Situated between San Diego and Temecula, California, San Marcos is a smaller city with a lot of the same problems that larger cities face, including a large population of homeless animals! In the San Marcos area, there are a couple animal shelters that work hard to provide care and food for these potential pets. Two of these shelters are the San Diego Humane Society and Forgotten Paws Animal Rescue.
The San Diego Humane Society is less than a 40-minute drive from San Marcos, and the shelter is home to hundreds of animals looking for new homes. The organization works hard to educate the public on proper animal care in the hopes of preventing cruelty and neglect cases in the area. The shelter also provides medical care for homeless animals during their stay. All the animals that are brought into the shelter are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped before leaving the premises. The San Diego Humane Society also provides animal control and stray services to the San Marcos area.
Forgotten Paws Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization that helps homeless pets find loving, lasting homes. The rescue takes in animals on the euthanasia list from high-kill shelters in the area to save them. With the help of fosters, the organization is able to help many animals find new homes each year with only donations, fundraising, and money from adoption fees.
If you live in the area and are looking for a new pet, contact one of these shelters to find a lovable cat or dog to bring home.
Stop by Hotel Indigo in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter in December for the Canine Cocktails Holiday Doggie Mixer with Fit Athletic Downtown! Bring your pooch for a leash-free good time at the Level 9 Rooftop Bar.
Enjoy great holiday drinks from 5:30 to 9 with great views of the city around you, while your dog roams with other four-legged friends. There will also be food to snack on while you chat it up with local dog owners.
Raffle tickets will be available, and proceeds go to the San Diego Humane Society.
Admission is free, but drinks and food are available only for purchase.
Head over to Del Mar Fairgrounds in February for the San Diego Pet Con Event. Dress your dog up in great costumes for a chance to win a contest! Winners of the costume contest will be determined by the audience, so bring along some friends as well.
The event will feature a talent competition, fun games, vendors, exhibits, and adoption stations. Local shelters and organizations will also be on-site hoping to get donations from generous attendees.
Admission is free for both humans and their pooches!
Join the San Diego Humane Society for its annual North County Walk for Animals event each February in Kit Carson Park. Help raise money by participating in the two-mile walk through Kit Carson Park with your doggo!
The event kicks off with a pancake breakfast and registration at 7 am on the day of the walk, followed by the Blessing of the Animals at 8:30. The walk is preceded by a 15-minute warm-up with Aaron Harris Fitness. The actual walk starts at 9 am, and it is followed by dog activities and the Vendor Village.
This event requires registration, so make sure you sign up ahead of time! Adults can register for $40, while children are just $20.
You and your dog will enjoy getting dressed up for an evening out, all to benefit the San Diego Humane Society’s yearly Fur Ball event. Each September, well-dressed dogs and dog owners attend the gala to help raise money for the San Diego Humane Society.
Walk the red carpet and pose with your pooch for photos. Then, enjoy a night of fine dining, dancing, auctions, and more. This event is held at the Humane Society and is outdoors. All dogs must be leashed for their own safety.
Doors open at 6 pm and tickets start at $325. Dogs are welcome, but not required for attendance.
San Diego is home to an annual Doggie Street Festival that is sure to excite the whole family. Each November, dogs flock to NTC Park Liberty Station with their owners for a day of music, food, vendors, and other great activities.
Listen to guest speakers and special guests to learn more about pet ownership and the rescues at the event. Don’t forget to stop by vendor booths to discover unique products and services brought to you by local businesses. There will also be an art area for children!
A number of rescues will be on-site with dogs looking for new homes.