Events

EAST BAY

Open House/Pet Costume Contest: Hosted by Cypress Veterinary Hospital. Hospital tours, pet costume contest, hot dogs, a raffle and more. To enter the costume contest, bring your pet in costume, to the hospital by noon. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 27. 2037 Main St., Oakley. Free. 925-625-5330, www.cypressvethospital.net.

Halloween Festival: Join the Contra Costa Humane Society for an afternoon of trick-or treating, costume contests for pets, pet adoptions, photos, carnival games, children's costume parade, more. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 27. Streets of Brentwood, 2565 Sand Creek Road. Nominal fees apply for some activities. Schedule: www.cchumane.org/index.php?option=com_content&;view=article&id=254&Itemid=119.

Burgers for Contra Costa Humane Society: Dine at the Habit Burger Grill's new location from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 28 and all of the proceeds will go to the Contra Costa Humane Society. 1504 Geary Road, Walnut Creek. 925-279-2247, www.cchumane.org.

Help homeless animals: That's Amore, Tri-Valley Animal Rescue's annual dinner and auction will take place from 6-10 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Castlewood Country Club, 707 Country Club Circle, Pleasanton. Tickets are $75 and include appetizers, dinner buffet, dessert, coffee and auctions. Purchase tickets at www.tvar.org.


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Animal Lover's Boutique: Holiday sale featuring unique animal-themed gifts for people and pets. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 3. Feline Medical Center, 3160 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton. Benefits Jackie Barnett's Just Like New Fund. www.valleyhumane.org.

Hoofprints on the Heart: International riding coach and horse trainer, Leslie Desmond, will demonstrate the "Feel and Release" approach to horse handling and riding Nov. 4, at Hoofprints on the Heart adaptive riding center, 455 Olivina Ave., Livermore. One-on-one and auditing sessions available. Contact Robbie Kingston at 415-691-0565 or robbie@hoofprintsontheheart.com.

V-I-Peek programs: New programs at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum offer a behind-the-scenes opportunity to see what it's like to work with their unique collection of animals. Eagle Encounter: Learn from eagle handlers what it's like to work with these birds, help prepare a meal and get premium seating for the exhibit hall presentation of Raptors! Keeper Experience: Meet resident animal ambassadors (reptile, bird and mammal) up close and personal and help animal keepers prepare meals, create enrichment activities and assist with a public presentation. Space is limited. Participants must be 10 years or older and advanced registration is required. $175 per person; $150 members. $275 per guardian/child combination; $250 members. 925-935-1978, www.wildlife-museum.org.

SOUTH BAY

Pet Axis, the Howl-O-ween edition: This community event hosted by Axis condominiums features tours of model homes with your pet, a pet services fair and a Howl-O-Ween Doggie costume contest with prizes. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 27. Axis, 28 N. Almaden Blvd., San Jose. Free. 408-297-9888.

Howl-oween Dog Costume Contest: Prizes given for cutest, scariest, funnies, coolest, group and best doggy trick for treats. Dog showcase: 1-4 p.m. Costume contest 2 p.m. Oct. 28. Pet Food Express, 15466 Los Gatos Blvd., Los Gatos. $5 entrance fee. 408-356-7600, www.furryfriendsrescue.org.

$10 Animal Adoption Days. Silicon Valley WeCare Animal Shelters are offering pet adoptions for $10 through Oct. 31. Hundreds of dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, rats and hamsters are available. For information, visit www.wecareproject.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 Adoption Showcase: Pet and play with dogs of all sizes and breeds and get "insiders information" from foster parents who are currently taking care of them in their homes. Noon-2 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 29. Humane Society Silicon Valley, 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas. 408-262-2133, ext. 150. See available dogs at www.hssv.org.

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: This group is for anyone who has experienced the loss of a pet or anticipates one. 6:30-7:30 p.m. first Tuesdays monthly, through Dec. 4. Humane Society Silicon Valley, 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas. Free. 408-262-2133, ext. 178, www.hssv.org.

PENINSULA

Howl-o-ween Yappy Hour: Dogs and their owners are invited to the Ritz-Carlton's Gazebo Lawn for treats, toys and flavored waters as well as beer, wine and appetizers. Prizes given for best canine costumes. A portion of all food and beverage proceeds will go toward the Peninsula Humane Society. 5-8 p.m. Oct. 25. 1 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay. 650-712-7000.

NORTH BAY

Pet Health and Adoption Fair: 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 27, Southampton Pet Hospital, 490 East L St., Benicia. Food, samples, demonstrations and fun. 707-745-1135.

Evening with Owls: Meet live owls and hawks and even bats at this event presented by the Hungry Owl Project. The event also includes educational speakers, wild life artists, appetizers, wine, beer, a silent auction, raffles and more. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 2. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. $75. ($85 after Oct. 19). Reservations, 415-454-4587, www.hungryowl.org.

SAN FRANCISCO

"Doggie Boogie" movie benefit: Fitness SF is sponsoring a screening of the family movie "Doggie Boogie" benefiting Muttville Senior Dog Rescue which provides homes for senior dogs age 7 and older. 5 p.m. Oct. 27. Delance Street Screening Room, 600 The Embarcadero. $10. 415-602-7177, www.DoggieBoogieMovie.com.

Animal Care & Control's Pet Pride Day: Featuring famous pet costume contest, pet trick competition, animal rescue groups, pet adoptions, vendors, working animal demos, Frisbee dogs, and more. Dogs welcome. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 28. Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, 300 Bowling Green Drive. Free. 415-554-6364, www.petprideday.com.

Pawtrero Bath House and Feed Company's Pet Halloween Party and Charity Benefit: Costume contests, prizes, professional dog photographers, groomers, holistic and raw pet food vendors, adoptions, food and entertainment. The first 750 dogs receive a trick-or-treat bag of goodies. Benefits Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, Grateful Dogs Rescue and Toni's Kitty Rescue. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 4. Brannan between Delancey streets and Embarcadero. Free. http://www.pawtrero.com/blog.

AROUND THE STATE

Pug-o-ween: A party for pugs (and pug mixes under 35 pounds) and their people. Games and contests, including best costumes, raffles and live and silent auctions. Admission includes pizza lunch and entry into all games and contests. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 28. Sycamore Lane Farm, 5111 W. Sargent Road, Lodi. Adults: $20, 12 and younger: $15, pugs: $3. 916-484-5004, www.pugsavers.com.

Yolo Basin Wildlife Area: Tour the 16,000-acre wildlife area with an experienced field trip leader. View flooded seasonal and permanent wetlands, native grasslands and young riparian forests. Depending on the season, look for migrating and resident waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds, raptors and wading birds. 9 a.m.-noon, second Saturdays monthly, through April. www.yolobasin.org/events.cfm.

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.