Events

EAST BAY

Pet Wash Fundraiser: Wash your dog at Pet Food Express from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 4 and all the money goes to Operation Paws Rescue, which pays to spay/neuter unwanted dogs and then sends them to shelters for adoption. The cost is $15. Participating locations: Danville, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Lafayette. www.petfoodexpress.com.

Spring Fling Sale: The Animal Lover's Boutique, located year-round in the lobby of Feline Medical Center, will hold a special sale to benefit Jackie Barnett's Just Like New Fund, a Valley Humane Society program that aids sick and injured pets. In addition to animal-themed items, the sale will include garden art, home decor, hand-pained wine glasses, pillows, purses and gift baskets. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 4. 3160 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton. www.valleyhumane.org.

Adopt A Rescued Rabbit: Contra Costa Rabbit Rescue and Contra Costa County Animal Services will have rescued rabbits available for adoption from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11 at Petco, 1170 Arnold Drive, Martinez. Free nail trims and grooming for rabbits is also available. See currently available rabbits at www.ccasd.org and www.contracostarabbitrescue.org.

Dog Walk-a-Thon: East Bay Animal Rescue and Refuge (EBARR) is holding it's annual Dog Walk-a-Thon from noon to 3:30 p.m. May 11, at Heather Farm Park, 301 N. San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek. In addition to the one mile dog walk, there will be a doggy fashion show, dog wash, silent auction, raffles and vendors. $5 donation. 925-429-2785, http://ebarr.org.


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Oakland Internet Cat Video Festival: This benefit for the East Bay SPCA features pet products, cats and kittens from animal rescue groups, kitten fostering information, arts and crafts, live bands playing cat-themed music, food trucks and a special appearance by "Dusty the Klepto Kitty." 3-10 p.m. May 11. Great Wall of Oakland, 2201 Broadway. $10 adults; $5 15 and younger. www.oaklandcatvidfest.com.

Beginning Birding: Interested in bird watching? Instructor Anne Hoff will introduce you to the tricks of the trade -- binoculars, field guides, scopes and more; where to see birds and how to identify them. 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, May 8-29 and 8-10:30 a.m. Saturdays, May 11-June 1. Golden Gate Audubon office, 2530 San Pablo Ave., Suite G, Berkeley. $105. $85 members. www.goldengateaudubon.org/news/beginning-birding-class-starts-on-may-8.

Noah's Ark Day: Meet birds, rabbits, dogs, cats and even honeybees during Noah's Ark Day at Christ the Lord Episcopal Church. Members of several organizations will be available to answer questions and discuss animal traits, behavior and care. Dogs, cats and birds will be available for adoption. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 11. 592A Tennent Ave., Pinole. earl_curtis@att.net.

Rabbit Rescue: Meet two rescue bunnies from the House Rabbit Society in Richmond. For ages 3 and older. 11 a.m. May 18. El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave., Free. 510-526-7512, http://ccclib.org.

"Little Eddy" Book Reading and Guinea Pig Adoption Day: Meet Pint and Half-Pint, Sinbad, Oliver and Jeannie, Caboose, Chili, Lavender and many more rescued guinea pigs needing homes. Talk with the experts about care and feeding, medical and housing needs and playtime. There will also be several readings during the day from the new book "Little Eddy and the Cabs of New York" and free bumper stickers. 2 p.m. May 18. Rabbitears Adoption Store, 6331 Fairmount Ave., El Cerrito. Free. 510-356-4233, www.rabbitears.org.

Maine Coon Cats: A cat adoption fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18-19, at Wild Birds Unlimited, 692 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill. See adoptable cats and kittens and fill out an application at www.mainecoonadoptions.com. (Adopters must be approved in advance). 510-710-9250.

Animal Feeding at Ardenwood: Check for eggs, bring hay to the livestock and learn the animals' favorite foods. 3 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 510-544-2797, www.ebparks.org.

Loma Vista Farm: Field trips and tours are available for schools, day cares, garden clubs, senior centers and other groups, Monday through Friday throughout the spring and summer. 707-556-8765, www.lomavistafarm.org.

Fish Feeding Time: Get close to crabs and see flounder, perch and pipefish. 3-3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda. 510-544-3187, www.ebparksonline.org.

