23rd Annual Ugly Dog Contest

Come and enjoy the festivities of the 23rd Annual Ugly Dog Contest, hosted by the San Diego Coastal Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis Club. This contest isn’t just for ugly dogs… there are 10 categories you can enter with your pup!

Gift baskets with dog products will be given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category. The first 100 participants to check in will also get a free gift bag full of great samples! Official Ugly Dog Contest shirts are available for purchase. This event takes place rain or shine!

Contest Categories:

Ugliest Dog

Best Look-Alike

Cutest Puppy

Most Unusual Markings

Best Trick

Most Beautiful Female

Most Handsome Male

Best Costume (Adult)

Best Costume (Child)

Cutest Mutt

Discounted PRE-SALE tickets are available for 50% off while supplies last!

Sunday, March 25th, 10:00a – 3:00p

Check-In begins at 10:00a, Contest begins at 11:00a

Del Mar Fairgrounds

2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014

About the Sponsors:

The San Diego Coastal Chamber of Commerce services the areas of Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Sorrento Valley, Torrey Hills, Rancho Santa Fe, La Jolla, and UTC. They host networking events in these areas to assist with new business connections. SDCCC offers members top-notch Monthly Networking Events, Business Alliance Groups, and more.

The Downtown Kiwanis Club has been serving San Diego since 1920 with service projects that respond to community needs and focus on developing future generations of leaders. Their mission is to strengthen San Diego by supporting San Diego’s youth. Kiwanis helps kids around the world. They are a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.

Puppy Love 5K

MOVE YOUR PAWS FOR A GOOD CAUSE!

Enjoy the flat, fast, and fun course around the Embarcadero at this scenic location!

The 9th annual Puppy Love 5K is fun for the whole family, so bring the kids and pups and enjoy the expansive bay view! Timed runners will complete the race as fast as they can, or register as a walker and stroll around the beautiful bay. Once you pass the finish line, head over to the BARKetplace for food, giveaways, costume contests, opportunity drawings, FREE kid’s activities, awards, and more! Hang out on the lawn with your furry friends and enjoy the scenery.

  • Adult (13+) : $40.00

    Includes timed 5K fee, free dog entry, commemorative t-shirt, goodie bag, healthy snacks to refuel after the race, and after-pawty in the BARKetplace!

  • Youth (3-12): $18.00

    Includes timed 5K fee, free dog entry, commemorative t-shirt, goodie bag, healthy snacks to refuel after the race, and after-pawty in the BARKetplace!

Sunday, March 18th at 7:00a

Embarcadero Marina Park South

200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101

* All donations, proceeds, and registration fees from the event go directly to Helen Woodward Animal Center.

About the Beneficiary:

Helen Woodward Animal Center is a private nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization committed to the philosophy of people helping animals and animals helping people. Located on 12 acres in Rancho Santa Fe, this no-kill facility provides a variety of services that benefit the community through educational and therapeutic programs for people, and humane care and adoption for animals. Helen Woodward Animal Center has an ever-shifting list of beautiful dogs, puppies, cats and kittens available through their San Diego pet adoption program.

Project Wildlife Baby Shower

It’s spring, which means it’s baby season for local wildlife.

Celebrate by attending Project Wildlife’s Baby Shower to get a tour of the Sherman Street center, meet animal ambassadors, and enjoy games and activities for the whole family.

This event is FREE to the public.

Saturday March 3rd, 10:00a – 2:00p

Project Wildlife: Central Triage Center

887 1/2 Sherman Street, San Diego, CA 92110

Newcast of last year’s Baby Shower:

About the Sponsor:

The mission of Project Wildlife is to improve the quality of life for local wildlife and the community as the primary resource for animal rehabilitation and conservation education. Since 1972, Project Wildlife’s dedicated staff and volunteers have given injured, orphaned and sick wild animals a second chance at life. Project Wildlife helps 8,000-10,000 birds and mammals each year and have cared for more than 320 species to-date.

Love Your Dog Pawty

Calling all San Diego dog lovers!

Grab your pups and your friends and check out the Love Your Dog Pawty at the Stone Company Store! This is a family-friendly event, and all friendly, well-behaved dogs are welcome! There will be chair massages for the humans, a photo booth with free photo download, and lots of great prizes and giveaways!

