For The Love Of Dogs

If you were unfortunate enough to miss the Date A Rescue event at Pug Rescue on 02 February, don't worry. You can still spend a day loving all the pugs during the month of love. Head on over to this rescue organisation and spend the day enjoying delicious food and drinks, getting slobbery kisses at the pug kissing booth or have your photo taken by a professional photographer. Entry is R20 for adults, R10 for kids and R5 or a tin of Husky for dogs.

Valentine's Day At Ark Animal Centre

Join Ark Animal Centre in Chartwell for a spectacular long Valentine's weekend. Spend the day browsing through their range of second hand books at their R5 book sale. Whether you're searching for a special cookbook or for your next thrilling adventure, they're sure to have what you're looking for. Before you leave, take some time to meet some of their furballs. Who knows, you may fall in love and find a furever partner in crime.

Walk For Love 

Take a drive out to Bronkhorstspruit and spend the day enjoying the company of all the bachelors and bachelorettes at Wetnose Animal Rescue Centre. Here, you'll be free to walk, bath and spoil any of the pooches. Remember to bring comfy clothes, dog shampoo, old towels, brushes and pet-friendly toys. Entry to this event is free, but all donations are welcome.

Jack And Charlie's Charity Run

This Valentine's Day, why not spread the love by joining this great cause to help CANSA and the SPCA? Head to Jack and Charlie's Heritage Bike Parlour and take part in the bike run in aid of these two wonderful organisations. At the event, you can make a donation of blankets, food and toys to make the day a special one for the many animals in the care of Tshwane SPCA. After the race and prize giving, stop by at the SPCA and give the very special animals some love and affection. Tickets cost R100 - R120 and can be booked at Quicket.

Night Walkies is proud to present Night Walkies this February. Bring your four-legged friend along for a night time stroll while watching the sun set. Tickets cost R50 and include a doggy hamper to spoil your pooch with. The first 3000 entries will also receive an LED collar. You can upgrade to a Do-Good ticket and receive a blanket, treats, a toy and vouchers to get your dog's tail wagging during the month of love. Proceeds from this event go towards the Anti-Cruelty League.

Woodrock Sunset Walk

Not only is February the month of love, but it also marks a leap year. Spend this special time with a special someone at Woodrock Animal Rescue. For R100, you will receive a complimentary drink on arrival. You can then choose a dog to walk while marveling at the sunset from the hills. After the long stroll, spoil your dog with yummy treats and a pamper session before your photoshoot and dinner under the lapa.

If you're looking to extend your furry Valentine's plans, why not spoil your dog at one of Joburg's finest restaurants? Check out our list of top dog-friendly restaurants to find the perfect spot for a date with your best friend.

Parkview Charity Christmas Market 2019

Get your Christmas shopping done early while supporting a worthy cause. Join the Parkview Charity Christmas Market 2019 and browse through their selection of stalls selling delectable food and unique trinkets. Or have a blast with the many fun activities and entertainment on offer. All proceeds from the market will be donated to charity. 

Garden Of Lights

For just R25 per person, you and your family can enjoy a spectacle of lights. You can also visit and take a photo with santa, visit Santa’s Workshop, the Mystic Castle and the Magic Sweet Shop. If you’re hungry after all the festivities, stop by at the food stalls for some Frosty Melts, Smile Donuts, Gourmet Chariots and more. All proceeds will be donated to charity. Booking is essential and the event is weather dependent. 

Spoil A Rescue This Christmas

This Christmas, spread the joy by giving some much-needed attention to the pugs and honourary pugs of Pug Rescue in Benoni. For the cost of R20 or a tin of Husky with gravy, you get to spend an hour enjoying the wags, snorts and glob of the wonderful pooches waiting for their furever homes. Visitors can choose between the 8:00 slot and take the dogs for a walk, or the 10:00 slot, where they can cool down at the pug pool party. If you're not available on 1 December, then join Merry Pugmas on Saturday, 7 December 2019 for a day of fun.

Christmas Spectacular

This Christmas, head to the Alexander Theatre in Braamfontein for a Christmas Spectacular. Presented by Hillsong South Africa, this family-friendly musical stage show is bound to get even the Grinch in the festive spirit. Feel the jingle in the air as you enjoy a live performance of all your favourite Christmas carols. And in true festive spirit, the funds raised from this show will go towards bringing some festive joy through Hillsong's community outreach programme.

FURRstive Christmas Market & Adoption Day

Animal lovers, unite. Visit A New Hope Dog Rescue for their FURRstive Christmas Market & Adoption Day. Entry to the event costs just R20.00 or a donation of a can of tinned dog food. The day will be filled with loads of fun, from pony rides to market stalls. Spend the day meeting all the beautiful furbabies looking for their furever homes. 

Drinking Olympics

PET RESCUE, in association with Women For Animals Alliance, will be hosting a very special Christmas Charity event this festive season. This Christmas, gather your friends, co-workers and family members and drink for a rescue. Bookings can be made for a team of four members and includes a welcome drink. All funds raised from this joyous event will go towards animal charities in the area to help them survive the up-coming busy season.

What A Feeling

Join Paws R Us SA and Pekingese Rescue of South Africa this December for a throw-back party unlike any other. Let out your inner 80s child and dance away to the classics from Madonna, Michael Jackson and U2. Apart from the delicious a la carte menu, visitors can bust a move on the dance floor, get refreshments at the cash bar, browse through the craft stalls or take a snap at the adorable shelter dog photo booth. All proceeds will be used to suppawt shelter dogs during the festive season.

Picnic With Carols

Wetnose Animal Rescue Centre invite you to join them for a delightful picnic this joyous season. Bring your friends and family along for a magical evening under the stars, complete with Christmas carols and a special screening of The 12 Dogs Of Christmas. If you'd rather not make the trip at night, join them for a day of wagging tails and sloppy kisses while spoiling the shelter's animals before the Christmas rush hits.

Special Mention: Santa Cause For Paws Pledging

Santa Cause For Paws is an animal welfare organisation and online store that aims to make a difference in the lives of animals in shelters this Christmas. They plan to do this by collecting boxes of treats for puppies, kittens, cats and dogs and dropping them off at various shelters on Christmas Day. You can help by pledging to donate a box, containing 2 things yum, 1 thing warm, something fun and something useful. Or, you can offer out your workspace or home as a drop-off zone. Help put the wags back in the tails of unwanted and abandoned animals this Christmas.

Do you know of any other Christmas events for charity? Let us know in the comments section below!