Get Handy!

We have some great events this weekend. There is even a chance for you to get handy with tools.

Spike’s K9 Fund is looking for volunteers to help repair the Newport News Police Department K9 Obstacle Course. The job runs from 8 to 4 tomorrow at 100 City Farm Road. They have all the supplies. They just need hands, tools, and maybe some experience. They can still use you even if you don’t have experience. Food is provided and the K9 Unit will give a demonstration after the work is done. This is a great chance to volunteer and meet some of the officers that protect us.

Bay Beagle Rescue is having their Spring Fling Picnic on Sunday. They’ll be at Oak Grove Lake Park in Chesapeake from 11 to 3 serving up hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages, and BBQ. Don’t forget dessert! All donations are tax deductable and go to pay the vet bills. There will also be some sweet beagles looking for a new home ready to meet you!

Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society is having a Summer Splash Festival tomorrow at Roadside Nursery in Gloucester. Join the fun from 10 to 4. The Crafty Cottage at Roadside Nursery is located at 5900 George Washington Memorial Highway.

Chesapeake Humane Society is having a LuLaRoe Sip ‘N Shop tomorrow at the shelter. You can check out all the fashions from 6 to 8. The shelter is located at 312 North Battlefield Boulevard.

Chesapeake Animal Services is having the last weekend of Kitten Kampus. You can adopt a kitten 6 months old or younger for just $25 each. And that includes their spay/neuter, shots, and microchip. They’re kind of little so you might want to pick up 2.

Virginia Beach SPCA is having a special on senior cats. Starting on Sunday you can adopt a cat 9 years old or older for just $25. This runs through the end of June.

Isle of Wight County Humane Society will be out with the felines tomorrow. You can meet them all at the Newport News PetsMart from 12 to 5. And on Sunday you can meet some more adoptable pets at the North Suffolk Petco from12 to 4.

Isle of Wight Animal Shelter will have adoptable pets out meeting everyone at Olden Days tomorrow. So stop by their booth and meet a new friend!

Rainbow Animal Rescue will be busy this weekend. They’ll be at the Diamond Spring Road Care A Lot tomorrow and Sunday taking 4th of July photos. You can get one done from 11 to 4 tomorrow and 12 to 5 on Sunday.

PAWS of Hertford County has started a YouCaring fund to raise money for vet bills. They’ve been hit kind of hard during kitten and puppy season this year. You can donate at https://www.youcaring.com/pawsofhertfordcounty-846386. Every little bit helps!

Bertie County Humane Society is in need of food donations. The cat and dog facilities are both full with furbabies that need to eat. They need wet and dry kitten and cat food, and urgently need wet and dry dog food. Donations can be left at the shelter at 217 County Farm Road in Windsor, North Carolina, or shipped to that address.

Outer Banks SPCA will have some adoptable pets out meeting everyone at the Daredevils game tonight. You can meet them from 7 to 8. The game is at 109 Veterans Drive in Kill Devil Hills. Then tomorrow they’ll be at the Manteo farmers Market washing dogs. You can get your dog washed for just a $5 donation to the shelter from 8 to 12. The market is held at George Washington Creef Park in Manteo.

Blue Crab Tavern is hosting the 6th annual Jorts in June to benefit OBXSPCA. There is a $5 donation for admittance and Jorts attire is mandatory. There will be music, prizes, raffles, food, and drinks. And some adoptable pets will be there meeting everyone! The celebration runs from 4 to 9 tomorrow. Blue Crab Tavern is located at 1180 Colington Road in Kill Devil Hills.

SEVA GRREAT will have adoptable dogs out meeting everyone at Alewerks Brewing Company on Sunday. There will be beer tasting, food from the Scottish Pig Food Truck, and music by Clayton Perry. So join the fun from 12 to 5 and 10% of proceeds will go to the rescue. Alewerks Brewing Company is located at 197 Ewell Road in Williamsburg.

Critters 4 U Rescue may be out with the dogs tomorrow. Look for them at the Hampton Petco from 10 to 12.

The Cat Corner is having Kitten Yoga on Sunday afternoon. The class is limited to 4 so it may be full. But you can sign up for another session and get more info at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kitten-yoga-june-25th-tickets-35145186198. The cost is just $15 per person. I think they’re trying to hold a session twice a month and proceeds from ticket sales go to the rescue.

GO Rescue will be at Bingo tonight. VFW Post 4809 on Bartee Steet is hosting a bingo fundraiser from 6:30 to 9:30. There are 20 games for $20 with wonderful prizes donated from the vendors. Tell them you’re there for GO Rescue so they get the funds.

Next Generation Animal Services needs our help. They really need donations of cat and kitten food, wet and dry. They also need fosters for dogs and cats. If you can help with either of these, send an email to Ngas@cox.net or call 757-353-5248.

That’s it for this week. Get out there and have fun with your pets!

Victims

I’m sure everyone has heard about the dog who mauled an elderly lady. She later died from her injuries. I didn’t write about it then. To tell the truth, I didn’t know what to write.

