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Southern California animal lovers' calendar: Weekend of Oct. 23-24 and beyond

October 22, 2010 |  9:45 pm

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Whether you want to celebrate the humble pit bull, adopt a pet or party for a good cause, the coming weekend and the weeks and months ahead are full of events sure to appeal to you. Think we're forgetting something? Leave a comment on this post or send us a tweet @LATunleashed.

This Weekend:

Saturday, Oct. 23, ROVERlution commemorates National Pit Bull Awareness Day with a march through downtown Brea designed to draw attention to the issue of breed-specific legislation. March begins at Brea's Arovista Park at 9 a.m.; more information at ROVERlution.org.

Saturday, Oct. 23, spcaLA hosts a low-cost vaccination clinic and pet adoption event at Moorpark Park, 12061 Moorpark Ave. in Studio City, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Low-cost pet vaccination clinic runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; adoptions begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. More information at spcaLA.com.

Saturday, Oct. 23, OC Animal Care holds a special adoption event for its littlest dog residents, the Chihuahuas, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its shelter facility, 561 The City Drive in Orange. The event features a parade of adoptable Chihuahuas, and all Chihuahuas adopted will receive free spay or neuter surgery, if applicable, and free flea treatment. More information at the shelter's website.

Saturday, Oct. 23, actor David Dayan Fisher ("NCIS," "24") reads from his new children's book "Puppy School" at Hollywood design store MUSH, 5651 Hollywood Blvd., from 6 to 9 p.m. The event includes a silent auction. Proceeds benefit In Defense of Animals.

Saturday, Oct. 23, party for a good cause at the Stray Cat Club, a Halloween-themed masquerade party at a private Beverly Hills estate, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. The event celebrates the 10th anniversary of local charity the Stray Cat Alliance and features a costume contest, catered vegan food, a hosted bar, a silent auction, raffle prizes and more. Tickets are $100 if purchased before Oct. 16 and $125 after. More information at StrayCatAlliance.org.

Sunday, Oct. 24, lace up your jogging shoes to participate in the 5th annual Race for the Rescues, a fundraising event to benefit pet rescue organizations A Dog's Life Rescue, Animal Alliance, Best Friends Animal Society, the Four-Legged Friends Foundation, the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, Molly's Mutts & Meows, Operation Heroes & Hounds, the Ozzy Foundation, Stray Cat Alliance and the Rescue Train. The event takes place at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and includes 5K and 10K run/walks and a kids' fun run. Participants can register as a group, join an existing group or register as an individual to collect pledges from friends and family. On-site registration begins at 7 a.m.; 5K and 10K run/walks begin at 8:30 and 1-mile kids' race begins at 9:30. The event also features celebrity guests (including "Glee" star Jane Lynch and Carrie Ann Inaba of "Dancing with the Stars"), pet adoptions (animals from L.A. Department of Animal Services shelters and the Pasadena Humane Society will be in attendance), a silent auction, dancing dog demonstrations and more. As an added bonus, the Found Animals Foundation and the AngelDogs Foundation offer a free microchipping and registration clinic from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome. For more information or to register or sponsor a participant, visit RaceForTheRescues.org.

Sunday, Oct. 24, pet store Healthy Spot hosts Halloween event "Count Fluffula's Costumes and Cocktails," at its West Hollywood location, 8525 Santa Monica Blvd., from 5 to 8 p.m. Event is hosted by Debra Wilson of "MADtv" and includes a pet costume contest, a "Pinups for Pups" fashion show, pet product vendors, raffle prizes, a silent auction, pet photography, refreshments and more. Minimum suggested donation is $10 and costume contest entry fee is $5; proceeds benefit the Four-Legged Friend Foundation. More information at FLFF.org.

Sunday, Oct. 24, The Urban Pet hosts its fourth annual Halloween party and costume contest at its Mid-City location, 7515 Beverly Blvd., from 6 to 8 p.m. Besides dogs in costumes (and really, isn't that reason enough to attend?), the event includes refreshments, door prizes and raffles.

All month long:

The American Humane Assn. has designated October Adopt-a-Dog Month! Find pet adoption information and resources at AmericanHumane.org.

Snack lovers can help farm animals by purchasing chocolate! Handcrafted vegan, kosher candy company Rescue Chocolate will donate 100% of its profits during the month of October to Farm Sanctuary. Better still: Each candy bar flavor has special packaging that highlights an issue facing companion animals (example: "Peanut Butter Pit Bull" aims to tackle "bully breed" stereotypes, and "Foster-riffic Peppermint" touts the need for foster homes to help rescue pets). Other charities that have benefited from Rescue Chocolate's delicious generosity include United Animal Nations, Philadelphia PAWS and the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti. Eat up! More information at RescueChocolate.com.

