Surrounded by Oakland and with easy access to a wide variety of dog-friendly experiences and attractions, Piedmont is a grrr-eat place for dog lovers! As this city boasts such a large community of dog owners and animal welfare advocates, there’s always assistance available for dogs in need of help.
Take the East Bay SPCA, for example. This paw-some non-profit is one of the oldest animal shelters in the country, and it’s been helping injured, lost, and abandoned animals since 1874. Based on a commitment to the welfare of cats and dogs in the East Bay area, the group offers everything from veterinary services to behaviour and training support, pet food pantries, humane education programs, and animal adoptions.
With adoption centers in Oakland and Dublin, the East Bay SPCA doesn’t receive any financial support from national humane associations or organizations. Donations from the community, not to mention the generosity of volunteers and foster carers, are critical factors that allow the group to continue saving the lives of our furry friends.
Rocket Dog Rescue is another local non-profit committed to giving animals in need a chance at a better life. Run by volunteers, this paw-some group saves dogs from euthanasia at overcrowded shelters and gives them the care and support they need until a loving, permanent home can be found.
Rocket Dog Rescue has saved the lives of more than 8,100 animals over the years, and it’s always on the lookout for volunteers, foster carers, and donations. Visit the Rocket Dog Rescue website to find out how you can help!
Most people think of the Bay Area Pet Fair as a grrr-eat event to attend if you’re looking to adopt an animal — which it is, with more than 70 shelters and rescue groups presenting a host of adorable adoptable pets! However, this huge festival is so much more than an adoption event, with a long list of things for you and your dog to see, do, and experience. There are exciting demonstrations and live shows, games for pooches of all shapes and sizes, delicious food and drink, and heaps of free samples for you and your pet. Leashed, well-behaved pets are welcome and there’s no fee to attend!
Want to treat yourself to a refreshing brew or three and raise essential funds to help homeless animals at the same time? Well, that’s what Pints For Paws is all about! Held at Berkeley Humane, this lip-lickingly good fundraiser benefits the group’s efforts to help animals in need. That’s reason enough to attend on its own, but throw in more than 80 craft beers from over 20 local breweries and this event quickly starts to look like a dream day out! Oh, and did we also mention that your dog is also welcome to attend and socialize by your side?
Halloween without your dog wouldn’t be any fun at all, so head along to Wag Hotels’ annual Howloween paw-ty for a furr-righteningly good time! Each October, Wag Hotels Oakland becomes a spooky, haunted hotel where dogs and their humans can enjoy a night of Halloween-themed games and activities. Highlights include a paw-some costume contest, trick or treating, photos with Cruella de Vil, and heaps of tasty treats. You can also meet adoptable animals and compete for a host of woof-tastic prizes and giveaways throughout the night, so head along and join in the fun with your dog — unless you’re too scared!
Share the love with your dog this Valentine’s Day at this paw-some dog-friendly event! Puppy Love is a Valentine’s Day weekend celebration of love, pups, and delicious wine. Held at The Winery SF on Treasure Island, this paw-some day out gives you a chance to sample some delicious wine while your dog flirts, frolics, and socializes with his or her new canine crush! There are some grrr-eat drink specials and maybe a few doggy treats on offer as well, so you and your pooch will have smiles on your faces all afternoon long. To top it off, admission is entirely free, so why not celebrate this special time of year with your furry friend?
Want to treat your pooch to a dog-friendly Halloween celebration on the Oakland waterfront? This is the event for you. Boo! Bark, Brews & Bites is a free event with loads of entertainment and activities to keep pets and people entertained all day long! Held at Jack London Park, this paw-some day out features games and activities for dogs, food and drink for humans, and a relaxed party atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else. Other highlights include paw painting, pet pampering options, and even a pet psychic, so there’s plenty of boredom busters to keep you and Fido interested and amused all day long!