I thought something was very odd about the dog and the rescue. I thought it was odd that an adopted dog came with an electric shock collar around his neck. And I thought it was odd that the rescue kept saying he was ready for adoption and had passed his testing with flying colors. But he still had a shock collar on.

I know a lot of people who work in animal rescue. They have big hearts and work long hours to find homes for all the homeless animals in our area. I don’t know anyone who works with Forever Home Rescue so I couldn’t say what they were like. The only thing I know about the rescue is that they are slow to answer emails and texts about the dogs they advertise as adoptable. I had contacted them about several beagles when I was looking for Lily. They answered about one dog about a week after I contacted them. I never heard about the others. Then I saw a post on craigslist from someone who had adopted 2 dogs from them. It was stated that both dogs showed aggression within hours of being in their new home. And I thought that was rather odd too. I saw this ad the day before the lady died.

I know what shock collars do to dogs. Some dogs learn fast from them if used right. But most people don’t use them right. These collars can cause a lot of damage to dogs who are intelligent, curious, strong willed, or have a high prey drive. Someone had used an electric collar on Mac when he was young. It was part of an invisible fence system. I truly believe that is part of what caused his dog aggression.

I followed the news about the attack and still had questions. Everything was a bit off to me. Then I found a link on Facebook to an article in the Southside Daily. It’s very well written and well researched. And it answered my questions. You can read it at http://southsidedaily.com/2017/06/15/experts-former-employees-condemn-operations-at-forever-home-virginia-beach-that-housed-killer-dog-news/.

I feel so bad for the family. All they wanted to do was adopt a dog to love. A dog that would be part of their family. And I feel so bad about Blue. He was only a year old. People had failed him before which is why he ended up in this rescue. Then the people in this rescue failed him. He didn’t have a voice. He couldn’t tell people why he did what he did. People in rescue are supposed to be the voice for homeless animals. They’re supposed to protect the ones with no voice. It takes time to build a relationship with a dog in a strange place. It takes time to win trust. It takes time to find out how much training is needed and train without breaking that trust. Shortcuts have no place in training a rescued dog.

I’m so sorry that someone who wanted to love a dog was killed. And I’m so sorry that a scared dog was put in a situation like this. These people and this dog are true victims. And I believe they’re victims of someone’s greed.

Happy Dad’s Day!

Father’s Day is Sunday. I hope you all get a chance to spend time with your dads, or your children, this weekend. Sunny won’t be a dad but he makes my day. He’s such a funny fluffy dog!

Tractor Supply Company is hosting Purina Days Local Animal Rescue Fundraiser tomorrow. I think they have something going on at each store. I only know about the one in Williamsburg. Phillip the pony from Arrivals in Elegance will be there offering rides for kids for a $5 donation. Pit Road Rescue will also be there. Other local rescues may be there too with adoptable pets. The event runs from 11 to 3. The Williamsburg store is located at 119 Norge Lane.

Footers Sports Pub is hosting a car wash to benefit Hope for Life Rescue tomorrow. You can get dad’s car washed by the Footers Fabulous Females for just a donation to the rescue. Please be generous! The car wash runs from 10 to 2. Footers is located at 4676 Princess Anne Road in Virginia Beach.

Animal Aid Society will be out with the dogs tomorrow. You can meet them at the Oyster Point Care A Lot from 11 to 2.

Ddeb’s – A taste of Home is having a fundraiser to benefit Chesapeake Humane Society tomorrow. They’re donating a portion of the proceeds from 11 to 9 to CHS. You can preview the menu and get more info at http://www.d-debs.com/menu. Ddeb’s is located at 105 Old Drive in Chesapeake.

Barker Animal Hospital has been raising some sweet kittens. You can meet them at Chesapeake Animal Services during their Kitten Kampus at the shelter. Each kitten is just $25 to adopt. That’s a great deal for a kitten 6 months or younger! The shelter is located at 2100 South Military Highway.

Isle of Wight County Humane Society will be out with some great adoptable pets this weekend. You can meet them at the Newport News PetsMart tomorrow. They’ll be at the North Suffolk Petco from 12 to 4 on Sunday.

Rainbow Animal Rescue will be out with the dogs tomorrow. You can meet them at the Diamond Springs Road Care A Lot from 11 to 2.

PAWS of Hertford County will have adoptable pets out meeting everyone tomorrow. You can meet them at the Greenbrier PetsMart from 10 to 2. Lori Anne, a volunteer with the rescue, will also be having a Thirty One sale from 9:30 to 2. And she’s donating 100% of her commission to the rescue. You can meet a great new friend and shop to support the rescue too! You can get more info about the sale at https://www.facebook.com/events/135154757060715/. Lori Anne will also be taking online orders through June 26th. Check it out at https://www.mythirtyone.com/1924719/shop/Party/EventDetail/9991276.

Critters 4 U Rescue may be out with adoptable pets tomorrow. Look for them at the Hampton Petco from 10 to 12.

