Originally posted on the Best Friends Network.
The San Francisco Bay Area is home to many shelters and rescues, many of which are holding events during the summer to help raise much-needed funds to help support their animals for the rest of the year. Many of the events focus on the outdoors, so dress in layers to fend off our often-chilly summer mornings! Heat things up in August by attending one of the following fundraisers to help out the local homeless pets.
13th Annual Bay to Barkers Dog Walk and Festival, August 1st 2010
Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society is holding their 13th Bay to Barkers event in Golden Gate Fields, Albany between 10am and 1pm on August 1st. Funds raised from the Dog Walk and Festival will help the society recover from a devastating fire that damaged their shelter in May. This fundraiser includes a mile-long dog walk, live entertainment, contests, crafts, and games (including a doggy-human look-alike contest), a spa for both canine and companion, pet festival, and vendor booths. A local TV station will even be there to tape dogs for their advertisements! See the Bay to Barkers website for more details on the event and registration information.
2nd Annual Bocce Tournament, August 15th 2010
The Marin Humane Society is holding the second annual Bocce Tournament to support their shelter on August 15th, 9am-3pm, in San Rafael. You can either form and register your own team, or register individually and be assigned to a team. You don’t even need to know how to play Bocce: beginners are welcome too. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, a drink, a raffle ticket, and help for the wonderful shelter animals. Head to their website for more information and the registration form.
The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA is holding their 16th annual Mutt Strutt to help raise funds to support their shelter animals, which includes everything from large dogs to tiny dwarf hamsters. The Mutt Strutt takes place in Coyote Point Park, San Mateo from 9am-1pm, and includes flyball and agility demonstrations, vendors, prizes, live entertainment, and of course, mutts strutting their stuff. They will hand out prizes for Best Dressed dog, Most Talented, and Best Kisser – a category our Mikey, adopted from the PHS&SPCA shelter, would certainly be a contender for! For more details on the PHS & SPCA Mutt Strutt, or to register, visit the Mutt Strutt website.
There is no shortage of wonderful events happening this August, so be sure to check out their respective websites and consider supporting your local organizations by registering for an event and/or attending one. Do you know of other upcoming events during August in the San Francisco Bay Area? Please comment below to let everyone know!