* A portion of the proceeds from this event go to The Animal Pad. As this is a charity event, there are NO Refunds.

Humans and pups are encouraged to dress in red and pink attire! (All pups wearing red or pink will receive an extra raffle ticket!)

Sunday, February 25th, 1:00p – 3:00p

Stone Company Store on Kettner

1202 Kettner Blvd #101, San Diego, CA 92101

  • Early Bird Tickets: $15 per person

    Limited quantity. Available while supplies last.

  • General Admission: $20 per person

What you get with your ticket:

  • FUN Love Your Dog Themed Photo Booth with FREE digital photo download for all attendees by David Waterbury Photography
  • FREE $25 off Photo Shoot Package Voucher to David Waterbury Photography
  • FREE $25 Club Beauty Gift Card by EliveLife Promotions
  • Relaxing Massage Chair onsite for Humans EliveLife Promotions
  • FREE Dog Treats
  • GREAT Raffle Prizes
Receive an extra 10% off by using the promo code found in the BarkHappy mobile app.

About the Beneficiary:

The Animal Pad is a non-profit, all breed dog rescue that focuses on saving dogs from high kill shelters and the streets of Mexico. The Animal Pad provides these dogs with vet care, places them into foster homes, and then finds them loving forever families.

Year of the Dog

2018 is the Year of the Dog!

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Sea World!

During this one-of-a-kind festival, you won’t want to miss incredible Chinese acrobat shows, amazing local performers & artisans, mouthwatering Pan-Asian culinary delights, and an adorable Puppy Garden!

Select dates between February 10th and 25th

Sea World San Diego

500 Sea World Dr, San Diego, CA 92109

5K Paw Walk in the Garden

Take a stroll through the beautiful 37-acre San Diego Botanic Garden with your favorite pooch! 

The San Diego Botanic Garden is teaming up with the Rancho Coastal Humane Society for the sixth annual “5K Paw Walk in the Garden.” Both organizations will be benefiting from this event. Participants will follow a 5K walk through the 37-acre garden with their dog(s) in tow.

The route winds through the spectacular garden areas including California Native Plants, Australia, the Canary Islands, Hawaii, bamboo, tropical fruit, and palm canyon. Due to the construction at the Hamilton Children’s Garden, this event will be starting at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum (across Ecke Ranch Road from Hamilton Children’s Garden).

There will be pet products, food (for people), treats (for dogs), lots of great information for dog lovers, and (of course) dogs and puppies!”

  • Adult Walker - $32.00

    18+ years.
    Ticket price, per person.

  • Youth Walker - $21.00

    Under 18 years.
    Ticket price, per person.

  • Adult RCHS Volunteer - $21.00

    18+ years. RCHS Volunteer Discount.
    Ticket price, per person.

  • Adult Botanic Garden Member - $21.00

    18+ years. SDBG Member Discount.
    Ticket price, per person.

  • Youth Botanic Garden Member - $14.00

    Under 18 years. SDBG Youth Member Discount.
    Ticket price, per person.

Saturday February 17th, 8:00a – 11:00a

All Participants check in at the San Diego Heritage Museum

450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024

Know Before You Go:

  • Doors open at 8am to view vendors, take pictures, have breakfast, and partake in contests.
  • First walk will begin at 9:00a, where the walk will start into the San Diego Botanic Gardens.
  • Last call to start walking will be 11:00a, but the gardens will remain open until 12:00p.
  • This event is held RAIN or SHINE

* Proceeds benefit the San Diego Botanic Garden and the Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

About the Beneficiaries:

Located 30 minutes north of San Diego in Encinitas, California, San Diego Botanic Garden features numerous exhibits, including rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest, California native plants, Mediterranean climate landscapes, succulent gardens, an herb garden, firesafe landscaping, a subtropical fruit garden, and native coastal sage natural areas. The Hamilton Children’s Garden was opened in June 2011, the largest interactive children’s garden on the West Coast.

The Rancho Coastal Humane Society is a non-profit, 501(c)3, charitable organization that runs through donation only as they are not tax nor government funded. Their goal is to care for the homeless animal population of San Diego County and to educate the public about pet over-population and responsible companion animal care. The Rancho Coastal Humane Society provides quality shelter care, adoption services, education programs, and an animal safehouse program for the survivors of domestic violence.

