Here are the pet and animal-related events in the Bay Area on Jan. 12 and beyond
- Monarchs for Kids: Learn about monarch eggs, caterpillars, chrysalides and butterflies. Then take a short hike to see these insects life cycle in action. For ages 3-6. Meet at the Granary. 11 a.m.-noon Jan. 14, 20, 28. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont.
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- Monarchs and Milkweed: Meet at the greenhouse to look for caterpillars and eggs on milkweed plants. Then search for butterflies in the nearby forest and learn how to help ensure the survival of these insects. 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays through Jan. 27 and Sundays through Jan. 28. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. Free.
- Marvelous Monarchs: Find out what life is like for monarch butterflies through a slide presentation, then discover their life cycle in action at the greenhouse. 12:30 p.m. Jan. 13, 21, 27. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont.
- Get Buggy: Learn about the bugs that roam and fly through the park; learn about their special adaptations and play insect-themed gamers. 2-3 p.m. Jan. 13. Big Break, 69 Big Break Road, Oakley.
- Zoovie Night: Families can enjoy an evening of animal close-ups and a nature-themed movie. Bring pillows, blankets and chairs. Hot chocolate and popcorn are provided but you are welcome to bring your own treats. 6:30-9 p.m. Jan. 13. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Zimmer Auditorium. $6-$7.
- Animal Feeding Time: Meet resident reptiles at the newly renovated visitor center. Find out what, and how, they eat as you watch them feed. 11 a.m.-noon Jan. 14. Sunol Regional Wilderness, 1895 Geary Road, Sunol. Drop-in program. Free.
- Kayaking for the Birds: After instruction on dry lane, paddle a kayak on a group exploration of resident and winter migrant birds. For ages 11 and older. 8:30 a.m.-noon Jan. 20. Big Break, 69 Big Break Road, Oakley. $40-$44. Registration required.
Meet the Rabbits: Meet some rabbits and learn interesting facts about them. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Jan. 21. Tilden Nature Area, Environmental Education Center at Tilden Regional Park. Free.
- Wooly Lambs: Meet a flock of sheep then make your own mini sheep from their wool to take home. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Jan. 21. Tilden Nature Area, Environmental Education Center at Tilden Regional Park. Free.
- Weekday Bird Walk: Share your enthusiasm for bird life on weekly walks through various Bay Area parklands. All levels of birding experience welcome. Bring water, sunscreen, and binoculars or scopes. For ages 18 and older. 7:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 23, Feb. 6, 27.
- Stars to the Rescue XXVII: Musical gala featuring 2016 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Chicago, country music artist Cam, Broadway star Franc D’Ambrosio, and more. 7 p.m. Jan. 27. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. Benefits Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation. $50-$250. Tickets.
- Sunrise Shark and Shore Bird Paddle: Kayak at sunrise along the Bay’s longest sandy beach from Crab Cove to Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary for a chance to see schools of leopard sharks and flocks of migrating birds. Kayak experience preferred but beginners welcome. For ages 16 and older. 6-9:30 a.m. Jan. 27. Crown Beach, Eighth Street and Otis Drive, Alameda. $40-$44. Registration required.
- Nature Photography with an iPhone: Discover simple tricks for better results in the field and share them in a group critique. Bring charged phone and cord. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 27. Big Break, 69 Big Break Road, Oakley. No registration required.
- Critter Clues: Discover what animals roam the wetlands. Examine chewed branches, listen to bird calls and keep a look out for animal tracks as you become a Big Break critter detective. 2-3 p.m. Jan. 27. Big Break, 69 Big Break Road, Oakley.
Meet a Newt: Meet a California newt and find out what super powers they use to survive season after season. 11 a.m.-noon Jan. 28. Sunol Regional Wildnerness, 1895 Geary Road, Sunol. Free.
- Spider Hang-Out: See live spiders up close and discover what makes them extraordinary. Color a spider or two to hang on your walls at home. 1-2 p.m. Feb. 3. Tilden Nature Area, North end of Central Park Drive, Berkeley.
