First fall line up of pet events


Fall is a great time to get out and play with your favorite furry friend. Here are a few events that are coming up:


Sept. 29

Sproutfest – Finding Shelter, a no-kill all volunteer organization is hosting the 4th annual Sproutfest to shine a spotlight on rescue dogs on Sept. 29 There will be music, food and lots of animals looking for their forever homes. Some of the rescues, shelters, and non-profits expected to attend are Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT), Brookline Labrador Retriever Rescue, Cane Corso Rescue, Delaware Valley Pug Rescue, Delaware Valley Siberian Husky Rescue, Forever Home Animal Rescue, Give A Dog A Bone, Main Line Animal Rescue, Mid-Atlantic Jack Rescue, Operation Ava, PAWSibilities Animal Rescue, Philly Pug and Short Nosed Rescue, Senior Dog Haven and Hospice, The Grannie Project, and To Love A Canine.

The event will be held at the Upper Merion Township building, 175 West Valley Forge Rd., King of Prussia.

For more information about Sproutfest, contact Finding Shelter Animal Rescue at (610) 272-2293 or visit their website at

Sept. 29

Woofstock returns again to Harrisburg’s Riverfront Park on Sept. 29 from 11 to  5 p.m. The event features special guest Jon Provost, who played Timmy in the long-running “Lassie” television series, along with Robert Weatherwax, famed Hollywood dog trainer and son of the late Rudd Weatherwax, who established the famous line of Lassies. Larry Levin, author of New York Times Best Seller “Oogy, A Dog Only a Family Could Love” and Philadelphia-area resident, returns to WoofStock with his beloved Oogy. Enjoy food, music and a variety of pet-related vendors, and meet dogs in need of adoption. All proceeds support Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance's spay/neuter programs. More information is available at


Animal Lovers Lecture: Comprehensive Cancer Care at Penn Vet

 A panel of experts will share how Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital is changing the face of cancer medicine with a Comprehensive Cancer Care Program – a multidisciplinary approach to evaluate and treat cancer patients. Through this groundbreaking program, the best minds from all aspects of cancer care collaborate and offer solutions that are individually tailored for each patient, resulting in better care, more efficient service, and a more complete approach.

The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Penn Vet Hill Pavilion, 380 S. University Ave. Philadelphia. Admission:is free. Reservations are required: 215-746-7460 or

Oct. 19

Mutt Strut - Lace up your sneakers for the 7th Annual Philadelphia PAWS Mutt Strut this Sunday. It’s more than a dog walk. Live music, food, giveaways a dog agility and costume class, talent class, paw painting, “Ask the Vet/Trainer” booths, all to benefit the good work of Philadelphia animal Welfare Society. Plus there will be plenty of homeless dogs looking for good people! And if you don’t have a dog for the dog walk, you can rent one (and you might find that special forever friend)!

Registration fee is $25. The event runs from 9:00 am - 1:30 pm at the Navy Yard, 4747 S. Broad St.

For more info visit the Mutt Strut website

Ongoing events at Penn Vet Working Dog Center:

Fit To Work (Or Play) Classes Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Fit to Work is a specially designed program that brings together the building blocks of total fitness, stretching, core strength, proprioception (body awareness), balance, and endurance. Each dog is evaluated for its baseline fitness, body condition, and expected needs based on its lifestyle. Basic exercises are taught and a plan to build the total fitness for each dog is developed

Event Admission: $100 for 4 classes or $28 per class. Location: Penn Vet Working Dog Center, 3401 Grays Ferry Avenue, Philadelphia. Reservations Required:

First Aid Classes

Basic First Aid is an essential skill for all pet owners and working dog handlers. This class combines lectures and hands-on practice in evaluating normal parameters in your dog and learning to recognize when emergency veterinary care is needed

Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Event Admission: $100 for 4 classes or $28 per class Location: Penn Vet Working Dog Center, 3401 Grays Ferry Avenue, Philadelphia. Reservations Required:

Tricks Class

Thursdays from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Teaching a dog tricks can be useful and fun. Many tricks can be incorporated into a fitness program or just for the sheer joy of working with your dog. This class introduces the basic foundations necessary to build more complex tricks. All teaching is based on positive reinforcement and having fun with your dog.

Event Admission: $100 for 4 classes or $28 per class Location: Penn Vet Working Dog Center, 3401 Grays Ferry Avenue, Philadelphia. Reservations Required:


Puppy Socialization Class

Mondays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This science-based socialization and training program addresses puppy socialization to other dogs and people, introduction and exposure to novel stimuli (sounds, surfaces, and objects), low stress handling, practical reward-based training, and discussion of topics including housebreaking, crate training, feeding, limiting unwanted behaviors (chewing, mouthing, and jumping behaviors), and recognizing dog body language. This class is designed for puppies ages 8-16 weeks

Event Admission: $120 for 6 classes. Location: Penn Vet Working Dog Center, 3401 Grays Ferry Avenue, Philadelphia. Reservations Required: 215-898-3347 or Initial DHPP vaccine required.