Known as the gateway to the Sequoias, the city of Valasia, CA is a sunny place to visit for those who love outdoor activities like camping, hiking and exploring the nearby National Park. It’s also home to the Valley Oak SPCA, located at 9800 Camp Drive.
Founded in 1991 the shelter is dedicated to helping dogs that may not have had a good start in life but deserve a second chance. They are a non-profit, no-kill shelter that saves the lives of many dogs. The VOSPCA moved into new premises in June of 2017 and are in good spirits about the future. They consider their work an honor and are committed to connecting pets and people in the city where they live.
Fundraising projects are always at the fore with the Annual ”Walk A Dog A Thon” held at Mooney Grove Park each April. Well behaved dogs and their owners are always encouraged to join this fun, fundraising event with individual and corporate sponsors playing their part. The shelter relies on the kind hearts of their community to keep doing the work they love. Seeing an injured or abandoned dog re-homed is reward enough for the many volunteers who generously offer their help.
The Valley Oak SPCA features an affordable spay/neuter clinic with vaccination and microchip services. The walk-in clinic is situated at 9405 W. Goshen Ave. Opening hours are 7 am -4 pm Monday to Friday with Thursday times 7 am to 6 pm. If you are looking to share your life with man’s best friend, pop into the shelter or check out their website for dogs ready to be rehomed.
Tails will be wagging next Spring when local dogs are invited to the Rawhide stadium to watch the game! This doggie-positive event is held in April, with plenty of dog’s woofing the home team on. Some pooches look really cool in baseball caps supporting their local team! Their pet parents only have to pay $3 for a pooch pass to get them into the ballpark. Seating is assigned up to the right of the field on the grass where dogs can howl every time their team hits a home run! All proceeds from the pooch passes go to “Love of Animals”, a local non-profit animal fostering program. Check out their Facebook page for more details!
Looking for a local restaurant that welcomes dogs? Try the Planing Mill Artisan Pizzeria voted small business of the year for 2017. Well behaved, leashed dogs can hang out on the patio enjoying the lively vibe! Great food and beer make this a popular spot for the locals - who love bringing their 4-legged friends to sample the wings, pizza or the Reuben sandwich. Pack a doggie bag before you leave to go home so you can both have fun munching on your favorite treats later! The restaurant has its origins in the former Planning Mill, a 19th century landmark in a city steeped in history. If you’ve been walking your pal at one of the dog-friendly parks, head down to the “The Planing Mill” for a cool drink and bite to eat. Restaurant hours are 11 am to 9 pm.
Pack up the car and bring your doggie-mate to Panera Bread - where a tasty treat is in store for you both! This is feel-good food to tempt your senses with pastries, muffins and sandwiches, all superbly home-made. It’s in the Packwood Creek Shopping Center, so it's ideal for lunch if you are checking out the stores. If you’re traveling around the country, it’s always good to know where the dog-friendly restaurants are. Panera Bread is renowned for their paw-star attitude and will bring a bowl of water out for your dog! Visalia, CA has the Sequoia National Park literally in its backyard, boasting some of the world’s tallest trees and a wonderland of scenery to explore. Opening hours are 6 am to 9 pm.
Dog owners in the scenic city of Visalia, CA are blessed with a park designed for canine pals to exercise and play! The Cody Kelley Bark park located off Plaza Drive has two fully fenced enclosures for small and large dogs. You and your bestie can play ball, socialize with the regulars or find your inner zen surrounded by trees and a grassy space. There are benches to sit on with buckets of water for thirsty dogs - plus a fountain and hose in the big dog pen! Standard rules mean that owners must clean up after their pets and all dogs should be licensed, vaccinated and sociable when in the park. Open from 6 am to 10 pm daily, You can’t beat the Cody Kelly Bark Park for a great place to bring your dog.