- Hen’s Lay Eggs: Kids can listen to a story, see what a hen’s feathers fee like, and search the coop for eggs. 10:30-11 a.m. Feb. 3, 11, 25. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont.
- Winter Offerings: Search the Nature Area for newts, animal tracks, fungus, birds and slugs. 2-3:30 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 3-17. Tilden Nature Area, North end of Central Park Drive, Berkeley.
- Mysterious Tracks of Sunol: Discover the animals that live at Sunol Regional Wildnerness and create a plaster cast of your favorite animal track. Noon-1 p.m. Feb. 3. Sunol Regional Wildnerness, 1895 Geary Road, Fremont. Adult participation required for kids under 12. Free.
- Bird Walk: New and experienced birders discover patterns of behavior, migration and habitat on a guided walk at various parks. For ages 8 and older. 8-10 a.m. Feb. 3.
- Big Break Littles: Bring the little ones to explore nature and meet the reptiles that live in the park. Parent/caregiver participation required. For ages 1-5. 10-11 a.m. Feb. 5, Feb. 13. Big Break, 59 Big Break Road, Oakley.
- Good Morning Farm: Say good morning to the sheep and goats and lend a hand preparing a morning snack for the farm animals. 10:30-11 a.m. Feb. 4 and Feb. 17. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont.
- Rabbit Rendezvous: Get a warm welcome from some of the farm’s furriest residents then learn why rabbits are great hoppers and how they use their long ears to sense danger. Noon-12:30 p.m. Feb. 4 and Feb. 25. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont.
- Farewell to the Monarchs: Discover what life is like for monarch butterflies as they begin their journey home. Meet at the granary for a slide presentation, stroll out to the greenhouse to see their life cycle in action, then make a monarch butterfly craft. 1-3 p.m. Feb. 4. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont.
- Pet First Aid/CPR: Learn how to save a pet’s life during an emergency, minimize a pet’s trauma after injury and safely transport an injured pet to the veterinary clinic. For ages 12 and older. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 10. MLK Jr. Regional Shoreline, Doolittle Drive and Swan Way, Oakland. $45-$51. Registration required.
- Creeks and Ponds: Learn about benthic macroinvertebrates — a.k.a. water bugs. Wear shoes to get wet and muddy. Held rain or shine. 1-2 p.m. Feb. 24. Tilden Nature Area, North end of Central Park Drive, Berkeley.
- Meet the Bunnies: Meet the farm rabbits and learn why they have big ears, their favorite food and how they communicate. 1:30-2 p.m. Feb. 17. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont.
- Paws & Relax: Explore your inner artist by painting a unique portrait of your pet with step-by-step instructions. Canvasses are pre-sketched with the pet portrait to provide a guideline. Must be 18 or older. You will be contacted approximately two weeks prior to the vent with a request for a photo of the pet you will paint. 2:30-5:30 p.m. Feb. 17. Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek. $69. Tickets.
- Farmyard Story Time: Join the story circle for some classic barnyard tales before visiting the main characters. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 18 and Feb. 24. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont.
- Champagne, Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Tasting Fundraiser: Benefits Norsled. 1-4 p.m. March 4, Hacienda de las Flores, 2100 Donald Drive, Moraga. Rescue@NorSled.org, 800-471-5822.
- Contra Costa Humane Society: Interested in volunteering at Contra Costa Humane Society? A description of volunteer positions such as adoption counselor, adoption event coordinator, foster home provider, and more can be seen here. Volunteer applications are available here.
All Ears Reading: Free program for children in first through fifth grade is offered year-round at several Contra Costa County library locations by Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation. Young readers are paired with a Pet Hug Pack therapy dog to help improve skills, instill confidence, and develop a love of reading. Preregistration required. Lafayette Library: 3-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. 925-385-2280. Moraga Library: 4-5 p.m. fourth Thursdays monthly, 1500 St. Mary’s Road. 925-376-6852. Ygnacio Valley Library: 3-4 p.m. fourth Tuesdays monthly, 2661 Oak Grove Road. 925-938-1481.
