Dog Events: August

We are in the dog days of summer as August kicks off. Check out these awesome dog-friendly events happening in our area.

Have an event we should know about? Comment below to be included. 


International Assistance Dog Week (IADW)

August 2- 8, 2015

IADW recognizes all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability related limitations.

Bean and Baker Malt Shop Fundraiser 

August 2, 2015
12:00 am to 5 pm

Bean and Baker Malt Shop 
Admission: free
Benefiting: Homeward Bound Rescue

Bring your family along for this fun-filled event for a longboard competition,face painting,balloon-animals, cotton candy, hot dogs, a RAFFLE and a 50/50 draw! Lots of prizes to be won so come on down! Help Bean and Baker and co-sponsors, Longboard Haven, raise money for Homeward Bound Rescue, a volunteer-run foster-home based rescue in Ontario.

2015 Dog’s Day of Summer at the St. Catharines Museum

August 8, 2015
11:00 am to 4:30 pm
Admission: free
Benefiting: St. Catharines Museum

Pets and their people are invited to join in the fun and excitement of our annual Dog’s Day of Summer at the St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre.

Visit all the pet-related vendors, information booths and rescue groups; get a reading from Dog Psychic Charlotte Szivak; watch and learn during the Dave (the Dog Man) McMahon’s Dog Training Academy performance; take a run on a lure course; and get a great deal at the Silent Auction. Also on site will be a charity BBQ operated by Sweet Surrender, a division of Daval Hospice, and the Itty Bitty Pie Company food truck. Enter the fun contests, including Stupid Pet Tricks, Wiggliest Tail, and Superhero/Sci-fi Costume.

Pet Loss Support Group

August 8, 2015
11:30am to 1:00pm
PawsWay Toronto
Admission: Free, pre-registration required (

If you have experienced the loss of your pet or are anticipating the loss of your pet, know that you are not alone in the grief that you are feeling. The purpose of this group is to create a safe and supportive environment where everyone’s grief matters. Participants will have an opportunity to express their loss and share memories of their companions. The group meets the first Saturday of each month.

Woofa~Roo Pet Fest

Aug 8, 2015 to Aug 9, 2015
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Libro Center in Amherstburg
Admission: $10 per car, unlimited passengers
Benefiting: 10 different Charities & Rescues

Check out exciting dock diving, crazy dog agility, wild lure coursing and a fast paced international flyball tournament running throughout the weekend!

There’s something for everyone with specialty vendors, silent auctions, pony rides, exotic parrots, a pet-ucation center, adoption corner, charity contests and much more. Friendly dogs are welcome to bring their responsible owners.

Feeding Pets of Homeless Week

August 9-15, 2015

Pets of the Homeless is the only national animal organization focused completely on feeding and providing emergency veterinary care to pets of the homeless.

EndurRun Challenge – Support Sean Tamkin!

Aug 9, 2015 to Aug 16, 2015
Benefiting: National Service Dogs

ENDURrun: 8 Days, 7 Stages, 160 km, 1 Tough Runner. Rarely does an event challenge you beyond your running goals and dreams. This is the running challenge of a lifetime!

Just as The ENDURrun can be a personal journey of determination and willpower, a runner’s fundraising efforts for the 2015 EndurRun can go towards a charity with personal meaning or significance.

Please contribute to the success of Sean’s run and his fundraising goals by making a donation. Thank you for your support in helping get specially trained dogs to the people who need them.


Aug 15, 2015
10 am to 6:00pm
The Plunkett Estate, 9282 Elviage Drive
London, Ontario

Admission: $10 per vehicle, parking included, and all for charity

Pawlooza is the ultimate dog party! It’s a festival for dogs and animal lovers! Join an estimated 25,000 people and 6,000 dogs for Canada’s most unique and dog-friendly festival experience.

Pawlooza is a 100% volunteer-driven festival. Thousands of hours are put into the festival by the Organizing Committee and 300 volunteers. All are working on behalf of two local non-profits – [ARF Ontario – working with First Nations and rural communities throughout Ontario to rescue, rehab and re-home stray dogs and cats, and LEADS Employment Services – helping people with disabilities throughout Southwestern Ontario find employment and receive skills training].

