It’s officially summer and here in Northern California that means hot, dry weather, lots of pool and ice cream time — and the start of fire season. Over the past couple of years, devastating fires have destroyed homes and millions of acres of land, displacing families, pets and wild animals. Although, it’s not pleasant to think about, having an emergency preparedness plan for your family, including your pets, makes split decisions easier when disaster strikes. June is National Pet Preparedness month and an ideal time to start (or finalize) your plan. Need some inspiration? A couple years ago, I wrote this article about organizations that help pets in natural disasters.
One step is making sure you prioritize the right gear, such as a carseat, harness, leash and to-go bag packed with essentials. Having these items in one organized location eliminates the stress of decision making when you have to get out of the house fast.
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June 2023 monthly dog holidays
National Pet Preparedness month
National Foster a Pet month
National microchip month
June 2023 dog holidays
June 4-10: Pet Appreciation week
June 13: World Pet Memorial day
June 17: National Dog Dad’s day
June 19-23: PSI’s National Take Your Pet to Work week
June 23: PSI’s National Take Your Dog to Work day
June 2023 dog events
Throughout June, 2023: Humane Society’s #MoreThanaPet campaign continues to raise money for pet parents who don’t have money or access for pet supplies and vet care. Visit morethanapet.humanesociety.org to learn more about the campaign and share the story of what your pet means to you. Every photo shared = one bowl of food for pets in underserved communities.
Throughout June 23, 2023: For the 10-year anniversary of Apoquel, a medicine to relieve allergic itch and inflammation in dogs due to atopic and allergic dermatitis, the company is launching a grant program for pet shelters across the U.S. The program will enable 10 shelters to provide allergic relief to about 100 dogs in each of their local communities. Zoetis will announce the 10 selected shelters during “Itchy Pet Awareness Month” in August. To enroll and see requirements, visit Zoetis For Shelters by June 23.
June 2-4, 2023: Bark on Biddle is a three-day dog festival in downtown Wyandotte, MI. Dogs compete in Dock Jumping competitions, chase a lure at Lucky Dogs Lure Course, play in a Puppy Foam Party with their owners and participate in other contests throughout the day or socialize with other pets and their humans. There will be a variety of pet related vendors, doggy fashions, homemade dog treats, unique dog toys, dishes and samples of dog food and treats.
June 4, 2023: Petco will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. EST. for the grand opening of its new Union Square flagship, a unique one-stop health and wellness destination for pets, in New York City. The new two-story, 25,000 square-foot pet care center combines the best of Petco’s physical and digital offerings, including a stylish grooming salon, full-service veterinary hospital, JustFoodForDogs kitchen and curated merchandise assortment for a complete pet care experience. The ceremony will be followed by the “Paws in the Park” party and adoption event at noon. Petco Love will bring together more than 20 local animal welfare partners, including Muddy Paws and Animal Care Centers of NYC, to help hundreds of adoptable pets find loving homes. Additionally, there will be a fashion show, presented by BOBS from Skechers, featuring adoptable pets. To help raise awareness for Petco Love’s lifesaving work, local artist Andrea Cáceres, who is also featured in the flagship’s “17th & Bark” collection, will design a custom mural to be displayed at the event.
June 4, 2023: Join the Irvine Animal Care Center in Irvine, California to its 17th annual Super Pet Adoption & Fundraiser event. Local pet rescue groups bring adoptable dogs, cats and birds, along with vendors and services for pets and their humans like gourmet food trucks, a bake sale and a drawing giveaway. Tickets are sold at the door: $5 for adults, free for children. Event parking is free.
June 5, 2023: The ElleVet Project begins its summer veterinary mobile relief tour providing free veterinary care and supplies to the pets of the unhoused and low-income communities throughout the United States. The ElleVet team travels throughout the country treating thousands of pets in unhoused, low-income communities and areas stricken by natural disasters in a 32-foot RV dubbed the “ElleVan.” The complete schedule of summer dates and locations is available on the nonprofit’s website.
June 7, 2023: Tune in while Morris Animal Foundation co-hosts a webinar with TedxMileHigh on Hemangiosarcoma, a deadly cancer in dogs. Dr. Kelly Diehl, senior director of science communications at the foundation, will sit down with Dr. Antonella Borgatti, professor of oncology at the University of Minnesota, to talk about clinical signs, treatment options and new research findings that could change the odds for dogs suffering from this cancer. Register here for this event.
June 10, 2023: Join Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 35th Annual Spring Fling Gala on June 10 from 6 p.m to 11 p.m. at Fairbanks Village Plaza in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Guests will enjoy cocktails, dinner, music and a silent auction. Tickets can be purchased at silver, gold and platinum levels (ranging from $300 – $600 a ticket) with various special amenities included at each level.
June 11, 2023: Join the annual Put-in-Bay Pooch Parade at 10 a.m in Ohio, where judges determine the cutest, smallest, largest, most talented, individual best dressed, group best dressed and the dog that looks most like its owner. Registration begins at 9:30 am at the DeRivera Park gazebo.
June 12- 18, 2023: Bid on original artwork created by 16 of the world’s best painting canines (and one special guest sloth)! The 3rd annual Tripawds Dog Art Auction, held online and run by the Tripawds Foundation, raises money for amputee pets battling cancer by funding the Kaiserin Cancer Care Package program, which delivers monthly care bundles for dogs and cats who have lost a limb to cancer.
Want to see what dog holidays are coming up in 2023? Check out Dogster’s dog holiday list.