- Animal Tales: This program for kids Pre-K and younger, offers a morning of free play in the Learning Center’s Vet Clinic and Pet Store, animal storybook time, and meet and greet with a member of ARF’s canine outreach team, the Pet Hug Pack. Children must be supervised at all times. 9-9:45 a.m. third Thursdays monthly, Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek. Donations welcome but not required for participation.
- Community Concern for Cats: CC4C, an all volunteer cat rescue organization serving Contra Costa County for 30 years, holds kitten and cat adoption events on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. at three locations: Pet Food Express, 3610 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, Pet Food Express, 2158 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill, and Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek.
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- Maine Coon Cat Adoptions: Cat adoptions held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. first weekends monthly at Pet Food Express, 3868 Piedmont Ave., Oakland.
- Kitty Corner: Contra Costa Humane Society’s Kitty Corner is an onsite, free-roam shelter where potential adopters can spend time with cats in a relaxed, living room type environment and find a pet that best suits their lifestyle. All cats are spayed/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and FeLV/FIV tested (over 6 months of age). Hours: Noon-7 p.m. Monday, 2-7 p.m. Tuesday, noon-3 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 171 Mayhew Way, Pleasant Hill, Suite 101.
- Pet Ambassadors Club: This monthly pet education series for kids of all ages offers activities like teach how to be respectful with animals, how to read animal emotions, and making animal-themed crafts to take home. 1-2 p.m. third Saturday of the month. Alameda See Spot Run, 2510 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. 510-523-7768.
- Conversation Icons speaker series: This speaker series hosted by Lindsay Wildlife Experience brings renowned thinkers, researchers, and leaders who inspire audiences to think differently about the natural world and wildlife around us. The series is held at Lindsay Wildlife Experience, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. Note: Presentations planned for May 5, 2018 will be held at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek.
- Animal Feeding at Ardenwood: Check for eggs, bring hay to the livestock and learn the animals’ favorite foods. 3 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 510-544-2797.
- Fish Feeding Time: Get close to crabs and see flounder, perch and pipefish. 3-3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda. 510-544-3187. Reservations.
- Women on Common Ground: Series of naturalist-led programs for women who love the outdoors but whose concern for personal safety keeps them from enjoying local parks. For a schedule of events, call 510-544-3243 or email@example.com.
- Free Fridays: Lindsay Wildlife Experience will offer free general admission from noon to 5 p.m. on the third Friday of the month. Lindsay Wildlife Experience is located at 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek.
- Rabbit adoptions: Contra Costa Rabbit Rescue holds adoption events from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, at Pet Food Express, 1388 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek.
- Delta Discoveries: Discover the wonders of the Delta through hands-on arts and crafts activities. Explore a different wetland wonder each week. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Big Break, 69 Big Break Road, Oakley.
- Snake Feedings: Meet resident gopher snake, Julius Squeezer, for an up-close and personal visit and feed him lunch if he’s hungry. 11-11:30 a.m. Sundays, Del Valle, 7000 Del Valle Road, Livermore. Free.
- Pet Loss Support Group: Valley Humane Society’s Pet Loss Support Group creates a safe place to share memories, learn the grieving process and find ideas to memorialize a pet. There is no fee to attend but registrants are asked to participate in a phone interview prior to attending. 7-8:30 p.m. second and fourth Mondays of each month, Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Ave., Dublin. Call 925-829-8770 or 510-439-4917 to sign up.
- Get Outside: Lindsay Wildlife Experience is currently offering nature and conservation-themed events and activities, including “Nature Play,” a children’s favorite on Member Tuesdays. Details.
