7 pet-loving events in Birmingham, including Croonin’ For Critters on March 21

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Do you love animals? From Croonin’ For Critters to Do Dah Day, here are some pet-loving events coming up in Birmingham.

Croonin’ For Critters

Date: Thurs., March 21
Time:
5PM
Price:
$25
Location:
WorkPlay. 500 23rd St. S., Birmingham, AL 35233
Tickets

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Performers sing American Idol style at the Croonin’ For Critters Benefit. Photo via Croonin’ For Critters

Enjoy an night of talent American Idol style while supporting homeless animals during the 12th annual Croonin’ For Critters event.

Hosted by Tommy Spina, Birmingham Professionals will hit the stage to perform a song accompanied by the Robbins-Morton Orchestra. Each performance will be critiqued by celebrity judges—Pam Huff, Bruce Ayers and Ona Watson. 

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Performers sing during the Croonin’ For Critters fundraiser. Photo via Croonin’ For Critters

At the end of the night, audience members will get o cast their votes for their favorite singer(s) through $1 donations. 

The performer with the most votes will be named Birmingham’s Critter Idol 2019. A separate award will also be given to the most talented Critter Idol 2019.  

Proceeds from the event benefit the 41st annual Do Dah Day happening May 18 at Birmingham’s Rhodes Park.

Pet Adoption

Date: Sat., March 30
Time: 10AM-3PM
Price: Adoption fee
Location: The Outlet Shops of Grand River (across from Coach and Forever 21). 6200 Grand River Blvd E., Leeds, AL 35094

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Photo via Greater Birmingham Humane Society

Pell City Animal Shelter will be hosting a pet adoption event at The Shops of Grand River. Just a short ride from Birmingham in Leeds, you’ll have the chance to give a sweet pet a forever home. 

After you’ve taken he steps to adopt your new furry friend, be sure to stop by Tools and More with your pet in tow and receive a FREE gift. 

Fido Fest 2019

Date: Sat., March 30
Time: 11AM-3PM
Price: FREE
Location: The Summit (parking lot near Swoozie’s and Orvis). 214 Summit Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35243

The 4th annual Fido Fest is almost here and dogs around Birmingham are howling in excitement. And so are their owners! Who wouldn’t want to spend an afternoon celebrating some of Birmingham’s sweetest four-legged friends? 

During the event there will be variety of entertainment with:

  • Live music from local duo Cheyloe and Zach
  • Complimentary balloon twisting
  • Face painting
  • Pet caricatures from local artists

There will also be tons of vendors, such as:

  • Bayous Bros Food Truck
  • Frutta Bowls
  • Bullet Coffee
  • Wiener Bros Co.
  • Tito’s Vodka for Dog People Bar

Be sure to take your dog for a stroll by FETCH, a treat truck for dogs, for some pup-tactic goodies. 

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Greater Birmingham Humane Society’s adoption bus. Photo via The Summit Birmingham

The Greater Birmingham Humane Society’s adoption bus will also be present so swing by and consider adopting a pet in need of a good home. One look and you’ll fall involve with your new best friend.

Paws on the Patio

Date: Thurs., April 4, 2019
Time:
5:30-8:30PM
Price:
FREE to attend. Pay per drink.
Location: Avondale Brewing Company. 201 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222

Looking to support a local animal organization? On April 4, venture over to Avondale Brewing Company for Paws on the Patio benefitting Hand in Paw—a nonprofit organization in Birmingham that works with professionally-trained teams of handlers and their animals to help improve people’s day-to-day lives at numerous facilities throughout Central Alabama.

Grab a beer, purchase a treat or two for your dog from FETCH, the treat truck for dogs and enjoy some tunes from Ice Station Zebra. A portion of the proceeds raised during the event will go to this beloved organization. 

Sips for Strays

Date: Thurs., April 11
Time: 5:30-8PM
Price: FREE
Location:
Freddy’s Wine Bar. 2251 Highland Ave, Birmingham, AL 35205

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Help strays in Birmingham by giving them a nice home. Photo via Greater Birmingham Humane Society

National Pet Day falls on April 11. Celebrate it with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society’s Young Professionals Sips for Strays events. Taking place at Freddy’s Wine Bar, this event features:

  • Adorable adoptable pets
  • A whole lot of wine
  • A Raffle (wouldn’t you love to win a basket of wine and a $25 gift card to Freddy’s?)

The GBHS will receive 10% of all sales during the event.

Mutt Strut: Dog-Friendly 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run

Date: Sat., April 20
Time:
8AM-12PM
Price:
$15-$50
Location:
UAB Campus Green. 9th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205

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Mutt Strut 2017. Photo via Hand in Paw

This year marks the 10th anniversary of one of Hand in Paw’s most beloved events—the Mutt Strut: Dog-Friendly 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. 

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Mutt Strut 2017. Photo via Hand in Paw

Experience a family and pup-friendly day filled with:

  • Dogs
  • Energetic races
  • Local vendors
  • Prizes
  • Food trucks
  • And more!

All proceeds benefit Hand in Paw to help bring animal-assisted therapy to those who need it most. 

Do Dah Day

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Time:
11AM-Dark
Price:
FREE
Location:
Rhodes Park. 2800 Highland Ave, Birmingham, AL 35205

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Everybody loves a dog on a skateboard. Photo submitted

If you’ve never experienced Do Dah Day, now is the time to start. This year will be the 41st annual event and it is one festival you’ll definitely want to be part of.

Held at Rhodes Park in Birmingham’s Southside, Do Dah Day is a cherished springtime event—and one of the city’s oldest festivals.

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Do Dah Day 2017. Photo by Larry O. Gay

It features:

  • A huge dog parade with floats, costumes and more
  • Live music
  • Vendors
  • Kid-friendly activities (this year McWane Science Center will be there making crafts!)
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Dog costumes are a hit at Do Dah Day in Birmingham. Photo via Do Dah Day

Proceeds from the event go to Do Dah Day, which supports homeless animals.

It also raises money for local charities, such as:

  • Avondale Library
  • Alabama Theatre
  • Birmingham Zoo
  • And more!

Which pet-friendly event in Birmingham is your favorite?