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February 2020 Calendar

Adoptable Dogs at Pup Plaza. Sat., Feb. 1 (and every Saturday), 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Pup Plaza (an initiative of Silicon Valley Pet Project), 14408 Union Ave., San Jose. Come meet dogs available for adoption through Silicon Valley Pet Project in a relaxed, fun environment at Pup Plaza. Note not all adoptable dogs attend each adoption event. Complete an adoption application if you are interested in meeting any of the adoptable dogs.

Bay Area Pet Expo. Sat., Feb. 8, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Craneway Pavilion, Richmond. You can bring your pet to this pet expo, which includes tons of exhibitors, prize giveaways, discounted vaccinations, free nail trims, agility demonstrations, training demos, pet products, fun activities, and more. $3-$5.

Doga at Pup Plaza. Sun., Feb. 9, 10-11 a.m., Pup Plaza, 14408 Union Ave., San Jose. Learn about bonding with dogs through Doga. While guiding the yoga practice, the Doga instructor will provide moments throughout the class for participants to bond, reward, and breathe with their dogs. The instructor will provide suggested cues for the leash and various opportunities during class to check-in and reconnect with their dogs. Class fee: $15. Register at

Humane Society Silicon Valley: The Fur Ball 2020 at Levi’s Stadium. Sat., March 28, 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara. You and your pup are invited to The Fur Ball at Levi’s Stadium. Choose your experience and don’t miss out on the evening of a lifetime. Grand Gala 5-9 p.m., Dynamic Dining 6-10 p.m. Levi’s Stadium, More information on our website at

Leap to the Rescue of Cats and Kittens with ‘Kitten Lady’ Hannah Shaw. Sat., Feb. 29, 10-4:30 p.m., Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority, 3370 Thomas Road, Santa Clara. Hannah Shaw, known as ‘Kitten Lady,’ will share her passion for saving felines at two workshops. Shaw is an award-winning humane educator, kitten rescuer, best-selling author, and animal advocate. She will lead two workshops — Community Cats 101 and Saving Kittens’ Lives — then join some guests for a meet-and-greet. $25-$75. Register for individual workshops or both. This event is being hosted by Friends of SVACA,

Levels-Based Dog Training at Pup Plaza. Thu., Feb. 6 (and all Thursdays), 6:30-8 p.m.,  Pup Plaza, 14408 Union Ave., San Jose. Sign up for our new and improved levels-based training class. Move through the levels at your dog’s speed and at your schedule’s convenience. The focus is on positive reinforcement-based training and setting your dog up for success, allowing for a more harmonious relationship with your pooch. Start with Introduction to Training and learn about the training, what to expect, and how best to allow your dog to learn. Level One practices basic behaviors like “sit” and “come” while laying the foundation for having a polite walking partner. Level Two teaches “down,” “stay,” and “leave it.” This series is appropriate for dogs of all ages and breeds, but is not appropriate for dogs with reactive behavior. Need help with that? Ask us for a referral to a private trainer. Register at for more details and to enroll.

Paint Your Pet. Sat., Feb. 8, 2:30-5:30 p.m., Pup Plaza, 14408 Union Ave., San Jose. Join Pup Plaza to create a one-of-a-kind acrylic pet portrait on canvas, done in a colorful style inspired by American Pop Artist Andy Warhol. No artistic experience is necessary. Begins with a short lesson about painting techniques with three brush types and includes instruction on transferring your pet’s image to the canvas with graphite, painting the background, painting the main features of your pet, and final finishing details. Use vibrant, non-toxic acrylic paints. All art materials and light refreshments will be provided. $45 Register at

Paws for Love 2020. Sat., Feb. 8, 6-10 p.m., Finley Community Center, 2060 W. College at Stony Point, Santa Rosa. Paws for Love holds its 21st annual fundraising gala to benefit animals in need. Live and silent auctions, live music, hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, champagne, a fortune teller, and a gallery of captivating art created by shelter animals. One of Wine Country’s most cherished events. Tickets are $50 advance and $60 at the door and are available at

Pet Camp Pittie Party 2020. Tue., Feb. 11, 6-9: p.m., Pet Camp San Francisco, 525 Phelps St., San Francisco. Don’t let Valentine’s Day turn into a self-pity party; instead attend Pet Camp’s ‘Pittie Party’ with your forever valentine, your Pittie pup. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres with other humans and pitties. That’s right, Pet Camp’s Pittie Party includes actual Pitties. This Valentine’s Day, Pet Camp is sharing the love — all proceeds go to Friends of San Francisco Animal Care & Control to help build a new animal shelter. Plus, our Friends of SFACC will supply the party with pitties looking for new forever homes. Join the pittie pack for a Valentine’s Day evening that will be anything but pitiful. Instead, it will be pittie-full.! At the Pet Camp Meadow. Cost is $20.

Pup Plaza Book Club. Mon., Feb. 3, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Pup Plaza, 14408 Union Ave., San Jose. Join Pup Plaza for a different kind of book club. Meet, socialize, and share favorite books about (and love for), what else, dogs. February’s Book of the Month is: A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans. RSVP at Silicon Valley Dog Lover’s Group, Book Club Event here:

Reading With Dogs. Thu., Feb. 13, 4-5 p.m., Pup Plaza, 14408 Union Ave., San Jose. Children (6+ years old and up) are invited to practice their reading skills with our Pup Plaza canine ambassadors. Meet Pup Plaza canine ambassadors. Books will be provided, but children can bring their own book if they choose. Pup Plaza provides a casual, fun environment to read in the company of gentle and loving dogs. Admission is free, but space is limited so pre-registration is necessary. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register at

Valentine’s Wags & Wine With San Francisco Aid for Animals. Sun., Feb. 9, 2-5 p.m., The San Francisco Wine Trading Company, 250 Taraval St., San Francisco. Join San Francisco Aid for Animals for an afternoon of wine tasting and the opportunity to take home some wonderful items from the silent auction to benefit SFAfA. This event is 21 and over but well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome. Be one of the first to arrive and receive a Pet Food Express gift card. Purchase your tickets today and bring your valentine (your date, your dog, or just treat yourself) and help local pets in need. $50. SFAfA’s mission is to make urgent life-saving veterinary care affordable.

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Above: You can do Doga at Pup Plaza with your pup for some bonding.

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