San Francisco is regularly listed as one of the most pet-friendly cities in the United States. As a result, Burlingame, located on the San Francisco Peninsula, is close to a huge range of dog-friendly walks and attractions.
It’s also well served by a number of paw-some animal rescue groups, such as the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA). This private, independent, non-profit group runs an open-door shelter, accepting all dogs regardless of their age, breed, or size. Since 2003, PHS/SPCA has rehomed 100 percent of the healthy dogs and cats in its care.
Sick, injured, abused, unwanted, stray, neglected, and older dogs and cats are all welcomed with open arms, and the group rehomes approximately 200 animals each month. However, in order to keep helping animals in need, PHS/SPCA needs donations from the community and the hard work of its volunteers.
Pets in Need also works tirelessly to protect the dogs of Burlingame and surrounding areas. This no-kill shelter has been serving the pets of northern California for more than 50 years and is on a mission to reduce pet homelessness and find every dog and cat a loving home. Pets in Need rescues dogs and cats from public shelters in the Bay Area and further afield, saving animals from being euthanized due to space or financial restrictions.
It then works to find loving homes for those rescued animals, and also offers spay/neuter services and education programs to reduce pet homelessness. If you’d like to help Pets in Need continue this amazing work, volunteers and donations are always welcome.
Burlingame’s annual Pet Parade is always a much-anticipated event on the social calendar for local dog lovers! Held on Broadway, the parade features a plethora of pets of all shapes and sizes strutting their stuff in front of thousands of spectators. It’s a fun, family-friendly event that always includes some adorable pet costumes, as well as plenty of cute canines to meet. There are some grrr-eat prizes in categories like Best Pet Trick; Most Unusual Pet; Best Dressed Pet; and Most Original Float, Group or Wagon, along with free entertainment and art projects to keep the kids entertained. It’s a mutts-do event for any dog lover!
Halloween wouldn’t be any fun without your furry friend by your side, so why not treat your pet to this pup-friendly spook-tacular? Boo! Barks, Brews and Bites is a free Halloween celebration on the Oakland waterfront, but the best part of all is that dogs are more than welcome to attend! The picturesque waterfront area is packed with heaps of doggy activities such as paw painting, pet pampering, the pet photo booth, and even a pet psychic. There’s also plenty of food and drink for two-legged guests to enjoy, with heaps of delicious bites and brews for you to sample all day long!
Dog Day Afternoon is the largest pet adoption street fair in San Francisco, so if you’re looking to adopt a new, cute canine then it’s well worth attending! However, there’s also plenty to experience and enjoy even if you’re not looking for a new pet, as this festival is packed full of activities and events you and your furry friend can enjoy together. There are samples and products from pet-related vendors, pet caricatures, pet photography, and even a cute and colourful pet costume contest! There’s also music and a BBQ in the Delancey Courtyard, but the best part of all is that 100 percent of all proceeds go to the rescue groups that attend the event. Dog Day Afternoon is hosted by Pawtrero on Brannan Street, so check it out with your pet next November.
The Nihonmachi Street Fair is a long-running cultural festival that celebrates the best that San Francisco has to offer. From art and music to food and community outreach services, you’ll find it all at this wonderful event! However, the Sunday of the festival also features Doggie World — a gathering place where your four-legged friend can join in the festival fun. There are vendors selling pet products, grrr-eat dog goodie bags, rescue groups, a photo booth, and animal experts on hand to offer pet care advice. The highlight, however, is the Doggie World Parade, which sees stacks of pampered pooches pose for the pup-arazzi and enjoy their time in the spotlight! Best of all, the parade benefits the San Francisco Animal Care & Control Center.
An annual celebration of dogs and kids, DogFest is a paw-some festival that offers something for everyone! This day of dog-friendly fun is a fundraiser for McKinley Elementary School, and there’s no shortage of tail-wagging experiences for you and your pooch to enjoy all day long. The highlight would probably have to be the Everyday Dog Show, which offers paw-some prizes in categories such as Best Costume, Best Tail, Best Trick, and Best Mutt. Other features include a silent auction, kids’ games, delicious food, and some grrr-eat doggy vendors. All the frivolity takes place in Duboce Park, so get there early to make sure you don’t miss a thing!