San Diego Tết Festival

Come have a weekend of family fun celebrating the Lunar New Year at the San Diego Tết Festival!

Attracting more than 25,000 people every year from all over the city, this 3-day celebration features FREE admission, activities, games, food, and live entertainment including Vietnamese singers and performers, lion dancing, firecrackers, and the Miss Vietnam of San Diego pageant!

This event is FREE to the public.

Friday February 16th, 5:00p – 10:00p

Saturday February 17th, 11:00a – 10:00p

Sunday February 18th, 11:00a – 6:00p

Mira Mesa Community Park

8575 New Salem Stree, San Diego, CA 92126

This year, the San Diego Tết Festival will be hosting a Dog Costume Contest to celebrate the Year of the Dog.

Sunday February 18th

There will be a PRIZE for the BEST costume.
This is open to everyone, so dress up your pets, come on out and join the fun!

Sign-up begins at 2:30p at the Cultural Village.

Doggie Brunch at Bub’s

PUPPY LOVE IS IN THE AIR!

Does the love of your life lick you, bark and have a tail?! Perfect! Join Bub’s at the Ballpark for their 4th Annual Valentine’s Day Doggie Brunch! They’ll have a Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar, a special doggie menu, raffles, giveaways and rescue dogs available for adoption benefiting Second Chance Dog Rescue.

Sunday February 11th, 10:00a – 2:00p

Bub’s At The Ballpark

715 J St, San Diego, CA 92101

About the Beneficiary:

Second Chance Dog Rescue is one of San Diego’s largest and most successful non-profit 501c3 organizations dedicated to saving homeless dogs. They are not a shelter, but a dog rescue whose dogs are in private foster homes until they are adopted.

Doggie Gras

Join the Helen Woodward Animal Center for their 6th annual Doggie-Gras Parade and Celebration!

Don’t miss the most “paw-thentic” Fat Tuesday celebration this side of the Mississippi! Dress your canine in Mardi Gras-themed costumes and connect with Center adoptables, alumni and revelers of all ages, breeds and creeds as we celebrate the festive occasion with a Doggie-Gras parade! You can even create your own parade “float” from a spare stroller or wagon!

This event is FREE to the public.

Sunday February 11th, 10:00a – 12:00p

Parade at 11:00a

Rancho Santa Fe Farmer’s Market

16079 San Dieguito Rd, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091

Activities Include:

  • FREE parade for pups and their people, march along or watch and enjoy
  • Selection of Best Dressed Pet and Best Float ($10 to compete, free to walk)
  • Mardi Gras photos on “Bour-bone Street”
  • Mardi Gras Face-Painting, Opportunity Drawings and Treats!

Proceeds from all Doggie-Gras activities support the Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoptions Department.

About the Beneficiary:

Helen Woodward Animal Center is a private nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization committed to the philosophy of people helping animals and animals helping people. Located on 12 acres in Rancho Santa Fe, this no-kill facility provides a variety of services that benefit the community through educational and therapeutic programs for people, and humane care and adoption for animals. Helen Woodward Animal Center has an ever-shifting list of beautiful dogs, puppies, cats and kittens available through their San Diego pet adoption program.

Wagentine’s Day

Support local Girl Scout Troop 3850 at Wagentine’s Day for Dog Lovers!

This family-friendly, FREE event will showcase plenty of fun activities including DIY dog toys and treats, a raffle with prizes, and even a pooch smooch photo booth where you can have your Valentine’s Day photo taken with your favorite pet!

This event is FREE!

Monetary donations and dog supplies are gladly accepted and will be given to local rescues.

Donation Items Accepted:

  • Dog crate
  • Dog pens
  • Machine-washable dog beds
  • Machine-washable blankets
  • Big and small leashes
  • Big and small harnesses
  • Collars
  • X pens
  • Toys
  • Dog clothing
  • Piddle pads

Sunday February 11th, 9:00a – 12:00p

Harry Griffen Park

9550 Milden Street, La Mesa, CA 91942

This event is being hosted by Girl Scout Troop 3850 as they work towards their Silver award by showcasing San Diego local dog rescues and build awareness on volunteer opportunities. Several local dog rescue groups, including Aussie Rescue San Diego, Rover’s Retreat, and Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego will be in attendance. Meet some of their adoptable dogs, hear volunteer stories, and learn about volunteer opportunities to meet your own community service goals.

