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November 12, 2011 at 5:05 AM

Pet events for November: Santa makes an early visit

Posted by Judy Averill

November is off to a blustery start and it seems like the wind is blowing us right into the holidays. Several organizations are hosting events in hopes of moving adoptable pets into new homes for the holidays, there's a holiday wine-tasting event and even Santa is making a few early visits for holiday photos with pets.

Here's a roundup of some the events. If you have an upcoming event, please share the information with us in an email to

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Got a big heart but a small living space? Small, furry creatures like this mouse are available for adoption from Seattle Animal Shelter. For details, see the item "Cool City Pets" below. Photo courtesy of Seattle Animal Shelter.

Wine tasting and Barkling Wine sale: 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, Northwest Cellars Winery, 11909 124th Ave. N.E., Kirkland. The winery hosts a holiday wine-tasting event to benefit Pasado's Safe Haven. Pasado's limited edition Barkling Wine (with a cute rescued pup in a Santa hat on the label) will be available for purchase. The $15 tasting includes a donation to benefit the animals.

Fabulous Felines: Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave. N.E., Seattle. Several different breeds will be featured in this Seattle Animal Shelter event for cats that are in foster care but are now ready for their forever homes. Adoption fees, ranging from about $45-$135, cover initial vaccinations, deworming, spaying or neutering, ID microchip and more.

Rock Out for Animals: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, The High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., Seattle. Bands In Cahoots, Furniture Girls, Verlee for Ransom and Afraid of Figs will be performing in a concert to benefit Seattle Humane Society. Donations of pet food will be collected for the organization's pet food bank. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door or at Must be 21 to attend.

Wine Benefit for Seattle Humane Society: Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov., 12, The Wine Shoppe at Hawk's Landing, 1785 NE 44th St., Ste. 105, Renton. Ten percent of the wines purchased at this event will benefit the animals in the care of Seattle Humane Society.

Cool Canines & Fabulous Felines: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, and noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, PetSmart, 17845 Garden Way N.E., Woodinville. Animal Alliance of WA will have kittens and cats from Happy Paws Farm and Purrfect Pals available for adoption Saturday. On Sunday, adoptable puppies and dogs from Barks R Us, Saving Paws of Washington and Wenatchee Valley Humane Society will be at the store.

"Sylvia" Dogs Night Out: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St., Seattle. The dog seats are filled! However, there are seats ($25) still available in the people-only section for this performance of "Sylvia." For tickets to this special performance of A.R. Gurney's adult comedy, call 206-443-2222. If you already have seats for you and your dog, click here to read tips from Jaks the dog on "How to Have a Doggone Good Time at Dogs Night Out." While you're at the theater, drop off a donation of pet food. has offered to match pet food donations collected at the show up to 1,000 pounds. The food with be donated to Seattle Humane Society's Pet Food Bank.

Home 4 the Holidays: Nov. 14-24, Animal Talk Rescue, 6514 Roosevelt Way N.E., Seattle. For a limited time, the no-kill, nonprofit organization Animal Talk Rescue will offer 40 percent off adult adoption fees for cats four years and older. (Fees for an adult cat are usually about $100.) The cats are spayed or neutered, have ID microchips, have been treated for fleas and worms and tested for feline leukemia. Many of the older cats are even litter-box and scratch-post trained. Adopted cats will get a free bag of Nutro Natural Choice food. See adoptable cats on the organization's website or visit the adoption center. Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Dogs Welcome Hikes: 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18, and Friday, Nov. 25, Issaquah Trails Center, 110 S.E. Bush St., Issaquah. The Issaquah Alps Trails Club hikes are 3-6 miles and vary in elevation gain. Check the club's website for details on required gear for both you and your dog.

Cool City Pets: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle. Small critters are the focus of this family-friendly event. Learn about and meet adoptable rabbits, mice, hamsters, gerbils, rats and guinea pigs. Volunteers will be available to offer information about housing needs, handling tips and health requirements. For detailed driving directions, call 206-386-7387 (listen to the prompts) or see the shelter's website.

Santa Paws Pet Photos: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, Molbak's, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville. It's a dog-friendly day at the garden center. The jolly fellow in the red suit will be available for digital photos with dogs for a $20 donation that benefits Seattle Humane Society. The digital files will be provided by Bailey & Banjo pet photography. If you're looking to adopt a pet, the Maxmobile will be on site with available animals. There will be free treats for the pooches and a drawing for pet products. See Molbak's tips for a successful outing with your dog by clicking here.

Photos with Santa: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, and Saturday, Nov. 26, Dooley's Dog House, 1421 Market Street, Kirkland. Santa pops into Dooley's Dog House to pose for photos with pets. For $20 you get a 5x7 photo. Proceeds benefit Pasado's Safe Haven. The theme for November is Father Christmas with a traditional setting. On Dec. 3 and 4, Santa gets into the aloha spirit for a Hawaii theme.

Tips: Before heading out the door, check the event websites (click on the event names) for restrictions, required gear and schedule changes. Carry a leash, water and scoop bags.

Share your adventures
While you're out and about with your pet (or having fun at home), snap a photo and send it to The Seattle Times Pets Flickr account. (See the instructions below.) We'll feature a selection of submissions in an upcoming photo gallery.

Some guidelines:
- Please put a short title of the photo in the email subject line. (Example: Santa Claws, surprised sammy, dancing dog. You get the idea.)
-In the body of the email, please include a very brief caption and your name (and the photographer's name, if different) so that we may properly credit the photo.
- Please attach only one picture per email.

Submissions are unpaid. Please see our Terms of Service, particularly the section under "License," about "user published content."
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