7 Can’t-Miss Happenings for Animal Lovers

Illustration by Kara Pyle

Cat’s Meow Fundraiser Brunch, Feb. 18
Proceeds from this annual event benefit the Blue Bell Foundation for Cats, a Laguna Beach senior cat sanctuary founded in the ’60s. Tivoli Too, 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach; bluebellcats.org

Wiener Dog Races, March through December
You don’t have to wait for Oktoberfest to enter your dachshund in a fun competition—Old World Village hosts monthly races throughout most of the year. 7561 Center Ave., Huntington Beach, visitoldworld.com

Whales & Tails Wag-a-Thon, March
As part of the Dana Point Festival of Whales, Pet Project Foundation hosts this free street fair and parade. Enjoy food, music, vendors, a pet costume contest, and more. La Plaza Park, 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, petprojectfoundation.org

America’s Family Pet Expo, April 27 through 29
The biggest pet event of the year is back with bird and reptile shows, animal experts, local rescues, and police K-9 demos. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa; petexpooc.org

Yappy Hour, May through December
Join Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel for one of seven yearly posh pooch meet-ups supporting a worthy cause. 1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, 949-240-2000, ritzcarlton.com

Surf City Surf Dog, Sept. 29
Whether your dog is ready to hang 10 or would rather hang out on the beach, this iconic O.C. competition is not to be missed. Huntington Dog Beach, PCH and Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, surfdogevents.com

Championship Horse Show, TBD
The Orange County Horse Show Association presents the 35th annual all-ages riding competition, a weekend event open to the public. Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park, 27174 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, 949-230-0790, ochsa.org

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