Dogs that Serve

Visit the Museum of Man to watch “Dogs that Serve”, a 30-minute, live demonstration of how service dogs help out their humans everyday!

Dogs are more than great companions, they can provide life-changing assistance to someone with a disability. “Dogs that Serve” is part of the “Living with Animals” exhibit inside the Museum of Man at Balboa Park. This 30-minute live demonstration will only run twice, so plan ahead to make sure you don’t miss it!

“Dogs that Serve” is free for museum members or with general admission.

Two 30-Minute demonstrations available:

Saturday February 10th at 1:00p

OR

Saturday February 10th at 2:00p

in the “Living with Animals” Exhibit

San Diego Museum of Man at Balboa Park

1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

About the “Living with Animals” Exhibit:

We encounter animals everywhere in our daily lives: they cuddle up with us on the couch, crawl silently through our walls, sit on our dinner plates, and more. In this fun exhibit, you’ll take a journey and discover all the surprising, unique, and inspiring ways that we live with animals. You’ll find we’re not human without them!

Cupids and Canines

Bring the whole family to this FREE Mega-Adoption event to find your new best friend!

The San Diego Animal Support Foundation & Grossmont Center are bringing together  26 shelters & rescues for just 4 hours for this Mega-Adoption Event! HUNDREDS of animals including cats, dogs, turtles, and birds will be available for adoption during this event, the largest single adoption drive in California!

This event is FREE to the public, and participating adoption agencies are given free booth space!

Saturday February 10th, 11:00a – 3:00p

Grossmont Center

5500 Grossmont Center Dr, La Mesa, California 91942

Participating Rescues include:

  • Animal Rescuers Without Borders (ARWOB)
  • Animal Welfare Foundation of San Diego
  • Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego
  • HEART of Chula Vista Animal Care Facility
  • El Cajon Animal Shelter
  • Friends of Cats, Inc.
  • Frosted Faces Foundation
  • Greyhound Adoption Center
  • Happy Hearts GSD Rescue
  • Holly’s Garden Rescue
  • Humane Society de Tijuana
  • It’s The Pits Dog Rescue
  • Labradors and Friends Dog Rescue
  • Last Chance at Life – All Breed Rescue and Adoptions
  • Lionel’s Legacy
  • No Wagging Tail Left Behind Animal Rescue
  • Open Arms Rescue – San Diego
  • Passion for Pitties Rescue group
  • Parrot Education and Adoption Center
  • PAWS4thought Animal Rescue
  • San Diego Spaniel Rescue
  • San Diego Turtle and Tortoise Society
  • St. Pacos Second Chance Dog Rescue
  • The Rescued Dog
  • Volunteers For Indigent & Vulnerable Animals

About the Sponsor:

The San Diego Animal Support Foundation is a private, volunteer dependent, nonprofit (501c3) organization dedicated to improving the welfare of animals in overburdened, under funded local shelters and rescues through events, fundraising campaigns, and a car donation program.The SDASF does NOT operate a shelter of their own, rather they act as an umbrella organization assisting already existing shelters and foster agencies that need help.

Pugs & Kisses

Join the Pug Rescue of San Diego County for their annual Valentine’s Wine and Cheese fundraiser event!

Bring your pugs to the Pug Rescue of San Diego County for a fun-filled event, including 4 glasses of wine or soda and all the cheese, crackers and desserts that you can eat! There will also be a pug fashion show, pug boutique, and raffle baskets.

Cost is $25 per person.
Buy your ticket in advance and save $5.00.

Saturday February 10th, 2:00p – 5:00p

Fido & Company Canine Country Club in North Park

2811 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

About the Beneficiary:

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Pug Rescue Of San Diego County is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3), non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and placement of homeless pug dogs.

Dinner with Dogs!

Bring your pup(s) and enjoy dinner at the majestic Madison on Park!

