is no holiday for dogs; the sounds of fireworks causes many dogs to panic and run, resulting in many lost dogs every year.
July 15: National Pet Fire Safety Day. Sponsored by the The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), ADT Security Services and the American Kennel Club® (AKC).
July 21: National Craft for your Local Shelters Day.
July 31: National Mutt Day. Also see Dec. 2.
Aug. 1: DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs. The North Shore Animal League America, the world’s
largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, declared August 1 as a birthday for all the shelter animals whose birthdays are
unknown. Happy DOGust!!
Aug. 5: Work Like a Dog Day.
Aug. 5-11: International Assistance Dog Week.
Aug. 8: International Cat Day.
Aug. 15: National Check the Chip Day. AVMA and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) joined together to create “Check the Chip Day.”
Aug. 16: Saint Roch’s Day. Patron saint of dogs.
Aug. 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day.
Aug. 18: International Homeless Animals’ Day®. Third Saturday in August.
Aug. 22: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day.
Aug. 26: National Dog Day.
Aug. 28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day.
Aug. 30: National Holistic Pet Day.
Happy Healthy Cat Month. Established by the CATalyst Council.
National Disaster Preparedness Month. Led by FEMA’s Ready Campaign, Citizen Corps and The Advertising Council, this effort encourages individuals, families, businesses and communities to work together and take action to prepare for emergencies. Visit Ready.gov and CitizenCorps.gov.
Sept. 9: National Pet Memorial Day. Established by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries (IAPC). Second Sunday in September.
Sept. 9: National Hug Your Hound Day. Second Sunday in September.
Sept. 13: Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day. A day dedicated to the issue of pet birth defects including information on identification, prevention and treatment. Sponsored by MBJungle.
Sept. 15: Puppy Mill Awareness Day. Third Saturday in September.
Sept. 15: Responsible Dog Ownership Day.
Sept. 23: Dogs in Politics Day (also known as Checkers Day). Recognizing the dogs of politicians.
Sept. 23-29: National Deaf Dog Awareness Week. Last full week in September.
Sept. 23-29: National Dog Week. Last full week in September.
Sept. 28: World Rabies Day. Sponsored by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control.
Adopt-A-Dog Month®. By American Humane Association.
Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month. By ASPCA.
National Animal Safety and Protection Month.
National Pet Wellness Month.
National Pit Bull Awareness Month.
National Service Dog Month.
Oct. 1: National Fire Pup Day.
Oct. 1: National Black Dog Day.
Oct. 1-7: National Walk Your Dog Week.
Oct. 4: World Animal Day.
Oct. 7-13: Animal Welfare Week. (AVMA)
Oct. 10: National Pet Obesity Awareness Day.
Oct. 14-20: National Veterinary Technician Week. Sponsored by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America.
Oct. 16: Global Cat Day.
Oct. 27: National Pit Bull Awareness Day. Last Saturday in Oct. (unless Halloween falls on the last Saturday, then another date is chosen).
Oct. 27: National Black Cat Day.
Oct. 28: Plush Animal Lovers Day. A day that most dogs will be happy to celebrate…as they unstuff them…
Oct. 29: National Cat Day (UK).
Adopt a Senior Pet Month. By ASPCA.
National Pet Awareness Month.
National Senior Pet Month.
Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Sponsored by Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) and the Animal Cancer Foundation. (Also see May events).
Pet Diabetes Month.
Nov. 1: National Cook for Your Pets Day.
Nov. 4-10: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. by The Humane Society of the United States. First full week of November.
Nov. 7: National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day.
Nov. 17: National Black Cat Day.
Nov. 17: National Take a Hike Day.
Nov. 22: National Dog Show. Always broadcast in the US on Thanksgiving, this event is held at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania and is hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia. Sanctioned by the American Kennel Club, the event features 2,000 dogs.
National Cat Lover’s
Dec. 2: National Mutt Day. Also see July 31.
"A kitten is chiefly remarkable for rushing about like mad at nothing whatever, and generally stopping before it gets there."- Agnes Repplier