SPADO The Ultimate Dog Park Fundraiser

SPADO The Ultimate Dog Park Fundraiser

The South Philadelphia Association of Dog Owners (SPADO) is proud to announce the ultimate dog park and community experience: Please. On Sunday, May 17th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., gather with other Philly dog lovers for a day of information, education, services and making new friends.

Tickets are  $5 in advance and may be purchased at the park recreation center or just buy on the day of the event for $10. All proceeds will support the renovation of the Columbus Square Park Dog Park. With plenty of room to run inside Christopher Columbus’ city-block-sized-fenced-in-field (enter at the corner of 12th and Reed Streets), you’ll have access to a variety of vendors supporting this event, from community businesses to dog/pet services and education. After 11:30 AM, tennis balls and frisbees will be provided.

spado_logoSPADO’s fundraiser will even include raffle prizes from local businesses, a dog wash, and a photo booth!

This is a family friendly event with retailers, veterinary services, professional dog walkers, trainers, info booths, and local organizations. Looking to add to the family? Pets available for adoption from local rescues will also be there for meet and greets. Be sure to stop by the SPADO area and sign up to help keep our city parks clean and help raise money to the much-needed revitalization of the Columbus Square Dog Run.

Please note – spayed and neutered dogs only. For more information, or if you or your organization would like to participate in this event, don’t hesitate to reach out to

Puppies In Pastels Easter Egg Hunt

Puppies In Pastels Easter Egg Hunt

On Saturday, April 4th, 2015 from 12-4 pm, Kazoodles Pet Boutique is hosting a family friendly Doggie Easter Egg Hunt in Jenkintown’s beautiful outdoor Town Square located at Leedom Street & Greenwood Avenue. Sign your pup up for a town-wide egg hunt and the “Strut Your Mutt” fashion show for a chance to win a prize for best dressed!

puppies in pastels event flyerThere is a $10 registration fee (for each) to participate in the Egg Hunt and the “Strutt Your Mutt” fashion show – you you can just register at the event. All proceeds will benefit the Pooch Kaboose Dog Rescue group, a non-profit, no-kill rescue organization whose mission is to protect the lives of abandoned, mistreated and or homeless dogs.

But there will be lots of other fun things to do, too! Other activities include:

  • Doggie Games by Rhinoceros Activity, Gamery & Toy Store
  • Free giveaways and goodies from Pet Valu and RAU Animal Hospital
  • Live art, photography and caricatures of you and your pet by local artists
  • A meet and greet with local dog-walkers, dog-sitters and house-sitters
  • Painting activities: Paw Print ceramic tiles for kids, hosted by Mine By Design Art Studio
  • Freshly baked dog treats by Velvet Sky Bakery & Café
  • Raffle prize draws for all participants!

Questions about the event? For more info and to RSVP (not required), visit the Facebook event pageInterested in being a vendor? Email Torri at

The Pooch Kaboose is a non-nrofit ,no-kill rescue organization that protects the lives of abandoned, mistreated and or homeless dogs given up by their owners due to unforeseen circumstances, but left at public shelters and in danger of being euthanized due to overpopulation. The Pooch Kaboose finds dogs loving, responsible matches that will provide permanent homes for the dogs and is committed to their welfare  beyond the adoption process. The Pooch Kaboose will assist dogs in distress without regard to breed, age or ease of placement. All rescued dogs receive appropriate veterinary care and treatment, as well as spay/neuter services. 

Shelter Behavior Workshop – Register Now!

Shelter Behavior Workshop – Register Now!

Do you love shelter dogs? Do you work or volunteer in a local shelter and are interested in learning more about helping shelter dogs?

If so, then you need to check out this amazing opportunity – on May 16 and 17, 2015, local Philadelphia dog trainer Nicole Larocco-Skeehan CPDT-KA of Philly Unleashed is offering a two-day intensive workshop at the Woman’s Humane Society in Bensalem. Whether you are a dog trainer, shelter staff , volunteer, or canine rescue enthusiast you will find value in attending. This workshop will discuss how to build a shelter enrichment, evaluation, and behavior and training plan for your rescue or organization.

nicole_skeehan_shelter_behavior_workshopTopics include:

*Evaluations/Assessments as a predictor of behavior.

*The marketable skills you can teach a shelter dog to help them win adoption meets and stay in their adoptive homes.

*Identification and treatment of the top 5 canine behavior problems seen in shelters.

*Kennel enrichment 101.