Upcoming:

Wednesday, Oct. 27, pet lovers' website I Love Dogs hosts its final "Mojitos and Mutts" event of the season on the dog-friendly Esplanade patio at Long Beach's Hotel Maya, 700 Queensway Drive, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event, which benefits local animal charity spcaLA, includes a "Howl'oween" dog costume contest, a raw food "paw bar" for canine guests provided by local pet store Pussy & Pooch, raffle prizes, gift bags and, of course, mojitos for the humans. Guests are encouraged to bring donations of pet food, bedding, toys and other needed items to be distributed to needy shelter animals. (If you choose to donate a Kong toy, all the better -- the manufacturer will match all Kong toy donations.) More information at iLoveDogs.com.

Thursday, Oct. 28, the Barks of Love rescue group invites golfers to an 18-hole golf tournament, proceeds from which benefit its work on behalf of homeless Orange County pets, at Coyote Hills Golf Course, 1440 E. Bastanchury Road in Fullerton, from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $145 per player and includes food. More information at the Facebook event page.

Thursday, Oct. 28, pet store Healthy Spot hosts its Howl-O-Ween Carnival at its Santa Monica location, 1110 Wilshire Blvd., from 7 to 9 p.m. The event, which benefits the Thumping Tails rescue group, includes trick-or-treating for dogs, costume contests for dogs and owners, raffle prizes, a silent auction, refreshments and appetizers. More information at HealthySpotOnline.com.

Saturday, Oct. 30-Sunday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 6, L.A.'s Audubon Society chapter hosts a three-day Introduction to Birdwatching class, which includes a workshop and two days' worth of field instruction. Cost is $30 for chapter members and $50 for non-members (non-member registration fee includes chapter membership). More information at LosAngelesAudubon.org.

Saturday, Oct. 30, Orange County rescue group Barks of Love hosts an adoption event and costume contest at Jabez Salon, 18513 Yorba Linda Blvd. in Yorba Linda, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 30, the Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter invite desert dwellers to its Dog Day Afternoon Halloween Extravaganza, with proceeds benefiting the New Shelter Building Fund. Event takes place at Palm Springs Stadium from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes trick-or-treating; dog agility, flyball, disc dog and search-and-rescue demonstrations; pet microchipping; face-painting; pumpkin painting; refreshments and more. Suggested donation is $3. More information at the group's website.

Saturday, Oct. 30, Compassion Over Killing invites animal lovers to its Halloween party, held at a private home in Van Nuys from 7 p.m. to midnight. Event includes a costume contest, prizes from animal-friendly retailers and restaurants, vegan food and drinks. Cost is $15 at the door; discounted tickets can be purchased in advance online. More information at the Facebook event page.

Sunday, Oct. 31, dress your dog in his or her silliest getup and head to Long Beach for the 10th annual Haute Dogs Howl'Oween Parade event at Livingston Park, 4900 E. Livingston Drive, from noon to 5 p.m. Parade begins at 2:30 and is sure to be spectacular; last year's event attracted 400 costumed canine participants. The event also includes pet-themed vendors, animal adoptions and a bulldog kissing booth. For more information or to register, visit HauteDogs.org.

Sunday, Oct. 31, spcaLA hosts its third annual Halloween pet parade and dog costume contest at its spcaLA Marketplace, 7700 E. Spring Street in Long Beach, beginning at 2 p.m. More information at spcaLA.com.

Sunday, Oct. 31, indoor dog agility and training center the Zoom Room refashions its Hollywood location as the "Doom Room" for a dog-friendly Halloween party from 2 to 4 p.m. Event includes a costume contest for dogs and refreshments for both dogs and their humans. Cost is $5 per dog. For more information or to RSVP, visit ZoomRoomOnline.com.

Sunday, Oct. 31, head to Burbank with your kids and dogs in tow for Downtown Burbank's Howl-Oween Celebration for Kids & Canines. Trick-or-treating for kids runs from 4 to 7 p.m.; a parade of costumed dogs, starting at the intersection of San Fernando Road and Palm Ave., begins at 6. Dog owners wishing to participate in the parade should register on-site by 5:30. Dogs must be well-behaved and leashed. More information at Downtown-Burbank.org.

