Events

EAST BAY

Paws to Read Anniversary: The celebration begins with the Pooch Parade at 9:30 a.m. starting at Veterans Plaza, 550 Peters Ave., Pleasanton. Follow the Paws dogs to the library for 10 a.m. opening ceremonies followed by fun activities for kids and families. Dogs on leash are welcome in the parade. Nov. 10. 925-931-3400, ext. 8, www.valleyhumanesociety.org.

A Walk in Nature: Join a park ranger for a one and a half mile guided bird and trail walk. Bring binoculars and wear walking shoes. Adults only. 1-3 p.m. Nov. 10. Meet at the Nature Learning Center, 40224 Paseo Padre Parkway, Central Park, Fremont. $18. Space limited. Register: 510-881-6700, www.haywardrec.org.

Holiday Pictures: Bring your four legged friends and family to Pet Food Express in Pleasant Hill for a holiday photograph. 1-4 p.m. Nov. 10. 2158 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill. $10 per print per sitting, $15 per digital image per sitting. Benefits the Contra Costa Humane Society. 925-279-2247, www.cchumane.org.

Maine coon Cat Adoption Fair: Maine coon Adoptions is holding an adoption fair from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 10-11, at Wild Birds Unlimited, 692 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill. Short and medium haired kittens and adult cats are also available. Download an adoption application at www.mainecoonadoptions.com. 510-710-9250.


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Pet CPR Class: Learn how to administer CPR to a cat or dog at this free class presented by AnimalMedics Ambulance Services. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 15. The Commons at Dallas Ranch, 4751 Dallas Ranch Road, Antioch. For information and reservations, contact Dina Osakue at 925-754-7772.

Camp of Caring: Kids ages 8-13 will learn about animal care, make toys and blankets for shelter animals and discover ways to help homeless cats and dogs at this one-day specialty "Critter Camp." Bring a bag lunch. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 17. Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada St., Pleasanton. $50. 925-426-8656.

Black Cat Friday: From noon-4 p.m. Nov. 23, the Valley Humane Society will have black or mostly black cats available for adoption with no adoption fees. All other cats will be available at reduced adoption fees. 3670 Nevada St., Pleasanton. 925-426-8656.

Responsible Pet Caretaking: Kids ages 8-13 will learn what it takes to be a responsible pet caretaker and what is needed to keep pets happy and healthy. Bring a bag lunch. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 15. Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada St., Pleasanton. $50. 925-426-8656.

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

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.

NORTH BAY

Wine Country Greyhound Meet and Greet: Meet retired racing Greyhounds and learn what wonderful companions they make. 1-3 p.m. Nov. 10. Whole Foods Market, 201 W. Napa St., Sonoma. Free. 800-924-7397, www.winecountrygreyhounds.com.

SAN FRANCISCO

SPCA Holiday Windows Unveiling: Join Macy's and the San Francisco SPCA as Mayor Willie Brown unveils the holiday windows featuring adoptable kittens and puppies. The animals (on display through Jan. 1) featured in the windows will be available for adoption at the San Francisco SPCA adoption center located on Macy's first level, throughout the season. 5-5:30 p.m. Nov. 16. Macy's, 170 O'Farrell St. 415-554-3000, www.sfspca.org.

Puppies for Pinot: Wine Dogs USA 3 Book Release. Visit The Winery SF from noon-5 p.m. Nov. 18 to celebrate the release of Wine Dogs USA 3, a photographic journal of pictures and great stories -- created for the love of dogs and wines. Bring in your pooch and get $2 off wines (up to 12 bottles), taste a flight of up to eight wines, or by the glass. 200 California Ave., Building 180 North, Treasure Island. Free admission. $10-$15 wine tastings available. 415-735-8423, www.winery-sf.com.

AROUND THE STATE

Party for the Pooches: Prayers for Pooches is holding its first fundraiser for animal rescue support from 4-8 p.m. Dec. 2, at the Stoney Inn, 1320 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento. Tickets are $15 and includes a tri-tip dinner, entertainment, raffle and prizes. www.prayersforpooches.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.