SOUTH BAY

Adopt-a-Thon: Meet and adopt animals from Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority's rescue partners including: Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue, Pug Rescue of Sacramento and SaveABunny. Admission is free and adopters can "pay what you want" in SVACA adoption fees. A dog training demonstration by DJ's Clever Canines will be held at 1 p.m. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 4. Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority Care Center, 3370 Thomas Road, Santa Clara. 408-764-0344, www.svaca.com.

Bird and Garden Tour: Pandemonium Aviaries will open it's doors to the public for a special behind the scenes tour of their rare bird conservation facility. The once a year event is a chance to see 40 exotic species of endangered birds, behind the scenes tours of state-of-the-art decorated aviaries and kid-friendly guided tours. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 11-12. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $75 for adults, $35 for kids, free for 3 and younger. Los Altos. www.supportbirds.org.

Fishing in the City: Learn to fish clinics teach the basics of fishing to children and adolescents ages 5-15. Equipment and tackle are provided. There is no charge for the clinics but there may be a park entrance fee. Each adult may bring two children; a driver's license is required for a rod loan. For information, email erotman@dfg.ca.gov.

Dog Book Reading Club: Do you love dogs? Want to learn more about their behavior, training, learning, body language, and using positive training methods? The Humane Society Silicon Valley Dog Book Reading Club meets from 2-4 p.m. fourth Sundays monthly to discuss a different book. 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas. Free. 408-262-2133, www.hssv.org.

PENINSULA

Mobile Pet Adoption: Meet shelter animals seeking new homes and talk to Peninsula Humane Society volunteers about available pets from noon to 3 p.m. June 1 at Serramonte Center, Grand Court, Serramonte and Gellert Blvd., Daly City. www.peninsulahumanesociety.org.

NORTH BAY

Poochella Pet Fair: Information on microchipping, adoptions, spaying and neutering, pet portraits, nail trims, agility course and a guest appearance by the Petaluma Police Department Canine Unit. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 4. Fit 'N' Furry Pet Resort and Training Center, 860 Lindberg Lane, Petaluma. Free. 707-769-7387, www.fitnfurry.com.

SAN FRANCISCO

Shark talk: David McGuire, Founder and Director of Sea Stewards presents his short film followed by a discussion about ongoing shark research and conservation. 7:30-9 p.m. May 9. Randall Museum Theater, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco. Free. 415-225-3830, www.sfns.org.

National Pet Week Celebration: This free event offers games for two-legged and four-legged friends, free microchipping, free pet toys, police canine demonstrations and pet adoptions. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 11. Little Marina Green, 3699 Yacht Road, San Francisco. 510-924-3309, www.marinatimes.com.

AROUND THE STATE

Spring Dog Festival: This fun event for dogs and their people includes games, food, demonstrations, shopping and more. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 19. Soquel High School, 401 Old San Jose Road, Soquel. $10 per dog, $5 per person. Proceeds benefit dogs in need. www.coastaldogs.com, 888-682-6972.

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Guided Wetlands Tours: A wildlife naturalist will lead a group (minimum of 18 people) through the diverse wetlands of the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. Learn wildlife identification and behavior patterns, conservations efforts and more. The experience can be customized to include requested information, along a half-mile walking route. For information and scheduling, call 530-846-7505 or email ldieter@dfg.ca.gov. www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/wa/region2/graylodge/index.html.

Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve docent-led walks: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Binoculars and bird books available to borrow at no cost. Visitor Center and main overlook are fully accessible. Day use is $4.32 per person, ages 16 and older. Groups of 10 or more should schedule a separate tour. www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/er/region4/elkhorn.html.

MOBILE ADOPTION SITES

Contra Costa County Animal Services

  • First Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only. Pet Food Express, 1388 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; dogs and cats.

  • Second Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Pet Food Express, 2158 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill; dogs only. Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only. Petco, 170 Arnold Drive, Suite 115, Martinez; rabbits only.

  • Third Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only. PetSmart, 5879 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; rabbits only.

  • Fourth Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only.

  • Sundays: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Petco, 1170 Arnold Drive, Martinez; rabbits only.

  • Sundays: Noon-3 p.m. Contra Costa Animal Services, 4800 Imhoff Place, Martinez; dogs. 925-335-8330.

  • Second Sundays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Sports Basement, 1881 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek; dogs only.

  • Last Sunday of the month: Noon-3 p.m. Molly's Pup Purree, 425 Hartz Ave., Danville; dogs only.

    Send animal related events to kbennett@bayareanewsgroup.com.