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Pets and Wildlife events, April 12 and beyond

Contra Costa Rabbit Rescue holds adoption events on Saturdays, at Pet Food Express in Walnut Creek. For other adoption events or to learn more about wildlife, check out our event listings below.

  • Spring-A-Pet: Hosted by Antioch Animal Services. Free adoptions, dog parade, photos with the Easter bunny, Easter egg hunt, refreshments, amnesty. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 15. 300 L St., Antioch. View adoptable animals here.
  • Ghost Cat: My World: Lindsay Wildlife Experience hosts “Ghost Cat: My World featuring graphite drawings from artist Michelle Friend. The preservation-themed exhibit brings you up-close to mountain lions in captivity, in the wild and in the pet trade. Artist statements are written from the cats’ point of view, and describe the hunting and human effects on the cat’s population. The exhibit is on display through June 4. Cost of admission for nonmembers. Lindsay Wildlife Experience, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. 925-935-1978.
  • Off-Leash Dog Recall and Safety: Learn skills to train your dog to hike off-leash and how you can be a more conscientious trail user. Practice as a group during a short hike. The class is suitable only for social dogs that are good with dogs and people and do not hunt. 1-2:30 p.m. April 16 (Wildcat). Registration required. $35-$39. East Bay Regional Park District
  • Outdoor Discoveries/Nature Grubs: Preschool and home school science series: 10-11:30 a.m. every other Monday, Sunol Visitor Center, 1895 Geary Road. April 17: Knock, Knock, Who’s There? Registration required. $6-$8.
  • Zoovie Night: Families are invited to put on their pajamas, bring pillows, blankets and chairs and snuggle up in the auditorium for an animal or nature-themed movie. Meet some nocturnal animals brought to you by Roosevelt, Oakland Zoo’s costumed alligator mascot. Hot chocolate will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own treats. 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 14: “WALL-E.” Preregistration required. $7 per person. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland. 510-632-9525, ext. 220, educationreservations@oaklandzoo.org.
  • Talk With the Animals: Get up close and personal to the animals that call the Little Farm and Nature Area their home. A different animal will be featured each day. 11-11:30 a.m. Sundays, Tilden Nature Area, Environmental Education Center at Tilden Park, Berkeley. April 16: Rabbits. April 23: Chickens. April 30: Spiders.
  • Llamas: Learn how to groom, feed, lead and interact positively with specially trained llamas, under the guidance of Geo, a “Llama Michie,” with more than 25 years’ experience. Parent participation required for ages 8-17. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. April 21; 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 22, April 23. Redwood Regional Park, 7867 Redwood Road, Oakland. Registration required. $35-$39.
  • Bird-A-Thon: Get “nose to beak” with birds while visiting several active bird research and restoration sites. The dawn-to-dusk event, supported by local Audubon Society Chapters, will take you through numerous locations recording the “feathered jewels” they contain. Space limited. Sunrise to sunset, April 22. Registration required by April 7. 510-544-2319, docquack@ebparks.org.
  • Meet the Chickens: Learn where chickens lay their eggs, how they sleep and more. Meet at the chicken coop. 10:30-11 a.m. April 23; and April 29. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont.
  • A Day on the Links for Animals: Enjoy a day on the green and help animals in need at ARF’s FORE! ARF golf tournament. The day on the links includes lunch, food and drink holes on course, cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception, raffle prizes, silent auction, and more. Registration at 10:30 a.m. Shotgun start at Noon, May 1. Blackhawk Country Club, 599 Blackhawk Club Drive. $250. 925-296-3118.
  • Attracting birds: Michael Marchiano will talk about attracting birds at the next meeting of the Pleasant Hill Garden Study Club. 7 p.m. May 2. Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill. All welcome. Free. 925-323-9314.
  • Community Concern for Cats: CC4C, an all volunteer cat rescue organization serving Contra Costa County for 30 years, holds kitten and cat adoption events on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. at three locations: Pet Food Express, 3610 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, Pet Food Express, 2158 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill, and Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek.
  • All Ears Reading: Free program for children in first through fifth grade is offered year-round at several Contra Costa County library locations. Young readers are paired with a Pet Hug Pack therapy dog to help improve skills, instill confidence, and develop a love of reading. Preregistration required. Lafayette Library: 3-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. 925-385-2280. Moraga Library: 4-5 p.m. fourth Thursdays monthly, 1500 St. Mary’s Road. 925-376-6852. Ygnacio Valley Library: 3-4 p.m. fourth Tuesdays monthly, 2661 Oak Grove Road. 925-938-1481. http://bit.ly/2fPhmiR.
