With cooler weather (well, in theory) and lots going on, fall is a glorious time for both humans and pets in Central Texas. We put together a sampling that will keep you and your animal pals busy just about all autumn.
For those real social animals out there, many of the groups mentioned below hold regular meetups and other events in addition to the ones listed here. Know of an event we missed? Leave us a comment on the Pet Friendly blog at statesman.com/pets or tweet us: @PetFriendlyATX.
Sept. 7-8: ForeverHome 2013. Petsense Austin teams with local rescue groups as part of this national event, which has the goal of 1,000 adoptions that weekend. Adopted animals will go home with a free bag of food and a goodie bag of treats and toys. Petsense Austin. bit.ly/18aUawP.
Sept. 8: Paddling for PAWS Riverboat Cruise. Cruise Lake Austin on a stern-wheel riverboat, while enjoying dinner, drinks and live music. Proceeds benefit PAWS Shelter and Humane Society in Kyle. 6 p.m. pawsshelter.org/events/riverboat-cruise.
Sept. 20: Pug Rescue of Austin Official Pug Crawl. Prove that you’re really living the Pug Life at this event, which gets going at 6 p.m. on Rainey Street. www.austinpugrescue.com/events.
Sept. 21: Spa AAAH Day. Grooming for bunnies and socializing for their humans. 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Austin Pets Alive. rabbitresource.org/spa-aaah-day.
Sept. 22: Rogue Rescue Run. Rogue Running hosts 5K, Dog Jog and Kids K to benefit Texas Humane Heroes. 8 a.m. Texas Humane Heroes in Leander. www.texashumaneheroes.org/5k.
Sept. 22: Puppy Mill Awareness Day. Connect with rescue groups, learn from speakers and enjoy activities like training demos and live music. It all starts at 10 a.m. in Fiesta Gardens. www.pmadtx.com.
Sept. 23: Austin’s Craft Spirit Show. Cheers! Sample boutique and high-end spirits while supporting Austin Pets Alive. 7 p.m. at Mercury Hall. www.austinpetsalive.org/events.
Sept. 28: Strut Your Mutt Austin. Best Friends Animal Society presents its second annual dog walk in Austin to raise money for homeless pets, followed by a festival featuring Circus Chicken Dog, agility demonstrations and dog yoga. Check in starts at 8 a.m. at Mueller Lake Park. bit.ly/16pQwEl.
Sept. 28: Pet Fest. The festival is the largest fundraiser of the year for Pet Prevent a Litter of Central Texas. A 5K starts the day at 8 a.m., and the event will also feature rescue groups, activities for kids, contests and more. San Marcos Plaza Park. www.preventalitter.com/pet-fest.
Sept. 28: Barkitecture. Starting at noon at Triangle Park, see stylish doghouses created by Austin architects, designers and builders. The money raised will benefit Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Austin & San Antonio, Meals on Wheels & More’s P.A.L.S. Program, Lil’ Paws Maltese Rescue & Other Petite Paws, Pug Rescue of Austin and Don’t Bully Me Rescue Texas. www.austinbarkitecture.com.
Sept. 28: Tails Under the Stars: An Evening With Dogs Out Loud. While you enjoy music, food and drinks and a live auction, you’ll also be helping this organization raise money to get a home of its own. Dogs Out Loud helps train and rehab medium and large dogs with challenging behavior problems so that they can get adopted. 7 p.m., 9908 Oliver Drive. www.dogsoutloud.org/events/tails-under-the-stars.
Oct. 4: "25 Years of Turning Strays to Stars" opening night. Photography by Meg Parker showcases the work of Service Dogs Inc., which gets all its dogs from shelters. Parker’s photos follow strays on their journey to become service dogs. We’re kind of tearing up already. 5:30 p.m., Austin City Hall. If you can’t make opening night, the exhibit will be up through Oct. 16. www.servicedogs.org/events/sdi-photo-exhibit-at-austin-city-hall.
Oct. 5: Denim and Diamonds Fur Ball. A gala for the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter. 6 p.m. at the Marriott North in Round Rock. bit.ly/13UnTbS.
Oct. 5-6: Fall Feline Festival. Austin Cat Fanciers present the 44th Annual Championship and Household Pet Cat Show. Frank Mayborn Civic and Convention Center in Temple. catshows.home.mindspring.com/Austin/acfflyer.htm.
Oct. 19: Dogtoberfest. Your pup will be dog-tired after a day full of activities like a 1K Trot, costume contests and pet portraits at the Domain, Phase 1. Sign-in for the Trot starts at 8 a.m. Proceeds benefit dog rescue efforts in Austin. dogtoberfestaustin.org.
Oct. 19: Cockers of the Caribbean. Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Austin and San Antonio gives humans and canines a chance to get their pirate on at this fundraiser. Besides saying "yaaarrrr," a lot, activities include a raffle and pet photos. 11 a.m. at Austin’s Pizza in Westlake. www.austincockerrescue.org/caribbean-cockers
Oct. 26: Barktoberfest 2013. Dogs really own Oktoberfest puns, huh? But we don’t mind, as long as they keep having these fun fall events. This one benefits Central Texas SPCA and includes a 3K dog walk and a festival. 9:30 a.m., Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. bit.ly/ipRmXe.
Oct. 27: 5th Annual Texas-Sized Pittie Pride. The theme is "Equality: All Dogs are Created Equal." Celebrate this misunderstood breed with a parade that starts in the American-Statesman parking lot and a festival at Republic Square Park with rescue groups, a silent auction and more. Parade at noon; festival at 12:30. love-a-bull.org/news/events/about-this-years-event.
Oct. 29: National Cat Day 2013. Started in 2005, this national event aims to help shelter cats get adopted, a mission that we (and our cat) just love. www.nationalcatday.com.
Oct. 30: Austin Pets Alive Presents Tricks + Treats. A program, dinner and, of course, trick-or-treating. 6 p.m., Nowlin Rehearsal Studio. www.austinpetsalive.org/events.
Nov. 7: Bone Appetite. Fundraiser for PAWS Shelter and Humane Society in Kyle. 7 p.m. Sacred Oaks at Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs. on.fb.me/16RBczH.
Nov. 9: Rags to Wags. Three words for you: Dog. Fashion. Show. The Austin Humane Society’s annual gala also includes a dinner and silent auction, but we’re all about those models on the catwalk — er, dogwalk. 6:30 p.m. ragstowags.org.