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.
Black Fur-Day: Pairs of kittens 6 months or younger are available for just one adoption fee during ARF's Black Fur-Day adoption event Nov. 23-25. Adopters can also spin a prize wheel to win free or reduced adoption fees, pet-related goodies or raffle entry. All animals are spayed or neutered, given age-appropriate vaccinations and microchipped. See available pets and adoption hours at www.arf.net.
Pet Photo Night: Bring your furry friends on a leash or in a carrying case and have their picture taken with Santa Claus. Purrfect Cat Rescue will also be there with cats available for adoption. 4 p.m.-closing, Nov. 26, Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17. NewPark Mall, Newark.
Free Pet Fix Day: ARF is offering free spay and neuter surgery for dogs of low-income clients on Dec. 5. For information, call 925-256-1273 or visit www.arf.net
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Holiday pet portraits: Cooper's Dream Rescue is holding an adoption event and holiday pet portrait fundraiser. For a $15 donation ($20 at the door), you'll receive a portrait of your pets alone or with your family and high resolution digital copies of the photos. 1-3 p.m. Dec. 8. Bow Wow Meow, 654 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Reservations, Jennifer@coopersdream.org.
Mobile Pet Adoption: The Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA will host a special mobile pet adoption at Hillsdale Shopping Center, Sixty 31st Ave., San Mateo. From noon-3 p.m. Dec. 15, shoppers can meet shelter animals seeking new homes including cats, kittens, rabbits, dogs and more. www.phs-spca.org.
AROUND THE STATE
Party for the Pooches: Prayers for Pooches is holding their 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 include 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 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
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