No matter where you go in California, you’re more or less guaranteed to find a tight-knit community of dog owners and animal lovers. So it’s no great surprise that if you ever visit Long Beach, a coastal city within the Greater Los Angeles area, you’ll also find a host of animal welfare groups working hard to improve the lives of the region’s homeless pets!
Seal Beach Animal Care Center is one of those groups. Opened in 1988, the Seal Beach Animal Care Center is on a mission to create a community that cares for animals with responsibility and compassion. A non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, it is committed to helping every single animal that comes into its care find a loving forever home.
The spcaLA is also ready to rise to the occasion whenever an animal needs help! This independent, non-profit animal welfare organization has been assisting the animals of Southern California since 1877. As well as matching abandoned and homeless pets with loving, permanent homes, spcaLA also runs animal cruelty investigations, a Disaster Animal Response Team, and provides educational services.
Donations to spcaLA are always welcome, while volunteers are crucial to ensure that this inspirational non-profit can continue helping dogs and other pets in need.
The Love Long Beach Festival is a two-day extravaganza that allows you to immerse yourself in the best that Long Beach has to offer! There are DJs, live music, arts and crafts, vendors, and so much more, but the real highlight is the wide range of dog events included across the weekend. These paw-some activities include a splish-splash wave crash contest, doggy talent show, dog training seminars, and the chance to hear from an experienced animal behaviourist. There’s plenty to enjoy for dogs and their people, with admission at only $5 per day!
The El Dorado Dog Park is an excellent 1.5-acre area where Long Beach pooches can indulge in some off-leash fun! The annual Wag ‘n Walk, a 1.84-mile stroll around the bike path, is held each November to benefit this beautiful park. Organized by the El Dorado Dog Park Association, this relaxed and family-friendly event encourages all dog lovers to enjoy a walk and some quality time outdoors with their pets. It’s a grrr-eat way to get some exercise and meet other animal lovers, while all human walkers also receive an event t-shirt, swag bag, and photo with their dog! If you love the El Dorado Dog Park, why not join in the fun?
Does your dog love getting up in spooky, spine-tingling, or simply adorable outfits at Halloween? If so, she’ll love the Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade, which gives the best-dressed canines a chance to strut their stuff for crowds of enthusiastic spectators. Starting and finishing in Marina Vista Park, the parade attracts hundreds of creatively costumed dogs and thousands of interested onlookers! There’s also a vendor and pet adoption fair held on the day of the event, so you can shop for some great products and maybe even meet a new furry friend!
Get your Corgi, slip into your Corg-kini, and get ready for some fun in the sun. The So Cal Corgi Beach Day is held at Alamitos Beach each July. Run by So Cal Corgi Nation, a group of passionate Corgi enthusiasts, this paw-some event is packed full of Corgi-related fun and games. You can enter your pet in the Corgi Talent Contest or one of two costume contests, all of which are a whole lot of fun for dogs and spectators alike! But there’s also a contest to determine the Best Corgi Butt, a pie-eating competition, and even a hilarious Corgi Limbo Contest. Throw in a wide range of vendors, food trucks, and a bubble pavilion (where Corgis frolic among thousands of chicken- and bacon-flavored bubbles), and you’ve got one very entertaining and truly memorable day out!
There are few things in life that help us overcome our differences and unite together quite like our pets, and nowhere is that more evident than at this wonderful annual event. Held on the concrete boat launch ramp next to Rosie's Dog Beach, the Interfaith Blessing of the Animals sees creatures great and small (and their people) gather for a pet blessing. You and your furry friend can join other dogs as well as cats, horses, birds, lizards, rabbits, turtles, and even alpacas at this heartwarming event! One of the largest pet blessings anywhere in the world, it’s been held in Long Beach every year since 2002.