- Animeals: The Valley Humane Society operates a pet food pantry that provides regular free meals for dogs and cats of seniors and low-income families. Donations of wet or dry dog and cat food are always accepted, even if opened or recently expired and can be dropped off during open hours at Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada St., Pleasanton. Pet-related items such as litter, treats, and toys are also needed. Pet food distribution takes places through partnerships with local food banks: Pleasanton: Valley Bible Church, first Thursdays monthly, 7106 Johnson Drive. Livermore: Tri-Valley Haven, third Wednesdays monthly, 3663 Pacific Ave.
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- Peninsula Humane Society Wine Club: Four times a year (January, April, July and October) members receive three handcrafted, highly-rated wines from three California boutique wineries. Shipments are $99 and fifty percent of the profits from every club shipment are donated directly back to the Peninsula Humane Society. Sign up.
- Vaccination and microchip clinic: The Peninsula Humane Society holds vaccination clinics from 6 to 8 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. The low-cost clinics provide vaccinations for rabies, canine distemper, FVRCP and DHPP, as well as microchips. Coyote Point Shelter, 12 Airport Blvd., San Mateo. $15-$30. 650-340-7022, ext. 665.
- Monterey Bay Aquarium seeks volunteers: The Monterey Bay Aquarium holds informational meetings for those interested in becoming a volunteer. Volunteers must be 18 or older. Bilingual speakers are encouraged to attend. firstname.lastname@example.org.
- First Friday Sale: On the First Friday of each month, the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA’s resale store Pick of the Litter offers 50 percent off or more on every items. Shop for second-hand treasures including clothing, household items, furniture, art, jewelry, electronics, books, vintage and costume clothing, and more. All proceeds directly benefit the shelter animals at PHS/SPCA. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. 1127 Chula Vista Ave., Burlingame. 650-344-1662.
- Vaccination and Microchip Clinics: Low-cost clinics provide vaccinations for rabies, FVRCP and DHPP, as well as microchips — a permanent form of companion animal identification. 6-8 p.m. first Wednesday of each month, Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA’s Coyote Point Shelter Auditorium, 12 Airport Blvd, San Mateo. 650-340-7022, ext. 665.
- Obedience Classes: PHS/SPCA offers year-round obedience classes (except in December). Classes are six or eight one-hour sessions and limited to 12 dogs. Discounts available. To register, email training@phs/spca.org and provide your full name, mailing address and phone number.
- Dog Day Mornings: Dogs romp and play off-leash in a supervised atmosphere every Saturday, rain or shine. All dogs must be current on their vaccinations and have attended a basic obedience class. Dogs six months and older must be altered. Two sessions: 9:30-10:30 a.m. is for dogs of all shapes and sizes; 10:30-11:30 a.m. is for small dogs only. Peninsula Humane Society, 12 Airport Blvd., San Mateo. Preregistration required; no drop-ins. 650-340-7022, ext. 184.
- Pet Loss Support Group: Facilitated by experienced grief counselors. Meets 7 p.m. second Thursdays, monthly. Lantos Center of Compassion, 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame. 650-340-7022, ext. 344.
- Pick of the Litter: The Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA operate a resale store featuring second-hand items including clothing, household items, furniture, art, jewelry, electronics, books, vintage and costume clothing and a children’s department. The Pick is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. All proceeds benefit shelter animals.
Dog Playgroup Showcase: Meet available foster dogs who are looking for forever homes. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Milpitas Animal Community Center, 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas.
- Henna Cattoos: Shannon Balco of Happy Heart Body Art will create winter, spring or feline-themed henna tattoos. Space limited. Two sessions: 5-6 p.m. or 6-7 p.m. Jan. 19. The Dancing Cat, 702 East Julian St., San Jose. $30.
- Mew-sic Night: Join The Dancing Cat and Jessica Neideffer, owner and practitioner of Agada Energy Healing, as she performs with her crystal signing bowls. Seating is available or bring your preferred blanket and yoga mat to lay on the floor. 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 26. The Dancing Cat, 702 East Julian St., San Jose. $30.
