East Bay SPCA Adopt-a-thon
Jack London Square, named for the California author who spent his boyhood on the Oakland waterfront before taking off for the Klondike (his relocated cabin is a local landmark), is Oakland’s vibrant social and historical nucleus, home to dozens of shops, restaurants, retail outlets and inviting lawns where many an event is held. It’s only fitting that a public space named for the author of “Call of the Wild” is dog-friendly, too! There’s always something interesting to see here, from the tall ships in port throughout March to farmers markets, vendor fairs, a dance festival (April 28), outdoor movies and free entertainment taking place throughout spring and summer.
Time your visit right, and you can also participate in a string of dog-centric events scheduled elsewhere around town. Among them:
• Growl, Meow and Wine, May 6, is a fundraiser for the East Bay SPCA and takes place at their Oakland facility. Craft beer and wine, light bites and auction items are featured.
• Bark at the Park, June 19, at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum, is a big one, with fans invited to bring their dogs and help cheer on the Oakland Athletics against the Cleveland Indians. Dogs and their people are invited to a pregame party as well as a pup parade on the field, with proceeds benefitting Dogs4Diabetic and the Animal Rescue Foundation.
• The East Bay SPCA Adopt-a-thon, July 21, is geared to raise awareness about homeless animals and offers more than 300 adoptable pets to qualified members of the public.
• The third annual Dog Days of Summer Festival, Aug. 8, takes place at the Chabot Space & Science Center and features demos, activities and veterinarian talks. You’ll need to sign a waiver if you plan to bring your pup.
• Laurel StreetFair
, Aug. 11: This booming neighborhood event will fill the streets with thousands of people enjoying music and dance, a huge Kids’ Zone, fashion shows, creative crafts and an impressive array of food vendors. Leashed dogs welcome, but please keep them close by your side.