  • Maine Coon Cat Adoptions: Cat adoptions held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. first weekends monthly at Pet Food Express, 3868 Piedmont Ave., Oakland.
  • Kitty Corner: Contra Costa Humane Society’s Kitty Corner is an onsite, free-roam shelter where potential adopters can spend time with cats in a relaxed, living room type environment and find a pet that best suits their lifestyle. All cats are spayed/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and FeLV/FIV tested (over 6 months of age). Hours: Noon-7 p.m. Monday, 2-7 p.m. Tuesday, noon-3 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 171 Mayhew Way, Pleasant Hill, Suite 101.
  • Pet Ambassadors Club: This monthly pet education series for kids of all ages offers activities like teach how to be respectful with animals, how to read animal emotions, and making animal-themed crafts to take home. 1-2 p.m. third Saturday of the month. Alameda See Spot Run, 2510 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. 510-523-7768.
  • Animal Feeding at Ardenwood: Check for eggs, bring hay to the livestock and learn the animals’ favorite foods. 3 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 510-544-2797.
  • Fish Feeding Time: Get close to crabs and see flounder, perch and pipefish. 3-3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda. 510-544-3187. Reservations.
  • Women on Common Ground: Series of naturalist-led programs for women who love the outdoors but whose concern for personal safety keeps them from enjoying local parks. For a schedule of events, call 510-544-3243 or kcolbert@ebparks.org.
  • Free Fridays: Lindsay Wildlife Experience will offer free general admission from noon to 5 p.m. on the third Friday of the month. Lindsay Wildlife Experience is located at 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek.
  • Rabbit adoptions: Contra Costa Rabbit Rescue holds adoption events from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, at Pet Food Express, 1388 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek.
  • Delta Discoveries: Discover the wonders of the Delta through hands-on arts and crafts activities. Explore a different wetland wonder each week. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Big Break, 69 Big Break Road, Oakley.
  • Animeals: The Valley Humane Society operates a pet food pantry that provides regular free meals for dogs and cats of seniors and low-income families. Donations of wet or dry dog and cat food are always accepted, even if opened or recently expired and can be dropped off during open hours at Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada St., Pleasanton. Pet-related items such as litter, treats, and toys are also needed. Pet food distribution takes places through partnerships with local food banks: Pleasanton: Valley Bible Church, first Thursdays monthly, 7106 Johnson Drive. Livermore: Tri-Valley Haven, third Wednesdays monthly, 3663 Pacific Ave.
  • Sheep Shearing Day: See the Adobe sheep at Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park lose their winter coats under the guidance of shearer John Sanchez. Sanchez will demonstrate past and present methods of cutting wool off sheep. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 8. Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, 3325 Adobe Road, Petaluma. $Free-$3. Prior to arrival, visitors with disabilities who need assistance should call 707-762-4871.
  • Vaccination and Microchip Clinics: Low-cost clinics provide vaccinations for rabies, FVRCP and DHPP, as well as microchips — a permanent form of companion animal identification. 6-8 p.m. first Wednesday of each month, Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA’s Coyote Point Shelter Auditorium, 12 Airport Blvd, San Mateo. 650-340-7022, ext. 665.
  • Obedience Classes: PHS/SPCA offers year-round obedience classes (except in December). Classes are six or eight one-hour sessions and limited to 12 dogs. Discounts available. To register, email training@phs/spca.org and provide your full name, mailing address and phone number.
  • Pick of the Litter: The Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA operate a resale store featuring second-hand items including clothing, household items, furniture, art, jewelry, electronics, books, vintage and costume clothing and a children’s department. The Pick is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. All proceeds benefit shelter animals. .
  • Dog Day Mornings: Dogs romp and play off-leash in a supervised atmosphere every Saturday, rain or shine. All dogs must be current on their vaccinations and have attended a basic obedience class. Dogs six months and older must be altered. Two sessions: 9:30-10:30 a.m. is for dogs of all shapes and sizes; 10:30-11:30 a.m. is for small dogs only. Peninsula Humane Society, 12 Airport Blvd., San Mateo. Preregistration required; no drop-ins. 650-340-7022, ext. 184.
  • Pet Loss Support Group: Facilitated by experienced grief counselors. Meets 7 p.m. second Thursdays, monthly. Lantos Center of Compassion, 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame. 650-340-7022, ext. 344.
  • Kiddies 2 Kitties Reading Program: Kids in first through fifth grade practice reading aloud to adoptable cats, honing their skills while also getting cuddle time with the animals. The program is held in conjunction with the Palo Alto Humane Society, who facilitate the program at SVACA. 3:30-5 p.m. first and third Wednesdays, 3370 Thomas Road, Santa Clara. 408-764-0344.
