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Updated Feb 20, 2024

Hey there, pet lovers! Looking for something fun to do? We’ve rounded up a list of the area’s best events and activities for pets and pet-loving people in DC and Maryland. We’ve got pet-friendly events, yappy hours, fundraisers for local rescues and shelters, pet arts and crafts workshops, and more for you to choose from.

Know of a pet event in the MD/DC area that’s not on the list? Click here to tell us about it. We’d love to include it!

Cat Knits

Wednesday, February 21

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Humane Society of Carroll County (Westminster, MD)

Calling all crafters! Come knit and crochet with our cats! 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Cocktails & Canvases – Paint Your Pet

Wednesday, February 21

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Lost Ark Distilling Company (Columbia, MD)

Join us at Lost Ark Distilling for delicious craft cocktails and a chance to paint a canvas of your pet with the help of the talented artist, Mark Russo. For $25, Mark will pre-sketch an outline of your pet and guide you through the entire painting process. Paints, canvases, and brushes are all included.

No Place Like Home

Saturday, February 24

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Baltimore Museum of Industry (Baltimore, MD)

It’s a gala, Hon! Join us to celebrate all things Charm City, as we honor Merritt Companies and their impact on Baltimore. All proceeds from our gala will benefit the animals at the Maryland SPCA. Ticket options start at $125 per person and include food, drink, entertainment, plus access to our auction and raffle. A reserved table (up to 10 people) can be purchased for $1,250. Cocktail attire recommended, semi-formal optional.

Pups and Poses w/ Hero Dogs

Sunday, February 25

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Steinhardt Brewing Company (Frederick, MD)

PUPPIES ARE COMING to Steinhardt Brewing Company!! Hero Dogs is a Maryland non-profit that raises, trains, and places highly skilled assistance dogs with heroes. They match service dogs and skilled home companions with disabled veterans and first responders to promote independence and to improve their quality of life. Hero Dogs also place facility dogs and therapy dogs, both of which make huge impacts in their communities. In addition to being an adorable event for participants, puppy yoga helps to socialize young puppies in training—introducing them to new people, places, and experiences which will help prepare them for the next stages of their assistance dog training.

Project Pet

Sunday, February 25

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pinot’s Palette (Ellicott City, MD)

Paint a portrait of your pet at Project Pet. Once you sign up for the painting, email us a high quality digital photo of your pet (one pet per canvas, please) and we will do the rest. Each photo will be transferred onto a 16”X20” canvas. Our talented artists will walk you through the steps to create your very own Pet Portrait!

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Paint your Pet

Monday, February 26

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Crooked Crab Brewing Co. (Odenton, MD

Sip & eat while you paint your very own PET PORTRAIT PAINTING! No artistic ability or experience required. Each canvas/portrait WILL BE PRE-SKETCHED for your convenience! Pre-registration is required. All materials & step-by-step instruction are included! Come thirsty and hungry! Beer, other beverages and pizza can be purchased from the venue.

Paint Your Pet Special Event

Wednesday, February 28

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mobtown Brewing Company (Baltimore, MD)

$50 per person
Supplies are included
Bring 3 friends and you can attend free!
Learn more
Paint Your Pet: Capture your beastie’s best side

Join us for a night of fun! Sip on (or chug, I’m not judging) delicious craft beers while you are guided step-by-step in creating a masterpiece of your own furry, scaly or feathered friend. No previous painting experience is necessary, just bring your enthusiasm and get ready to unleash your inner artist. Bring friends, family, or come solo and make new friends (like Ernie) as you sip, paint and socialize!

Paint Night: Paint Your Pet

Wednesday, February 28

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Point In Fells (Baltimore, MD)

Back by demand! Join us for a one-of-a-kind paint night experience to capture your furry friend on canvas. All materials are provided along with step-by-step instructions, as well as ‘Trish Dust’ if needed! Grab a friend and let your creativity flow!

Pet Parenting Class

Saturday, March 2

12:00 pm
Animal Services Facility & Adoption Center (Upper Marlboro, MD)

Learn what it takes to be a responsible pet owner and a great family host to a four-legged friend for its lifetime. Time, cost, food, toys, medical, safety, social – all topics will be covered during this one hour presentation with question and answer (Q & A) to follow. Call 301-780-7200, option 6, to register for this FREE class. Walk-ins welcomed. 