*Compassion fatigue and burnout among shelter employees and volunteers. –by Michele Pich MA, MS

*Facilitating appropriate dog meets and positive playgroups.

*Medical problems that present behaviorally and vice versa. –by Brittany Watson-Tisa DVM/PHD

*Basic canine body language and safe handling skills.

*Positive counseling for adopters

But there’s only a few spots left! This seminar will offer a limited number of working slots and will utilize available adoptable dogs from the shelter where the seminar is being held. For more information or to register, please go to But hurry!

Nicole Skeehan’s professional animal training career began in college, teaching equestrian and horseback riding lessons. After graduating from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh with a double major in marketing and advertising, she worked at a boarding kennel as head trainer and obedience instructor, where she earned her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer) title. For more information on Nicole’s background, visit her site at

Pints for Paws benefiting Delco SPCA

Pints for Paws benefiting Delco SPCA

One of our favorite local rescues, the Delco SPCA, is partnering with Whole Foods Market for a “Pints for Paws” on May 31st. Adoptable dogs, a great cause, great beer – what more could you ask for?

On Saturday, May 31st from12-6 p.m. the Whole Foods located at821 Lancaster Avenue (Wayne), participate in a beer-tasting event featuring delicious brews from Weyerbacher, all in support of the Delco SPCA.  And from 12-3 p.m. the Delco SPCA will be there with dogs who are looking for their forever home! 

Pints for Paws flyerIf you do happen to meet your soul dog at the event, you will be able to fill out an adoption application, but before you can take your new friend home you’ll need make a trip down to the Delco SPCA Adoption Center located at 555 Sandy Bank Road in Media to fulfill the Adoption Requirements and to process the paperwork.

But even if you’re not looking to adopt it’s a great opportunity to sample some great-tasting beer while hanging out with some friendly, adorable dogs – while helping to support a great local cause. By the way – if you have any old sheets, towels, unopened pet food, or any other item on their Wish List, bring it with you to donate!

No Dog Gets Left Behind Valentine

No Dog Gets Left Behind Valentine

What does celebrating Valentine’s Day, loving dogs and supporting our troops have in common? The No Dog Gets Left Behind annual Valentine fundraiser event!

The No Dog Gets Left Behind Annual Valentine Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, February 21st at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel in Philadelphia. Early-bird tickets are now on sale  for just $35 per person. The first 200 people who purchase tickets will also receive a special gift bag that contains a copy of Pen Farthing’s just-released book, Wylie: The brave street dog who never gave up!

Enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres, great music by POWERi and raffle prizes galore – with a chance to win a $5,000, all-inclusive stay for four at Club Med Sandpiper Bay! The night will also feature a very special keynote address by Pen Farthing, recently named CNN’s 2014 Hero of the Year. You’ll also have the chance to mix and mingle with soldiers and their dogs while supporting this amazing cause.

No Dog Gets Left Behind provides financial support to reunite military personnel with the stray animals they found and bonded with while at war – a $4,500-per-pet proposition that includes vaccines, medical treatment, transportation and more. While the financial investment is high, the relief, comfort and joy this program provides soldiers is immeasurable.

no dog gets left behind soldier

No Dog Gets Left Behind Valentine Details:

What: Annual Valentine’s Day Charity Event. Please note – this is not a dog-friendly event, for humans only!

When:  Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 7 pm to 12 am.

Where:  The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 237 S. Broad Street in the Overture Room & Symphony Ballroom (3rd Floor).

Click here to Purchase Tickets.

Love Potions 2015 by Philadoptables

Love Potions 2015 by Philadoptables

Join local animal welfare advocate group, Philadoptables, for their 4th Annual Love Potions Happy Hour! Come join other animal lovers for a fun night and help support Philly’s homeless animals.

The Love Potions event Love Potions flyerwill be on Saturday, February 7th from 6-9 pm at Curran’s Irish Inn, located at 6900 State Road in Philadelphia. There will be complimentary appetizers, drink specials and chances to win some awesome raffle prizes. A $5 donation is required, but all proceeds go towards helping Philly’s homeless animals. Make a date night of it and come earlier for dinner – Curran’s has a fabulous menu!

Philadoptables is a local 501c3 non-profit organization that focuses on supporting Philadelphia Animal Care and Control, Philadelphia’s open intake animal control center. Philadoptables provides support by collecting food donations for the food pantry and providing help for foster parents. To learn more about Philadoptables, visit their site at

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