Posted by: twodogtales | July 15, 2011

July 15-17: celebrates 15; GRREAT wine event

Happy birthday Petfinder! is celebrating 15 years of helping connect animals with new forever homes with a Big Birthday Adoption Weekend July 15-17.

Their goal: 15,000 adoptions over three days. And 1,500 shelters and rescue groups across the country are holding special adoption events to help them reach that goal.

How can I not blow a big birthday kiss to Petfinder, when they brought my sweet Sundae to me?

Yes, I was a self-proclaimed “Shelter Stalker,” hitting multiple times a day once I got it into my head I wanted a playmate for Chatham. In short order, up popped the perfect mix — a litter of 8-week-old Golden-Lab mixes at the Howard County Animal Shelter about 45 minutes away in Columbia, Md.

A 6-lb. black ball of fluff snuggled her head into my neck when I picked her up and — stick a fork in me — I was done.

It took about three seconds for baby Sundae from the shelter to bond with Chatham.

Here in D.C., the Washington Humane Society is holding a community open house adoption fair in honor of Petfinder’s birthday in the courtyard of its New York Avenue shelter facility on Saturday, July 16, from noon to 5:00 p.m.

There will be adoptable dogs, cats and small animals to meet, puppy playgroup demonstrations, door prizes, discounts from local pet care companies, and trainers available to offer advice to pet owners. Anyone adopting an animal will get 30 percent off their pet adoption fees.

The WHS is at 1201 New York Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002.

You can find other local shelters who are participating in the Petfinder birthday celebration here:

BOW benefits GRREAT

Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training (GRREAT) invites dog lovers to spend the day with your dog taking in the beautiful rolling view of the Blue Ridge Mountains while sitting on the patio enjoying a glass of wine on Sunday, July 17 at Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane, Va.

From noon to 3:00 p.m. there will be wine tasting, Steve Hudson playing guitar and a raffle to win an original pencil drawing of your dog (or other subject) by professional portrait artist Mike Theuer.

GRREAT will receive $5 for every $10 wine tasting if you present the Barrel Oak Winery GRREAT flyer. Download it here.

I think Barrel Oak is the most dog-friendly of the area wineries, even letting dogs into the tasting room—there are glass jars of dog treats right on the counter! For more details, read my posts about earlier Barrel Oak visits:

Barrel Oak Winery is at 3623 Grove Lane, Delaplane VA 20144.


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