Here’s a list of some dog-related events happening in May in the Kansas City metro.
Thursday, May 2 through Saturday, May 4
Two garage sales on these days support local animal welfare organizations. The Missouri German Shepherd Rescue garage sale is from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. all three days at 10137 Long in Overland Park. The other garage sale benefits Unleashed Pet Rescue and Adoption. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. all three days at 5019 W. 60th Terrace in Mission.
Saturday, May 4
The Car Cruise for Pets is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lakewood Oaks Golf Club (651 N.E. St. Andrews Circle, Lee’s Summit). The $5 early-bird breakfast starts at 9 a.m., with a classic drive-in cookout during the remainder of the event. Prizes will be awarded to the best classic vehicle. Other activities include face painting and a silent auction. You can also meet some of Animals Best Friends’ available dogs.
Get your pet’s photo taken for Mother’s Day. Kristen Saluto Photography will have a photo session from noon to 3 p.m. at Queen of Paws Boutique & Spa (4515 W. 90th St., Prairie Village). For $10, you’ll get a 5x7 photo. Proceeds benefit Unleashed Pet Rescue and Adoption.
Sunday, May 5
The Chihuahua Parade will once again attempt to break the world record for the most dogs in costume. The parade will be at Barney Allis Plaza (12th and Wyandotte, KCMO). Although the parade doesn’t begin until noon, organizers ask that you arrive at 11 a.m. The entry fee is $5 per dog, with all proceeds benefiting Great Plains SPCA. Your dog does not have to be a Chihuahua to participate.
Thursday, May 9
Hamburger Mary’s (101 Southwest Blvd.) hosts charity bingo from 8 to 10 p.m. for Mid-America Bully Breed Rescue.
Friday, May 10
Join Midwest Animal ResQ for Corkscrews & Canines, a wine-tasting benefit from 6 to 8 p.m. at Red Door Wine Store (229-A S.E. Main St., Lee’s Summit). A $10 donation is suggested. After sampling wines chosen for this event, you can purchase a glass a discounted price. If you’re interested in donating something for the raffle to be held during the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, May 11
Four Paws and a Cause is a benefit for Unleashed Pet Rescue and Adoption. It starts at 5 p.m. at Aftershock (5240 Merriam Dr., Merriam). Scheduled to perform are 3 Son Green, Antler Salmon, A.J. Gaither One Man Band, The Quivers, and Jason Vivone & the Billy Bats. Raffles and giveaways will occur during the night. The cover charge is $10, with all proceeds going to Unleashed. If you bring supplies for the shelter, your cover charge is $5. Suggested supplies include paper towels, collars, leashes, heavy-duty trash bags, and peanut butter. The wish list has more suggestions.
Wednesday, May 15
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City will provide free well-pet exams and immunizations for animals owned by senior citizens and folks with low incomes. HSGKC will take walk-ins, but appointments are encouraged. Call 913-596-1000 to make an appointment. Banfield Charitable Trust is sponsoring this event.
Friday, May 17 through Saturday, May 18
The Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter Garage Sale will be at 1356 N.W. 9 Highway in Parkville. Hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days.
Saturday, May 18
The Spring Back to Life Pawty is from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at HELP Humane Society (17122 Bel Ray Place., Belton). The day begins with a garage sale, which ends at noon. Then, from noon until 6 p.m., you can shop at vendor booths, purchase goodies during the bake sale and listen to music by Scratched Vinyl. Admission is $10; it includes a burgers/brats meal.
Wagg’n Tails Day Spa (15630 Pinehurst Dr., Bonner Springs) is hosting Harleys for Hounds, a benefit motorcycle ride for Bonner Animal Rescue. Bikes leave between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Early registration is $20 per motorcycle (all bikes are welcome) and $5 for additional riders. To register, call 913-724-3700.
Pets in the Park is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the park behind the Bass Pro Shop in Independence (18001 Bass Pro Drive). Pets are welcome. The one-mile pet parade around the lake begins at 11 a.m. Walk participants are asked to bring pet supplies to donate to a local animal shelter. The event is free.
Sunday, May 19
Unleashed Pet Rescue and Adoption presents its first annual Racin’ for Rescues 5K from 7 a.m. to noon at Shawnee Mission Park (7900 Renner Road, Lenexa). Dogs are welcome. You can participate in the certified 5K run or a “fun run.” The event will take place rain or shine. Here are more details.
Heart of America Humane Society is partnering with the Applebee’s restaurant at 103rd & State Line Road in KCMO for a pancake breakfast fundraiser. Purchase advance tickets for $8 (bring your receipt with you) or purchase them at the door for $10. Breakfast consists of all-you-can-eat pancakes, two strips of bacon and drinks with refills. Hours are 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. If you can’t attend, you can make a donation online.
Woofstock, a benefit for Northland Animal Welfare Society, is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Zona Rosa (8640 N. Dixson Ave., KCMO). The day includes at 5K run, a one-mile walk and a pet obstacle course. This flyer has more information.
Pooches on the Parkway is a fundraiser for the off-leash dog park in Blue Springs. It’s from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wilbur Young Park (1100 S.E. Adams Dairy Parkway), which is next to Blue Springs South High School. The event itself is free, but participation in the 1K, 3K or 5K walks is $25. Pet-related vendors will be on site.
Tuesday, May 21
Join Three Dog Bakery for its first Dog’s Night Out of the 2013 season. It’ll be at Granfalloon Restaurant & Bar (608 Ward Parkway, KCMO), with seatings at 6 and 8 p.m. Your dog will enjoy a four-course meal from Three Dog Bakery while you order from the Granfalloon menu. Only one dog is allowed per person, and only people ages 13 and older will be admitted. Retractable leashes are prohibited. Seating is limited, so reservations are required. Stop by Three Dog Bakery (602 W. 48th St., KCMO) or call 816-753-3647 to reserve your spot.
Sunday, May 26
Take your dog to a Royals game during Bark at the Park at Kauffman Stadium. Game time is at 1:10 p.m. Pet-related vendors will be in dog-friendly sections of the stadium. Weather permitting, there will also be a pre-game parade. Your $26 human/canine ticket includes a Royals dog leash. Wayside Waifs will get $3 for every human/canine ticket sold. Each dog must have an accompanying adult. Additional tickets are available for $15. Seating is limited. Get more information and register online.
St. Louis events: If you’ll be in the St. Louis area during May, here are a few dog-related events of note. From May 3 to May 19, the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog (1721 S. Mason Road, Ballwin) will present “The Dachshund in Art!” in conjunction with the Dachshund Club of America’s national specialty. The specialty runs from May 15 to May 18 at the Purina Farms event center (300 Checkerboard Loop, Gray Summit). And also on May 18, the Humane Society of Missouri hosts its Bark in the Park festival in Forest Park.