Happy Dogust! Sundays is celebrating National Dog Month this August by sharing adoption events across the US.
So, What is Dogust?
Many dog parents call the eighth month of the year ‘Dogust’ because it’s National Dog Month and includes the Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs on August 1st. This special day was made to honor the pups in our lives who were adopted or rescued.
An adopted dog's birthdate can be a bit murky since rescues or shelters may not know a pup’s exact backstory. Dogust events were created to ensure that every dog gets a birthday, even if it's not their real one.
So, on August 1st, spoil your dog with a new toy, treats or a big box of Sundays for their Dogust birthday bash. If you’re already booked on August 1st, never fear as there are plenty of other holidays you and your dog can look forward to in Dogust:
- August 4th - Assistance Dog Day
- August 5th - Work Like a Dog Day
- August 10th - Spoil Your Dog Day
- August 15th - National Check the Chip Day
- August 23rd - International Blind Dog Day
- August 26th - National Dog Day
The best way to celebrate all that rescue dogs offer us? Support the organizations that help vulnerable pups find safe, loving homes. Check out our list of Dogust adoption events across the U.S. and show these groups some love. You might even end up adding to your own pack!
Pacific / Southwest Dogust Events
Saturday, August 26th, 10am-4pm
2700 Ninth St.
Berkeley, CA 94710
Live music? Check. Tasty food bites and beverages? Double check. Dogs and cats available for adoption from all over the Bay Area? We’re there. A chance to not just adopt a new pal but also connect with local rescues about how you can help in DOGust and beyond, Bark (& Meow) Around The Block is basically Coachella if our furry friends were in charge of the planning committee.
Saturday, August 19th and Sunday, August 20th (reduced fee adoption event) &
Saturday, August 26th and Sunday, August 27th (Clear the Shelters)
Multiple Locations throughout Los Angeles County, hours vary based on location
Los Angeles Animal Services has an active (and regularly updated!) events calendar that is a great resource for prospective pet parents in the LA area. Their reduced fee adoption weekends occur on a regular basis, but their Clear The Shelters event the last weekend in August will see all adoption fees waived.
Saturday, August 19th, 11am-1pm
9745 Mission Gorge Rd
Santee, CA 92071
The San Diego Humane Society works through a number of highly engaged area rescue groups (like the incredible Frosted Faces Foundation!) to place and care for adoptable pets. There are recurring, smaller adoption meet and greet events at local Petco locations - which has the added benefit of letting you gear up with your new best pal!
Saturday, August 19th, 1pm-4 pm
7380 SW Garden Home Rd.
Portland, OR 97223
Adorable adoptable dogs meet delicious food and drink at this southwest Portland adoption event sponsored by rescue group Street Dog Hero. SDH takes in pups in need of a home from around the world and supports adopters to make sure their home is an SDH pup’s forever spot.
Saturday, August 5th, 11am-2pm
PAWSH Park Place
5870 E. Broadway Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85711
Pups in the Plaza takes place the first Saturday of the month at Park Place Mall in Tuscon. If you decide to make one (or more) of the adoptable dogs part of your family, you’ll recieve 25% off all PAWSH merchandise the day you take your new pup home!
Mountain Time Dogust Events
Saturday, August 19th, 10am - 3pm
Missoula, MT 59802
For 17 years, PetFest has been a festival-style event to promote pet adoption, platform local shelters and rescue groups, and highlight local businesses and services focused on pet care. You gotta love an event that can balance an educational focus on responsible pet ownership with lighthearted fun like a Weiner Dog Dash!
Saturday, August 19, 9am-11am
Cheyenne Animal Shelter
800 Southwest Dr.
Cheyenne, WY 82007
While not, strictly speaking, a DOGust ‘adoption event’ this collaboration between the Cheyenne Animal Shelter and the Cheyenne Running Club is a chance for active humans to meet active, adoptable pups and run / walk together. It’s heartwarming fun - in more ways than one!
Midwest Dogust Events
Sunday, August 20th, 12pm - 4pm
Chicago, IL 60618
Taking place in Chicago’s charming “village within the city” area of Roscoe Village, PAWS Chicago will have adoptable pets on hand so you can meet and socialize out in the real world. A heads up that the standard PAWS Chicago adoption process applies, so check their website for forms and info in advance!
Saturday, August 19th, 11am - 1pm
Bar K Kansas City
501 Berkely Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64120
It’s a bar, it’s a fully-staffed dog park, it’s Kansas City’s Bar K! Dogs adopted during this DOGust event will not only get a new human pal, but also a one year membership to Bar K. That means a whole year of joyful, responsibly supervised play for humans and pups alike!
Saturday, August 26th, 12pm - 4pm
Humane Society of Greater Dayton
1661 Nicholas Rd.
Dayton, OH 45417
For their Clear The Shelters event, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton is offering a “name your own price” adoption event, allowing prospective pet parents up to 50% off regular adoption fees. Adoption forms can be filled out either online in advance or at the shelter.
