Golden State Greyhound Adoption Meet and Greet: Meet and learn about Greyhounds; speak with adoption coordinators. Noon-2 p.m. Feb. 8. Pet Food Express, 838 Southampton Road, Benicia. www.norcalpetadoptions.com.
Paws in Need Valentine Crab Feed: Dinner includes cracked crab, pasta, Caesar salad, bread, dessert, coffee or tea. A no-host bar offers wine, beer and soft drinks. All proceeds go toward assisting with medical costs for Tri-Valley community animals. 6-10 p.m. Feb. 8. Shannon Community Center, 11600 Shannon Ave., Dublin. $53 925-323-8517, http://paws-in-need.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Carnivores, Herbivores, & Me": Did you know some animals eat only meat; some only plants, and some eat everything? Learn how specially adapted carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores are for their unique diets. 9:30 a.m.-noon Feb. 8. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road. $26. $7 parking. Members: $23. Free parking. Preregistration required. www.oaklandzoo.org/ZooKids_Program.php.
Fire Recovery Hike: Phil Reed leads an easy 1.5 hour hike around the summit of Mt. Diablo along the Mary Bowerman Trail. Start in unburned area on the north and proceed to the Morgan Fire burned area on the south side of the mountain. Wear hiking shoes; bring liquids and snacks, dress in layers. Heavy rain cancels. 10-11:30 a.m. and noon-2:30 p.m. Feb. 8. Register, www.mdia.org.
Pet First Aid and CPR: With a focus on basic first aid, including wounds, fractures, choking, cardiac emergency and snake bites. Booklet and certificate included in fee. For ages 12 and older. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 22. Lake Chabot, 17930 Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley. $45. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
Maine Coon Cat Adoptions: Cat adoptions held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. first weekends monthly at Pet Food Express, 3868 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. www.mainecoonadoptions.com.
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.
Xtreme Bugs Exhibit: Featuring more than 100 giant bugs, some that are animatronic, including a 15-foot-long Japanese hornet, a fluttering monarch butterfly, a ladybug, a line of marching ants, an orchid mantis, stinkbugs, spiders, honeybees and more. Opening day celebration includes cockroach races between live and robotic bugs, opportunities to try on a robotic scorpion tail and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Sept. 1. Lawrence Hall of Science, 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley. $11-$17. UC Berkeley students and staff, and children three and younger are free. www.lawrencehallofscience.org, 510-642-5132.
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.
Delta Discoveries: Drop by Big Break Visitor Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in February and learn about the wonders of the Delta through arts and crafts activities. 69 Big Break Road, Oakley. 510-544-3050, email@example.com.
Women on Common Ground: Series of naturalist-led programs for women who love the outdoors but whose concern for personal safety keeps them from enjoying local parks. For a schedule of events, call 510-544-3243 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Animeals: The Valley Humane Society operates a pet food pantry that provides regular free meals for dogs and cats of seniors and low-income families. Donations of wet or dry dog and cat food are always accepted, even if opened or recently expired and can be dropped off during open hours at Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada St., Pleasanton. Pet-related items such as litter, treats, and toys are also needed. Pet food distribution takes places through partnerships with local food banks: Pleasanton: Valley Bible Church, first Thursdays monthly, 7106 Johnson Drive. Livermore: Tri-Valley Haven, third Wednesdays monthly, 3663 Pacific Ave. http://valleyhumane.org/programs/animeals.
San Jose Bird Mart: Large selection of birds, bird supplies, seed, toys, cages, bird shows (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.). 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (VIPs admitted at 9 a.m.) Feb. 16. Parkside Hall, Exhibit Hall B, 180 Park Ave., San Jose. $4-$23.50. www.sanjosebirdmart.com.
