Winter is officially here and while it’s always an option to snuggle up at home with your best fur-iend, it’s also nice to get out of the house for a fun event! We rounded up 10 events happening this month including a pop-up gallery dedicated entirely to cats on glass, puppy bowl playdates, comedy pet theater and more.
Pet Loss Counseling and Support Groups of Orange County
January 5: Pet Loss Counseling and Support Groups provide therapeutic and compassionate support to assist you when saying goodbye to the pet you love. Facilitated by Andrea Keith, LMFT, support groups meet 12:30-1:30 p.m., typically on the first Saturday of each month. No reservations required. 4199 Campus Drive, #550, Irvine, 92612. (949) 650-2442.
Disc Dog Training Clinic and Playday in San Gabriel
January 12: This clinic is open to anyone who wants to learn to disc dog with their pups for a minor fee of $5. Each member & paid non member will receive a complimentary disc to work with your dog. They will also be selling a variety of discs for those who need bite proof discs for their dog. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. San Gabriel at Wilson Elementary.
The Cats on Glass Gallery in LA
Select dates, January 17-27: The Cats on Glass Gallery, curated by Fresh Step Clean Paws, known as a pop-up with a purpose, is back this coming January to bring Instagram inspiration and adoption awareness to Los Angeles cat lovers. This will include a larger than life cat display, pom-pom room, me-ow meditation center, adoption lounge and feature exhibit: a live Cats on Glass Playhouse, including adoptable cats from spcaLA (Fresh Step will even waive the adoption fees) and cat-lebrity Walk of Fame (with stars made of litter!) featuring Kitten Lady, Nala Cat, Lil Bub, White Coffee Cat and more. Free event, but a $10 onsite donation to their partner, spcaLA, is encouraged. Walk-ins are welcome but space is limited, RSVP recommended. Opening night: Thursday, January 17 at 6-9 p.m. Select dates, January 18-27, noon – 8 p.m. See website for schedule. 1147 Hope Street (12th Street), Downtown LA.
Popovich Comedy Pet Theater in Irvine
January 19: Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is a blend of the unique comedy of Gregory Popovich (award-winning star of the Moscow Circus and champion juggler) and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. Comedy Pet Theater features an amazing cast of house cats, dogs, parrots and even geese and mice! Gregory Popovich has rescued the animals from shelters all over the country, transforming them into stars by using positive reinforcement and working with the animals’ natural abilities to create a fun, one-of-a kind show. Recommended for all ages. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Irvine Barclay Theatre.
Pet Days at OC Market Place
January 19 & 20: Pet Days is back for its ninth year featuring local rescues for pet adoptions, non-profit vendors offering animal education, and small business owners offering pet supplies and services for purchase. Come out to meet the fluffy and furry, creepy and crawly animals. There is no additional cost to attend this event. For free admission into the Market Place, simply bring a donation and we will waive your $2 fee. Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Food and Water Bowl XXVII at Del Mar Fairgrounds
January 26-27: A “Super-Bowl” feline show including a beauty contest with up to 450 exotic cats from all over the US, household pet and cat agility competitions, vendors, adoptions and more. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Del Mar Fairground, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar.
Annual Fancy Rat and Mouse Show in Riverside
January 26: The AFRMA judges various categories of rats and mice including pets, English, breeder’s group, brood doe, and progeny. Entry forms are found on the website. Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Woodcrest Community Center, 17156 Krameria Ave., Riverside. Free.
Kickoff Playdates at Healthy Spot Long Beach
January 27: Kick off 2019 with your pup at Healthy Spot! In celebration of the Super Bowl, they’re having a Puppy Bowl in the Small Dog Daycare room! Enjoy 2 hours of off-leash playtime and special treats for the pups. Wear your team colors with your pup and join in on team spirit contests. Gameday refreshments for you and the pup! RSVP required to participate. Dogs must be current on all vaccines. Pups over 30 lbs. must remain on-leash throughout the event. Sunday, 5-7 p.m. Free.
Dig – The Dog Person’s Dating App Launch in Los Angeles
January 31: Dig – The Dog Person’s Dating App is officially launching with an exclusive, dog-friendly event at WeWork Gas Tower! Entry and treats are free when you download or share the Dig app. Meet adoptable pups, play Plinko and win a prize for your pet, and visit the Treat Bar filled with snacks that your pup to try and take home. Enter raffles, grab swag and meet pet vendors! Non-reactive dogs and their well-behaved humans 21+ are invited to attend. Thursday, 6-8 p.m. Free.