Celebrate man’s best friend at these fun philanthropic events benefiting local humane societies and other animal-related organizations. Each one is Fido-friendly, so don’t forget to bring along your beloved pooch!
Thursday, August 20th. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dogwood’s Pool, Davidsonville. Complimentary food and drinks, off-leash pool time, raffles, bikini contest, SPCA Mobile Unit, photo booth, and more. $35/per person. Space is limited. Benefits SPCA of Anne Arundel County. Facebook.com/DAPetRetreat
Sunday, August 23rd. Noon to 3 p.m. Camp Letts, Edgewater. Dogs of all ages can take the plunge into the Rhode River, just off the Chesapeake Bay! Food, music, vendors, games, contests, children’s activities, and more. Admission cost TBD. Benefits SPCA of Anne Arundel County. 410-268-4388. Aacspca.org
Wag & Wine for a Cause, an Animal Legal Defense Fund benefit presented by Paws Pet Boutique
Friday, August 28th. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Great Frogs Winery, Annapolis. Sip wine, meet and mingle with dog lovers, learn about animal-related charities, and more. FREE. Wine from Great Frogs Winery and food from Tastings Gourmet Market available for purchase. Hosted by Paws Pet Boutique. Dogs must be on leash. Carpooling encouraged. Benefits Animal Legal Defense Fund. 410-263-8683. Earsup@pawspetboutique.com
Friday, August 28th. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Maryland SPCA Campus, Baltimore. Off-leash play, bobbing for hot dogs, paw painting, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Beer and wine available for $3; other drinks for $1 (suggested donation). Additional food available for purchase from local food trucks. $10/person advance registration; $15/person at the door. Dogs are free, but only one per person. Benefits Maryland SPCA. 410-235-8826, ext. 138. Mdspca.org/wag
Dog Days of Summer Cruise:
Photo courtesy of SPCA of
Anne Arundel County, Inc.
Wednesday, September 9th. Truxten Park Pool, Annapolis. After the pool closes for the season, it’s open to the dogs for one evening! Free Pup-sicles and goodie bags, courtesy of Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat. Admission cost TBD. Benefits the Annapolis Recreation and Parks Scholarship Fund. 410-263-7997. Facebook.com/AnnapolisRecreation
Saturday, September 26th. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Baltimore Humane Society, Reisterstown. Dog and family walk, contests, games, demos, vendors, and more. $10/person; FREE/children ages 5 and under. Benefits Baltimore Humane Society. 410-833-8848. Dogfest.org
Saturday, October 3rd. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Frontier Town Western Theme Park & Campground, Berlin. Delmarva Dock Dogs, tennis ball lotto, costume contest, seminars, pie eating contest, and more. $5/person at gate; $2/per dog at gate; FREE/children ages 10 and under. Combo ticket available in advance, includes photo, lottery ticket, and more. Benefits Worcester County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit. 410-726-7334. Poochpalooza.com
Saturday, October 10th. Idlewild Park, Easton. 5K fun run and dog walk, dog show, contests, vendors, and more. FREE. Food and other items available for purchase. Benefits Talbot Humane. 410-822-0107. Talbothumane.org
Saturday, October 17th. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. block party; noon to 8 p.m. tattoo party; 8 to 11 p.m. dance party. Vendors, kids’ activities, adoptable pets, food, and more at the Block Party on the first and second blocks of Market Street in Denton. Get a softball-size (or smaller!) tattoo at Black Anchor Tattoo in Denton. Enjoy a 21 and over Dance Party at the Armory in Denton, featuring cash bar, food, the Two Thirds Band, and more. Dance Party admission: $10/person. All events benefit Caroline County Humane Society. 410-820-1600. Carolinehumane.org
Friday, November 13th through Sunday, November 15th. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Easton Middle School, Easton. Watch various breeds of dogs run down a dock and splash into a pool of water! Presented by Delmarva Dock Dogs. Waterfowl Festival ticket required. Entry fees apply for participants; advanced registration recommended. Delmarvadockdogs.com