The Best Dog-Friendly Events For May

Hopefully, all those April showers will bring May flowers! As we head into late spring and early summer, dog-friendly events are starting to pop up everywhere. Don’t miss any of these fun dog-friendly events for May. If you have an upcoming event you would like to promote with us, leave a comment below to be included.

The Best Dog-Friendly Events For May

May Is:

  • Chip Your Pet Month
  • National Pet Month
  • National Service Dog Eye Examination Month

Important Dates:

May 1-7 Be Kind To Animals Week AND National Pet Week

May 1: Mayday for Mutts AND National Purebred Dog Day

May 2-8 Puppy Mill Action Week

May 3: National Specially-Abled Pets Day

May 5: National Ferret Day

May 8: Mother’s Day

May 13: National Frog Jumping Day

May 14: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

May 22-28 National Dog Bite Prevention Week

May 23: International Turtle Day

May 30: Memorial Day


Annual National PureBred Dog Day

May 1, 2015

Celebrate the diversity, heritage and predictability of the purpose bred dog and protect all breeds, their owners, and their ethical breeders.

Use the #purebreddogs to join in the conversation online and to make the topic trending!

Do your research before getting a puppy or dog as different breeds have different characteristics. Find the right breed for you then consider adopting or do your research on responsible breeders.

48th Annual Purina Animal Hall of Fame

May 4th, 2015
Live stream:

See the four new 2016 Purina Animal Hall of Fame™ Inductees join 163 heroic animals. Plus hear their stories live! Find out more after Tuesday on Talent Hounds and at PawsWay Toronto.

Crusoe the Celebrity Dachsund’s No Bite Is Right Tour

May 4th, 2016
4:00 am to 6:00 pm
Jack Darling Park, Mississauga
Crusoe will be paying a visit to his “second home” city of Toronto on the#NoBiteIsRight tour across Canada! Crusoe will be out in Jack Darling Park with a booth & tent setup to sign books, meet fans & take pics together, and share a few words about the important cause he’s representing on this tour for the No Bite is Right campaign; raising awareness for flea & tick prevention in pets.
Crusoe himself had a tick before, and after learning the hard way he’s now vowed to help others reduce their risk of being bitten by fleas or ticks – because all across Canada, the tick armies are moving north as the climate warms, and we furry creatures need to be prepared!Learn more about the tour & the cause with our behind the scenes with Crusoe HERE

KW Pet Expo

May 7, 2016 to May 8, 2016
10:00 am to 5:00 pm (10-6pm on Saturday)
Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex
Admission: $10 Adult – $5 Child
Benefiting: KW Humane Society

Cardinal Conference & Events Solutions is pleased to announce that they will be hosting the first annual Pet Expo in the Kitchener-Waterloo area in support of the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society. The KW Pet Expo will feature approximately 50 exhibitors showcasing a variety of pet-related products and services for pet owners and enthusiasts.  There will also be a number of pet rescues teaching people about how they could help the rescued animals. Pets will be allowed at the show, provided they are on leashes, up-to-date on all their vaccines, and a pet waiver form has been filled out.

Don’t miss: A Waterloo Regional Police Canine Unit demonstration. The Canadian Kennel Club Canine Good Neighbour Program. The very popular WoofJocks Canine All Stars. A series of “Pet Talks” presentations. Hands On Exotics. A wiener dog race. A pet costume contest.

Pampered Pooches T.O

May 7, 2016
11:00AM to 6:00PM
80 Lynn Williams, Liberty Village Presentation Center
Admission: FREE
Benefiting: Pet Owners

This one day event will have you and your pooch indulging in food, fashion, pet health, grooming and more! This one-stop-pooch-shop offers a unique shopping and infotainment market geared for the urban dog lover.

Petloss Support Group 

May 7, 2016
11:30am to 1:00pm
Pawsway, Toronto
Admission:Free, but please RSVP to

If you have experienced the loss of your animal or are anticipating the loss of your animal, 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.

May Toronto Pug Grumble

May 14, 2016
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The “Dog Bowl”, Trinity Bellwoods Park
Admission: FREE
There will be lots of snorting, rolling and grumbling. Pugs, Buggs, Chugs, Frugs, Jugs, Puggles and Muggles are all welcome to come!

Tellington TTouch Workshop

May 14, 2016 to May 15, 2016
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Kitchener, ON
Admission: $260

Would you like to be in deeper touch with your animal friend? Improve confidence, focus and deepen trust. Learn body work, calming signals, leash work and much more with Certified Tellington TTouch Practitioner and animal communicator Sue Becker. Email for workshop flyer.

Off Leash Safety Course

May 14, 2016
9:00am to 10:00am
Pawsway, Toronto
Admission: $10.75

STAY SAFE, PLAY SAFE! Learn everything you need to know to keep your dog safe in an Off Leash environment – whether at PawsWay or outside. Discover invaluable tips on canine body language and how to ensure safe, responsible and fun environment for you and your dog. This course is mandatory for visitors attending PawsWay’s off leash programs.