- Purr Yoga: Treat yourself to Purr Yoga, a 75-minute vinyasa flow, then spend time with the resident cats of The Dancing Cat. All levels welcome. Bring a yoga mat. 10-11:30 a.m. Jan. 28. The Dancing Cat, 702 East Julian St., San Jose. $40.
- Watercolor Workshop: Roan Victor will lead a hands-on workshop designed to cultivate imagination and creativity. Bring an image of your feline family member for inspiration. All artists 12-years-old and up, with all levels of expereince welcome. Artists 12-14 years old must be accompanied by an adult. 10 a.m. -noon (arrive by 9:45 a.m.) Feb. 10. The Dancing Cat, 702 East Julian St., San Jose. $40 (includes materials).
- Living Color: Hosted by the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo. Club JMZ members can meet animals with vibrant colors and patterns, explore the science of color with fun activities, make valentine cards for friends and family, and more. The event is for members only. Join in person or online. 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 11. Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, 1451 Middlefield Road. Register.
- Feline First Aid and Disaster Preparation: Learn how to prepare for a natural disaster and potentially save your cat’s life during an emergency. Instructor Peter Pay will focus on minimizing your feline’s trauma after injury, how to safely transport an injured cat to the vet and developing a disaster preparation plan with the safety of your pet in mind. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 17. The Dancing Cat, 702 East Julian St., San Jose. $40. Booklet and certificate included. Register.
- Rabbit Haven Adoption Shows: Rabbit Haven holds adoption events three times a month at the following locations: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 1261 South Mary St., Sunnyvale (inside For Other Living Things). This show is held the first Saturday of each month. Adoption shows are also held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on the second and fourth Sunday of the month at Pet Pals, 3660 Soquel Drive, Soquel. There are at least 35 rabbits at every show and same day adoptions are available. Personal adoption appointments are available if arranged in advance. For information, call 831-239-7119 or 831-600-7479.
- Kiddies 2 Kitties Reading Program: Kids in first through fifth grade practice reading aloud to adoptable cats, honing their skills while also getting cuddle time with the animals. The program is held in conjunction with the Palo Alto Humane Society, who facilitate the program at SVACA. 3:30-5 p.m. first and third Wednesdays, 3370 Thomas Road, Santa Clara. 408-764-0344.
- Companion Animal Loss Support Group: Meetings help grieving pet owners work through their feelings of loss, anger and depression. Participants may attend an unlimited number of meetings and are encouraged to return to help others work through their grief. 6:30-7:30 p.m. first Tuesdays monthly. Humane Society Silicon Valley, 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas. Donations accepted.
- Vets for Healthy Pets: This veterinary clinic for pets of the homeless offers access to preventative veterinary care including vaccines, parasite treatment, microchipping, flea medication, nail trims, medications and any extra medical procedures the animals may need. Clinics also offer free pet supplies and pet food. Clinics are held on one day of the last weekend of the month at HomeFirst, 2011 Little Orchard St., San Jose. 408-794-7245.
- Puppy Socials: In a trainer-supervised setting, puppies learn important play skills and bite inhibition and are exposed to environmental stimulus to help build confidence, assist in development and prevent fearful behavior in adulthood. Sundays: 10-10:45 a.m. Attend at this time if your puppy is still a bit shy or fearful of new settings. 11-11:45 a.m. For more playful, outgoing dogs. Fridays: 7-7:45 p.m. All puppies welcome. Humane Society Silicon Valley Training Room, 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas. $10 cash at the door.
- Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic: The City of San Jose is offering a low-cost spay/neuter clinic at the San Jose Animal Care Center, 2750 Monterey Road. For a limited time the City is partnering with HSSV to offer free dog and cat spay/neuter for residents of zip codes: 95111, 95112, 95116, 95122 and 95127. Low-cost spay/neuter services will still be available for local Chihuahuas, Pit Bulls and cats outside of these zip codes.
