Events

EAST BAY

Furry Pet Faire: The Contra Costa Humane Society in partnership with the Concord Senior Center presents Furry Pet Faire 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 18, at John Baldwin Park, 2727 Parkside Circle, Concord. Meet adoptable animals, shop for your pets, see dog training and agility demonstrations, Zumba with dogs and enter the pet parade and contest. Bring cat or dog food for CCSH AnimMeals Pet Food Drive and be entered to win a prize. All pets must be well behaved and on leash. Admission is free. Registration: 10-10:55 a.m. ($5) Pet parade: 11-11:30 a.m. Pet Contest: 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 925-671-3017, www.cchumane.org,

Festival at Hayward Animal Shelter: The Hayward Animal Shelter is celebrating its new mural with a pet-themed festival from 1:30 to 3 p.m. May 18, at 16 Barnes Court. The free event will have kids activities as well as games for dogs, a demonstration by the Hayward Police Department K9 unit, tours of the shelter and animals available for adoption. www.animalshelter.org/shelters/Hayward_Animal_Shelter__Animal_Services_Bureau_City_of_Hayward_rId483_rS_pC.html.

Rabbit Rescue: Meet two rescue bunnies from the House Rabbit Society in Richmond. For ages 3 and older. 11 a.m. May 18. El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave., Free. 510-526-7512, http://ccclib.org.


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"Little Eddy" Book Reading and Guinea Pig Adoption Day: Meet Pint and Half-Pint, Sinbad, Oliver and Jeannie, Caboose, Chili, Lavender and many more rescued guinea pigs needing homes. Talk with the experts about care and feeding, medical and housing needs and playtime. There will also be several readings during the day from the new book "Little Eddy and the Cabs of New York" and free bumper stickers. 2 p.m. May 18. Rabbitears Adoption Store, 6331 Fairmount Ave., El Cerrito. Free. 510-356-4233, www.rabbitears.org.

Maine Coon Cats: A cat adoption fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18-19, at Wild Birds Unlimited, 692 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill. See adoptable cats and kittens and fill out an application at www.mainecoonadoptions.com. (Adopters must be approved in advance.) 510-710-9250.

Animals on Broadway: Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation's Animals on Broadway will take place 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. May 19, at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek. People and pets can start the day with a mile fundraising pet walk then stay for a pet wellness fair, Walnut Creek K9 Unit demonstrations, live music and crafts for kids. Admission is free. 925-256-1ARF, www.arf.net/about/events/2013/aob.php.

Nature Walk: Discover the many plants and animals living on Mount Wanda during a ranger-led walk at 9 a.m. May 19. Meet at the Caltrans Park and Ride lot at the corner of Alhambra Avenue and Franklin Canyon Road, Martinez. Bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes, as the trail is steep. Reservations are suggested. 925-228-8860, www.nps.gov/jomu.

Beginning Birding: Interested in bird watching? Instructor Anne Hoff will introduce you to the tricks of the trade -- binoculars, field guides, scopes and more; where to see birds and how to identify them. 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through May 29 and 8-10:30 a.m. Saturdays, through June 1. Golden Gate Audubon office, 2530 San Pablo Ave., Suite G, Berkeley. $105. $85 members. www.goldengateaudubon.org/news/beginning-birding-class-starts-on-may-8.

Maddie's Pet Adoption Days: Maddie's Fund is holding its fourth Pet Adoption Days, June 1-2. During that time free adoptions of dogs and cats will be offered to qualified adopters at more than 100 locations in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and Santa Clara Counties. For a complete list of locations and hours, visit http://adopt.maddiesfund.org. 925-463-2770.

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.

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.

SOUTH BAY

Coop d'Hill Tour: Backyard chicken keepers in Morgan Hill and Gilroy will show off their unique coops and share their passion for poultry with visitors. Learn about raising chickens from flocks as small as three hens to heritage breeding and hatching operations. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 18. Shady Creek Farm, 14490 Watsonville Road, Morgan Hill. 408-390-0224, www.facebook.com/pages/Shady-Creek-Farm/295941617179330?fref=ts.

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 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.

PENINSULA

Mobile Pet Adoption: Meet shelter animals seeking new homes and talk to Peninsula Humane Society volunteers about available pets from noon to 3 p.m. June 1 at Serramonte Center, Grand Court, Serramonte and Gellert Blvd., Daly City. www.peninsulahumanesociety.org.

NORTH BAY

Dog-a-Palooza: This family event will have artists, VIP vaccination clinics, canine rescue groups, demonstrations in "Stay Strong" workouts for senior dogs by Animal Wellness Center of Marin, Sniffer Dog, Instant Obedience, canine personality assessments, tours, contests and much more. Friendly dogs on leash are welcome. Noon-4 p.m. May 19. Dairydell Canine, 2575 Adobe Road, Petaluma. Free. 707-762-6111, www.dairydell.com.

A Vet's Best Friend: In honor of Memorial Day, Army veteran Steve Moore will speak about his relationship with his service dog, how service animals help veterans returning to civilian life cope with disabilities and his involvement in their training. 6-8 p.m. May 22. Fit 'N' Furry Pet Resort and Training Center, 860 Lindberg Ln., Petaluma. Free. 707-769-7387, www.fitnfurry.com.

SAN FRANCISCO

The Whole Enchihuahua: Dress your dog in his or hers best doggy outfit and come to the Whole Enchihuahua Catwalk Costume Contest from noon to 3 p.m. May 18, at Dolores Park. All dogs are welcome to enter and the first 125 entrants will receive a complimentary Designed for Good hand soap. The yearly event, presented by 7x7 and the SF SPCA, is a fun way to help raise awareness for the plight of Chihuahua's and Chihuahua mixes -- the breed in most need of rescue. Free. 415-831-2700, www.sfspca.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&;id=1685.

Million Dog March: Bring your dog to McLaren Park and join others in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest dog walk ever. The route is three miles on paved and dirt park trails. Dogs must be on leash during the walk. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 2. McLaren Park, 40 John F. Shelley Drive. Registration $25 in advance. $30 day of event. www.regonline.com/milliondogmarch.

Hornblower Dog Day on the Bay: Dogs of all breeds and sizes are invited on a two-hour yacht cruise to help raise money for the San Francisco SPCA's Puppy Dog Tales Reading Program. The only dog friendly brunch cruise in the Bay Area, includes a gourmet buffet of food for humans with champagne and mimosas, a buffet of fresh dog treats and water bars throughout the boat, a "poop-deck" doggy relief area, prizes and entertainment. Dogs must be at least six months old and on a leash at all times. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. June 2. Hornblower Landing, 3 Pier $125.40 per adult. 415-788-7020, www.hornblower.com/port/overview/sf+dogday.

AROUND THE STATE

Spring Dog Festival: This fun event for dogs and their people includes games, food, demonstrations, shopping and more. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 19. Soquel High School, 401 Old San Jose Road, Soquel. $10 per dog, $5 per person. Proceeds benefit dogs in need. www.coastaldogs.com, 888-682-6972.

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.