If you love being around animals, there's nothing that can stop you from having, training, adopting or helping them. Here are some ways to get involved this month in pets and pet activities in Pikesville, Owings Mills and Reisterstown:
Bark! adoption event
On Saturday, Jan. 15, the Baltimore Humane Society will be at Bark! at the Festival at Woodholme Shopping Center, 1809 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, for an adoption event.
The society gives stray, unwanted and homeless animals a temporary home and care, and works to place them into good homes, according to its website.
Adopt and volunteer
You don't have to wait for the Bark! event to adopt a pet. Visit the Humane Society from noon 6 p.m. at 1601 Nocodemus Road in Reisterstown.
And there are volunteer jobs at the society for people ages 14 and older. Volunteer training is held from 6-7 p.m. every other Wednesday.
Visit the website for more information, or call 410-833-8848.
Friendly dogs will be on hand at the Pikesville Branch Library at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 to help shy or reluctant young readers, the library website states.
The dogs, from the program Karma Dogs are chosen and trained to be patient while children read to them.
It's part of the library's H.E.A.R.T.S. program, which stands for Help Encourage All Readers to Succeed, the library website states.
The library is located at 1301 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville. For more information, call 410-887-1234.
Learn to potty train
Every Saturday and Sunday in January, Petco at 10383 Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills hosts a free potty-training seminar from 1-1:30 p.m.
Owners of adult dogs and puppies will be able to learn proper crate training and mishap management by keeping a regular schedule.
For more information, call the store at 410-581-9888.
Cats, dogs adoption weekend
On Jan. 15 and 16, Petcos throughout the country, including the Petco in Owings Mills, holds a National Adoption Weekend.
Rescue organizations will bring in their adoptable animals, and people can apply to adopt and animal, learn more about rescues.
At the Owings Mills event, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Jan. 15, the Feline Rescue Association will be at Petco with cats to meet and adopt. On Jan. 16, the Baltimore County Humane Society will be there with their animals.
Build a fish home for your Betta from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 23 at Petco.
"Choose your favorite male veiltail betta and personalize its new bowl, complete with decorative gravel and plant," the Petco calendar states.
Cost for the event is $9.99 plus tax.
Please feel free to email your events for next month. I will post as many Pikesville pet-related events as possible.