The beautiful city of Antioch, located in California’s Contra Costa County, is a great place to own a dog. With so many wide, open spaces and several wonderful dog parks, it’s no wonder that an estimated 25,000 dog owners call Antioch home.
Happily, it also means there are plenty of animal lovers ready and willing to pitch in to help out dogs in need. Homeless Animals Lifeline Organization (H.A.L.O) is the oldest all-breed dog and cat rescue group in eastern Contra Costa County. Founded in 2001, it’s successfully placed more than 10,000 unwanted dogs and cats into loving forever homes, giving them a second chance at life when all appeared to be lost.
Homeless Animals Response Program (H.A.R.P.) is another paw-some group serving the dogs of East Contra Costa County. An all-volunteer organization, its mission is to put an end to the pet overpopulation problem by rescuing and rehoming unwanted animals, running spay and neuter programs, and providing essential education services to the wider community.
Animal Rescue Recon (ARR) is also dedicated to saving the lives of unwanted dogs in this part of California. Since its first adoption in 2012, ARR has successfully rehomed almost 1,000 dogs. It specializes in rescuing at-risk dogs from local shelters and finding them loving, permanent homes. So whenever any dog in Antioch falls on hard times, there are always plenty of animal lovers ready to come to the rescue.
Join thousands of other animal lovers (and plenty of cute canines) at the annual Animals on Broadway pet walk. Held at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek each May, this wag-alicious walk raises vital funds for Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, a non-profit that rescues at-risk dogs and cats from public shelters. While the pet walk is the main attraction, the event also features rescue groups, a dog wash, a pet wellness fair, demonstrations, and heaps of kids’ activities! So take your pooch along, raise money for a good cause, and strut your stuff with a crowd of like-minded animal lovers.
Want to channel your inner artist to paint a unique portrait of your pet? Interested in raising money for a good cause at the same time? Paws & Relax is the event for you. Held several times throughout the year at Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, these regular fundraisers allow you to create a lasting pet memory and provide crucial support for the foundation at the same time. Once you’ve registered and paid a fee to participate, you’ll receive a pre-sketched canvas of your pet. With the expert advice of a local artist to help you embrace your creativity, you can then produce the paw-fect portrait of your furry friend!
Parading pets, colorful costumes, and all the Halloween fun you could ever want — welcome to Antioch Animal Services’ Howl-O-Weenie MuttStrut. This paw-sitively petrifying event is held in the lead-up to Halloween each year and gives the entire family (especially pets) a great excuse to dress up in their Halloween finest. The event features exciting prizes for the best costumes, a spectacular pet parade, music, vendors, and a whole lot of un-furgettable family fun.
Petrolheads and pets combine in this popular annual event. Hot Rods 4 Paws is a car show with a good cause, held each October at the Petco on Lone Tree Way, Antioch. It’s presented by Furry Friends Food Relief (FFFR) and Kings Antioch Car Club, with all proceeds going to FFFR. What does it involve? Well, there are cars of course, including everything from muscle cars to bikes, but the highlight for animal lovers is the ridiculously cute pet costume contest. On-stage entertainment, a fun kids’ zone, and a long list of vendors complete the line-up, making it a paw-some day out for dogs and their humans!
Held in nearby Brentwood, roughly 10 miles southeast of Antioch, Brentwood Bark in the Park provides fur-ocious fun for the whole family! Every year, dozens of dapper dogs gather in City Park to show off their gorgeous and colorful costumes. The Pet Parade that follows always draws plenty of interested onlookers, giving any pooch that loves being in the spotlight the paw-fect opportunity to soak up some attention. Entry is free, and Bark in the Park is hosted by the Brentwood Advisory Neighborhood Committee.