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Dug Up at Dogster — May 2020 Dog Events

The month of May brings plenty of virtual dog events for you and your pup to enjoy!

Melissa L. Kauffman  |  May 27th 2020

Looking for a dog event for you and your dog? Don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of virtual dog events for May. Don’t see your dog event on this list, then just email us at dogstermag@belvoir.com.

All Month of May: National Pet Month and Chip Your Pet Month

“Stop Cancer Furever” is a two-month campaign raising awareness of, and funds for, research leading to new understandings about how to prevent, diagnose and treat animal cancers.

May 1, 2020 — June 30, 2020: Morris Animal Foundation’s Stop Cancer Furever Campaign

The nonprofit Morris Animal Foundation launches its seventh annual pet cancer campaign, Stop Cancer Furever. The two-month campaign raises awareness of, and funds for, research leading to new understandings about how to prevent, diagnose and treat animal cancers. All information can be found at Stop Cancer Furever. This year, once again, the Petco Foundation and Blue Buffalo Company are providing a dollar-for-dollar match on all gifts up to $100,000.

As part of the campaign, the Foundation also is “hosting” a one-mile Stop Cancer Furever Virtual Walk to fundraise for Stop Cancer Furever on June 20. Participants can set up their own fundraiser page on the Foundation’s events page, and include their story, pictures and share why cancer research is important to them. The Virtual Walk helps supporters come together as a virtual community of hope and action. Participants who raise at least $100 receive a Foundation bandana and a customizable Wall of Hope certificate. In addition to raising funds for cancer research, Morris Animal Foundation will provide pet owners and animal lovers free downloadable cancer prevention checklists and other educational cancer-related content. Learn more at morrisanimalfoundation.org. Check out the Stop Cancer Furever campaign video here.

May 2, 2020: Angel Pets Expo 2020 taking place online

This Asheville, NC, pet-friendly expo filled with presentations, food vendors, door prizes, music, Animal Blessings and more is now going online! Many vendors and presentations focusing on holistic pet care can now be accessed virtually with specials and discounts being offered throughout the day! The Angel Pets Expo supports the idea that pets are angels and pets are family! Just go to angelpetsexpo.com or check it out on Facebook.

May 2, 2020: 5th Annual Party for the Paws rescheduled

This annual event to benefit the Atlanta Humane Society has been postponed, but the event will be rescheduled at a later date. Check out puppyhavenat.com for updates.

May 3, 2020: Nationally Specially-Abled Pets Day

Dogs don’t care that they are specially-abled and neither should we, but specially-abled dogs have a hard time getting adopted. Celebrate these courageous pups during this day and consider having a specially-abled pup become a part of your family. @speciallyabledpetsday on Facebook.

The International Dog Behaviour Conference (DBC) has moved from an in-person event to a global online event bringing together the most influential, progressive and inspirational pet industry experts with dog lovers, owners, trainers and professionals from around the world.

May 9-10, 2020: International Dog Behaviour Conference relaunched as global online event

The International Dog Behaviour Conference (DBC) has moved from an in-person event to an online platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This global online event brings together the most influential, progressive and inspirational pet industry experts with dog lovers, owners, trainers and professionals from around the world. Held via videoconference, it now features an expanded panel of luminaries from the animal world. Speakers list includes Dogster contributor and behaviourist Victoria Stilwell, best known for the TV show “It’s Me or the Dog” and CEO of Positively, VSPDT and Victoria Stilwell Academy, plus doctoral researcher from the University of Sussex Holly Root-Gutteridge, behaviour expert and Companion Animal Psychology founder Zazie Todd, renowned veterinary behaviourist Sara Heath, Petreprenuer marketing expert J. Nichole Smith of Working with Dog, Arizona State University’s behavioral scientist Clive Wynne and DBC favorite Sarah Fisher. The DBC is hosted by the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behaviour. Registration is open to the public at positively.com/dbc.

