Ashland, Oregon is listed as one of the most dog-friendly cities in Southern Oregon. Helping to keep the dog population healthy is the Rogue Valley Humane Society. The goal at this no-kill shelter is to find a forever home for every dog or cat that they take in, no matter how long it takes. Before 1965, homeless animals around Ashland were euthanized within just a few days of being captured or surrendered.
Today, The Rogue Valley Humane Society’s rescue provides a safe haven to these lost and abandoned animals for as long as they need it. In 2013, about the same time that city parks became accessible to dogs, the Robert E. and Jennifer Murphy Canine Care Building was opened to house litters of puppies and provide a place for sick or injured dogs to heal.
This 501(c)(3) corporation doesn’t discriminate. They offer their services to old, decrepit dogs and young, needy kittens as well as everything in between. Every year, hundreds of animals receive care in terms of food, shelter, medical care, grooming, and most importantly, affection from the staff and volunteers who open their hearts to tend to Ashland’s homeless and abused dogs and cats. The compassionate care to stray, abandoned, unwanted or displaced animals is paramount to ending the overpopulation of pets in the Rogue Valley, which maintains community programs to spay or neuter these pets. It is also their aim to educate pet owners on responsible guardianship so that every animal in their care can be adopted into a loving forever home.
If you're wanting a more leisurely, yet still long hike, consider the Bear Creek Greenway! Connecting the cities of Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, Medford and Central Point, the Greenway is 20 miles of paved, multi-use trail. Starting at Ashland's Dog Park, it continues to the Dean Creek Frontage Road just north of Central Point. You don't have to contend with automobile traffic as it is a separate route, but it does allow skateboards, skates, and horses along with you and your pooch. Paralleling I-5, Bear Creek and Highway 99, you'll have a great opportunity to watch the numerous birds in the area as well as having fun as you and Fido get some exercise!
If you are looking for a place to go wild with Fido, take a look at the 1.8 million acres in Rogue River and Siskiyou National Forests! The scenery is magnificent, there are hundreds of miles to hike, and the flora and fauna are abundant. You never have to pay a special fee for taking your fur buddy with you and you can even let him run free in the forest (as long as he’s under voice control and won’t chase the wildlife). If you are the type that loves camping, this spot is definitely for you! Although the campground is closed during offseason, the camping and tent areas are dog-friendly, too. This forest is found just outside of Ashland in Medford, Oregon.
Dog-lovers who enjoy watching the best examples of every breed imaginable will enjoy a trip to Portland to watch the 2018 Rose City Classic Dog Show! Recognized as one of the top dog shows in the United States, it draws the best dogs from this country as well as foreign countries to compete in conformation (185 breeds), obedience, rally, and agility. The Dog Fanciers Association of Oregon hosts the series of dog shows on the third weekend of January every year and has done so for the past six decades! The show begins on a Thursday and runs through Sunday.