Feral Affairs Network is having a yard sale tomorrow to raise funds for community cats. You can find some great treasures from 8 to 4. The sale will be at the corner of Maple Avenue and Chelsea Avenue in Norfolk. You can also drop off donations for the care of the cats at the sale too.

That’s all I have for this week. Stay dry and remember to keep your pets at home with the heat. Pets don’t need to be in cars when it’s hot.

Doughnuts and Dogs

We have a lot of events this weekend! There are fundraisers, adoption events, fashion, and food. So gas up the car and grab your wallet!

Peninsula SPCA is having Doughnut for Dogs (and Cats!) tomorrow morning. They will have delicious Krispy Kreme doughnuts for sale from 9 to 12 while supplies last. You can pick up doughnuts at the shelter on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard or at Ace Hardware, 12490 Warwick Boulevard. Get there early!

Brown Chicken Brown Cow is starting their summer Bow Wow Happy Hour on Monday. You can bring your canine friends and sit on the patio from 5 to 8 and enjoy the evening. Brown Chicken Brown Cow is located at 13 East Queens Way in Hampton.

The Juicy Jones Fashions for Your Fur fashion show will be at Hunt Club Farm tomorrow from 3 to 6. Tickets are $5 for adults if you enter the code JuicyLovesFashion at juicyjonesfashionshow.eventbrite.com. This is your chance to get some exclusive designs for your furry friend, meet some adoptable dogs, and raise funds for local rescues and shelters.

Suffolk Animal Care is having adoption events tomorrow and Sunday. You can meet some of the adoptable shelter pets at the Chesapeake Square PetsMart tomorrow from 12 to 3. They’ll be at the Suffolk PetsMart on College drive on Sunday from 12 to 3. So go find a new friend!

Heritage Humane Society is having a huge Mega Yard Sale tomorrow at the shelter. You can find items for people, pets, your house and yard, and all kinds of stuff. The sale runs from 8 to 12. HHS is located at 430 Waller Mill Road in Williamsburg.

Animal Aid Society is having a huge online auction. It started today and runs through the 16th. They have some wonderful items for everyone, people and pets included. You do have to “like” the pinned post and comment with “agree” before you can bid. Just go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1757815337863264/. They’ve been adding items all week and are still getting new items posted. Happy bidding!

The Bunny Hutch is having an adoption event tomorrow at NEX Oceana. This shelter has unusual pets to adopt and you can meet them from 11 to 2. The exchange is located at 1449 Tomcat Boulevard on the base in Virginia Beach.

I know you’ve seen the ads for Dancing for Paws on News Channel 3. This event is a live competition like Dancing with the Stars and local professionals and celebrities are competing. There will be 8 trophies awarded to the winners. The event raises funds for homeless animals at the Virginia Beach SPCA. Tickets are $35 and $45. You can purchase them at http://www.vbspca.com or at The Scope or Chrysler Hall Box Office. You can also get VIP tickets for $75 at the shelter website or in person at the main shelter on Holland Road. These tickets include the after party at Bite Restaurant and Catering. You can also get military and student discount ticket for the show for just $25. The shelter will also have adoptable pets out meeting everyone at the show. Dancing for Paws will be held at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk from 7 to 10 tomorrow night.

Isle of Wight County Humane Society will have adoptable pets out meeting everyone on Sunday afternoon. You can meet them at the North Suffolk Petco on University Boulevard from 12 to 4.

Critters 4 U Rescue may be out with the dogs tomorrow. Look for them at the Hampton Petco from 10 to 12.

The Cat Corner is hosting Kitten Yoga on Sunday afternoon. The class runs from 1 to 2 and you get a chance to relax with some adoptable kittens. Space is limited! You can get tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-cat-corner-inc-12816365925. The Cat Corner is located at 85 Fulton street in Hampton.

That’s all I have for this weekend. I’ve been thinking about some of the stuff happening with our local rescues and shelters lately and plan to post my thoughts sometime next week. I’ve even been finding some crafty items you can make for furry friends even if you can only tie a knot. Perfect for non-crafty pet parents! Get out there and have fun with your pets this weekend but mind the heat. It’s going to be hot so be prepared with water and shade for your furry friend.

Dog Show Time!

It’s Memorial Day Weekend and that means it’s time for the Memorial Day Cluster Dog Show. If you haven’t been before you should go this weekend. It’s a lot of fun, family friendly, and educational too. There are plenty of pet related vendors, clinics, and food. This year the North American Diving Dogs are here and will have competitions each day. The show is at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton. It’s just $5 a person to get in and parking is free. You can get more info at http://www.langleykennelclub.org or http://www.virginiabeachkennelclub.org. The show runs through the 29th.

This is also the weekend before Memorial Day. I hope everyone has a chance to remember the veterans, 2 and 4 legged, who have died serving our country. They gave everything they had so we could be free and have the rights we have today.

We have more events going on this weekend too. Middlesex County Animal shelter is collecting shoes through the 31st. So, clean out your closet and drop off some shoes.