May 9: 2020: National Dog Mom’s Day

Forget traditional Mother’s Day — or perhaps not or you’ll be in trouble; however, add this day to your calendar to celebrate those of us Dog Moms who care for and love our furry animal kids. Celebrated on the second Saturday of every May.

Scooby Doo, the whole gang and The Mystery Machine are tackling another doggone mystery in Scoob! released digitally on May 15th!

May 15, 2020: The movie Scoob! premieres digitally

Everyone’s favorite Great Dane paws back to the big screen in his own animated feature film. Don’t worry about waiting for movie theaters to open back up to see it — Scoob! will release digitally! The whole gang and The Mystery Machine are tackling another doggone mystery — a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. Directed by Tony Cervone, you’ll hear stars like Zac Efron, Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Gina Rodriguez, Tracy Morgan, Will Forte, Ken Jeong and Frank Welker as the voice of Scooby Doo. Trailer at scoob.movie.

May 17, 2020: Broadcast of 4th Annual Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina

Maria Menounos and digital correspondent Akbar Gbajabiamila give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina, including star-studded interviews with pet-loving celebrity guests.

Cuddle up on the couch with your human and fur family for an evening of family-friendly entertainment on NBC at 8 p.m. EST/PST and 7 p.m. CT/MT. Filmed prior to the pandemic, Purina, NBC and ‘Better Together’ podcast host, Maria Menounos, are sure to bring a smile to dog lovers’ faces as they watch a parade of perfectly primped pups compete for the illustrious title of Best in Show. The Beverly Hills Dog Show highlights hundreds of amazing dogs in and out of the show ring. This year’s show features more than 1,500 dogs representing more than 200 eligible breeds, including the Barbet (sporting group) and the Dogo Argentino (working group), two newly AKC-sanctioned breeds, all competing for the top prize. Legendary dog show analyst, David Frei, and beloved TV personality, John O’Hurley co-host the show offering expert insights and color commentary, while NBC Sports’ Mary Carillo and Maria Menounos give behind-the-scenes access to the competing pups and two-legged and four-legged celebrities in attendance. Viewers are encouraged to post their Beverly Hills Dog Show Dog-Watching Moments on social media during the show using the hashtag #BevHillsDogShow. Select posts will be reshared on Purina’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information, visit www.purina.com or check out Purina on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Purina), Twitter (www.twitter.com/Purina) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/purina).

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May 27, 2020: Webinar “What Number 2 Can Tell You”

Check out Morris Animal Foundation’s new monthly educational webinar series “AnimaNEWS 101.” It launches today at 11 am MDT on the topic “What Number 2 Can Tell You.” Sign up to view live or check out the recording afterward. “AnimalNEWS 101” provides monthly animal health lessons for pet owners from a wide range of experts. This month’s webinar is sponsored in part by AnimalBiome, dedicated to improving pet health through microbiome assessments for dogs and cats, and the development of diagnostics and therapeutics for chronic digestive disorders. The Morris Animal Foundation, headquartered in Denver, is one of the largest nonprofit animal health research organizations in the world, funding more than $155 million in studies across a broad range of species. More at morrisanimalfoundation.org.


May 27, 2020 — May 31, 2020: Find Love Online National Virtual Super Adoption

The first-of-its-kind ‘Find Love Online,’ national virtual Super Adoption goes from May 27-31. Thousands of dogs and cats from 250 animal shelters and rescue groups across the country will be available for adoption, in one virtual location. It’s an important time to help relieve the pressure on shelters as they begin to face an increase in intake due to the effects of COVID-19. Best Friends Animal Society teams up with Adopets to host this event. Find participating groups here https://network.bestfriends.org/findloveonline

May 30-31, 2020: World Dog Expo postponed until 2021

The World Dog Expo, which was to take place on May 30-31, 2020, is postponed due to Covid-19. The new date will be May 22-23, 2021 at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, New Jersey. The weekend festival celebrates dogs with a variety of events: dock diving, disc dog, lure coursing, weight pull, agility, fly ball, obedience, scent work, French ring sport, barn hunt and Schutzhund. Get the latest details at worldexpo.dog.

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