ISAR’S International Homeless Animals’ Day® (IHAD)

Saturday, August 15 at 7:30pm in CDT

Pet’s Barn – Blanco/1604 in San Antonio, Texas

The first Homeless Animals’ Day and Candlelight Vigils were a beginning. The International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR) is solemnly dedicated to keeping the issue of dog and cat overpopulation before the public until victory is achieved and humane societies can return to their purpose of preventing suffering instead of being exhausted by ceaseless killing.

International Homeless Animals’ Day (IHAD) Candlelight Vigil

God’s Dogs Rescue is committed to helping solve the problem by spaying/neutering and raising awareness.

They will be hosting a candlelight vigil at Pet’s Barn at 16045 and Blanco “to shed light on pet overpopulation and the spay/neuter solution.”

If you are not in San Antonio, you can still participate via the Virtual Vigil:

Toronto Humane Society Adoption Weekend @ PawsWay

Aug 15, 2015 to Aug 16, 2015
1:00 pm to 5:00pm
PawsWay Toronto
Admission: Free admission, adoption fees required

Pawsway is teaming up with the Toronto Humane Society for a two day pet adoption event. Adoption agents will be onsite all day Saturday and Sunday to match families with their purr-fect pets.

Bonus: all adopted animals will be sent to their new forever homes with a FREE adoption kit including lots of Purina goodies!

Canine Good Neighbour Evaluation

August 22, 2015
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -final evaluation begins at 3:30pm
PawsWay Toronto
Admission: $25+hst

The Canine Good Neighbour (CGN) program identifies and rewards responsible, caring owners and their canine partners. This twelve-step evaluation is fun, rewarding and useful. Successful participants receive a certificate from the Canadian Kennel Club.

This event is drop-in, but please note that the final evaluation begins at 3:30pm.

PawsWay’s Monthly Movie Matinee

August 22, 2015
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Admission: FREE

Watch a classic pet-themed movie in the Pet Park! All are welcome, with or without pets. FREE!

Paws In The Park


August 23rd 9.00am to 2pm
Woodbine Park Toronto
Benefiting: Toronto Humane Society

WALK: Raise money by collecting pledges from your colleagues, friends, family and fellow animal lovers.  Then join us on Sunday August 23 at Woodbine Park as we walk the scenic trail through Ashbridge’s Bay Park to raise awareness about homeless animals in our community and the services provided by the Toronto Humane Society.

Enjoy: Free and extraordinarily delicious food for all participants, a special live performance by a band making a splash across Canada and the United States,interactive canine performances including our pals Sara and Hero and other talented pups , primping for your pooch, a world class magician, celebrity guests, shopping in our Vendor Village, face painting and so much more!

Simcoe County’s Summer FURFest

August 23, 2015  10:30am to 3:30pm
Abernant Vet Services -6725 Highway 26 Collingwood, ON
Admission: FREE
Benefiting: Non-profits

Enjoy Agility Demos, Dog Sport Give-a-it-Try Sessions, Group Hikes, Vendor Booths, Photography Sessions, Treats and Drinks. A great day to be had by people and dogs of all ages!!

Hosted by Stand By Me K9 Network and in partnership with Abernant Vet Services and The Crate Escape.

National Dog Day

August 26, 2015

NDD is an annual pet holiday to celebrate dogs + encourage adoption on AUGUST 26TH. NDD is about DOG “everything”…..across the globe!

Bark In The Park Bowmanville 

Bark in the Park

Aug 29, 2015 to Aug 30, 2015
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Garnet B Rickard Rec Complex, 2440 Hwy # 2 Bowmanville, ON
Admission: $5.00 per person Kids under 12 FREE Family Pass $10 (up to 6 people)
Benefiting: Pet Rescue Groups

A 2 day fun filled festival for Dogs and their people! Enjoy games, prizes, contests, raffles, food, samples, treats, VENDORS and meet some of the greatest rescue groups in Durham Region.

The family dog is not only welcome, they are celebrated! Saturday is an all day BARKday Party! Come out and celebrate YOUR DOG’s birthday! Sunday is a special day with a real live DOGGIE Wedding! Free cake!

The first 200 people each day receive a great Swag (Doggie) Bag filled with lots of goodies, coupons from vendors, freebies, and samples.





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