Check out these pawesome August 2020 dog events and activities, bound to keep your summer sizzling with fun, whether outdoors, virtually or snuggling on the couch with your pooch. Don’t see your August 2020 dog event? Email us at Dogstermag@belvoir.com.
PLEASE NOTE: Some dog events may have gone virtual, been changed or cancelled due to COVID-19. Please check the event organizer for the latest information on the event.
National Immunization Awareness Month
Zoetis encourages pet owners and veterinarians to discuss skin allergies during its second annual Itchy Pet Awareness Month. Since 2013, itchy dog veterinarian visits have increased 50% and 7.5 million dogs were diagnosed with pruritus (itch) in 2019 alone. As more pet owners are home during COVID-19, they may notice their pets are itching and scratching on a daily basis. Frequent scratching can often indicate a more serious skin condition. With that in mind, Zoetis is raising awareness about this common medical condition, and calling on pet owners and veterinarians to discuss the severity of this issue and how treating it faster can significantly improve pets’ lives. As dog owners become more aware of their pets’ skin allergies, Zoetis encourages them to visit ItchingForHelp.com to learn more and to take the itch quiz to identify “when an itch is more than just an itch.” Veterinarians can download the Itchy Pet Awareness Month Practice Toolkit at ScienceofStrongerBonds.com/resources to promote the importance of skin health in their clinics this August. Social media posts, emails to send to clients, downloadable posters and much more are also included in the toolkit.
July 22, 2020 — September 23, 2020: MAF Accepting Grant Proposals for Newfoundland Forelimb Anomaly Study
The Morris Animal Foundation is accepting proposals for pilot studies of Newfoundland forelimb anomaly through Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 4:59 p.m. EST. Newfoundland forelimb anomaly is an often debilitating condition in this breed. The request is part of the Foundation’s Donor-Inspired Study program, which allows individual donors and foundations to directly support research topics for which they have a passion and there is a pressing need. The grant is funded by the Newfoundland Club of America Charitable Trust (NCA Charitable Trust). All investigators are eligible to apply, but studies must be limited to one year in duration and budgets cannot exceed $10,000. Competitive applicants will have a previous record of research and publication in relevant areas of canine and/or orthopedic research. Applications will be reviewed and rated, based on impact and scientific rigor, by a Morris Animal Foundation scientific advisory board. Interested researchers can lean more and apply for the award here.
Make a difference in the lives of veterans one step at a time by walking or running in this fun fundraiser. Rate is $20 to register. You’ll receive a confirmation message with app to download and track your mileage. America’s VetDogs encourages all participants to fundraise by asking family, friends and colleagues to sponsor your efforts. All proceeds assist America’s VetDogs mission to help veterans with disabilities live a life without boundaries. More at vetdogs.org.
NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations (NBC and Telemundo owned stations) are running their 6th annual adoption event — Clear the Shelters. This year, the stations’ month-long “Adopt & Donate” effort features virtual pet adoptions plust make it easy for people to donate online to participating shelters/rescues. Since 2015, NBC and Telemundo owned stations’ Clear The Shelters campaign has helped more than 410,000 pets find new homes. Visit ClearTheShelters.com for more information. Follow on Twitter @ClearTheShelter, and on social media using the hashtags #ClearTheShelters and #DesocuparLosAlbergues.
August 1, 2020 DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs
Unfortunately we don’t know our dog’s true birthdays if they were adopted from a shelter or rescue. But don’t worry, this day was picked for a universal birthday for all shelter dogs. Give your dogs an extra treat, walk and maybe even throw a pup party. Looking for something to make for your dog? Try a Puppy Puddin’ Parfait.
Organizers and TasteTV have decided to postpone the event to July 31, 2021. Even though surfers can maintain social distancing, the event creators cannot guarantee that attendees, partner and judges will be able to distance. See surfdogchampionships.com for latest details.
Held at 4pm at Mustique at Hampton House, 3 Glovers Lane, Westhampton Beach, NY, this pet fashion, talent and rescue extravaganza features the cutest dogs in the Hamptons! Area businesses, and Kennedy Art Productions join forces to help raise the money needed by RSVP Animal Welfare and Rescue Group to save and rehabilitate abused and neglected area pets, and to help fund the WHB PAC Nancy & Frederick DeMatteis Arts Academy and their young performers. The 3rd Annual, 2020 Hamptons Barking Beauty Pageant will mark the 15th pageant event overall. The original beauty pageant event for dogs, it is patterned after human beauty pageants. Canine contestants compete in Photogenic, Activewear, Glamourwear and Talent for the chance to win a Crown, Medals, Banners, trophies and beautiful gifts from the event Sponsors, all while contributing to worthwhile causes. Spectators will also win with Door Prizes, a Silent Auction, and a 50/50 Raffle. Leslie Kennedy, veteran pageant contestant and emcee, and former star of NYCTV25’s Doggie Moms, created and will host the event along with her adorable sidekick, Yorkshire Terrier, SalliSue. For more information on your pup becoming a Contestant, Sponsorship Opportunity and tickets, please contact Leslie Kennedy of Kennedy Art Productions and The Barking Beauty Pageant at 917-797-4331 or email Leslie at BarkingBeautyPageant@gmail.com. More at BarkingBeautyPageant.org. Connect socially on Facebook @TheBarkingBeauty, on Instagram at @BarkingBeautyPageant and on Twitter @BarkingBeauty.
August 10, 2020: Celebrate Snoopy’s Birthday
As part of its partnership with Peanuts to commemorate the comic strip’s 70th anniversary, Dogtopia, the nation’s largest dog daycare, boarding and spa facility, is throwing a nationwide birthday bash for Snoopy. Join in on the festivities by showing off your cutest Snoopy lookalike! Submit pictures of your own furry friends here for a chance to win a Peanuts prize pack. But that is not all! Every entry will receive a special savings code to Hallmark’s online store, valid through August 10. The discount will be good for 20 percent off all Peanuts cards, gifts and gift wrap for orders at Hallmark.com and online orders picked up in the store.
The 23rd annual pet industry show Pet Fair Asia takes place in Shanghai as scheduled, as the first major international show for pet supplies to take place in 2020. With ongoing epidemic and international travel restrictions, Pet Fair Asia implements a hybrid approach to offer a seamless offline/online experience for manufacturers and buyers – a first step into advanced digital solutions for international business. More at petfairasia.com.
Amazon Pets & Treasure Truck are celebrating #NationalDogDay by hosting a special virtual live event for dogs and their families everywhere to help raise awareness for local pet adoption and shelters! They will unleash an exciting lineup of celebs, special guests, amazing dog videos and treats! More info at thepreppiepuppy.com.
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