Isle of Wight County Humane Society may be out with some adoptable pets on Sunday. Look for them at the North Suffolk Petco on University Boulevard. They’re usually meeting everyone from 12 to 4.

A Taste of Heaven Sanctuary is having an adoption event tomorrow. You can meet some great dogs, cats, and kittens at the Williamsburg Petco on Casey Boulevard. They’ll be out meeting everyone from 11 to 4.

Rainbow Animal Rescue will be out with the dogs tomorrow. You can meet them at the Indian River Road Care A Lot from 11 to 2.

Portsmouth Humane Society is trying to save you some money this weekend. All adoption fees are ½ price through the 28th. So stop by and find a new friend! If your pet needs a rabies vaccinations, stop by the shelter tomorrow. They’re having a rabies clinic from 10 to 12 and the vaccination is just $10.

Outer Banks SPCA will be busy this weekend. They will have adoptable pets out meeting everyone at the Barr-ee Station Memorial Day Tent Sale today and tomorrow. Usually several shops donate part of the sales to the shelter too. So go have fun, shop, and meet a new friend! Barr-ee Station is located at 1240 Duck Road in Duck. If the friend you have needs a bath, head over to the Manteo Farmers Market tomorrow. OBXSPCA volunteers will be having a dog wash from 8 to 12 to raise funds for the shelter pets.

That’s all the events I have this weekend. Hope everyone has a great weekend. Get out and show our local rescues and shelters some support if you can.

Rescue!

We have some big events this weekend. I hope you get a chance to get out and have fun with your pets.

Evelyn’s Wildlife Refuge is having a Wildlife Baby Shower. We have kitten and puppy showers and now we have a chance to learn more about wild babies and how to care for them. There will be activities for the kids, wild baby rehabbers, tours of the rescue, face painting, food, and more. Join the fun from 11 to 3. Adults will get a raffle ticket for a wildlife gift basket. They do have a wish list too. The rescue needs, baby wipes, potty pads, tissues, trail mix, Cheerios, paper towels, unsalted mixed nuts, bleach, cotton balls, cotton swabs, peanut butter, Clorox wipes, pet beds, pet hammocks, rodent chow, pet toys, baby toys, gift cards, baby bottle warmers, and Seventh Generation cleaning supplies. The event will be at the rescue, 2633 Highland Drive, in Virginia Beach. The event is free and family friendly.

The big event on Sunday will be Rock n’ Rescue at PBR in Hampton from 12 to 6. The first 100 people at the welcome center will get a gift bag full of goodies. Robin from Unchain America will be there. There will be great music, food, vendors, demonstrations, activities, and adoptable dogs from local shelters and rescues. If you love corn hole, join the tournament inside PBR. It will be a 50/50 tournament and all profits go to the rescues. Sign up is at 11:30 and bags fly at 12. PBR is located at 1976 Power Plant Parkway. Some of the rescues that will be there with adoptable pets are Pugs U Gotta Save, Critters 4 U, SEVA GRREAT, Rainbow Animal Rescue, Southeast German Shepherd Rescue, Fur-Ever Home Rescue, GO Rescue, 4 Paws Animal Rescue, and Operation Save a Shelter Dog. You can get more details at http://rockandrescueva.com.

PETA is hosting a big adoption event tomorrow at the Sam Simon Center in Norfolk. Poochella will actually be in the Bea Arthur Dog Park at the center from 11 to 2. There will be free veggie burgers and veggie dogs, vendors, live music by Van Morrison Said, and lots of adoptable dogs. The shelters participating are Chesapeake Animal Services, Chesapeake Humane Society, Norfolk Animal Care Center, Norfolk SPCA, Peninsula SPCA, PETA, and Virginia Beach SPCA. PETA is located at 501 Front Street. So go find a new furry friend!

Animal Aid Society is having their annual Spring Dog Wash tomorrow from 1 to 4 at the shelter. Each dog will get a bandana and a treat. Baths range from $10 to $30 depending on size. Nail trims are $5. You can pay with cash or a check. And the best part is that you don’t have to wrestle with your dog in a bath tub! So go get your furry friend clean and help the shelter too. AAS is located at 80 Butler Farm Road in Hampton.

Isle of Wight County Humane Society will be out with adoptable pets on Sunday. You can meet them at the North Suffolk Petco on University Boulevard from 12 to 4.

A Taste of Heaven Sanctuary will have a table at the Brickshire Yard Sale tomorrow. This is a huge sale with lots of goodies and the proceeds from the table help support the animals at the sanctuary. So go find some treasures and maybe a new best friend! Just go up I-64 to exit 115 in Providence Forge. Then take Route 155 south to Kentland Trail and follow the signs. Trust me. It will be worth the drive. The sale runs from 8 to 12.

Indian Rivers Humane Society will be out with some adoptable pets tomorrow. You can meet them at the Tappahannock Farmers Market from 9 to 1.

PAWS of Hertford County is having a kitten adoption event tomorrow. You can find a cuddly new friend at the Greenbrier PetsMart from 10 to 2. They have a lot of cats and kittens and this is just the start of kitten season. So go find a new cuddle buddy!