Mid-Atlantic Dogust Events
Saturday, August 20th, 11am-4pm
107 Levering Street
Philadelphia, PA 19127
This celebration of all things dog takes place along Manayunk’s Main Street corridor and will feature pup-focused specials at many local businesses, adoptable friends through local rescue Saved Me, a dog agility course, a dog photobooth, and even paw readings from a local dog medium. A summer must if you are in the Philly area!
Sunday, August 6th, 12pm-2pm
100 Wicomico St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
The Baltimore Humane Society maintains a super active calendar of events, including this casual hang at a local brewery taproom with some adorable adoptables. Bonus: It’s a great chance to learn more about volunteer opportunities with BHS and other ways they need community support.
Washington, D.C. / DMV Area
Saturday, August 12th & Saturday, August 26th, 1pm-3pm
Weber’s Pet Supermarket
11135 Lee Hwy.
Fairfax, VA 22030
The SPCA of Northern Virginia holds regular adoption fair events across NOVA, and these two weekends at Weber’s Pet Supermarket in Fairfax are a mainstay of their adoption outreach work. SPCA NOVA asks that potential adopters complete a ‘Meet Your Match’ form before the event but welcomes anyone interested in meeting adoptable pups or interested in supporting their efforts.
Northeast Dogust Events
Saturday, August 12th, 11am-3pm
Knickerbocker Ave between Starr St & Suydam St
Bushwick, Brooklyn 11237
We gotta be honest: NYC’s mobile adoption game is STRONG. Between the ASPCA and Animal Care Centers of NYC’s mobile adoption events, potential pet parents have a number of ways to meet a new furry friend (or support those working to make those connections).
New York State
Saturday, August 5th, Saturday, August 12th, and Saturday, August 26th, 10am-12pm
PetsMart in Latham Farms
609 Troy Schenectady Rd
The Capital District Humane Association makes it easy to meet the next furry member of your family at one of their regular adoption clinics at area PetsMart locations.
Saturday, August 5th, 11am-4pm
New Hampshire Humane Society
1305 Meredith Center Rd.
Laconia, NH 03246
The New Hampshire Humane Society goes hard for a theme and we love them for it! This birthday-themed adoption event will give potential adopters a chance to meet available pets at their fun, welcoming (beautifully woodsy) facility.
Animal Rescue League of Boston
Boston, Brewster / Cape Cod, and Dedham locations, hours vary
ARL’s Animal Care & Adoption Centers are all-in for Clear The Shelters this August. Facilities will have special events throughout the month, but you can stop in at the Boston, Brewster / Cape Cod, and Dedham locations to meet adoptable pals or make a donation in support of ARL’s work in the region.
Southern Dogust Events
Saturday, August 12th, 8am - 8pm
3400 NE 53rd Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32609-2015
The UF Student Chapter of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians is partnering with Alachua County Animal Resources and the Wagmore Foundation to attempt a noble and ambitious goal - 100 adoptions in one day. All fees will be waived and adopted pets will get a free package of vet services including flea treatments and vaccines.
Saturday, August 26th, 11am - 6pm
Campus for All Animals
7007 Old Katy Road
Houston, TX 77024
Sometimes getting older can feel lonely, which is why the Houston SPCA is focusing their Clear The Shelters event on connecting community elders with a furry companion. Seniors 60+ will receive up to $50 off pet adoption fees and there will be free activities and giveaways throughout the day.
Friday, August 25th - Sunday, August 27th, 12pm - 6pm
SPCA of Texas Dallas Animal Care Center / Ellis County Animal Care Center
2400 Lone Star Dr.
Dallas, TX 75212
Throughout the month of August, adoption fees at the SPCA of Texas Dallas Animal Care Center are only $25. If you venture there between Friday, August 25th and Sunday, August 27th, however, all adoption fees will be waived for their Clear The Shelters event. Who doesn’t love that?
Saturday, August 5th, 11am-1pm
1601 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704
Would you rather spend a Saturday morning sipping on mimosas and coffee or cuddling adoptable puppies? The Austin Humane Society doesn’t think you should have to choose! This event lets attendees get up close and personal with dogs looking for their forever homes and 10% of sales will be donated back to AHS. It’s a win-win-win!
National Dogust Events
Don’t see a listed resource in your community? Clear The Shelters is a national initiative of local NBCUniversal and Telemundo affiliates to - you guessed it - clear local animal shelters during the month of August. Since 2015, Clear The Shelters has helped more than 860,000 (!) pets find new homes. Their handy interactive map of Clear The Shelters locations will help you locate a shelter or rescue in your area eager to match you with a forever fur friend, with many participating sites covering some (or all) adoption fees during August to help make the decision that much easier!
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