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30 events pet-lovers won’t want to miss

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There are several Greater Palm Springs holiday events in December that include pets.
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Looking for events that are geared for you and your pet? We've compiled a calendar year of events happening across the Greater Palm Springs area.



Happy Hour Wednesday, Aug. 12 benefits the Palm Springs Animal Shelter. Bring unopened bags of pet food for your entry. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Brookdale Mirage Inn, 72750 Country Club Drive, Rancho Mirage. 760-346-7772;


Summer Fling! Saturday, Aug. 15 benefits Guide Dogs of the Desert. This Mardi Gras–themed party includes happy hour, dinner, prizes, and a silent auction. 60735 Dillon Road, Whitewater. 760-329-6257;


International Homeless Animals Day, Saturday, Aug. 15. Conference and seminar sponsored by Advancing the Interests of Animals. Venue to be announced.


Dog Days of Summer Pup Pool Party, Thursday, Aug. 20 benefits the American Cancer Society. Mix and mingle at the Ace Hotel’s pet-friendly commune space. DJs and music, light bites and beverages, pet-friendly activities, and pup pools. On-site adoptions available from the Palm Springs Animal Shelter. 7-10 p.m. Ace Hotel, 701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 760-568-2691;


National Dog Day Yappy Hour on Wednesday, Aug. 26 benefits Loving All Animals. Enjoy drinks, food, and raffle prizes poolside. 5-7:30 p.m. The Riviera Palm Springs, 1600 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 760-834-7000;



National Adoption Weekend Sept. 11-13. Stop by PetSmart locations in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and La Quinta to adopt a pet from local rescues and shelters.



Spay-ghetti No Balls Dinner. Wednesday, Oct. 7 Enjoy dinner, entertainment, and silent auction to benefit Loving All Animals. 4-8 p.m. BG Bird Gardens, 73179 Joshua Tree St., Palm Desert. 760-834-7000;


Family Fun Day With Those Amazing Animals, Sunday, Oct. 18 Noon. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert. 760-340-2787;


Faux Fur Ball II, Saturday, Oct. 24 Annual gala fundraiser. 6-9 p.m. Palm Springs Animal Shelter, 4575 E. Mesquite Ave., Palm Springs. 760-416-5718;



National Adoption Weekend, Nov. 13-15. PetSmart stores in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and La Quinta.


Loving All Animals annual Super Pet Adoption Event, Nov. 14-15. Visit hundreds of adoptable animals in a fun atmosphere that includes music, exhibitions, and vendors. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Palm Desert Civic Center Park, Fred Waring Drive and San Pablo Avenue. 760-834-7000;


Paws Fore a Cause Golf Tournament Monday, Nov. 16. Benefits Luke’s Legacy Foundation, with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to local rescue centers and spay and neuter programs. Includes golf tournament, putting and driving competitions, prizes, raffle, breakfast, lunch, snacks, and libations. Classic Club, 75200 Classic Club Blvd., Palm Desert. 888-559-8894;


Paws for Independence Thursday, Nov. 19. Benefit dinner for Guide Dogs of the Desert. Spencer’s Restaurant, 701 W. Baristo Road, Palm Springs. 760-285-5946;


New Heights! Friday, Nov. 20. Palm Springs Animal Shelter’s dog trainer, Manuel Guerra, has co-organized a human talent show that exhibits breakdancing and martial arts to benefit the shelter. 7-9 p.m. 760-416-5718;


Paws & Hearts Animal Assisted Therapy Annual Dog Walk and Fundraiser, Saturday, Nov. 28. Walk, raffle, holiday photos, and much more. Benefits Paws & Hearts, which brings therapy animals to the elderly, the infirmed, and children in need. 9 a.m. The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, 71333 Dinah Shore Drive, Rancho Mirage. 760-836-1406;



Holidaze Brunch and Shopping Extravaganza, Sunday, Dec. 6. Get all your gift shopping done while helping Loving All Animals. Noon-4 p.m. BG Bird Gardens, 73179 Joshua Tree St., Palm Desert. 760-834-7000;


Barry Manilow’s A Gift of Love Concert Series, Dec. 8-9, 11-13. Benefits more than 30 human and animal charities, including Advancing the Interests of Animals, Animal Samaritans, Guide Dogs of the Desert, The Living Desert, Paws & Hearts, and Pegasus Therapeutic Riding. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert. 310-957-5788;


Seminar on Compassion Fatigue, Friday, Dec. 11. Sponsored by Advancing the Interests of Animals. Open to shelter staff, volunteers, rescuers, nonprofits, animal lovers, and community members. Venue to be announced.


Holiday Photos, Saturday, Dec. 12. Create keepsake photos of you and your pet. All day. Palm Springs Animal Shelter, 4575 E. Mesquite Ave., Palm Springs. 760-416-5718;


Home for the Holidays Adoption Festival, Saturday, Dec. 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Palm Springs Animal Shelter, 4575 E. Mesquite Ave., Palm Springs. 760-416-5718;


Santa Paws 5K Walk/Run Saturday, Dec. 19. Suit up like Santa and take your dog along for this event that benefits Guide Dogs of the Desert. 760-285-5946;



Kennel Club of Palm Springs Dog Shows, Obedience, and Rally Trials, Jan. 7-10. Obedience/rally trials, plus all-American/mixed breeds shows. Empire Polo Club, 81800 Ave. 51, Indio.


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Cesar Millan comes to the McCallum Theatre, Feb. 7, in Palm Desert.



Cesar Millan Live! Sunday, Feb. 7. Millan discusses the secrets of happier, healthier relationships between humans and their canine companions in this live show. 2 p.m. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert. 760-340-2787;


Mardi Paws masquerade party, Saturday, Feb. 13. The Living Desert becomes The Big Easy for one night only, with all of the food, drink, entertainment, and mystical vibe of New Orleans. Village WaTuTu, 47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert. 760-346-5694;


MARCH 2016

Animal Samaritans’ Superheroes 5K Run/1K Walk for the Animals, Saturday, March 12. Meet adoptable animals from local shelters and rescue groups, and enjoy a superhero costume contest, working dog activities, animal blessing, raffles, music, and food. Animal Samaritans will also offer a microchip and vaccination clinic. Rancho Mirage Community Park (formerly Whitewater Park), 71560 San Jacinto Drive, Rancho Mirage. 760-601-3754;


Le Chien March Fashion Week. Dates to be deteremined. El Paseo’s popular dog fashion show features chic canines strutting the catwalk to raise funds for Humane Society of the Desert. Silent and live auctions, vendors, and a party too. Bring your furry friend! The Big White Tent, Larkspur Lane, Palm Desert. 760-325-2333;


JULY 2016

Pets on Parade, Saturday, July 9. Palm Springs Life partners with Loving All Animals and Pegasus Therapeutic Riding to raise funds for both organizations. The luncheon includes entertainment, an auction, vendors, and the Cutest Pet Contest winner. Pets welcome! Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa, 44400 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells. 760-772-3057;



Yappy Hour Benefits Animal Samaritans. Have drinks with your dogs every third Thursday, 4-6 p.m. October-May. Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, 41000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage. 760-568-2727;

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