Hate leaving your pup at home? Well not tonight! Enjoy dinner with your dog(s) at the majestic Madison. Madison’s Mutt Menu will feature ingredients from Honest Kitchen, a [non-alcoholic] canine cocktail, and a special doggie dessert!

Make reservations now, space is limited!

Wednesday, February 7th, 5:30p – 9:30p

at Madison on Park in University Heights

4622 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116

San Diego Cat Show

Check out the largest cat show in the western US!

CFA’s San Diego Cat Show will feature 450 cats of 42 unique breeds in competition, a cat agility competition, an education ring, and even a stuffed animal competition for the kids. Pedigree and rescue cats will also be available for adoption.

Saturday January 27th, 10:00a – 5:00p
Sunday January 28th, 9:00a – 5:00p

in the Exhibit Hall at Del Mar Fairgrounds

2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014

Tickets available for sale at door only. CASH ONLY.

Cost of admission:

  • Adults: $9.00
  • Seniors/Military/Children: $7.00
  • Children under 6 (w/adult): FREE 

The Super Bowl of Cat Competitions!

This cat show will feature up to 450 exotic cats from all over the US competing to be one of the 38 Best In Show winners throughout the weekend. Not only will there be a Pedigree Cat Competition, but there will also be a Competition for Household Cats too!

Agility Ring

What is Feline Agility? Its like dog agility only done in cat’s unique style. A fun event only seen once a year in Southern California at the Del Mar Cat Show! The agility ring is open to both Pedigree Cats and Household Pets and will be active all day Saturday and all day Sunday until 3 PM, when the awards are decided and presented.

Education Ring

The Education Ring runs from 11 AM to 5 PM both Saturday & Sunday. Schedule: Saturday and Sunday and is designed to help visitors better understand and appreciate ALL cats. Between each of the talks, visitors can enjoy informal chatting with speakers and exhibitors, close up viewing of the show cats, and the chance to pet unique examples of popular and rare breeds.

Saturday, January 27th
11:00 -11:30am

What the Judges are Doing; What the Ribbons Mean – Cat show judging can be mysterious. Discover what goes on in the judge’s head as he/she examines a cat’s profile or stretches out the torso of certain breeds; why they use toys and even more. When you understand the ribbons and rosettes, you will be able to know which cat is best in color class, best of breed, or even Best Cat in a judge’s ring.

11:30-12:00pm

Visitors may see and ask questions about cats on exhibit

12:00-12:30pm

Can You Really “Train” a Cat? – Once you know how cats communicate you can more easily encourage or enhance wanted behavior. Learn how to convince your cat that a harness and leash or a carrier means fun is coming next. Cats respond to positive reinforcement.

12:30 – 1:00pm

Visitors may see and ask questions about cats on exhibit

1:00 - 1:30pm

Stuffed Animal Contest – Children 12 years old and under are invited to enter their favorite stuffed animal for fun and judging each day. Prizes are awarded.

1:30 – 2:00pm

Visitors may see and ask questions about cats on exhibit

2:00 – 2:30pm

Our Newer Breeds – Most of the breeds you see today at shows have been accepted for registration beginning in the early 1960s. Some are variations of older breeds, like the Exotic, the Somali and the Oriental Shorthair/Longhair. Others are breeds that often go back centuries in their country of origin but are newer to the show ring such as the Birman, Siberian, Chartreux and Japanese Bobtail. Finally we have those breeds that are the result of imagination and careful breeding by humans – the Bengal, Ocicat, Burmilla and Ragdoll/Ragamuffin.

2:30 – 3:00pm

Visitors may see and ask questions about cats on exhibit

3:00 – 3:30pm

Ask the Vet about Feline Dermatology – Dr. Laura Stokking from Veterinary Specialty Hospital will discuss skin conditions in cats and their treatment.

3:30 – 4:00pm

Visitors may see and ask questions about cats on exhibit

4:00 – 4:30pm

Introducing the Breeds – We will explore the predictable personalities of various breeds to illustrate those that will please owners who like high energy, active cats or those who prefer more laid back, lap cats. We’ll even introduce those breeds who are especially smart, clever or mischievous and will keep their humans entertained.