- Dog Training: The Mission City Dog Training School, in cooperation with the Santa Clara Parks & Recreation Department, offers dog obedience and puppy training classes on Saturdays at Maywood Park. The program is held throughout the year, and is open to residents and non-residents. For complete information on classes, contact Walt at 831-465-1491 or email@example.com.
- Outdoor Environmental Science Home School Program: Guadalupe River Park Conservancy leads hands-on, outdoor programs that focus on the Guadalupe River watershed and the cultural and natural history of Santa Clara County, integrating scientific learning with an intimate experience of nature and place. For ages 5-12. 1:30-3 p.m. Thursdays, Guadalupe Visitor & Education Center, 438 Coleman Ave., San Jose. Drop ins welcome but preregistration is preferred. $15 per student, per class. 408-298-7657.
- Low-Cost Vaccine Clinics: San Jose Animal Care Center: 9 -11 a.m. first and third Saturday’s of the month, 2750 Monterey Road, San Jose. Andy’s Pet Store: 2-4 p.m. third Saturday of the month, January-November, 51 Notre Dame Ave., San Jose. Canine Corral: 2-4 p.m. first Saturday of the month, 2045 Woodard Road, San Jose. Details.
- The Dancing Cat: Silicon Valley’s first cat adoption lounge offers a place for cat lovers and potential adopters to socialize with friends, read, study, or just lounge with adoptable cats in a comfortable, open room. Guests are invited to bring their own food and beverages. A small selection of drinks and cookies are available for purchase. WiFi and catnip are on the house. Details.
- Rabbit Haven foster positions: The Rabbit Haven operates exclusively with Foster homes to care for more than 90 rabbits at any given time. Foster’s usually have 1-2 foster rabbits in their home. Minimum foster period is three months. The Haven provides the pen, floor covering, food and water dishes, a toy and litter box. Foster families provide an indoor home and daily care. To apply, email Director@therabbithaven.org. 831-600-7479.
Rabbit Advocates: The Rabbit Haven is seeking Haven shelter advocates 18 and older in the San Jose area to help with exercising, cleaning, and grooming bunnies. Transport assistance is also needed on occasion. For an application, email Director@therabbitHaven.org or call Sarah, 415-531-7138 or Heather, 831-600-7479.
- Walk-in Vaccinations/Microchipping: Humane Society Silicon Valley offers vaccinations, deworming and microchipping services on a walk-in basis at its Medical Center, 901 Ames Ave, Milpitas. Walk-in hours: 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Saturdays; 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Sundays. For fees and information, call 408-262-2133, ext. 108.
- Free Chihuahua Spay/Neuter: The San Jose Animal and Care Shelter in partnership with Humane Society Silicon Valley is offering free spay/neuter surgeries for Chihuahua/Chihuahua mixes to residents who live in ZIP codes with high Chihuahua population. Owners must live in one of the following ZIP codes: 95111, 95112, 95116, 95122 or 95127. Dogs must be between 4 months and 7 years old and be a Chihuahua or Chihuahua mix under 25 pounds. For complete details, go here and click on spay/neuter information.
- Dog Book Reading Club: Do you love dogs? Want to learn more about their behavior, training, learning, body language, and using positive training methods? The Humane Society Silicon Valley Dog Book Reading Club meets from 2-4 p.m. fourth Sundays monthly to discuss a different book. 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas. Free. 408-262-2133.
- Docent Informational Meeting: If you love animals, enjoy sharing information with others and think conserving wildlife is important, then consider becoming a docent. An informational meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Jan. 21, at the San Francisco Zoo, Sloat Boulevard at The Great Highway. 415-753-7122, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Savanna Sketching: Develop your wildlife-drawing skills at a one-day workshop, then visit the African Savanna to draw real live animals like giraffes, zebras, antelopes and ostriches. After the field trip you’ll create an illustration of your favorite animal to take home. Basic materials will be provided, and you can bring your own art supplies too. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 27. San Francisco Zoo, Sloat Boulevard at The Great Highway. $60-$75.
