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Livermore wineries team up with animal rescues for 'Wine & Wags' adoption event

The event is set to return on Oct. 30 for its third year after being canceled last year due to COVID-19.

Livermore wineries are partnering with Bay Area animal rescues for "Wine & Wags," a community event that aims to promote pet adoption.

The event is set to return on Oct. 30 for its third year after being canceled last year due to COVID-19.

More than 20 local wineries have partnered with over a dozen animal rescues to host an afternoon of wine tasting, dog adoptions and activities from noon to 4:30 p.m., organizers said in a statement.

In light of the event being held during Halloween weekend, some of the activities are themed for the holiday, including a pet and owner costume parade at 2 p.m. at Retzlaff Vineyards.

Other events throughout the day include an obedience demonstration by Brat Pak Dog Kamp at Page Mill Winery, a dog photo booth and belly rub station at Rosa Fierro Cellars and a doggie obstacle course at Garré Vineyard & Winery.

Many of the participating wineries will offer discounts on bottles of wine in addition to food and pet-themed gifts, like "Barkcuterie" boxes filled with dog treats that Big White House Winery and John Evan Cellars plan to sell to benefit their partner organization, Tiny Paws Pug Rescue.

East Bay SPCA -- which has locations in Dublin and Oakland -- will be at Garré Vineyard & Winery with adoptable pets that people can meet. While the organization will not be conducting adoptions on site at the event, those interested in adopting can schedule an appointment at one of their facilities, according to East Bay SPCA events manager Kayla Vucinich.

They will also be providing information about their various programs like behavior training for current pet owners and youth camps and education programs, Vucinich said.

"The event is more than just hanging out and drinking wine, there are things for your dog, if you're interested in getting a dog and community building," Vucinich said.

Tickets for Wine & Wags are $30 in advance at and $35 at the event. Each ticket includes entrance into participating wineries, a commemorative Livermore Valley Wine Country GoVino glass, at least two wine tastes at each winery and access to event activities, organizers said. Attending dogs must be leashed at all times.

Wineries and rescue organizations participating in Wine & Wags include:

Participating Rescue Organizations:

Animal Rescue of Tracy

Contra Costa Animal Services

Copper's Dream Animal Rescue

East Bay SPCA

Friends of the Tracy Animal Shelter

Guardian’s Light Dog Rescue

German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California

Northern California Sled Dogs Rescue

Paws in Need

Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation

Tri-Valley Animal Rescue

Umbrella of Hope Rescue

Valley Humane Society 

Wings of Rescue

Participating Livermore Valley Wineries:

3 Steves Winery

Bent Creek Winery

Big White House Winery & John Evan Cellars

BoaVentura de Caires Winery

Cedar Mountain Winery

Dante Robere Vineyards

Darcie Kent Vineyards

Eagle Ridge Vineyards

Fenestra Winery

Garré Vineyard & Winery

Las Positas Vineyards

Longevity Wines

Nella Terra Cellars

Omega Road Winery

Page Mill Winery

Retzlaff Vineyards & Estate Winery

Rosa Fierro Cellars

The Lineage Collection: Steven Kent Winery, Lineage Wine Co., L’Autre Cote & Mia Nipote

Wood Family Vineyards



Cierra Bailey

About the Author: Cierra Bailey

Cierra is a Livermore native who started her journalism career after college as an editorial intern with the Pleasanton Weekly in 2014. After attending graduate school at Syracuse University, she’s back as the editor of the Vine!
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