Looking for some frighteningly good fun with your furry friend this weekend? Here are some hauntingly hip happenings sure to get your pooch, and maybe even your partner, off the couch for a few days, with positive benefits, too, for the pets in our community.
The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), Philadelphia's largest no-kill animal shelter, is hosting its 7th Annual Mutt 'n Strut at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to raise awareness of and money for the services it provides to save homeless, abandoned, and unwanted pets in Philadelphia. Participants can register online in advance of the event or in person at the Navy Yard beginning at 9:00 a.m. The registration fee is $25.00 per person and $10.00 for children 12 and under. The festivities begin with a pre-strut stretch courtesy of the Nava Yoga Center and include such activities as contests, live music, a pet fire safety course, paw print/paw painting, and pet portraits, among other things. The Navy Yard is located at 4747 South Broad Street in Philadelphia, PA 19112-1327 and offers plenty of free parking. Check out the PAWS website at www.pawsmuttstrut.org for further information.
While you're in the city strutting your stuff for PAWS, take some time to stop by Love Park, located across the street from Philadelphia's City Hall, and sponsor a "duck" for the 2013 Philly Duck Dash to benefit ACCT (Animal Care and Control Team) Philly. ACCT Philly is the animal care and control service provider for the City of Philadelphia, handling more than 32,000 animals of all kinds each year. In addition to its animal control services, ACCT Philly offers pet adoptions, a pet fostering program, a food pantry for low-income pet owners, a trap-neuter-return program for feral cats, and, among other activities, hosts the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine's Shelter Medicine Program and Soft Tissue Rotation, in which Penn veterinary students apply their skills and knowledge to the medical needs of shelter animals under the supervision of experienced veterinarian instructors. The 2013 Duck Dash, in which several thousand individually numbered rubber ducks will "race" in the JFK Plaza Park (colloquially known as "Love Park") fountain, is an effort to raise money to help ACCT Philly repair kennels in dire need of rehabilitation. The Dash will culminate in the plucking of three winning "contestants" from the competition, with prizes ranging from $2,500 cash to a one-night stay in a Hilton hotel awarded to the lucky ducks who sponsored them. Sponsorship costs $5.00 per duck. More information can be found at www.acctphilly.org.
After all that walking at the Navy Yard, you and your pooch will probably be pooped. Visit the Station Bar & Grill at 1550 McKean Street, Philadelphia PA 19145 (between 16th Street and South Mole Street) from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. for their annual Block Party, featuring live music, karaoke, drink specials and delectable dishes from their new Executive Chef, Kathy Houser. All of the proceeds from this year's party will go to the Pennsylvania SPCA, one of the oldest official humane societies in the country that continues to shelter, feed, care and advocate for thousands of desperate animals every year. For more information, call the Station Bar & Grill at 215-467-1871.
If you will be in the western suburbs this weekend, the Delaware County SPCA, a private nonprofit no-kill shelter in Media, Pennsylvania, is holding its 7th Annual Bark in the Park Dog Walk on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Rose Tree Park to raise awareness of and funds to help reduce pet homelessness. In addition to the roughly two mile walk, the day includes a Fall Festival from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. featuring contests, presentations, raffles, a mobile grooming salon, a veterinary clinic offering vaccines, microchipping, doggy DNA tests, and other services, as well as forty-plus vendors to peruse at your leisure. Registration is $25.00 per person and can be accomplished either online in advance or in person on the day of the Walk. Rose Tree Park is located at 1671 North Providence Road in Media, PA 19063-1040. Anyone wishing further information should visit www.firstgiving.com/delcospca/barkinthepark2103 or contact Lucy Fox either by phone at 610-566-1370, ext. 219, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Trappe, PA, this Saturday, the Perk Valley Pet Eatery, a locally owned pet food and supply store focusing on holistic pet nutrition, is sponsoring Barktoberfest 2013, a pet fair supporting local businesses, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The highlights of the fair, which will be held at Waterworks Park on West First Avenue in Trappe, PA 19426, include, among other events, a doggy "kissing" contest, fall pet photos, demonstrations, food, shopping, local rescues, a demonstration by Limerick K-9 police, and a dog biscuit-eating contest for people. Registration forms can be downloaded from the internet and brought to the Park on the day of the fair. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.pvpeteatery.com.
If your furry friend is a feline, you may be interested in the National Birman Fanciers/Fyfe and Drum Himalayan Club Cat Fanciers Association Feline Fall Frolic Cat Show which will be held on October 19 and 20, 2013 at the Bucks Mont Indoor Sports Center on 2278 North Penn Road in Hatfield, PA 19440 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. The Show will feature cat competitions, information on cat care and nutrition, vendors, and adoption opportunities. Admission is $6.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors, and free for children under 10. Attendees will receive $1.00 off the price of admission if they bring food and blankets for the rescue animals. For more information, visit www.catshows.us.
On Sunday, October 20, 2013, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Fox Chase Cancer Center is sponsoring its 14th Annual Paws for the Cause dog walk and fair to benefit cancer research. In addition to the one mile dog walk, the fair will offer dog-friendly vendors, an "Ask the Vet" forum, face painting, food, contests, and artistic dog caricatures. Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child under the age of 12. Fox Chase Cancer Center is located at 333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19111. Persons wishing further information are invited to contact Susan Garfinkel at 215-728-2441 or email@example.com, or visit the Center's website at www.fccc.edu.
If you don't have a furry friend and are looking to find one, the Pennsylvania SPCA and ACCT Philly are jointly hosting their largest annual adoption event, the Mega Match-a-Thon, from Friday October 18, 2013 to Sunday October 20, 2013 at both the Pennsylvania SPCA's headquarters at 3503 Erie Avenue in Philadelphia, PA 19134 and ACCT Philly's location at 111 West Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19140. Potential pet parents will need to bring a photo identification, proof of address, and an adoption application available either online or at the shelters. The Mega Match-a-Thon will be open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 18, 2013 and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday October 19, 2013 and Sunday, October 20, 2013. Further information can be found at the Pennsylvania SPCA's website, www.pspca.org, or ACCT Philly's website, www.acctphilly.org.
With all of these furtastic options for fall family fun, there is no excuse for hiding out in the doghouse. Step out with your furry friend for one of these worthy causes and have a howlin' good time!