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Paws in the Park

It's that time of year again! Join BirchBark Foundation, the Coastal Watershed Council, and WoofPack831 for a community dog walk along the San Lorenzo River. 

The 3rd Sunday of May - September at 10:00AM, we will meet at the Gateway Plaza fitness area. The walk will loop across the pedestrian street bridge, down the east side of the Riverwalk, through San Lorenzo Park and back up the west side to the Plaza.

Mark your Calendars:
August 20th
September 17th


The first 20 walkers will receive a BirchBark Foundation portable pet food dish. 

Don't forget to start your WoofTrax when you walk! BirchBark will receive donations as our group of walkers grows.

SPCA offers free veterinary care for seniors’ pets

On Aug. 25, in partnership with Animal Hospital of Soquel, the Santa Cruz SPCA will host a Blackie’s Fund Wellness Day, a day of free veterinary care for cats and dogs owned by local seniors.

From 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on an appointment basis only, a licensed veterinarian will provide basic exams, limited diagnostics, vaccinations, flea and tick treatment, de-worming, and microchipping. The event will be taking place at the Animal Hospital of Soquel at 2651 Soquel Ave. in Santa Cruz.

The Wellness Day is subsidized by the SCSPCA’s Blackie’s Fund program, which is designed to make funds for veterinary care available to senior citizens who would otherwise have to give up their companion animal or would be unable to provide medical care when it is needed.

Seniors, age 62 and over, who are on a fixed or low income and are located in Santa Cruz County, are qualified.

Seniors who would like to take advantage of these free services are encouraged to call the Santa Cruz SPCA at 465-5000 to make an appointment for their pet. This is an appointment-only event, and cannot accommodate walk-ins.

America’s 1st Annual PAWlitzer Prize™ for Best Dogged LITTERature

Carmel Dog Tales wants to read about the most memorable adventure, comedy, or tear-jerker tale you have experienced with your pooch!

A panel of select Carmel Judges will award the PAWlitzer Prize™ in two non-fiction categories: Drama and Humor.

In addition to awarding the PAWlitzer Prize, the Awards Ceremony will include:

  • An afternoon of music, entertainment and yummy treats for all blue bloods, mixed breeds and mutts – canine and human!
  • Featured entertainment will be a PAWetry Slam™ where contest finalists get to perform their pooch passionate doggerel for canine and people approval.  PAWetry Slam contestants will submit YouTube videos to be invited to perform at the Awards Ceremony.

100% of the net proceeds from the PAWlitzer Prize and PAWetry Slam entries and Awards Ceremony will benefit the SPCA for Monterey County, and The Birchbark Foundation.

More information including Submission Guidelines, Deadlines, & Fees please visit Carmel Dog Tales.


“BirchBark Day" will be from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at La Balena Cucina Toscana, Junipero Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, Carmel. A percentage of lunch proceeds and all proceeds from the purchase of a specially selected glass of wine will be donated to BirchBark. Reservations are suggested at (831) 250-6295. Space is limited. Well-behaved dogs are welcome on the patio. La Balena's rustic Italian menu, created by head chef Adelfo Barragan and owners Emanuele and Anna Bartolini, changes daily and features hand-crafted pastas and slow-cooked meats.


We rely on the help of our wonderful volunteers to achieve our mission. These orientations will give us an opportunity to talk about the work we do at BirchBark Foundation, to meet one another, and to discuss the various roles and support work available for volunteers. To learn more about a few current opportunities, check out our Volunteer Page. Help us keep pets and their families together in 2017. 

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