Outer Banks SPCA will be out with the dogs tomorrow. You can meet them at Pups and Trucks from 10 to 2. Pups and Trucks will be held at OBX Chevy/Buick, 6166 North Croatan Highway in Kitty Hawk.

Greater Coastal Canine Academy is hosting an Upscale Yard Sale to benefit Southeast German Shepherd Rescue tomorrow. There will be some great upscale items like Prada boots and more. And you may meet your new best friend. The sale will be from 8 to 2. The shop is located at 7512 Caratoke Highway in Jarvisburg.

Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter is having a Kitten Shower on Sunday from 12 to 3 at the shelter. They’ve already started getting kittens in and need some things to help them grow. They have a wish list at https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1FXXAUEUIX26C/ref=bnav_topnav_lists_1. Stop by and see all the adoptable pets, get a sweet treat, drop off donations, and suggest some creative names for all the kittens. They need donations of KMR powder, kitten feeding bottles, hot water bottle bags, Royal Canin baby cat food, washable cat toys, cat beds, fleece blankets, gram food scales for weighing kittens, and toothbrushes for kitten grooming. The shelter is located in Newport News at 5843 Jefferson Avenue near Briarfield Road.

There will be a Charity Dog Walk tomorrow from 9 to 11 at Mount Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach. Go Rescue and some other local rescues will be there with adoptable dogs. There will also be local pet related vendors. You can get out and enjoy the weather with your dogs and help rescue dogs too. The fee is $25 for 1 dog and $45 for more than 1 dog. You can get more info and tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/calling-all-dogs-dog-rescue-fund-raising-walk-tickets-29089560659?aff=efbevent.

That’s all I have for this weekend. Get out there and have fun with your pets!

Listen Up Spring!

Hey Spring! Listen up! We’re tired of all the rain and cold! My veggie garden needs the rain but we don’t need this cold. Mr. Sunshine gets called Mr. “Muddy Paws” Sunshine and Lily doesn’t like going out in the wet. I don’t either. So clear up so the rescues don’t have to keep postponing their events!

Two events for this weekend have been postponed until next weekend. And, I think the others are inside. Suffolk Animal Care is having adoption events tomorrow and Sunday. They’ll have adoptable pets out meeting everyone tomorrow at the Chesapeake Square PetsMart from 12 to 3. And on Sunday, they’ll be at the Suffolk PetsMart on College Drive from 12 to 3. You can also stop by the shelter at 124 Forest Glen Drive.

K-9 New Life is having a fundraiser tomorrow night at CP Shucker’s. They will donate 20% of proceeds from noon to 9 to the rescue. CP Shucker’s is located at 3232 Shore Drive in Virginia Beach.

The Outer Banks SPCA will be out with the shelter pets tomorrow. You can meet them at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island from 10 to 2. The aquarium is hosting Proper Pets Awareness Day and has invited shelters and rescues to bring their adoptable pets. So go check out all the sea life and find a new furry friend!

SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina is having an adoption special this weekend. Moms and expecting moms can adopt a pet for half price tomorrow and Sunday. The shelter is located at 102 Enterprise Drive in Elizabeth City.

The Cat Corner is having a Mother’s Day Adoption Event on Sunday afternoon. You can meet the adoptable cats and kittens at the Hampton PetsMart on Von Schilling Drive from 11 to 2. They will be accepting adoption applications and donations too.

GO Rescue is having a Party Lite Fundraiser through the 28th. Just go to http://www.partylite.biz/kimkeizer and check out all the goodies. The sale is good for everything in the catalog and the outlet. You can get more info on the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1379906302056306/.

Poquoson Animal Welfare Sanctuary is having a Tupperware Pawty. Just go to http://www.tupperware.com/?fundraiser=59130e7d5491d6cb78e3aa86. Then click on Find a Fundraiser, choose the state of Virginia, and scroll down to PAWS. You can have your order shipped to you and pay the shipping, or ship it to the hostess’ house in Poquoson and pick it up. Either way 40% of your purchase price will be donated to the rescue.

4 Paws Animal Rescue is having a Meet and Greet tomorrow. You can meet the adoptable pets at the Newport News Petco from 9 to 12. So go meet a new friend!

Next Generation Animal Services is in need of food. They need adult cat food, kitten food, and cat litter. They need fosters too. If you can donate or foster, give them a call at 757-353-5248. You can also email them or donate through PayPal at Ngas@cox.net.

Billy the Kidden Rescue needs our help too. They need fosters, dry kitten food, poultry pate style wet kitten food, small pet beds, small litter boxes, fleece, kitten toys and scratchers. You can drop off donations at Pups and Stuff at 4330 Holland Road. If you want to foster, send them an email at billythekiddenrescue@gmail.com.

I saw an ad on CraigsList from a shelter in North Carolina. One shelter got 20 kittens dropped off in one day. I know the NC shelters and the shelters in Hampton Roads really need fosters. Kitten season has started and the shelters are filling up fast. If you can foster, please contact your nearest shelter. I hear people say they won’t foster because they’ll cry when the kittens go to their forever homes. I would rather cry then than cry because they were killed for lack of space at the shelter. At least they have a chance at life with a loving family if people foster. They don’t have that chance without fosters.

