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Looking to spend some quality time with your furry friend this September? Or perhaps you wish to be surrounded by dogs, cats, and even goats? Well, here you go. We’ve rounded up the best pet-friendly events happening in Austin all month long. Some are free. Some have fees. Some are for kids. Some are for adults. Because who doesn’t love animals? Be sure to click through for all the details on each event.
First Sundays Yappy Hour
September 1 | from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | South Congress Hotel, 1603 South Congress Ave.
There’s no better way to start your day with a (s)bark than on South Congress at First Sunday Yappy Hours! Starting in April, local brands Grocery Pup and Wondercide are cohosting Yappy Hours at South Congress Hotel every first Sunday, through October. Enjoy Juice Society samples, live music by DJ Cassandra and a variety of fun pop ups from other local pup brands while your furry friend chows down on fresh Grocery Pup and is pampered with swag. See you and your pack there!
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Puppy Yoga Benefiting Happy Hearts
September 1 | at 1 & 3 p.m. | Peaceful Warrior Yoga Studio, 12221 Riata Trace Parkway #150
Practice your poses and say hello to our adoptable puppies with an hour-long Beginner-friendly yoga session with a Peaceful Warrior Yoga Studio instructor and an extra half hour of puppy playtime for our yogis. You never know, you might meet your newest furry family member! Not required to take a puppy home, but how can you resist?! Space is limited, so secure your spot today! All proceeds from this awesome event go to Happy Hearts Dog Rescue! Your contribution to Happy Hearts goes straight to work helping dogs and puppies in foster care throughout our community. Suggested Donation: $25
Pets and Plants – Pet Safe Planting Party
September 7 | from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Succulent Native North Lamar, 5501 North Lamar Boulevard Suite 101 A
WORKSHOP LEVEL: Beginner. In this workshop, guests will learn about pet safe plant care. Each ticket gets you a houseplant and pot that you get to pot yourself. 10% of ticket sales go to the Humane Society of Austin! The Austin Humane Society will be on hand for a pet adoption from 11 to 4 p.m. No tools or special items required for this class — just bring your lovely self! Cost is $40.
Pfurry Splash Party
September 7 | from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Scott Mentzer Pool, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road
Join us for the third annual summer splash party for your pfurry pfriends! $5 per dog, which includes two humans. Extra humans are $3 each.
Healthy Pet Seaholm Customer Appreciation Party
September 7 | from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Healthy Pet, 211 Walter Seaholm Drive, LR120
Healthy Pet, a locally owned chain of specialty pet supply shops, will host a Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, September 7. Anyone who shops with Healthy Pet during this event will automatically be entered in a raffle for the chance to win a big-ticket item, such as a bicycle, Dyson fan, one-night stay for two at the Aloft Hotel and more to come. For more information about the event and other Healthy Pet locations, visit www.healthypetaustin.com.
September 7 | from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Georgetown Parks and Recreation, 1003 North Austin Avenue
Join for a pool paw-ty! Georgetown Parks and Recreation invites dogs and their owners to K-9 Kerplunk – an end of summer swim party just for pups at the Georgetown Recreation Center outdoor pool. Fee: $5 per dog. Humans get in free! Must provide proof of current rabies vaccine on the day of the event. Only shot records will be accepted. Dogs without current proof of rabies vaccination will not be allowed into the event. All dogs must be accompanied by someone 18 years or older.
Austin No Kill Anniversary Party
September 13 | from 7 to 11 p.m. | The Line Austin, 111 Cesar Chavez Street
Last year, we celebrated Austin’s 7th year as the nation’s largest No Kill City – so we threw a party for the community that has made No Kill possible since 2011. This celebration was extra special to us, though, as 2018 marked the 10th anniversary of Austin Pets Alive! and the 60,000+ lives we have saved since we began directly saving Austin’s most vulnerable pets. While last year was amazing, we’re ready to make 2019 even better. Keep your eyes on this page, where we’ll update you with what you can expect from this year’s No Kill Anniversary Party. You won’t want to miss it!
Strut Your Mutt
September 14 | from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Walter E. Long Municipal Park, 6614 Blue Bluff Road
Best Friends Animal Society is teaming up with our partner rescue groups, shelters and animal welfare organizations to help save the lives of homeless cats and dogs at Strut Your Mutt. Strut Your Mutt is a series of charity dog walks that brings communities together to raise money and save the lives of homeless pets. When you fundraise, you choose where your support goes: to Best Friends Animal Society, or to your favorite participating local animal welfare organization.
Pup Meet Up at Upstairs at Caroline
September 15 | from 12 to 4 p.m. | Upstairs at Caroline, 621 Congress Avenue
Nobody loves their dogs like Austinites! Upstairs at Caroline has partnered with Austin Humane Society for another Pup Meetup party on Sunday, February 24 from 12 to 4 p.m.! Bring your dog and receive 25% off your tab with all day Yappy Hour, enjoy free doggie bags from Healthy Pet and feast on snacks from their pet friendly menu, and even take home a new family member thanks to AHS, who will have adoptable dogs on hand. Plus, drink while doing good: a portion of bar proceeds will benefit AHS.
Third Sundays at APA! Thrift
September 15 | from 12 to 6 p.m. | APA! Thrift, 5801 Burnett Road
Stop by the APA! North location for a fun shopping experience. Each third Sunday features various new vendors, live music, foster dog appearances and more!
BYOD Austin Bark in Zilker Park
September 21| from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.| Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road
This is a laid back dog meet up for belly scratches and puppy kisses. Come with or without your pups! During the pawty, you’ll be able to sniff out and play with the humans and pups behind BYOD (Bring Your Own Dog). This park is free and open to the public! ALL pups are welcome, including non-BYOD members! However, BYOD members will enjoy a take home doggy bag! General admission meet up tickets are sold out for doggy bags. Only BYOD members can RSVP for doggy bags via @BYODCITIES.COM. Not a member? Join here: www.byodcities.com
Emancipet 20th Anniversary Gala
September 21| from 6 to 9 p.m.| The Line Hotel Austin, 111 East Cesar Chavez Street
Save the date for the 20th Anniversary Gala and join us as Emancipet celebrates 20 years of healthy pets. \Get event updates and after party announcements.
September 28| from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.| Yard Bar, 6700 Burnett Road
Austin Monthly is bringing our September pet issue to life with our first ever Fido Fest event! There will be plenty of games, treats, drinks, and fun for you and your furry friend to enjoy on a Saturday afternoon. This event is FREE with RSVP. A $10 donation at the door gets you one drink ticket and a surprise activity for you and your pet to enjoy at Yardbar.
Puppy Mill Awareness Day Austin 2019!
September 29| from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.| Republic Square, Between 4th and 5th Streets in Downtown Austin
FREE EVENT!! Outdoor festival with rescue groups and vendors, live music, weiner dog races, Blessing of the Animals, BIG cash giveaways to rescues & MORE! Leashed, well-behaved dogs welcome. Guest emcees Jim Spencer & KAXAN!
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