Saturday, Nov. 6, vegans, rejoice: L.A. will have its first-ever Vegan Beer Fest at West Hollywood's landmark Roxy Theatre. Cost is $35 for general admission and $45 for VIP entrance, and admission price includes unlimited pours of dozens of vegan-friendly beers. (Why wouldn't a beer be vegan-friendly, you ask? Some are filtered using animal products like gelatin or isinglass; some contain honey.) For more information or to purchase tickets, visit LosAngelesVegan.com.

Saturday, Nov. 6, local pet rescue group the Brittany Foundation hosts "A Day in Their Paws," an event to raise awareness about the living conditions of homeless dogs. Volunteers will spend a 24-hour period "kenneled" with adoptable dogs at the Brittany Foundation's Agua Dulce sanctuary; animal lovers can sponsor them through PayPal, with funds benefiting the group's work on behalf of homeless pets. From noon to 4 p.m., the public is invited to an open house with refreshments, a bake sale, raffle prizes and a silent auction. Of course, adoptable dogs will also be on hand to meet potential new owners. More information at the Brittany Foundation's website. (Hat tip to reader Michael Caemin-Romack for letting us know about this event!)

Thursday, Nov. 11, take in an L.A. Kings hockey game at Staples Center and help needy pit bulls find loving homes all at the same time at Pucks for Pit Bulls. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.; tickets can be purchased online, with prices starting at $32. A portion of proceeds benefit local groups Dawg Squad Animal Rescue, Downtown Dog Rescue and Karma Rescue.

Saturday, Nov. 13-Friday, April 22, 2011, clothing-store chain Buffalo Exchange partners with the Humane Society of the United States to accept donations of fur clothing for the "Coats for Cubs" program, through which fur garments are reused as bedding for orphaned and injured wildlife. Fur in any amount (including fur trim and accessories) and condition will be accepted at all Buffalo Exchange locations. More information at BuffaloExchange.com.

Ongoing:

The L.A. Department of Animal Services offers low-cost vaccination, microchipping and licensing clinics every first Thursday at its Harbor animal shelter; every second Thursday at its North Central animal shelter; every third Thursday at its South L.A. animal shelter; and every fourth Thursday at its East Valley animal shelter. All clinics begin at 4:30 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m. More information and pricing in PDF format at the department's website.

Every first Wednesday through October, Santa Monica's Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar, 104 Santa Monica Blvd., hosts "Wine Woof Wednesday" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. During the event, guests can bring their dogs along to Pourtal and receive free dog-walking service with any purchase over $25. More information at Pourtal.com.

L.A.'s Audubon Society chapter hosts free guided nature walks at Dockweiler Beach in Vista del Mar on selected Thursdays and Saturdays through mid-November. Upcoming dates are Saturday, Oct. 16; Thursday, Nov. 4; and Saturday, Nov. 13. More information at LosAngelesAudubon.org.

Through December, Long Beach's Aquarium of the Pacific will host Shark Lagoon Nights, in which its famous shark exhibit will remain open until 9 p.m. on most Fridays. Visitors will have the chance to touch bamboo sharks and see larger sharks and rays up close. For more information and a complete schedule, visit the aquarium's website.

Every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Volunteers for the Burbank Animal Shelter host a mobile pet-adoption event at Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies, 1505 W. Olive Ave. in Burbank. See photos of adoptable dogs and cats at the Burbank Animal Shelter's website.

Every Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Dawg Squad Animal Rescue hosts a mobile dog-adoption event at Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies, 7600 S. Sepulveda Blvd. in Westchester. See photos of adoptable pets at DawgSquad.org.

Every Saturday from noon to 6 p.m., Kinder 4 Rescue hosts a mobile dog-adoption event at Book Star, 12136 Ventura Blvd. (just west of Laurel Canyon) in Studio City. See photos of adoptable pets at the group's Petfinder page.

Every Saturday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Forte Animal Rescue hosts a mobile dog-adoption event at Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies, 3860 S. Centinela Ave. See photos of adoptable pets at the group's AdoptAPet.com page.

Every fourth Saturday, spcaLA hosts "PAWS to Read" at the Redondo Beach Public Library, 303 N. Pacific Coast Highway, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Participation is free; sign-up begins at 9 a.m. at the Children's Information Desk. More information at spcaLA.com.

Every second Sunday, Evidence of Love Animal Care hosts a mobile pet-adoption event at the Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Recreation Center, 14201 Huston St., Sherman Oaks, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 130 dogs and cats from area animal shelters and rescue groups come out to meet potential adopters -- oh, and there's a gourmet food truck, too. More information at EvidenceOfLove.org.

-- Lindsay Barnett

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