- Paws & Pours: Celebrate animals while enjoying “ruff-freshments” and vegetarian bites during a walk-around tasting in the Grand Hall at San Francisco’s Ferry Building. You’ll also have the chance to cuddle with some pups in a dog petting enclosure hosted by the San Francisco SPCA. 5:30-8 p.m. Jan. 31. Ferry Building, San Francisco. $60-$150.
- Tarantula Exhibit: This special exhibit focuses on the diverse and natural beauty of these giants of the spider world. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily at the San Francisco Zoo, Sloat Boulevard at the Great Highway. Exhibit is included with general admission.
- Training Discussion Group: The Santa Cruz SPCA offers a free training discussion group once a month with a local trainer to help dog owners with behavioral issues or training questions. The small-group setting is perfect for people who have newly adopted their first animal or those who have adopted and are experiencing problems they’ve never dealt with before. These sessions are for people only. 6:30-7:30 p.m. first Mondays monthly, Santa Cruz SPCA Capitola Mall Adoption Center and Gift Shop, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola. Reservations required.
Whalefest Monterey: Interactive family event for all ages celebrating the migration of gray whales. Highlights include lectures and documentaries related to ocean and marine life conservation, musical performances, educational displays, whale watching tours and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 27-28. Old Fisherman’s Wharf, 1 Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey.
- Wildlife Search and Rescue Training and Recruitment: Wildlife Emergency Services is offering training in preparation for the coming “baby season” — spring through summer. The course is open to anyone interested in helping rescue wild animals in distress, which could include fallen baby birds, skunks caught in rat traps, injured or ill bobcats, beached seabirds or snakes. Capturing and handling wildlife requires authorization from state and federal agenices. Those who complete the training will be eligible to volunteer as first responders with WES under the organization’s permits. Training will be held from 9 to 5 p.m. Feb. 3, at the Elkhorn Yacht Club, 2370 CA-1, Moss Landing. There will also be a second day of field training where participants will have the opportunity to search for and possibly capture impaired animals. Registration is $65 for the class and $100 for the field day.
AROUND THE STATE
- Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Guided Wetlands Tours: A wildlife naturalist will lead a group (minimum of 18 people) through the diverse wetlands of the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. Learn wildlife identification and behavior patterns, conservation efforts and more. The experience can be customized to include requested information, along a half-mile walking route. For information and scheduling, call 530-846-7505 or email email@example.com. Details.
- Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve docent-led walks: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Binoculars and bird books available to borrow at no cost. Visitor Center and main overlook are fully accessible. Day use is $4.32 per person, ages 16 and older. Groups of 10 or more should schedule a separate tour.
MOBILE ADOPTION SITES
- Animal Rescue Recon, Inc.: Saturdays: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. PetFood Express, Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, 5829 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; dogs only. 925-392-7654, web.
Contra Costa County Animal Services
- First Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only. Pet Food Express, 1388 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; dogs and cats.
- Second Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Pet Food Express, 2158 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill; dogs only. Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only. Petco, 170 Arnold Drive, Suite 115, Martinez; rabbits only.
- Third Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only. PetSmart, 5879 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; rabbits only.
- Fourth Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only.
- Sundays: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Petco, 1170 Arnold Drive, Martinez; rabbits only.
- Sundays: Noon-3 p.m. Contra Costa Animal Services, 4800 Imhoff Place, Martinez; dogs. 925-335-8330.
- Second Sundays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Sports Basement, 1881 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek; dogs only.
- Last Sunday of the month: Noon-3 p.m. Molly’s Pup Purree, 425 Hartz Ave., Danville; dogs only.
Homeless Animals Response Program (HARP)
- Saturdays: Noon-3 p.m. Petsmart, 4655 Century Plaza Blvd., Pittsburg; cats only.
- Sundays: Noon-3 p.m. Petsmart, Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, 5879 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; dogs only.
- Sundays: Noon-3 p.m. Pet Food Express, Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, 5829 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; dogs and cats.
Watch a nature-themed movie, paint a portrait of your pet, adopt a new friend