Bunny Bonanza Adoption Event: Rescue groups will have rabbits available for adoption from 1-4 p.m. May 3, at the Hayward Animal Shelter, 16 Barnes Court. Meet rabbits and learn about their care. Bring your spayed/neutered bunny to find him or her a bunny friend or have their nails trimmed. 510-293-7200.
Noah's Ark Day: See and learn about bees, birds, dogs cats, chinchillas, rabbits and reptiles (some available for adoption). Meet "Canine Spike" from the Pinole Police Department 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 3. Christ the Lord Church, 592 Tennant Ave., Pinole. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.christthelordpinole.org/noahs-ark-day.html.
Paws In Need: A community yard sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 3, on the side yard of Milfleur, located in Kottinger Barn, 200 Ray St., Pleasanton. New and gently used items such as home and garden decor, jewelry, tote bags, kitchenware, pet items and more will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit spay and neuter programs and Jackie Barnett's Just Like New Fund. 510-305-2553, www.paws-in-need.org.
"Critters in the Garden": The Montelindo Garden Club will host Joan Morris, pets and wildlife columnist, who will discuss nonlethal ways to keep pests out of the garden. 9 a.m. May 16. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 66 St. Stephens Drive, Orinda.
Canine Companions DogFest Walk 'n Roll: Pet friendly event includes a pancake breakfast, canine agility course and demonstrations, walking course, dog training demos, kids zone and more. 9 a.m. May 31. Oak Hill Park, 3005 Stone Valley Road, Danville.
Maine Coon Adoptions/Maddie's Pet Adoption Days: Free cat adoptions to qualified homes during Maddie's Pet Adoption Days, May 31-June 1. Locations: "Kitty House," (private residence) 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, 2527 Carmel St., Oakland. Pet Food Express: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. 3868 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. Wild Birds Unlimited: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, 692 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill. 510-710-9250, www.MaineCoonAdoptions.com.
Maddie's Pet Adoption Days: Oakland Animal Services (OAS) will take part in Maddie's Pet Adoption Days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 31 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 1. (Pre-screenings held May 26-30). During this nationwide event, sponsored by Maddie's Fund, animals will be available for free to qualified homes. Standard adoption procedures apply. This year's event will also have special activities for families: face painting, live music and gift bags. Oakland Animal Services, 1101 29th Ave. 510-535-5602, http://oaklandanimalservices.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. 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/animalsanimeals.
Northern California Bunny Fest: A BYOB (bring your own bunny) event for current and prospective rabbit guardians. With talks/demonstrations, playful activities, vendors, raffle, photo opportunities, rabbit exams, "Nibbles Cafe" and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 4. Nordahl Hall, 580 West Parr Ave., Los Gatos. $5 suggested admission. Benefits The Rabbit Haven rescue group. www.therabbithaven.org.
San Jose Animal Care Center Dog Adoptions: Noon-4 p.m. May 3 and 1-5 p.m. May 4; noon-4 p.m. May 17; 1-5 p.m. May 18.
Pet Food Express, 1152 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose.
Paws for a Cause: Join Operation Freedom Paws for a one mile or 5K Fun Run/Walk event. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers and dog teams. A dog handling demonstration takes place immediately following the run. Courses are wheelchair accessible. Operation Freedom Paws is a nonprofit organization that pairs service dogs with veterans. All dogs come from shelters and rescue groups. 9 a.m. June 1. Vasona Lake County Park, 333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos. 408-356-2729, http://raceroster.com/events/2014/2257/paws-for-a-cause.
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.
Dog Day Mornings: Dogs romp and play off-leash in a supervised atmosphere every Saturday morning, (through Dec. 13) rain or shine. All dogs must be current on their vaccinations, have attended a basic obedience class and all dogs six months and older must be altered. Two sessions: 9:30-10:30 a.m. for dogs all shapes and sizes. 10:30-11:30 a.m. for small dogs only. Peninsula Humane Society,
12 Airport Blvd., San Mateo. 650-340.-7022, ext. 184, www.bringfido.com/event/11508.
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.