  • Companion Animal Loss Support Group: Meetings help grieving pet owners work through their feelings of loss, anger and depression. Participants may attend an unlimited number of meetings and are encouraged to return to help others work through their grief. 6:30-7:30 p.m. first Tuesdays monthly. Humane Society Silicon Valley, 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas. Donations accepted.
  • Vets for Healthy Pets: This veterinary clinic for pets of the homeless offers access to preventative veterinary care including vaccines, parasite treatment, microchipping, flea medication, nail trims, medications and any extra medical procedures the animals may need. Clinics also offer free pet supplies and pet food. Clinics are held on one day of the last weekend of the month at HomeFirst, 2011 Little Orchard St., San Jose. 408-794-7245.
  • Volunteers opportunity: Guadalupe River Park Conservancy is seeking volunteers interested in a long-term commitment of caring for its educational animal ambassadors. Duties include but are not limited to: cleaning animal enclosures, feeding/providing water to animals, exercise/time outside, filling in log books and other duties as they are assigned. Experience with animals is .
  • Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic: The City of San Jose is offering a low-cost spay/neuter clinic at the San Jose Animal Care Center, 2750 Monterey Road. For a limited time the City is partnering with HSSV to offer free dog and cat spay/neuter for residents of zip codes: 95111, 95112, 95116, 95122 and 95127. Low-cost spay/neuter services will still be available for local Chihuahuas, Pit Bulls and cats outside of these zip codes.
  • Dog Training: The Mission City Dog Training School, in cooperation with the Santa Clara Parks & Recreation Department, offers dog obedience and puppy training classes on Saturdays at Maywood Park. The program is held throughout the year, and is open to residents and non-residents. For complete information on classes, contact Walt at 831-465-1491 or wenagle@yahoo.com.
  • Low-Cost Vaccine Clinics: San Jose Animal Care Center: 9 -11 a.m. first and third Saturday’s of the month, 2750 Monterey Road, San Jose. Andy’s Pet Store: 2-4 p.m. third Saturday of the month, January-November, 51 Notre Dame Ave., San Jose. Canine Corral: 2-4 p.m. first Saturday of the month, 2045 Woodard Road, San Jose. Details.
  • Outdoor Environmental Science Home School Program: Guadalupe River Park Conservancy leads hands-on, outdoor programs that focus on the Guadalupe River watershed and the cultural and natural history of Santa Clara County, integrating scientific learning with an intimate experience of nature and place. For ages 5-12. 1:30-3 p.m. Thursdays, Guadalupe Visitor & Education Center, 438 Coleman Ave., San Jose. Drop ins welcome but preregistration is preferred. $15 per student, per class. 408-298-7657.
  • The Dancing Cat: Silicon Valley’s first cat adoption lounge offers a place for cat lovers and potential adopters to socialize with friends, read, study, or just lounge with adoptable cats in a comfortable, open room. Guests are invited to bring their own food and beverages. A small selection of drinks and cookies are available for purchase. Wi-fi and catnip are on the house. Through November. Details.
  • Rabbit Haven foster positions: The Rabbit Haven operates exclusively with Foster homes to care for more than 90 rabbits at any given time. Foster’s usually have 1-2 foster rabbits in their home. Minimum foster period is three months. The Haven provides the pen, floor covering, food and water dishes, a toy and littler box. Foster families provide an indoor home and daily care. To apply, email Director@therabbithaven.org. 831-600-7479.
  • Rabbit Advocates: The Rabbit Haven is seeking Haven shelter advocates 18 and older in the San Jose area to help with exercising, cleaning, and grooming bunnies. Transport assistance is also needed on occasion. For an application, email Director@therabbitHaven.org or call Sarah, 415-531-7138 or Heather, 831-600-7479.
  • Walk-in Vaccinations/Microchipping: Humane Society Silicon Valley offers vaccinations, deworming and microchipping services on a walk-in basis at its Medical Center, 901 Ames Ave, Milpitas. Walk-in hours: 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Saturdays; 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Sundays. For fees and information, call 408-262-2133, ext. 108.
  • Free Chihuahua Spay/Neuter: The San Jose Animal and Care Shelter in partnership with Humane Society Silicon Valley is offering free spay/neuter surgeries for Chihuahua/Chihuahua mixes to residents who live in ZIP codes with high Chihuahua population. Owners must live in one of the following ZIP codes: 95111, 95112, 95116, 95122 or 95127. Dogs must be between 4 months and 7 years old and be a Chihuahua or Chihuahua mix under 25 pounds. For complete details, go here and click on spay/neuter information.
  • Dog Book Reading Club: Do you love dogs? Want to learn more about their behavior, training, learning, body language, and using positive training methods? The Humane Society Silicon Valley Dog Book Reading Club meets from 2-4 p.m. fourth Sundays monthly to discuss a different book. 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas. Free. 408-262-2133.

