Puppy Pals and Family at The Shops at Montebello

December 1: Join The Shops at Montebello for the Puppy Pals Family Programming with activities for the kids and prize giveaways.

Santa Paws Photos in Dana Point

December 2: Start a family tradition with these keepsake photos of your beloved pets. Bring your furry friends to have their picture taken with Santa.

Pet Loss Counseling and Support Groups of Orange County

December 2: Pet Loss Counseling and Support Groups provide therapeutic and compassionate support to assist you when saying goodbye to the pet you love.

Yappy Howl-iday Hour at Ritz Carlton in Dana Point

December 3: This festive gathering of canines and their companions provides Fido with the opportunity to be photographed with the “Big Dog” himself – Santa Claus.

Wiener Wonderland Dog Races

December 3: Dozens of dachshunds scramble in pursuit of fame and imaginative lures as spectators cheer them on along a 20-yard cobblestone track.

Pet Photo Nights with Santa at The Shops at Montebello

November 12 and December 3: Many pet owners view their pet as an integral member of the family and are just as committed in caring for their pets as their “human” family members. Pet Photo Nights are hosted after regular mall closing and the set gets an extensive cleaning following the event to remove any potential risk to allergy sufferers.

Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair at Irvine Animal Care Center

December 10: Help animals find homes at the 11th annual Home for the Holidays pet adoption fair. More than 40 pet rescue groups and animal shelters will bring about 600 homeless dogs, cats, rabbits and small animals for adoption.

DASH Agility Trials in Costa Mesa

December 9-10: Watch the DASH Trials dog agility competitions.

Pet Photos with Santa at the Brea Mall

November 12 and December 10: Bring your pet to sit, stay and pose for a photo with Santa! Santa will be waiting at the Center Court.

Operation Santa Paws

December 1-16: An annual collection of pet toys, shelter supplies and treats that are delivered to shelter and rescue dogs and cats. Program details and drop-off locations on the Haute Dog website.

Pet Grief Support Group in Lake Forest

Wednesdays: Certified Professional Life Coach (CPC) Laura Lesneski specializing in Pet Grief, offers a support group every week.

Holiday Photo Shoots for Small Animals with Bunny Bunch Rabbit Rescue

Ongoing: Throughout the year The Bunny Bunch hosts several photo shoots to raise money for the rescue. Holidays include Valintine’s Day (February), Bunny Bunch Picnic (May), 4th of July or Life’s a Beach (June or July), Halloween (October) and Christmas and Hanukkah (December).

Monthly Pup Meet-UP’s at TOP DOG – barkery, bath, boutique

Sundays: “Sunday Funday” when you book the date to come in with your group for two free hours of hang-out fun.

Paws and Pages at PetSpace

Sundays: Help your young reader build communication skills and self-confidence by reading with adoptable pets or listening to a story.

The Dog Cafe LA

Wednesday – Sunday: America’s first Dog Cafe is open in Los Angeles! Play with pups as you grab your coffee fix. All dogs are rescues looking for their forever homes and fosters.

Yappy Hour at Healthy Spot In Costa Mesa and Long Beach

Monthly: Join Yappy Hour for social fun and treats for pups and parents. Theme changes monthly, call for details. Check website for specific dates.

Alice’s Gourmet Wonderland

Ongoing: A mobile dog-bakery unit, brings treats to pets in Orange County.

Animalia’s Food Drive and Teeth Cleaning

Ongoing food drive and monthly low-cost anesthesia-free teeth cleaning and polish.

BARK Therapy Dogs

Ongoing: Kids increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. Days, times and locations vary.

Behind the Scenes Tour of PetSpace

Monthly: Take a unique behind the scenes tour with the PetSpace staff and view the inner workings of the health center for an exclusive look at PetFit, the Operating Room, and more.

Crumbs and Whiskers

Ongoing: Visit Los Angeles’ first cat cafe – a coffee shop with rescue cats who are up for adoption. Make a reservation online, then hang out with adoptable cats while sipping on coffee or tea.

Falconry Experience in San Juan Capistrano

Ongoing: Get an up-close look at falcons, hawks, and more that have been developed with passion, dedication, and skill. Master falconers from Adam’s Falconry Service teach you about “the sport of kings” with an interactive experience in historical San Juan Capistrano.

Free Pet Care Workshop for Kids in Torrance

First Sundays: During this 25-minute workshop kids (4-9) learn basic dog grooming and care, including, basic dog anatomy, brushing, de-shedding, combing, ear cleaning, and nail filing.

Moon Cat Cafe

Visit their website for upcoming event locations.

Pet Food Bank in Long Beach

Thursdays: Join Christian Outreach in Action for a pet food bank every week.

Santa Paws at Top Dog Barkery, Bath and Boutique

December: Bring your fur babies to visit and take photos with Santa. Photos are free and there are lots of free samples to enjoy. Call for dates and times.