That’s all I have for this week. We have some big events for next week. Stay dry and have fun with your pets!

Bring Shoes!

We have some great events this weekend and some fundraisers too. And there’s a reason that rescues want your shoes.

Several local rescues are collecting shoes. The rescue gets about $1,000 for 2500 pairs of shoes. And this money goes to pay for vet bills, food, or whatever the rescue needs. Just collect all your unwanted shoes and tie each pair together, or rubber band them together. Then drop off at your local rescue or shelter. Right now I know East Coast Asian Dog Rescue, Middlesex County Animal Shelter, Chesapeake Humane Society, and Critters 4 U Rescue are collecting shoes. GO Rescue has been collecting them and their deadline was today. Maybe they can get a little extension and you can drop off some shoes.

This is the weekend to strut your mutt! Suffolk Humane Society is having their 9th annual Mutt Strut on Sunday from 11 to 4. Just head over to Bennett’s Creek Park and bring your dog. This celebration is a huge fundraiser for SHS and it is so much fun. Local rescues and shelters will be there with adoptable pets. There will be lots of food, demos, vendors, adoptable pets, contests, raffles, and so much more.

Heritage Humane Society will be out with some adoptable pets this weekend. You can meet them at the Williamsburg PetsMart through Sunday. So go find your new best friend!

HHS is also hosting GoPetFriendly.com’s Meet Up in Williamsburg tomorrow. The meet up will be at the shelter, 430 Waller Mill Road, from 11 to 3. There will be BBQ, rock climbing wall, craft table, bake sale, drawing, raffles, agility course demos, and you can learn more about traveling with your pets. You can also find your new best friend! Adoption fees for pets 9 months old or older will be half price. So go have fun and meet everyone!

Animal Aid Society is having extended hours on Sunday. You can visit the shelter and meet all the adoptable dogs until 3 Sunday afternoon. The shelter is located at 80 Butler Farm Road in Hampton.

Norfolk SPCA is celebrating Cinco de Mayo by helping you find a new friend. You can adopt a pet from the shelter for just $5 through Sunday. Yes, you read that right. You can get a new friend for just $5. So what are you waiting for? The shelter is located at 916 Ballentine Boulevard in Norfolk.

Isle of Wight Animal Shelter will be out with some adoptable pets tomorrow. They will be at the Family Fun Day and Vendor Fair at Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church. The fair runs from 2 to 6. It’s just $5 admission and the funds go to the Red Bird Mission team. There will be cornhole, volley ball, bounce house, and more outdoor activities. There will be vendors, crafters, local small businesses, and food. Take the whole family and have some fun! The church is located at 38 Hoopes Road in Newport News.

Shaggy Paws Spa is having their grand Opening tomorrow. They will have free nail trims, $10 rabies clinic, fresh pet bakery, and LulaRoe. New Kent Humane Society will be there with adoptable pets. The celebration runs from 9 to 2. Shaggy Paws Spa is located at 6215 Chesapeake Circle in New Kent.

PAWS of Hertford County will have adoptable pets out meeting everyone tomorrow. You can meet them at the Greenbrier Petsmart from 10 to 2. And drop of some supplies if you can. You’ll be there anyway buying things for your furry friends so pick up something for PAWS too.

Outer Banks SPCA will be out with adoptable pets tomorrow too. You can meet them at the Nags Head PetsMart from 10 to 4 tomorrow and Sunday. They will also be at the Spring Vintage Market tomorrow from 10 to 4. The market is part of Currituck Artisan Salvage Company and will be at Florez Design Studio. It’s located at 9142 Caratoke Highway in Point Harbor right before the Wright Memorial Bridge in Currituck.

Got Pugs? Pugapalooza is tomorrow and it celebrates everything Pug. There will be contests, prizes, demos, vendors, and all kinds of fun. Just take your Pug to Ballentine Bark Park at 2717 Tait Terrace in Norfolk from 12 to 4.

Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter will have a table at the Children’s Festival of Friends in Newport News Park tomorrow. The festival runs from 10 to 5. The shelter won’t have any adoptable pets there but they will have fun activities for the kids. You can get more info about the festival at https://www.nnva.gov/851/Childrens-Festival-of-Friends.

The Keene Pack is having a Public Pack Walk tomorrow. Everyone will meet at the corner of West Olney Road and Colley Avenue in Norfolk. The walk starts at 11. You can get free training trips and tools during the walk and your dog with enjoy being with other dogs. There will also be stops for water along the way.

If you want to know more about the history of dogs, stop by the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News. They currently have Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs. This traveling exhibit will be here through May 14th. It’s the largest and most comprehensive exhibit about dogs and how they developed such a unique relationship with people. Hope you get a chance to see it!

