Sun., Feb. 3, 2013, 8 a.m. -- 2013 Hungry Dog Dash, the 3rd Annual 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Point Loma High School Cross Country Team, at NTC Liberty Station in Point Loma.
Registration is $30 for under 18, and $35 for adults. Dogs and strollers are allowed and encouraged.
Sat., Feb. 9, 2013, 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
Sun., Feb. 10, 2013, 7 a.m. -- 4th Annual Puppy Love 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by the Helen Woodward Animal Center, at Via de la Valle & Coast Highway 101 in Solana Beach. Registration is $45, and dogs are welcome on the course and event area. Pre-registration is encouraged:
Mon. & Tues., Feb. 11 & 12, 2013 -- 137th Westminster Kennel Club's All Breed Dog Show, with 3,200 dog entries among 187 breeds, including two new breeds: The Treeing Walker Coonhound and the Russell Terrier. Judging will be at Madison Square Garden, and televised in San Diego on Monday eve. 8-11 p.m. on CNBC, and Tues. eve. 8-11 p.m. on USA. This year's top judge for Best in Show on Tues. eve. will be Michael Dougherty, who runs the Windsong Resort for Pets in Escondido.
Tues., Feb. 12, 2013, 11 a.m.-12 Noon -- 1st Annual Mardi Paws Parade, with costumed animals and floats ($10 per entry) to benefit adoptions at the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Awards for Best Dressed Mardi Paws King & Queen, and Best Carnival Caper, along with an Opportunity Drawing and Refreshments.
Sun., Feb. 17, 2013, 2 p.m. -- Bark in Balboa Park 7, free animal themed concert & pet parade at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, with civic organist Dr. Carol Williams and her rescue Airedale Dietrich Buxtehude Bell. Families and dogs on leash welcome, to benefit the San Diego Humane Society.
Sat. & Sun., Feb. 23 & 24, 2013, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. -- 2013 Silver Bay Kennel Club Dog Show, one of the nation's largest dog shows, including conformation, obedience, rally & agility competitions. Free admission, parking $10. Only dogs participating may attend, so please don't bring your pets. In the O'Brien, Bing Crosby and Exhibit Halls at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Sat., Feb. 23, 2013
, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. -- 1st Annual 5K Paw Walk in the Garden
, sponsored by the Rancho Coastal Humane Society and the San Diego Botanic Garden (formerly Quail Botanical Gardens), with pet products, food & treats, and information, at 230 Quail Gardens Dr. in Encinitas. Adult registration is $24, and youth under 18 is $12. http://encinitas5kpupwalk.eventbrite.com/#
Sat., Feb. 23, 2013, 9 a.m. -- San Diego K9 Cancer Walk to benefit the Morris Animal Foundation, at Walnut Grove Park, 1950 Sycamore Dr., San Marcos. The goal of the 1.5-mile walk is to raise $65,000 to fight canine cancer, the no. 1 cause of death in dogs over 2 years old. Adult registration is $30, and children $15.
Sunday, March 10, 2013, 10 a.m. -- 18th Annual Ugly Dog Contest, sponsored by the Del Mar Kiwanis Club & San Diego Coastal Chamber of Commerce, at the Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center, CA. If you don't have an ugly dog, you may enter in nine other categories, including Cutest, Most Beautiful, Most Handsome, Best St. Pat's Costume, Dog Who Looks Most Like Its Owner, or Best Trick. All proceeds given to charity. Admission $6 to $12, and contest entries $10.
Sat., March 24, 2013, 8 a.m.-12 Noon -- Paws in the Park, sponsored by the Escondido Humane Society to benefit animals in need, at Kit Carson Park, 3333 Bear Valley Parkway, Escondido.
Sat., April 13, 2013, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. -- emBARKadero: Run.Walk.Roll.Wag. A 4-Legged 4K Run/Walk/Roll is from 8 to 9:30 a.m. ($25 adult registration, $10 for children under 12) at the Embarcadero Marina Park South, near the Convention Center, to benefit Canine Companions for Independence. The festival begins at 9 a.m. and is open to the public with free admission, and features Flyball, a K9 Agility Playground, Dog Yoga, food, shopping and games and crafts for kids.
Sat., April 27, 2013, 9 a.m.-12 Noon -- 11th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup, sponsored by I Love a Clean San Diego, at more than 80 coastal and inland sites throughout San Diego County. Last year, 6,000 volunteers collected more than 150,000 lbs. of trash from entering our creeks and ocean.
Join us at Ocean Beach-Dog Beach!
Sat., May 4, 2013, 7 a.m. to 12 Noon -- 19th Annual 2013 Walk for Animals, sponsored by the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, featuring a pancake breakfast, a scenic 2-mile (or 1/2-mile) walk, and doggie activities, to celebrate our love for animals while raising the vital funds needed to ensure that every homeless animal can find a loving home. At a NEW location at NTC Park at Liberty Station (with ample parking).