Sunday, January 28th
11:00 -11:30am

What the Judges are Doing; What the Ribbons Mean – Cat show judging can be mysterious. Discover what goes on in the judge’s head as he/she examines a cat’s profile or stretches out the torso of certain breeds; why they use toys and even more. When you understand the ribbons and rosettes, you will be able to know which cat is best in color class, best of breed, or even Best Cat in a judge’s ring.

11:30-12:00pm

Visitors may see and ask questions about cats on exhibit

12:00-12:30pm

Mother Nature’s Gifts: Our Rarest Breeds – Meet the “rex” breeds with their wavy “permed” coats, the American Curl whose ears curl back; the Manx with no tail, the Japanese Bobtails each of which has a unique pom pom tail and the Sphynx with no hair.

12:30 – 1:00pm

Visitors may see and ask questions about cats on exhibit

1:00 - 1:30pm

Stuffed Animal Contest – Children 12 years old and under are invited to enter their favorite stuffed animal for fun and judging each day. Prizes are awarded.

1:30 – 2:00pm

Visitors may see and ask questions about cats on exhibit

2:00 – 2:30pm

Animal Communication – Cindy Richardson, animal telepath, will discuss how it works, what kind of information you can get, and how it helps pets both emotionally and physically.

2:30 – 3:00pm

Visitors may see and ask questions about cats on exhibit

3:00 – 3:30pm

The Earliest Breeds Shown – The first cat show at the Crystal Palace hall in London was intended to showcase the beauty and value of the “hearthside cat”. Cats were recognized more by color and length of coat than by distinguishable breeds although some of our earliest designated breeds were unique – the Manx, the Russian Blue, the Abyssinian, and the Siamese. Persian and Turkish Angora longhairs were considered interchangeable. Most prized were the British Shorthairs, of course!

3:30 – 4:00pm

Visitors may see and ask questions about cats on exhibit

4:00 – 4:30pm

Showing Your Household Pet; Best in Show Awards – Learn how to enter a show and what you need to have in order to present your exceptional companion. It’s really not hard. We will conclude with the presentation of the top winning Household Pet Cats from this show.

Kittens and cats looking for new homes

Pedigree kittens will be available for sale and rescue cats will be available for adoption. Many rescue groups will be present with lots of cats ready and looking for new forever homes. Pet Me Cats will also be available for you to pet (with the owner’s permission).

Free Favorite Stuffed Animal Contest

Children can bring their favorite stuffed animals to compete in their own “pet show”, scheduled each day in the Education Ring. Extra stuffed toys will be available to borrow so that everyone can participate. All the participants will received a prize!

Vendors Galore at Meow Mall

Check out the largest selection of vendors at any cat show in the western US. Items will be available for both pets as well as pet lovers, and many unique gift items will be on sale!

Paint Your Pet!

Paint your pet with step-by-step instruction during this 3 hour class at Love Joy Creations studio!

* Multiple dates available for Saturday & Sunday classes and some weekday classes.

Work at your own pace following step-by-step guided instruction to paint your pet. Your pet will be pre-drawn on your canvas for you and ready to paint when you arrive. This class is perfect for beginner painters, and all supplies are included! Also, feel free to bring along some champagne for mimosas (orange juice is provided).

* You will be painting from a photograph. Please do not bring your pet to class.

NEXT DATES AVAILABLE:

Saturday January 27th or Sunday January 28th, 12:00p – 3:00p

at Liberty Station

2690 Historic Decatur Rd, #201 Barracks 19 (upstairs), San Diego, CA 92107

Cost is $55 per person and includes all materials, an 11″ x 14″ canvas with your pet pre-drawn and ready to paint (1 pet per canvas), and step-by-step guided instruction.

Please remember to email 2 to 3 photographs of your pet at least 2 days prior to your scheduled class, so that it can be drawn onto your canvas prior to your arrival. Please email photos to Lovejoycreations@gmail.com

Pet Pals Children’s Program

Pet Pals is a fun and educational program where children ages 6-11 visit the San Diego Humane Society and learn about our animal friends.

Each month focuses on a different animal or animal-related topic and includes a lesson, activity, and animal interaction geared towards the theme of the month.

* This class is for people only. Please leave pets at home.

Friday, January 19th, 4:30p – 5:30p

at the San Diego Humane Society San Diego Campus

5500 Gaines Street, San Diego, CA 92110

Parents are welcome to stay with their child throughout the session, but are not required to.

