Follow Fido to Yappy Hour, a monthly cocktail party for canines and their companions at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Pooches, hounds and pups enjoy complimentary hand-made dog biscuits and lapping up refreshing libations, thanks to bacon, chicken, cheese, beef and liver flavored water, while their companions can purchase burgers, brews and wines, with proceeds going to support Friends of Orange County’s Homeless Pets.
Yappy Hour 2013 will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on The Dana Lawn. Season Three kicks off the third Thursday in May and continues through September on the second Thursday of the month.
- Thursday, August 8
- Thursday, September 12
Thursday, October 24 / 4 to 7 p.m.
Canines and their companions are invited for tricks and treats in celebration of Howl-O-Ween. This seasonal Yappy Hour celebration is a chance for pups to strut their stuff in their favorite costume. A panel of judges will determine which canine will take home the prize in the costume categories of Scariest, Funniest, Most Glamorous and, of course, Best in Show. First place prize in each category is a hand-painted dog bowl by Debby Carman of Faux Paws Productions. Cost to enter the costume contest is $10 per canine. Yappy Howl-iday
Saturday, December 7 / 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Santa Claus will make a special appearance for the Yappy Howl-iday Celebration. This festive gathering of canines and their companions provides Fido with the opportunity to be photographed with the “Big Dog” himself – Santa Claus. In keeping with the resort’s Season of Giving, guests are asked to bring unopened canned or dry dog food, treats or dog toys to be donated to an animal rescue organization.The Diamond Ball
Saturday, November 9 / 6 p.m.
$250 per person
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is proud to host The Diamond Ball, an evening of inspiration committed to saving lives on Saturday, November 9, 2013. The mission of The Diamond Ball is to raise funds for animal charities that save lives. The beneficiaries of the 2013 gala are Friends of Orange County’s Homeless Pets (FOCHP) and the Wounded Veteran Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). The evening includes a silent and live auction, and a four-course dinner presented by Executive Chef Pedro Contreras. The evening also includes The Diamond Drop Extravaganza, an opportunity where guests can donate gems and jewelry in support of the cause. Click here
for more information or to purchase tickets.
About Friends of Orange County’s Homeless Pets
The mission of Friends of Orange County’s Homeless Pets (FOCHP) is to make homeless and unwanted pets more adoptable and provide them the opportunity to find lifelong families. Their mission is accomplished through training, veterinary services, and spay and neuter assistance. Fostering is an important part of FOCHP, as they believe a home environment brings out the true personality of an animal and gives them the opportunity to match personalities for the best adoption opportunity and forever home for their rescues. FOCHP also has a Whistlestop Program that provides safe, immediate temporary boarding for surrendered pets until a foster home can be arranged. During the temporary Whistlestop boarding period, the pet is assessed, socialized with other animals, given medical attention if necessary and allowed to adjust in a caring environment until a loving foster home becomes available. FOCHP is operated solely by volunteers and 100 percent of donations received go directly back to the needs of their rescued animals.About the Wounded Veteran Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence
Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, CCI is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship. Canine Companions for Independence has provided many assistance dogs to U.S. war veterans across the country. With the increase in wounded veterans who could benefit from an assistance dog, CCI helps veterans making a new start in putting their life back together from an injury with an assistance dog who can provide the help they need to regain independence. CCI was the first assistance dog organization to be ADI Accredited, and have provided assistance dogs to more than 3,000 people. For more information, visit http://www.cci.org/
or call 1-800-572-BARK.