Support animal welfare with these upcoming events

August 23, 2013 

The calendar says fall is still a month away, but with the start of the new school year and Labor Day just around the corner, summer is unofficially over.

That means our social calendars will be filling up fast with fun things to do, and pet-related events will be among them.

Here's what's on our radar for the next few months.

• A doggie ice cream social is planned for 4 p.m. Sept. 9 at Bradentown Scoop, 904 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton.

You and your canine can enjoy a dog-friendly afternoon and have a scoop of ice cream for a $5 donation to Manatee County Animal Services to support the no-kill effort.

Information: 941-757-0953.

• Cat Depot in Sarasota will host Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet's hit show, "My Cat from

Hell," at 4 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts.

Galaxy, a cat behaviorist, will be signing copies of his memoir, "Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life," at 5 p.m.

Tickets, which are $20 for general seating and $50 for VIP seating, can be purchased at Cat Depot, 2542 17th St., Sarasota, or through www.catdepot.org. Information: 941-366-2404.

A private dinner will follow for six winners of a silent auction that will open at 11 a.m. Sept. 3 and close at 7 p.m. Sept. 6. Bids can be placed on the Cat Depot website or through the phone number.

Proceeds will benefit Cat Depot's program to help sick, injured or special needs cats.

• Come out and support the MCAS Adopt-a-bull program at the Men's Flat Track Roller Derby at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at 3611 Third St. W., Bradenton.

The Hitmen of Manatee County will be taking on the Carolina Wreckingballs. The "pit crew" will be there showcasing the Adopt-a-bulls, bully-breed dogs that are in the pit class at MCAS.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $10 at the door; children younger than 12 will be admitted free.

Tailgating begins at 6 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Information: manateerollerderby.com or visit Hitmen of Manatee County on Facebook.

• The popular Spay-ghetti Dinner and No Balls fundraiser to benefit the Animal Network of Manatee County is set for 5:30-10 p.m. Oct. 11 at Manatee Central Banquet Hall, 509 Ninth St. E., Bradenton.

Cocktail hour starts at 5:30 p.m., with the dinner following at 6:30 p.m. The event features dancing and prize drawings, with proceeds going to the Animal Network's No-Kill fund.

Tickets: $40, two for $75; meatballs (chihuahua balls or pit balls) are extra.

Information: Melissa Kinder with the Animal Network, 772-342-0635, or Manatee Central Banquet Hall, 941-745-5125.

• The Dog Olympics and Adopt-a-thon is a new event to be held beginning at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 19 at Bayside Pet Resort and Spa, 8154 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

This fun family event will focus on finding "fur-ever" homes for dogs (and cats) from local rescue groups and animal shelters.

The non-athletic "games" will be held in two sessions, morning and afternoon, and will include such novel events as a shedding contest, howling contest, best trick, look-alike contest and best Olympic-inspired contest.

Information: Samantha at the Humane Society of Manatee County, 941-748-8808, ext 310, samantha@humanesocietymanatee.org; or Bayside Pet Resort and Spa, 941-351-0730.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

• The Pussycat Festival is planned for 4-9 p.m. Nov. 9 at Tarpon Pointe Tiki Bar & Grill, 801 Riverside Dr. E., Bradenton.

The festival will benefit Gulf Shore Animal League's Bottle Baby and Feline Foster programs, which support Manatee County's no-kill effort by relieving shelter works of nursing young or ill kittens. Pop singer Sophie B. Hawkins will perform. Tickets are $15.

Information: 941-780-3046 or www.gsalinc.org.

M.K. Means, Herald copy editor, can be reached at 941-745-7054 or followed on Twitter @BradentonPets.

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