"Tails and No Tales Cat Show: Featuring Cat Fanciers' Association recognized breeds and household cats, vendors, cat related items, cats and kittens available for sale and adoption, a coloring contest, a "plush toy cat judging" for cat lovers 15 years old and younger, and a People's Choice Award where spectators can vote for their favorite cat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 1 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 2. Santa Clara Fairgrounds, Gateway Hall, 344 Tully Road, Santa Clara. $4-$8. www.tailsandnotales.com.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Pet Loss Support Group: Facilitated by experienced grief counselors. Meets 7 p.m. second Thursdays, monthly. Lantos Center of Compassion, 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame. 650-340-7022, ext. 344; firstname.lastname@example.org.
CFA Cat Show: Meet shelter cats looking for homes and see pedigreed and house cats vying for titles, feline agility, prizes for best costumed cat (Saturday) and the Kids' Toy Kitty event (Sunday). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 8-9. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. $3-$5 adults. 707-935-9040, www.srcatshow.com.
"A Woof Wedding": Fit 'N' Furry is celebrating their Tiny Tails Day-Care group with two special pups barking their "puptials." All dogs 10 pounds or less are invited to the "woof wedding" and the "Tiny Tails" reception that follows. 1-2 p.m. Feb. 13. Fit 'N' Furry Pet Resort and Training Center, 860 Lindberg Lane, Petaluma. Free. 707-769-7387, www.FitnFurry.com.
Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue Adoption Day: Meet German shepherd's available for adoption. Must be preapproved to adopt. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 22. Petco, 2765 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 855-473-5683, www.bayareagsr.org.
Hiking and Backpacking with Your Dog: Author Linda Mullally will share tips on choosing a dog to fit your lifestyle and training him/her for the trail. 7 p.m. Feb. 25. REI, 2715 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. Free. 707-540-9025, www.rei.com/event/55301/session/85201/02282014.
Mensona Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show: Agility Trials. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 11-13. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Lyttle Cow Palace, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 707-938-8065, www.sonomacountyfair.com/events.php.
"My Furry Valentine": Naturalist and Zookeeper Patrick Schlemmer will describe some of the more colorful mating strategies in the animal kingdom. 7:30-9 p.m. Feb. 13. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. Free. www.sfns.org.
"Be Mine" Adopt-a-thon: San Francisco SPCA's annual adoption celebration includes a weekend of fee-waived adoptions, animal behavior workshops, food trucks, free dental health checks, a book signing and an open bar cocktail party. All events take place at SF SPCA's temporary adoption center, 250 Florida Street. www.sfspca.org.
Kennel Health Conference: Presented by Guide Dogs for the Blind and Canine Companions for Independence. This conference is designed for veterinarians, veterinary professionals and animal facilities staff or anyone who is looking for the best alternatives to diagnose, prevent, and treat infectious diseases through good biosecurity practices, vaccination protocols, early detection systems, and aggressive therapeutic alternatives. Attendance and participation is open to organizations and individuals. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 18. Guide Dogs for the Blind, 350 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael. $35; lunch included. 800-295-4050, www.guidedogs.com/site/PageServer?pagename=news_events_kennelhealthconference.
Bark & Whine Ball: Put on your finest attire and join CLAW (Critter Lovers at Work) for a night to honor and help four-legged friends. Tickets are $150 and include dinner, drinks, live music and a silent auction. Dogs are welcome to attend. Proceeds benefit the San Francisco SPCA's Cinderfella Fund, which helps sick and injured animals in need of extraordinary medical care. 7 p.m. March 13. Fort Mason Center, Buchanan and Marina. 415-522-3535, www.clawsf.org.
Puppy Social: Let your puppy (6 months or younger) blow off some steam while learning proper behaviors and socializing with other puppies. 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays. K9 Scrub Club, 1734 Church St. Free. Advance registration required. 415-648-2582, http://k9scrubclub.com/pages/puppy-social.
AROUND THE STATE
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 email@example.com. 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
Homeless Animals Response Program
Saturdays: Noon-3 p.m. Petsmart, 4655 Century Plaza Blvd., Pittsburg; cats only.
Sundays: Noon-3 p.m. Petsmart, Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, 5879 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; dogs only.
Sundays: Noon-3 p.m. Pet Food Express, Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, 5829 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; dogs and cats.
Send animal related events to firstname.lastname@example.org.