That’s it for this week! I didn’t list a lot of individual rescues because so many will be at the Mutt Strut and the PetsMart adoption weekend events. So get out there and have fun with your pets. Or, go find a furry friend to have fun with!

Pet Lover Weekend

Wow! It’s been a busy week! And this weekend has so many great events. So get out there and have fun with your pets!

Care A Lot Pet Supplies is celebrating this weekend. Their annual Pet Lover’s Extravaganza started about half an hour ago. If you get a chance, stop by the Diamond Springs Road location in Virginia Beach. They have some great sales going on all weekend. Rescue groups will be there with adoptable pets. DockDogs and K-9’s in Flight will be there all weekend. There will also be free samples, contests, and giveaways.

Do you need some lip color? There will be a LipSense Fundraiser for the Norfolk SPCA this Sunday. The fundraiser runs from 9 to 9 at https://www.facebook.com/events/1986772631553954/. If you want to know more about LipSense, just go to Facebook.com/Groups/MadeForTVLips .

Rainbow Animal Rescue will be out with the dogs tomorrow. You can meet them at First Lutheran Church in Norfolk from 11 to 2.

Portsmouth Humane Society is having Cause for Paws tomorrow at North Landing Park in Olde Towne Portsmouth. Festivities begin at 10 tomorrow morning. There will be food, vendors, rescue groups, activities for everyone, live music, and amazing raffle prizes. This is a big fundraiser for the shelter and a lot of fun for families and pets.

Craving pizza? Slice Pizzeria is donating $3 for every 16 inch pizza sold today to the Outer Banks SPCA. OBXSPCA will also have adoptable dogs out meeting everyone on the patio from 2 to 6. Slice Pizzeria is located at 710 South Croatan Highway in Kill Devil Hills.

If you’re a young senior and looking for a furry friend, head over to the SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina. People 55 years or older can adopt a pet who is 5 years or older for free through Sunday. The adoption fees have been sponsored by United Country Forbes and Brown Real Estate for the month of April. So go find a new friend! The shelter is located at 102 Enterprise Drive in Elizabeth City.

The Cat Corner will have a booth at the Community Yard Sale in Hampton tomorrow. The sale will be at Community Presbyterian Church, 400 Fox Hill Road, from 8 to 2. There will be BBQ, vendors, community organizations, and lots of treasures to find. So go have fun and support the community!

The Cat Corner is also having an adoption event tomorrow. You can meet some wonderful cats and kittens at the Hampton PetsMart on Von Schilling Drive from 11 to 2. Please donate some supplies while you’re there. The rescue works hard to save kitty friends and find them loving homes.

Bingo! Tonight! GO Rescue will be at Bingo tonight at the VFW Post 4809. Games start at 6:30 but doors open at 5:30 for vendor shopping. The vendors have donated some great items for prizes too. Just tell them you’re there to support GO Rescue. There are 20 games for $20 for adults and $10 for kids 6 to 12. The post is located at 5728 Bartee Street in Norfolk. Refreshments are available for purchase too.

Onyx is hosting the 2nd Annual Operation Save a Shelter Dog Benefit on Sunday. It will be at The Warehouse at Mugzys Grill in Hampton. There will be music all day, food, raffles, and prizes. Music will be performed by Onyx, 710 Oil, Guilty Fixx, Kaboombox, Diatonic, and The Wokoutz. The Warehouse is located at 1312 East Pembroke Avenue and the event runs from 1 to 9.

Like LulaRoe? There will be 6 consultants having a benefit for Billy the Kidden Rescue on Sunday. They’ll be at aloft Chesapeake, 1454 Crossways Boulevard, from 4 to 8. And, they’ll have their full inventory with them. So much to choose from! And your purchase helps save homeless kitties. Can’t get better than that!

Don’t forget, almost all the rescues and shelters are looking for fosters. We’re just starting kitten and puppy season and adult pets need fosters too. If you can foster even 1 it will help a lot. Just contact your favorite rescue or shelter. They have Facebook pages so getting in touch is easy. And, most of the rescues and shelters are collecting shoes as a fundraiser. So gather up those shoes that don’t fit and drop them off where they will do some good.

Have fun this weekend!

Tis the Season!

It is the season! Kitten and puppy season! And yard sale season! I love all 3 but our local shelters and rescue need our help to take care of all the kittens and puppies coming in.

I know all of them need fosters who can care for mammas and babies. And they need fosters who can bottle feed orphaned babies. If you can’t foster, maybe you can donate some Kitten Milk Replacer or Puppy Formula and some bottles. The local pet supply stores carry everything needed. All the local shelters and rescues have Amazon wish lists too. You can donate an item or 2 and it will be delivered to the shelter. You don’t even need to leave home!

If you do want to leave home, check out the yard sales. Rescues and shelters are having yard sales to bring in funds for things that don’t usually get donated. You can find a treasure and help the animals too!

Heritage Humane Society is having a Spring Fling fundraiser on Sunday. Just head over to Retro Daddio in Williamsburg, get some great food, listen to music by the Billy Jack Duo, and enter some raffles. Proceeds go to HHS. The best part is you get to meet some adoptable pets from the shelter! You may even find you new best friend! The event runs from 1 to 4. Retro Daddio is located at 218 Monticello Avenue.

