Oct. 1, 2012 through Jan. 2, 2013 -- 14th Annual Iams Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive, sponsored by the Helen Woodward Animal Center and the Iam's pet food company, with 4,000 animal shelters participating throughout the United States and 22 other nations. This year's goal is to place 1.5 million orphan dogs and cats and other pets into forever, loving homes by the new year.
For a shelter or rescue group near you see
Sat., October 13 & November 10, 2012, 9 to 11 a.m. -- Dog Beach Cleanup, with Friends of Dog Beach, at the pawprint entry to Dog Beach. Bags & gloves, plus toys & treats will be provided for you and your friendly dogs
Sat. & Sun., Oct. 13 & 14, 2012, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. -- San Diego Pet Expo, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in north San Diego County, to benefit local shelters and animal care groups.
The Expo features entertainment, contests, vendors and pet adoptions. Admission is $6, with children 5 & under Free.
Sun., Oct. 14, 2012, 8 to 9:30ish a.m. -- 3rd Annual Breast Cancer Fund Raiser, "Burn Your Booty for Boobies," by Leash Your Fitness to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. $30 per participant, and dogs and spectators are welcome. Meet in the back of the San Diego Convention Center for this heart-pumping stair climbing event.
Sun., Oct. 21, 2012, 11:30 a.m. -- 4th Annual Bow Wow Brunch Cruise, at the Hornblower Landing at Grape Street Pier, San Diego.
The 2-hour Bow Wow Brunch Cruise and Halloween Dog Costume Contest is offered to help raise money for and awareness about orphaned pets at Helen Woodward Animal Center. The cost is $69, with one adult handler per dog. A doggie buffet is included.
Fri., Oct. 26, 2012, 1 to 5 p.m. -- Psychiatric Service Dog Seminar by the Psychiatric Service Dog Registry, for medical professionals, dog trainers and interested individuals, to provide education on psychiatric service dogs, their tasks and abilities, and benefits. Enrollment is limited, and the location in the Gaslamp, San Diego will be provided upon registration. $50 tax deductible fee to benefit Paws for Veterans.
http://www.psdregistry.com/ or call (321) 684-8216
Sat., Oct. 27, 2012, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- FACE Foundation's "iSweat4Pets" Nature Wellness Dog Walk, featuring multiple trails for every fitness level and pet-friendly vendor village, at San Dieguito County Park, 1628 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Del Mar.
Sun., Oct. 28, 2012, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. -- 7th Annual "Howl-O-Ween" OB Canine Carnival, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Ocean Beach, with costume contest and parade, vendors, food and games.
Registration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($7 for single dog, $10 for groups of dogs, & $10 for floats). Parade from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., with Prizes at 3 p.m.
Sat. & Sun., Nov. 10 & 11, and Nov. 17 & 18, 2012, 9 a.m-6 p.m. Saturdays, and 1-6 p.m. Sundays -- Colleen's Annual Custom Pet Photos at Dog Beach Dog Wash. A 30-min. photo session (up to 2 dogs, with or without guardians) for $40. Make your appointment now by calling us at (619) 523-1700. Hanukkah begins Dec. 8 and Christmas is 17 days later, so there's time to plan your holiday photos now.