A neighborhood of San Jose, Alum Rock is just a stone’s throw away from some of California’s best dog-friendly experiences. And with the city being home to a large population of animal lovers, there are also plenty of excellent animal welfare and rescue groups when local dogs need help or a second chance.
Companion Animal Rescue Effort (CARE) is just one of those groups. Founded in 1987, CARE is a non-profit animal rescue organization based in Santa Clara County. Run on a no-kill philosophy, CARE is staffed entirely by compassionate volunteers who work tirelessly to save pets in need.
Following their philosophy, CARE looks after its rescue animals in a network of nurturing foster homes. This long-term approach ensures that animals receive top-quality nutrition, medical attention, and care until they can be matched with loving, responsible owners.
Jake’s Wish Dog Rescue is another local rescue organization working to improve the lives of canines in and around the Alum Rock area. This San Jose group is run by volunteers and is committed to rescuing abandoned dogs who would otherwise be euthanized in shelters due to lack of space.
Like Care, it aims to provide each rescued animal with a feeling of security through a robust, in-home fostering program, with each dog receiving all the essential love and support it needs while it waits to find a forever home. Jake’s Wish Dog Rescue also offers information and education on responsible dog ownership to help reduce homeless pet numbers, and donations are more than welcome to help it pursue its goal to create a world where every dog has a home.
Want to put your dog’s excellent sense of smell to good use? Wag Hotels’ annual Easter Egg Hunt For Dogs is the paw-fect excuse! Held at Lick Mill Park in Santa Clara, this eagerly-anticipated doggy-day-out lets dogs of all shapes and sizes sniff out eggs filled with tasty treats and valuable prizes. While your pooch is having fun and enjoying the challenge, you can sample some delicious finger foods and browse pet products from a variety of vendors! There’s also the op-paw-tunity to get your pet’s photo taken with the Easter Bunny, and the entire event is run to benefit the Silicon Valley Pet Project. Best of all, dogs and children under the age of 12 get in free!
If you’re looking for a fun-filled canine celebration to enjoy with your dog, it’s hard to go past the largest dog festival in the United States! Bark in the Park attracts over 15,000 dog lovers and 3,900 dogs to William Street Park in downtown San Jose, all of them ready for a jam-packed day of tail-wagging fun! This doggy day out features a paw-some kids’entertainment zone, low-cost vaccines and microchipping, a misting tent to help pooches stay cool, and training and agility demonstrations. There are also entertaining contests (dog costume contest, dog/owner look-alike contest and tail wagging contest) and the chance to shop for dog-specific products from a long list of vendors. The event is free, but there’s a suggested $5 donation to local community and pet-focused organizations if you want to show your support for dogs in need.
Every year for more than 30 years, downtown San Jose’s Plaza de Cesar Chavez has been transformed into Christmas in the Park, a family-friendly holiday fantasyland with Christmas lights, trees and a heap of exhibits! And now your dog can join in all the festive fun at the annual Dog Day at the Park. On this December day, you’re permitted to invite your furry friend along for a visit to Santa's House. You can then purchase a custom photo or tchotchke from your experience, or just take along your own camera to get your own happy snaps for free! Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome, so why not give your most important family member a chance to experience the Christmas spirit?
If you’re looking to find the best and latest products for your canine companion, not to mention learn more about how to care for your pet, look no further than the Bay Area Pet Con. Held in January at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, this weekend-long event offers plenty for dog lovers to see, do, experience and buy. As well as browse products and exhibits from a wide range of vendors, you can watch exciting demonstrations, pick up some informative pet care advice, and access low-cost vaccines and microchipping! There’s even a pet talent contest, costume contest, and musical chairs contest, with well-behaved four-legged friends more than welcome.
Want a fun morning out with your dog that also allows you to help pets in need at the same time? The Fall Furry Flurry is just the ticket! Held in October at Los Gatos Creek Park, this annual festival of all things Fido features a host of dog-friendly events and activities. There are dog contests, a cute costume competition, raffles, and heaps of opportunities to socialize with other dog owners and their canine companions. Best of all, proceeds from the event go to support a number of animal-based non-profits throughout the Bay area, so there are plenty of grrr-eat reasons why you and your pet should check it out!