Pets: Pet Events
Fun-Raisers: How to show your pet a good time, for a good cause.
Easter Egg Hunt
Benefiting the Animal Rescue League of Boston, sweetened by treats from Polka Dog Bakery, and offering the all-too-rare opportunity to see bulldogs sporting bunny ears. 3/27, Peters Park, Boston; polkadog.com.
Animal Tales Gala
MSPCA-Angell’s night of inspirational critter stories. Drop a big-enough donation, and Rover can tag along. 5/13, WGBH studios, Brighton; mspca.org.
New England Patriots cheerleaders soap up lucky local pets to benefit the MSPCA; look for date and details to be announced by early summer. mspca.org.
Walk for Animals
Lumbering, ambling, prancing — all are acceptable speeds at this marquee MSPCA fundraiser, now in its 30th year. 9/12, Boston Common and other locations; mspca.org.
Pet Rock Festival
An afternoon expo/festival that includes live music, a doggie water park, food, contests, and more than 200 animal organizations promoting their causes. 9/12, Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester; petrockfest.com.
Folk and Furfest
Charity walk, live music, info booths, and pet contests galore (Best Smoocher, Best Owner/Dog Look-alike), with proceeds going to the Standish Humane Society. 9/19, Wompatuck State Park, Hingham; standishhumanesociety.com.
Animal Hall of Fame Dinner
Highlighting the successes of MSPCA-Angell, and honoring both human and animal heroes. 10/22, JFK Library & Museum, Boston; mspca.org/halloffame.
The holiday for furry festivities, especially in the South End. A sure bet is “Divas Unleashed” at Doggie Day on Tremont Street, featuring a far-out pet parade and benefiting local charities. doggieday.com.
Jingle Bell Walk
Starring retired racing greyhounds in holiday attire. Money goes to greyhound advocacy; date to be announced. Boston Common; trailboundhounds.org.