The Do512 Family team is thankful for all the love and joy our pets add to our daily lives! With animals adopted into our families, our kids learn lessons in empathy and responsibility — and frankly, there’s nothing as special as our pets’ loyal friendship!

April 11 is National Pet Day, and we’re so happy to celebrate our furry, feathered, and scaly family members with some extra love. Read on for a round-up of special pet events, suggested places to adopt your next best furry friend.

Happy National Pet Day!

Upcoming Pet Events: Want to plan a special outing for your social pets? Take a look at this big round-up of Pet Events coming up in the next few weeks, and mark your calendars for these fun picks…

National Pets Day Happy Hour & Portraits @ Space 24 Twenty
April 11, 2-4 p.m.
Join Lucky Lab Coffee Co., Lucky Lab Rescue, and Mumford Pet Photos for a pop-up event featuring complimentary cold brew (while supplies last), donation-based pet portraits, raffle prizes, and an adoptable puppy meet & greet.

Shoal Creek Day: Dogs! @ Duncan Park
April 14, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Head out to Duncan Park for a morning full of dogs, yoga, music, and fun! Find adoptable dogs from The Austin Animal Center, free clicker dog training session from the Dog Chick, goodies from Krisers Pets, dog yoga, and live music performances. You can opt to end the event with a dog walk down the Shoal Creek Trail to the Central Library and back.

Jo’s 20th Annual Pet Parade @ Jo’s Coffee South Congress
April 20, 12-4 p.m.
Join a
parade down South Congress with a marching band and outfitted pets that ends in Jo’s parking lot for a pet costume competition. Enjoy live music and a variety of vendors and activities. Register your pet to participate! The $20 entry parade fee benefits pet rescue non-profits. Free to attend!

3rd Annual Woofstock @ Heritage Park (Pflugerville)
April 28, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Pflugerville Animal Shelter is hosting their 3rd annual Woofstock event that features live bands, food trucks, vendors, adoptable pets, and fun and activities for the whole family! Well behaved, on leash dogs are invited to come out and enjoy the day.

Buda Wiener Dog Races @ Buck’s Backyard (Buda)
April 27 & 28, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Every spring, folks come from all over Texas for this quirky canine celebration. This annual country fair begins with the cutest pet parade at 9 a.m., followed by the nationally known Wiener Dog Races at 10 a.m. where the speediest dachshunds take to the track. This fundraiser for the Buda Lion’s Club includes a BBQ cook-off, a bake-off, arts & crafts, games for the kids, and lots of entertainment. With so many activities, it’s best to click here to view the detailed schedule.

Round Rock Express: Bark in the Park @ Dell Diamond (Round Rock)
April 28, 1:05 p.m.
Not only is it Kids Day at the ballpark, but it’s also a special dog-friendly game day! Use promo code PUPS at checkout for a discounted lawn ticket for your dog and a portion of the ticket will be donated to a local animal charity. Tickets here.

Jo’s annual Pet Parade & Costume Contest is always a fun time! Photo from the Jo’s Coffee Facebook page.

Thinking About Adopting a New Pet? While there are tons of rescue groups around Austin, these organizations are a great place to start your search for your furever family members…

There’s plenty of animals ready & waiting for a new home. Photo from Austin Humane Society’s Facebook page

The Pets of Do512: As proud pet owners ourselves, we wanted to take a moment to show off the sweet animals that our Do512 team is celebrating on National Pet Day! We also invite you to share YOUR pet photos. Just head over to the Do512 Family Facebook page on April 11 to share a pic of your pet. We’d love to see them!

Win a Gift Basket of H-E-B Pet Products!  We love H-E-B for all our grocery needs, but we’re grateful that we can rely on them for our pet products, too — giving us less time running from store to store and more time with our family (both the kids and the fur babies).

H-E-B offers a great line of affordably-priced premium dog and cat food, Heritage Ranch by H‑E‑B™, which includes protein as the 1st ingredient and contains NO corn, soy, wheat, or artificial colors & flavors. Not only does H-E-B service the community, 1% of the purchase price of all Heritage Ranch is donated to local Texas animal shelters. In addition to food & treats, you can also find a huge array of pet toys, such as the Woof & Whiskers brand which features limited-edition Texas-themed toys.

We’re choosing one lucky Do512 Family reader to win a tail-wagging H-E-B gift pack with an assortment of must-try pet products! Enter below & good luck!

This giveaway is now closed and our winner has been notified. Thanks to all who entered!