Philadelphia has a cure for the dog days of summer, starting with an extraordinary event—Woof Fest, a fido-friendly musical festival on August 24. This multimedia summer concert is especially designed for dog-lovers. Videos and pictures will celebrate famous dogs, service dogs, and your favorite cartoon dogs, while a professional orchestra conducted by the acclaimed Maestro Steven Mercurio will play A Grateful Tail: the first-ever symphony composed as a tribute to canines everywhere. Featuring samba rhythms and a gospel choir, this four-movement symphony will make you (and your dog) get up and dance! wooffest.com
Monster Milers will host, The Rescue Run, Philadelphia's first 5k to promote adoption and rescue on Sunday, September 29 at 10 a.m. at the Navy Yard. During the post-race Rescue Rally, hundreds of runners and spectators will greet adoptable dogs, enjoy favorite foods from area food trucks, and meet local vendors and rescue organizations. Early bird registration is $25 until July 31st, $30 after August 1st and will increase to $35 on race day. The Rescue Run 5k will be chip-timed and all runners who register online will receive a race tech-tee.
Monster Milers is an all-volunteer organization, whose primary mission is to connect Philadelphia runners with homeless dogs as running companions. Over 330 “Milers” or volunteers take out pre-screened dogs from PAWS Wellness Clinic in Grays Ferry, the PAWS Adoption Center in Old City and the Street Tails Animal Rescue shelter in Northern Liberties on runs throughout the city and nearby parks. To learn more about Monster Milers: call 267-282-1270, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting their website or facebook. Since Monster Milers hit the ground running in 2010, they’ve helped hundreds of dogs find their forever homes, one step at a time.
Square 1682, a popular Philly restaurant, has partnered with Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society to host its third annual Bring Your Own Dog weekend brunches—offering healthy, gourmet meals for guests and their canine companions throughout the summer. Each fresh, natural dish on the BYOD menu is named after an employee’s pooch and benefits a great cause. Dog will adore “Lola’s Desayuno,” a dish which features organic eggs, ham, spinach, and mushrooms. Plus, PAWS representatives will be on site with adorable, adoptable dogs in search of loving homes!