June 8

Soggy Dogz Charity Dog Wash
12 pm - 3 pm
2701 Beaver Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50310
(515) 279-4340
All proceeds benefit the homeless pets at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. All dogs must be current on their vaccinations and must be six months of age or older. No female dogs in heat will be allowed.
Admission: $15
Contact: 262-9503, ext. 119

June 14

Putts for Mutts
10 am - 3 pm
Putt Masters
2977 NW 66th
The Bark Zone Doggie DayCare and PuttMasters Mini Golf will host "Putts for Mutts", a miniature golf event. You are invited to play a round of golf to benefit the Animal Rescue League. The cost is $7 per person and includes one round of mini-golf, a raffle ticket and a $1 off a future game of golf.
Event Price:  $7
Guest Price:  $7
Pets Allowed:  No

Paws on the Pavement
10 am
Swan Lake State Park
Eastside Shelter
22811 Swan Lake Drive
Carroll, IA 51401
3.8 mile walk around scenic Swan Lake State Park, with dogs in tow! Activities also include Poker Run, agility course, contests and prizes. Walk starts at 10 am, but registration will begin at 9 am. All funds will benefit Animals Rescue of Carroll.
Phone:  (712) 790-9116

Indianola Off-Leash Dog Playground Grand Opening
11 am - 2 pm
Downey Park
1 mile south of Warren Co Fairgrounds
at South K St & W 17th Ave
Indianola, IA 50125
Dedication & Leash Cutting Ceremony – 1:00 p.m. Vendors, Demonstrations, Food & Drink – for people and dogs, Prizes! Watch for more details in the Record Herald & Indianola Tribune, Cable Ch.7, www.indianolaparks.com, and at

July 13

4 pm - 7 pm
SummerFest Leisure Garden
Prairie Ridge Sports Complex
It's the happening place to hang loose for for hip swingin' pups and groovy pet lovers. Bring your pooch and join us for a fun canine event at Ankeny SummerFest! Enjoy refreshments for you and your dog, plus live entertainment by Mike Fonda and Home Grown Tomatoes. $15 per dog includes WOOFstock bandana. Admission is free for humans. Brought to you by Ankeny SummerFest and the ARL with special thanks to the Ankeny Jaycees. All proceeds to benefit the ARL.
Pet Restrictions:  Dogs must be 4 months or older. Female dogs cannot be in heat. All dogs must be current on their rabies vaccination. The ARL has the right to dismiss any dog.
Event Price:  $15

July 20
Comprehending Your Canine
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Urbandale Public Library
Join Dog Behavioral Therapist and Trainer, Debra Boswell as she presents Comprehending Your Canine, an informational program to help you better understand your furry, four-legged family members. This free program will cover how to better communicate with your dog, recognizing the signs of fear and aggression, and the basics on dog behavior correction. In order to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all attendees, no pets will be allowed. 
Free Admission
Phone: 515-278-3945

August 28

Reynolds Feed Service Doggie Dive
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center
714 W Detroit
Indianola, IA
After Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center has closed for the season, dogs and their owners can celebrate the end of sumer together at this pooch pool party. A portion of the evening's proceeds will go to the Kiya Koda Humane Society and Indianola Off Leash Dog Playground. Fee is $7.50 per dog & owner, or $6.00 with Resident discount. Owner must be at least 16 years old unless accompanied by an adult. Registration deadline is Thursday, August 21 ,or when full. To register, visit www.indianolaparks.com or call (515) 961-9420.
Admission: $7.50 per dog and owner ($6.00 for Indianola residents)

October 18 - 19

Great Iowa Pet Expo
10 am - 5 pm on Saturday
11 am - 5 pm on Sunday
Iowa State Fairgrounds
4H Building
Celebration of pets with trade show, entertainment, education featuring Jr. Pet Vet education stations for kids, Stupid Pet Tricks, Halloween Costume Contest, a performing Trick Pony, homing pigeon release, the $100 agility weave challenge, agility demo and K9 police demo. Clinicians will show you training steps to teach tricks and behaviour techniques to help you and your dog become better partners!
Phone: 515-778-4762
Price: $5/adults, $3/kids 6 - 12, Free for 5 & under


For event submission please e-mail info@dogsinthemetro.com.
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