Woofstock Hound Dog Hoedown High Tea & Costume Competition

May 15, 2016
Doors open at 1pm
The Berkeley Church Event Space
Admission: $20 Donation to the World Society for the Protection of Animals. BUY YOURS NOW!
A country pawty in the city. Dress your dog up in their best country themed outfits for a chance to win the costume contest. Every dog will receive a Woofstock sWAG Bag and dine on the finest biscuits & dog-friendly tea! All dogs will walk the red carpet and the ‘dog walk’ showing off their finest Western attire!  The winner of the costume competition will win a prize valued at over $1000!

Dogs 4 Youth 2016

May 21, 2016
9 AM to 3 PM
Peach King Centre in Grimsby, Ontario.
Admission: FREE!
Benefiting: The FORT youth centre

Dogs 4 Youth will feature a massive indoor dog-centric marketplace with vendors from a wide variety of companies selling everything a dog could ever want or need, with a few things for you too. Custom dog leashes, collars, specialized doggie treats, a day at the spa, and so much more. No matter your dog’s size or shape, you’re sure to find something they’ll love almost as much as they love you!

All proceeds go to helping the FORT youth centre, an organization that provides free programming for youth ages 11-18 in Grimsby, Smithville, and Caistor. Dog Lovers Days will also be providing entertainment.

Victoria Day: Dog Lovers Days

May 23, 2016
11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Lake Ontario Park, Kingston
Admission: FREE, $5 for lure
Enjoy a free family-oriented Victoria Day programming at Lake Ontario Park this Victoria Day. Dog Lover Days and Canadian Canine Lure Course. Bring your dog to jump over tubes and run through hoops. $5 per dog. Dogs must be on leash, and please stoop and scoop after your canine.

10th Annual Barks by the Bay

May 28, 2016
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Centennial Park, Trenton
Admission: FREE
This annual canine festival is held the last Saturday in May and showcases many unique vendors, breeds & breeders, canine accessories, training aids & techniques, pet hospitals, pet food stores and groomers. This year, test your family dog’s dock diving skills with Rideau River Dock Dogs or challenge their agility at the DogLovers Days Lure Course. Connect with your pet through with the help of Animal Communicator LAUREN BODE or take part in the Canine Good Neighbour program and receive a special certification from the Canadian Kennel Club. Bring the whole pack. Every dog has its day at Barks by the Bay!


May 28, 2016
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Grand Valley Park, Concession 3, west of Valley Farm Road
Admission: $2 donation

As part of Responsible Pet Ownership Month, the City of Pickering is hosting Petapolooza, Pickering’s Pet Tradeshow. Petapolooza brings together pet enthusiasts within our community and gives them an opportunity to meet industry professionals, rescue groups, and others in the pet industry. Food and drinks will also be available on site.

As in previous years, all proceeds from the tradeshow will go towards the development of a permanent Animal Shelter to enable us to continue to care and  house sick and injured animals for years to come.
  • This event is free to the public however we are asking for a voluntary donation of $2.
  • Dogs are welcome and must be on leash unless you are in the lower level of the leash free area.


May 28-29, 2016
10:00am to 6:00pm
Woodbine Park, Toronto
Admission: Free

Don’t miss seeing Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund and Talent Hounds as will be roaming around filming for web series Backseat Barkers and our Kids Pet Club at Woofstock. Come say hi and take a photo!

Canada’s best-known dog festival! Admission is free and dogs are of course welcome. Join tens of thousands of other pet lovers for this two-day event of vendors, demonstrations, fashion show and fun.

Purina Harbourfront Walk for Dog Guides 

May 29, 2016
10:00am to 2:00pm
Pawsway, Toronto
Admission: Free
Benefiting: Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides

The Purina Walk for Dog Guides is a national fundraising walk held in more than 200 communities across Canada. It raises funds to help train Dog Guides for Canadians with visual, hearing, medical or physical disabilities. To date the walk has raised more than $12 million! The 2015 walk raised just over $22,000, and we’d love to top that this year. Join us for the walk, followed by light refreshments, a silent auction and prize draw!

Burlington Humane Family Walk and Wag-a-thon

May 29, 2016
10:00am to 2:00pm
Spencer Smith Park, Burlington
Admission:$5 per person plus pledges collected
Benefiting: Burlington Humane Society

Select a 2 or 4km walking route. The afternoon also includes a vendor alley, wacky dog show judged by local celebrities, BBQ and silent auction.

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  • Thank you for mentioning National Purebred Dog Day! We value all dogs, whatever their ancestry, but on May 1, we celebrate the contributions of purebred dogs, some breeds at risk of vanishing in our lifetime. Again, thank you for noting the day!