Cost is $10 per child. 
Registration fee is non-refundable.

Reservations are required. Registration is on a first come, first served basis.

About the Sponsor:

San Diego Humane Society offers San Diegans a wide range of programs and services that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent cruelty/neglect, provide medical care, educate the community on the humane treatment of animals and provide safety net services for all pet families needing assistance with keeping their pets. San Diego Humane Society has campuses located in Escondido, Oceanside, and San Diego as well as adoption centers inside select Petco stores throughout San Diego County.

Made With Love: Homemade Dog Treats

Join the San Diego Humane Society to learn how to make healthy dog treats and adjust recipes for specialty diets.

Class includes supply kit with numerous printed handouts, storage container, treats and tools for making more treats.

* This class is for people only. Please leave pets at home.

Thursday January 18th, 6:00p – 7:30p

at the San Diego Humane Society San Diego Campus

5500 Gaines Street, San Diego, CA 92110

Cost is $69 per person and includes materials, light snacks, and non-alcoholic refreshments.

15% of your payment will be donated to San Diego Humane Society!

Space is limited and registration is required.

About the Sponsor:

San Diego Humane Society offers San Diegans a wide range of programs and services that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent cruelty/neglect, provide medical care, educate the community on the humane treatment of animals and provide safety net services for all pet families needing assistance with keeping their pets. San Diego Humane Society has campuses located in Escondido, Oceanside, and San Diego as well as adoption centers inside select Petco stores throughout San Diego County.

Photos with Santa at Cape-Able Canines

Your pup can enjoy treats and photos with Santa at Cape-Able Canines while you warm up with donuts, hot cider, and hot cocoa at this FREE event! Don’t forget to drop off your dog’s letter to Santa!

Cape-Able Canines will also be collecting food and new toy donations for PAWS of San Diego from Dec 10th – Dec 19th.

Sunday December 17th, 10:00a – 12:00p

at Cape-Able Canines in La Mesa

About the Sponsor:

Cape-Able Canines is a full service dog training, doggy day care and luxury dog boarding facility. Cape-Able Canines uses positive reinforcement, lure based training and stresses early socialization and good dog manners. Their trainers are certified AKC Canine Good Citizen and STAR puppy evaluators and members of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. They offer all levels of training from puppy to advanced obedience, speciality classes such as intro to agility and rally, specialty workshops, problem behavior consultations, and fun special events, all intended to improve dog/owner communication.

About the Beneficiary:

Cape-Able Canines will be collecting food and new toy donations for PAWS of San Diego from Dec 10th – Dec 19th.

PAWS San Diego, a program of San Diego Humane Society, helps people keep their pets by providing essential pet services and support to low-income pet families all over San Diego County.

10th Annual Gaslamp Pet Expo and Pet Parade

Unleash the holiday cheer through the streets of Downtown San Diego with your furry friends! Don your favorite costumes in the Pet Parade! Entry to participate is $15 per pet in advance, or $20 the day of. The parade starts at 3:00p. Also enter the Holiday Pet Costume Contest and be sure to check out the FREE Pet Expo from 1:00p – 5:00p!

Sunday December 10th, 12:30p – 5:00p

in the Gaslamp Quarter

12:30 pm

Check In, Registration

Entry to participate in the Pet Parade is $20 per pet on the day of the event.  Guests are encouraged to register in advance as space is limited. Entry is $15 per pet with advanced purchased.

CLICK HERE TO GET TICKETS NOW!

1:00 pm to 2:30p

Holiday Costume Contest Check-In

Winners will be selected and announced at the Pet Parade Awards Ceremony.

3:00 pm

Parade Begins!

starts and ends at MLK Promenade Park, adjacent to the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter (401 K Street, San Diego, CA 92101) at Fourth Avenue and K Street.

3:15 pm

Pet Parade Awards Ceremony

immediately following the Pet Parade at MLK Promenade Park

  • Winners of the Holiday Costume Contest will be selected and announced at the Pet Parade Awards Ceremony.
    • Judges’ decision is final.
    • Contestants must visit the judging panel between 1:00 – 2:30pm to be considered.
5:00 pm

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