Lake County Animal Services Dog Adoptions: 11 a.m. May 3. Pet Food Express, 383 S. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. http://norcalpetadoptions.com/events/detail/lake-county-animal-services-dog-adoptions2.
Farm and Ranch Emergency Preparedness Fair: When disaster strikes, animals as well as people need to be safely relocated. It's important that rural communities and pet and large animal owners have a plan in place that ensures their safety and survival in the event of emergency. This event provides a forum for educating communities with a free, one-day program of emergency preparedness, education and demonstrations.
Produced in conjunction with UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. No on-site parking. 11 a.m. May 4. Atwood Ranch and Vineyard, 12099 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen. 707-935-0621, www.julieatwoodevents.com/animals.html.
Cinco De Canine: All fully vaccinated dogs are invited. 1-3 p.m. May 5. Fit 'N' Furry Pet Resort, 860 Lindberg, Petaluma. Free. 707-769-7387, www.fitnfurry.com.
Folie à Deux and Napa Cellars Pet Adoption Day: Bring a new cat or dog toy for a complementary tasting. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 17. Napa Cellars, 7481 St. Helena Highway, Napa. Free. 707-944-2565, http://napacellars.com.
Dairydell Canine's Dog-A-Palooza: Features local rescues and a unique pet-oriented program for the entire family. Demonstrations, discount vaccinations and microchipping, a "poochy parade" and silent auction. Friendly dogs on leash welcome. Noon-4 p.m. May 18. Dairydell Canine, 2575 Adobe Road, Petaluma. 707-762-6111, www.dairydell.com.
Shiba Party: This annual event is the largest gathering of Shiba Inu dogs and puppies on the West Coast. Meet others who have Shibas and learn more about them. Potluck lunch, costume contest, raffle, rescue parade, toy scramble and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 31. Josef Hoog Park, 551 Marin Oaks Drive, Novato. Free. 209-369-3473, www.sfnc.org/events/ShibaParty2014.pdf.
Rods and Rescues: Car show and rescue dog adoption event with Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue and Green Dog Project. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 7. Petaluma Village Premium Outlets, 2200 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma. $25 preregistration for car show; free to spectators. 415-518-0906, www.coupeandroadster.com.
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.
Animal Loss Support Group: Meets 7-8:30 p.m. third Thursdays monthly. Santa Cruz SPCA Building, 2601 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz. Free. Reservations: 831-465-5000.
Bee Keeping 101: Randy Fox and Wayne Pitts will discuss their experiences with bee keeping as well as the "do's and don'ts" of the profession. For ages 16 and older. 12:30-2 p.m. May 18. Quail Hollow Ranch County Park, 800 Quail Hollow Road, Felton. $3. 831-335-9348, www.scparks.com.
Spring Dog Festival: Fun for dogs and their people. Games, demonstrations, food, adoption showcase and "paw-some" shopping. Benefits dogs in need. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 18. Soquel High School, 401 Old San Jose Road, Soquel. $10 per dog. $5 per person. 888-682-6972, www.coastaldogs.com.
Woof to Woof Dog Extravaganza: This family friendly event offers a day of dog focused fun including parades, contests, dog vendors and dog demonstrations by local canine pros. There will also be a silent auction and a raffle. Dogs must be on leash. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 7. Skylark Soccer Field, 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley. Free. 831-458-9766, www.santacruz.org/events/index.php?evtid=6769.
AROUND THE STATE
Horse O Rama: Riding and driving presentations featuring horse breeds from around the world and U.S. Friesians, Peruvian Pasos, Miniatures, gaited horses, Arabians and more. Petting zoo, face painting, youth stick horse race, Lunch available. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 10. Hidden Valley Lake Equestrian Center, 20432 Powder Horn Road, Middletown. Free. 707-987-4075, www.pashatingle.com.
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
Animal Rescue Recon, Inc.
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.
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