Cat Knits

Wednesday, March 6

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Humane Society of Carroll County (Westminster, MD)

Calling all crafters! Come knit and crochet with our cats! 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Paint for Paws

Saturday, March 9

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Black Flag Brewery (Columbia, MD)

This time we are partnering with Aussie Rescue of the MidAtlantic, and 50% of the proceeds from the paint night will go to helping rescue pups in need! And what better location – the pup-friendly Black Flag Brewery! For this event, you send us a pic of your pet in advance, and we prep the canvases and bring all the paints. Paint any type of animal you wish, in any colors you want! There will be a food truck on site, and we will also bring light refreshments. We hope you will join us!

Crab & Mallet All Breed Cat Show & Adoption Event

Saturday, March 9 & Sunday, March 10

9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Maryland State Fairgrounds (Timonium, MD)

Join the Baltimore Humane Sociey at the All Breed Cat Show & Adoption Event by the Crab and Mallet Cat Club. Are you looking to adopt a cat? Great news! We will have some adoptable cats on-site that would love to meet you. Don’t forget to bring an item for the Bmore Kind Pet Food Bank. We accept all varieties of unopened wet and dry cat food! Thank you for your generosity, and see you at the show!

Paint your Pet

Saturday, March 16

10:00 am – 1:00 pm
VisArts (Rockville, MD)

Immortalize your beloved pet on canvas. Dog, cat, iguana, canary, rabbit…whatever! Send us a photo of your pet and we will hand sketch it onto your own 16 x 20 canvas. We provide the canvas, paint, brushes, easels, apron and instructor — you provide the subject matter.

Cat Class

Saturday, March 16

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Fetch Thrift Shop (Frederick, MD)

Come learn more about what cats do what they do, how to best play with them, and ideas for enriching their lives all while making fun cat toys to take home or donate! Your $35 requested donation includes the cat behavior class, all toy supplies, time with kitties, and vegan treat as well a shop discount!

Felted Pet Portraits

Monday, March 18

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
VisArts (Rockville, MD)

Create wool portraits of animal friends that are almost as cuddly as the real thing! In this workshop, learn how to felt with colorful wool to make pet portraits. This unique medium is great for making memorable artwork of cats, dogs, and more. Materials provided. Students may bring a photo or use a provided photo reference.

Cat Knits

Wednesday, March 20

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Humane Society of Carroll County (Westminster, MD)

Calling all crafters! Come knit and crochet with our cats! 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.

YAPPY HOURS @ Union Market

Thursday, March 21

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Union Mark (Washington, DC)

Enjoy discount beers, wine and cocktails while your pup snacks on complimentary treats. Shop pet centric maker pop-ups!

Paint Your Pet!

Thursday, March 21

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Blue Pit (Baltimore, MD)

This paint your pet event will be a TRACED DRAWING- you don’t have to draw your fur baby. This is a fundraiser for BARCS animal shelter, come paint your pet to support the animals! Your host will guide you step-by-step to make this creation. You may customize and choose your own colors, take-away or add. Just make it your own and take it home with you. All participants will receive a 16”x20” blank canvas, 5 primary paint colors, 3 brushes (small for fine details, medium, and large for more coverage), apron, and all the other necessary painting supplies. Show up early to grab drinks & a bite to eat–and give your week something to shout about.

Easter Egg Hunt – For Kids and Dogs!

Saturady, March 23

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Essex Elementary School (Essex, MD)

Join us for a pawesome Easter Egg Hunt where kids and their furry friends can hunt for eggs together—fun guaranteed for all! Get ready for an exciting day of hunting for colorful eggs and delicious treats. Bring your furry friends along, as there will be special activities just for them. Don’t miss out on this egg-citing event!

Greenbriar Easter Open House & Adoption Event

Saturday, March 23

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Greenbriar Veterinary Hospital & Luxury Pet Resort (Frederick, MD)

Join us for an Open House at Greenbrier Veterinary Hospital & Luxury Pet Resort. Free admission, dog adoption event, photo booth, scavenger hunt, doggie egg hunt and more!! Come see this wonderful facility and learn about their services and maybe meet your new best friend! Donation drive for Pet Connect Resue: Please bring bags and cans of Purina Pro Plan puppy food, cat and dog toys, and kitty litter and boxes.

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