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September
  Monthly Community Education Meeting
September 9, 2014
6:30pm
Magnolia Ruritan Club
Come join us for our monthly community education meeting! Our meetings are open to everyone - we go over updates from each of our committees and discuss upcoming events, current and planned projects, and anything else that may come up. We typically schedule a special speaker or topic of interest for each meeting. Lisa Rapacki, Dog Trainer from Churchland K9 will speak to the group on the importance of strengthening the bond between you and your dog. She will discuss the importance of continued training and dogs are welcome at this session.

  "Special September" Adoptathons
September 13, 2014
   11am - 3pm
   PetSmart, Chesapeake Square
September 21, 2014
   12pm - 4pm
   River Stone Chophouse, 8032 Harbour View Boulevard
September 27, 2014
   11am - 3pm
   Suffolk Animal Care Center
So many wonderful pets invite you to see them in September at three adopt-a-thons! The first, on Sept. 13, will be from 11am - 3pm at the PetSmart Charities Adoption Center at Chesapeake Square, 4300 Portsmouth Blvd., Chesapeake, VA 23321. Adoptable animals will also be enjoying a day out at the third annual Passion for Paws on Sept. 21 at River Stone Chophouse, 8032 Harbour View Blvd in Suffolk, from 12 noon - 4pm. This event is free to attend, but tickets are available for people who want to enjoy the gourmet picnic food and/or the wine tasting. Visit www.riverstonechophouse.com for more information on this event for the whole family, including the family dog. Then, there will be another event on Sept. 27 at Suffolk Animal Care Center, 124 Forest Glen Drive, Suffolk 23434, from 11am - 3pm.

  Taste of Suffolk
September 13, 2014
11am - 5pm
Main Street, Historic Downtown Suffolk
Come see us at this year's Taste of Suffolk Downtown Street Festival! Year after year, this event is a lot of fun for adults and children alike. There will be plenty of food, contests, music, cars, children's activities, crafts, and vendors to see and enjoy!

Suffolk Humane volunteers will be at the Taste of Suffolk and will be glad to talk with you about our organization and the adoptable animals at Suffolk Animal Care. Click here for more details on the event.

  BARKS (Books and Reading for Kids in Suffolk) Program Event
September 20, 2014
10:30am - 11:30am
North Suffolk Library
Suffolk Humane Society and the North Suffolk Library have partenered to bring the BARKS (Books and Reading for Kids in Suffolk) Program to Suffolk children. The program allows children to read one on one to a therapy dog and their handler in a non-threatening environment and utilizes therapy dogs because they are non-judgmental listeners. Your child will feel confident while reading to a furry friend!

Please call (757) 514-7150 to register for this event. We hope to see you there!

  Passion for Paws Picnic and Whiskers Wine Tasting
September 21, 2014
12pm - 4pm
River Stone Chophouse, 8032 Harbour View Boulevard
Owners of M & M Hospitality Group, River Stone Chophouse and Vintage Tavern, will sponsor the third annual Passion for Paws, an outdoor picnic and wine tasting to benefit Suffolk Humane, on September 21, 2014 at the Riverstone Chophouse from 12 noon - 4pm. This family and dog friendly event will feature wonderful picnic food, fabulous wines, children's activities, and more. Enjoy an action-packed afternoon with your best friend (human and/or canine!) and help support Suffolk Humane and our mission to help homeless pets. Well-behaved, vaccinated dogs are welcome and can get in free with a paying human.

Don't have a best friend? You can find one at the event. Adoptable animals will be available, too! Tickets are $15.00 adult/$8.00 children 10 and under in advance and $20 adult/$8.00 children 10 and under day of the event. Wine tasting tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at both restaurants, the Suffolk Humane office, 4300 Nansemond Parkway and at Mike Duman Auto Sales, 2300 Godwin Blvd, Suffolk. People may attend without purchasing food or wine tickets. Visit www.riverstonechophouse.com for more information.

  Rabies Clinic
September 27, 2014
1pm - 4pm
Nansemond Veterinary Clinic
Suffolk Humane and Nansemond Veterinary Clinic are sponsoring a low cost rabies clinic on Saturday, September 27 from 1pm - 4pm at Nansemond Veterinary Clinic, 110 Kensington Blvd., Suffolk.

Vaccinations will cost only $5.00 and are being provided by Nansemond Veterinary Clinic. Volunteers will be available to answer questions, and vaccinations will be given on a first come, first served basis.

"In 2013, 488 animals in VA were diagnosed with rabies. Our mission is to protect as many pets as we can from this deadly but preventable disease," said Jennifer Cochran, D.V.M. "Vaccinating animals for rabies is the most effective way to safeguard the health of both pets and people."

"Pets in Suffolk and throughout Virginia are required to have a rabies vaccination, and owners can be subject to fines if the pet has not been vaccinated against rabies," said Michele Thames, executive director of Suffolk Humane. "We hope that by offering this low cost option for pet owners, we can prevent more cases and needless suffering."

October
  37th Annual Suffolk Peanut Fest
October 9 - 12, 2014
10:30am - 11:30am
Suffolk Executive Airport
This year marks the 37th anniversary of Suffolk's premier festival. This family-friendly event honors the city's agricultural heritage and devotion to peanuts, our favorite legumes. Known for its fun family activities, Suffolk Peanut Fest offers concerts, amusement rides, contests and competitions, a demolition derby, a truck and tractor pull, motorcycle rally, fireworks and much more. Combine all of these great activities with local and national entertainment and you have a weekend full of good times! Free & open to the public. Parking $10 per vehicle. Visit www.suffolkfest.org to see the schedule of events.

Be sure to visit the wine tent! Suffolk Humane Society will be manning the wine tent again this year, found on the mid-way, part of these proceeds will be donated to the SHS!

