Finally some great weather! What better way to enjoy it than some fun happenings around the Seacoast that celebrate and raise funds for animals of all kinds!
Check out some of these upcoming events for this weekend and beyond:
Cocheco Valley Humane Society‘s Tails to Trails annual dog walk will be held on Saturday the 4th adjacent to the shelter grounds in Dover. Full details on the day’s jam-packed itinerary available here.
In addition to being a safe haven for animals between homes, CVHS offers a variety of programs to support pets and pet owners in the area. Among other programs, they engage in humane education and pet food assistance. One of their most unique initiatives is called “Safe Pets.” Safe Pets aids individuals in times of transition such as fleeing domestic violence, medical recuperation, and relocating service-members by providing temporary care for their pets.
While much of the NHSPCA’s work revolves around finding loving and attentive homes for all kinds of animals, they also offers many programs to support animals and their humans in southern New Hampshire. A variety of training courses and behavior modification are available, they maintain a pet cemetery to pay tribute to lost pets, host rabies vaccine and microchip clinics, and provide a limited but valuable spay/neuter program for cats.
a little further north, The Pet Quarters in Scarborough will host a yard sale to benefit local shelters and rescues on Saturday. It will run from 10:00-4:00 with a rain date of June 5th. Find some deals then head inside to check out their food, toy, and treat selection for your pet! More info here.
On Saturday, June 12th, the Canine Cupboard in Portsmouth will have volunteers from Last Hope K9 introducing some of their adoptable pups. Last Hope k9 rescues dogs of all breeds from situations across the country and matches them with amazing adoptive homes. More info about the rescue can be found here. Even if you walk away without a new family member, your current pet will appreciate a new locally made toy or bakery item!
A car show with vendors, a farmer’s market, and more for the Working Dog Foundation will be at Scamman Farm in Stratham on Saturday, June 18th. More details can be found here.
The Working Dog Foundation is critical in supporting the area’s K9 units with internationally recognized training and other programs. WDF advocates for K9 units, the K9s’ well being, and strives to make connections with the community.
Wild animals will have their day too! The Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick will be hosting many events throughout the summer including weekly tours on Saturdays. One special upcoming event is the Summer Wildlife Happenings at Portsmouth Lighthouse on July 2nd. It is a family friendly presentation that will include rescued wildlife and a discussion about what the Center does and native Maine species. For the grown-ups, Smuttynose Brewery will be hosting a tasting fundraiser on June 23rd. You can check out their calendar for more information by clicking here.
The Center for Wildlife does an impressive amount of work in rehabilitation, education, and research regarding native species of Maine from owls to squirrels. Check out their full website here.
Finally, Seacoast Dock Dogs will host Dog Daze III in at the Community Center in Kittery on Saturday, July 2nd. It’s a fun, dog-friendly event with vendors and performances. If you have a pup you think may enjoy the sport of dock diving, the club offers practice sessions open to the public regularly on many Saturdays throughout the summer at their training pool adjacent to the Berwick Bark Park on Berwick Street in Berwick. More info on their practice schedule available here.