MONTEREY BAY

  • Owling Fledging Party: Celebrate the owlets that hatched in an owl nest box at Haute Enchilada restaurant and are ready to take wing. The evening includes a Latin-fusion meal, silent auction, and a chance to watch, under the stars, the young owlets flying in the courtyard. 5:30-8:30 p.m. April 21. Haute Enchilada, 7902 Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing. $60. Proceeds go towards installing owl next boxes in schools and parks. Reservations required.
  • Birthday Celebration: Help San Francisco SPCA celebrate its 149th birthday with an evening of wine, nibbles, and treats. Watch the shelter dogs celebrate with a special doggie birthday cake. Rabbits and adult cats will be free to adopt all day on April 21 at both the Mission and Pacific Heights Campuses. The birthday celebration will take place from 6-9 p.m. April 21, at Mission Adoption Center, 250 Florida St. RSVP required.
  • SI’L VOUS PLAY: Daytime Nightlife party benefitting Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. With music, portrait photography, live performances, and more. Dress code: cocktail attire. 3 p.m. April 29. Dirty Habit, Hotel Zelos San Francisco, Rooftop, 12 Fourth Street. $15-$20. Tickets.
  • Training Discussion Group: The Santa Cruz SPCA offers a free training discussion group once a month with a local trainer to help dog owners with behavioral issues or training questions. The small-group setting is perfect for people who have newly adopted their first animal or those who have adopted and are experiencing problems they’ve never dealt with before. These sessions are for people only. 6:30-7:30 p.m. first Mondays monthly, Santa Cruz SPCA Capitola Mall Adoption Center and Gift Shop, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola. Reservations required.

AROUND THE STATE

  • Earth Day Dog Hike: Celebrate Earth Day with a leisurely four-mile hike with your dog on the 600-acre Saracina Ranch. The hike will conclude in front of the wine caves for a casual, catered picnic lunch paired with Saracina wines and treats for four-legged companions. 10:30 a.m. April 22. Saracina Vineyards, 11684 S Highway 101, Hopland. $40. A portion of the proceeds from wine sales will benefit Orphan Dog, a Northern California non-profit dog rescue organization.
  • Happy Earth Day: Quarryhill Botanical Garden’s annual celebration has activities for all ages including nature scavenger hunts, 4-H animals, cat displays, Hungry Owl Project, arts and crafts, entertainment, plant sale and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 22. Quarryhill Botanical Garden, 12841 Highway 12, Glen Ellen. Free admission. $10 parking (cash only). 707-996-3166.
  • Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Guided Wetlands Tours: A wildlife naturalist will lead a group (minimum of 18 people) through the diverse wetlands of the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. Learn wildlife identification and behavior patterns, conservation efforts and more. The experience can be customized to include requested information, along a half-mile walking route. For information and scheduling, call 530-846-7505 or email ldieter@dfg.ca.gov. Details.
  • Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve docent-led walks: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Binoculars and bird books available to borrow at no cost. Visitor Center and main overlook are fully accessible. Day use is $4.32 per person, ages 16 and older. Groups of 10 or more should schedule a separate tour.
  • Saturdays: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. PetFood Express, Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, 5829 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; dogs only. 925-392-7654, web.
  • First Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only. Pet Food Express, 1388 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; dogs and cats.
  • Second Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Pet Food Express, 2158 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill; dogs only. Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only. Petco, 170 Arnold Drive, Suite 115, Martinez; rabbits only.
  • Third Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only. PetSmart, 5879 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; rabbits only.
  • Fourth Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only.
  • Sundays: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Petco, 1170 Arnold Drive, Martinez; rabbits only.
  • Sundays: Noon-3 p.m. Contra Costa Animal Services, 4800 Imhoff Place, Martinez; dogs. 925-335-8330.
  • Second Sundays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Sports Basement, 1881 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek; dogs only.
  • Last Sunday of the month: Noon-3 p.m. Molly’s Pup Purree, 425 Hartz Ave., Danville; dogs only.

Homeless Animals Response Program (HARP)

  • Saturdays: Noon-3 p.m. Petsmart, 4655 Century Plaza Blvd., Pittsburg; cats only.
  • Sundays: Noon-3 p.m. Petsmart, Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, 5879 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; dogs only.
  • Sundays: Noon-3 p.m. Pet Food Express, Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, 5829 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; dogs and cats.