  Monthly Community Education Meeting
October 14, 2014
6:30pm
Magnolia Ruritan Club
Come join us for our monthly community education meeting! Our meetings are open to everyone - we go over updates from each of our committees and discuss upcoming events, current and planned projects, and anything else that may come up. We typically schedule a special speaker or topic of interest for each meeting. We are still working on scheduling this month's speaker, so please check back soon for updates.

  BARKS (Books and Reading for Kids in Suffolk) Program Event
October 18, 2014
10:30am - 11:30am
North Suffolk Library
Suffolk Humane Society and the North Suffolk Library have partenered to bring the BARKS (Books and Reading for Kids in Suffolk) Program to Suffolk children. The program allows children to read one on one to a therapy dog and their handler in a non-threatening environment and utilizes therapy dogs because they are non-judgmental listeners. Your child will feel confident while reading to a furry friend!

Please call (757) 514-7150 to register for this event. We hope to see you there!

  Driver Days Fall Festival
October 18, 2014
   9am - 6pm
October 19, 2014
   11am - 5pm
Driver Village on King's Highway
The Driver Days Festival will include face painting, carnival games, pumpkin painting, bounce houses, pony and train rides, food, live music, car show, motorcycle run and a wellness fair! Suffolk Human Society will be hosting a yard sale and adopt-a-thon on Saturday. On both days you can visit our booth, get information and take a chance with our spinning wheel! On Sunday, we will sponsor a pet costume contest at 2:30 in front of the stage. And don't forget to park in our lot next to our office, All proceeds from parking will be donated to SHS!

November
  11th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run & Walk Fundraiser
Date TBD
8am - 9am
Riverfront Swim Club
This annual fundraiser benefits the Suffolk Humane Society. Participants can either run or walk and pets are allowed but must be on a leash. You must clean up after your pet. Each participant receives a Turkey Trot T-shirt and there will be a celebration after the race with food, fun, and awards

Donations can be made if you do not want to run or walk. Suffolk Humane Society volunteers will be available to talk with you about our organization and the adoptable animals at Suffolk Animal Care. Riverfront Swim Club is located at 5301 Sports Club Run, Suffolk VA 23435. Event details are still being finalized so check back soon for updates.

  Suffolk Humane Society's Volunteer Appreciation Picnic
November 1, 2014
11am - 1pm
Lake Meade Park
Join us for an afternoon of fun with your dog! Suffolk Humane is taking time out to thank each and every one of our volunteers for their hard work and dedication throughout the years. There will be food, fun and a token of our appreciation!

  Monthly Community Education Meeting
November 11, 2014
6:30pm
Magnolia Ruritan Club
Come join us for our monthly community education meeting! Our meetings are open to everyone - we go over updates from each of our committees and discuss upcoming events, current and planned projects, and anything else that may come up. We typically schedule a special speaker or topic of interest for each meeting. Lisa Rapacki, Dog Trainer from Churchland K9 will offer a Therapy Dogs, International test. Does your dog have what it takes to be a certified therapy dog? The Suffolk Humane Society has many opportunities for you and your dog to become ambassadors in our community. Bring your dog to this test and once completed, you can volunteer for the therapy dog programs SHS offers.

  BARKS (Books and Reading for Kids in Suffolk) Program Event
November 15, 2014
10:30am - 11:30am
North Suffolk Library
Suffolk Humane Society and the North Suffolk Library have partenered to bring the BARKS (Books and Reading for Kids in Suffolk) Program to Suffolk children. The program allows children to read one on one to a therapy dog and their handler in a non-threatening environment and utilizes therapy dogs because they are non-judgmental listeners. Your child will feel confident while reading to a furry friend!

Please call (757) 514-7150 to register for this event. We hope to see you there!

  Photos with Santa Paws
November 29
1pm - 4pm
Location TBD
Cookies with Santa Paws from 1pm - 4pm. Participants (two and four legged children) can have photos taken with Santa for a small fee. More info to come!

December
  Community Pet Pantry
December 6, 2014
10am - 12pm
Suffolk Humane Office
The Suffolk Humane Society will sponsor a pet food pantry for those who can use a few extra bags of food for their pets. Doors will open at 10am at 4300 Nansemond Parkway in Suffolk. We will have dog and cat food available, but supplies are limited. This is a first come, first serve event.

  Monthly Community Education Meeting
December 9, 2014
6:30pm
Magnolia Ruritan Club
Come join us for our monthly community education meeting! Our meetings are open to everyone - we go over updates from each of our committees and discuss upcoming events, current and planned projects, and anything else that may come up. We typically schedule a special speaker or topic of interest for each meeting. We are still working on scheduling this month's speaker, so please check back soon for updates.

  BARKS (Books and Reading for Kids in Suffolk) Program Event
December 20, 2014
10:30am - 11:30am
North Suffolk Library
Suffolk Humane Society and the North Suffolk Library have partenered to bring the BARKS (Books and Reading for Kids in Suffolk) Program to Suffolk children. The program allows children to read one on one to a therapy dog and their handler in a non-threatening environment and utilizes therapy dogs because they are non-judgmental listeners. Your child will feel confident while reading to a furry friend!

Please call (757) 514-7150 to register for this event. We hope to see you there!

February
  Second Annual Paws for the Arts Gala
February 7, 2015
TBD
Riverfront Hilton Garden Inn
This semi-formal event will entertain both the art lover and the animal lover. The Paws for the Arts Gala will be held at the Riverfront Hilton Garden Inn and will feature works of art by various artists as well as items from local theatre, art studios, dance studios, etc. The event will also include live entertainment, a live auction and silent auction along with chances to win wonderful prizes at the event. Please check back soon for updates on this event!