Hope For Life Rescue is having a Paw Perfect Spring Fling tomorrow at the shelter. They’ll have baked goods, hot dogs, BBQ, adoptable pets, pet gift baskets, raffles, and give-aways. There will also be vendors from Tastefully Simple, LulaRoe, Scentsy, Premier Design Jewelry, and home-made jewelry and crafts. Mother’s Day is in just a few weeks. This is a good chance to get gifts and help the animals too. Hope For Life is located at 610 Jack Rabbit Road in Virginia Beach. The event runs from 1 to 5.

K9 Justice League is having a fundraiser on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. Make plans to have dinner with family and friends at Chipotle Mexican Grill in the Lynnhaven Mall shopping center. The restaurant is donating 50% of proceeds from people who mention K9 Justice League or bring in a flyer to the rescue. You can get the flyer on your phone at https://www.facebook.com/k9.justiceleague/.

K-9 New Life is having Crock for a Cause on Sunday evening. They’re serving some great home-cooked food at Pleasure House Brewery starting at 6. It’s just a $5 donation per person. Proceeds go to the rescue medical fund. Pleasure House Brewery is located at 3025 Shore Drive in Virginia Beach.

Right Way Barnyard Rescue is having Help a Horse Days today and tomorrow. Take the kids, meet the animals, and see what the rescue is all about. Donations of feed and supplies are always welcome but not required. The rescue is located at 1099 Northside Road in Elizabeth City. You can check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RightWayRescueInc/.

Chesapeake Humane Society is having a yard sale tomorrow at the shelter. You can find some treasures from 8 to1. The shelter is located at 312 Battlefield Boulevard.

Isle of Wight County Humane Society will be busy this weekend. They’re having an adoption event tomorrow at the Newport News PetsMart. You can meet all the furry friends from 11 to 3. Then on Sunday, they’ll be at the Suffolk Petco on University Boulevard from 12 to 4.

Great Dane Rescue of the Commonwealth is having a Sweet Spring Summer Smells Candle Sale through the 29th. Candles are from Yankee Candle and 40% of each sale goes to the rescue. When ordering online, enter group number 990077871. You can check out all the goodies at https://www.yankeecandlefundraising.com/2017S/catalog/Spring17Catalog.pdf.

Rainbow Animal Rescue will be out with the dogs tomorrow. You can meet them at the Indian River Road Care A Lot from 11 to 2.

Outer Banks SPCA is having an adoption event this afternoon. You can meet some adorable dogs from the shelter at Waverider’s Coffee and Deli from 3 to 6. Waveriders is located in Nags Head.

United Country Forbes and Brown Real Estate is Helping the SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina. They’re sponsoring all Senior to Senior adoptions for the month of April. People who are 55 or older can adopt a pet 5 years or older for free. Free! Senior pets have so much love to give and many years left. They are great companions and most are trained and housebroken already. Lily is 10 and she’s a real sweetie. So, stop by the shelter and find a new friend. The shelter is located at 102 Enterprise Drive in Elizabeth City. If you’re looking for a new home in Camden County, look up United Country Forbes and Brown Real Estate at http://www.welovecamden.com.

Critters 4 U Rescue will be out with some adorable adoptable pets tomorrow. You can meet them at the Hampton Petco from 10 to 12.

Love Jello Shots? Then head over to MJ’s Tavern this evening for $1 shots. Fur-Ever Home Rescue will have adorable adoptable dogs there to lick your face from 8 to 2. Proceeds from shots go to the rescue. MJ’s Tavern is located at 4019 Granby Street in Norfolk.

Fur-Ever Home Rescue is also having an adoption event tomorrow. You can meet the dogs at the Pet Supplies Plus on Kempsriver Drive from 10 to 2.

Poquoson Animal Welfare Sanctuary is having a yard sale tomorrow. You can find all kinds of goodies from 8 to 1 at 8 River Gate Road in Poquoson. They have all kinds of goodies and proceeds go to the rescue.

4 Paws Animal Rescue is also having a yard sale fundraiser and bash tomorrow. It will be held at The Office Bar and Grill, 4115 George Washington Memorial Highway, in Hayes. Proceeds go to Pit Road Rescue and 4 Paws Rescue. There will be live music, food, raffles, and a 50/50 raffle. And lots of furry friends to meet! The event runs from 8 to 5.

Next Generation Animal Services needs our help. They’re in need of dry cat food for feral cats. Any brand is fine. You can email them at Ngas@cox.net for the office address or send a donation through PayPal.

Saver of Souls Pet Rescue is having an adoption event on Sunday. You can meet their great dogs at Zoom Room in Virginia Beach from 2 to 5. They’ll be free roaming in the gym so you can see their wonderful personalities and play with them. Zoom Room is located at 1925 Landstown Centre Way.

Wow! That’s a lot of events! Get out there and have some fun with your pets!