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Stray animals in Carlsbad, California are lucky to be taken to an animal shelter in the area. These animal shelters are responsible for caring for and finding new homes for these animals in need. Two of the best shelters in the area are Rancho Coastal Humane Society and Wagging Dog Rescue.

Rancho Coastal Humane Society began in 1960 when a group of volunteers started caring for the homeless animals in San Diego County. Now, it is a professionally managed humane society that helps educate the community, find new homes for animals, and is part of an animal safehouse program for domestic violence survivors. The organization works hard to match people with the best pet for them. They also help adopters learn the basics of animal care as well as grooming and exercise requirements.

Wagging Dog Rescue is a non-profit animal rescue organization in Carlsbad, California. This rescue saves animals from Southern California and around the world from euthanasia. The organization takes in dogs and cats who need medical care or rehabilitation. They give dogs who are out of options second chances at life. The rescue also works to fight discrimination of certain pet breeds for perceived behavior problems. As a non-profit, Wagging Dog Rescue relies on fundraising and donations from the public. The adoption fees also go directly back into caring for other animals at the shelter.

If you are looking to bring a new pet into your home, consider stopping by Wagging Dog Rescue or Rancho Coastal Humane Society and bringing home a new cat or dog today!

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Carlsbad

  • Admission FREE!
    Month November
    Duration 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    #1 Blessing of the Dogs


    Join Cannimal for the annual Blessing of the Dogs event held during November. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., gather with other dogs and dog owners for the Blessing of the Dogs to celebrate your favorite four-legged friends! The event is non-denominational and open to all kinds of animals, including dogs, cats, and horses.

    The event will also be a learning opportunity for participants to learn about using cannabis to help their animals. The session, called Feel Good Now!, starts at 2 p.m. for those who are interested.

    Gather at San Dieguito Park’s Lower Park to start off the Blessing of the Dogs event at 1 p.m.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month December
    Duration 12:30 PM to 5 PM

    #2 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade


    Join other dog lovers for pet-themed fun at the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade! Walk your pet through the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego in your best Christmas-themed costume at this event, held each December. Both pets and owners are invited to dress up for the parade, which is hosted by Blue Buffalo. Also, don’t forget to attend the pet expo for a chance to win prizes in the costume contest, grab a goodies bag, and visit vendors!

    Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. on the day of, but pre-registration is recommended to ensure that you get a spot. The parade begins at the MLK Promenade Park at 3 p.m. The expo runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    Registration is $15 per pet in advance or $20 the day of the event.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month December
    Duration 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    #3 Doggie Street Festival


    Join in Southern California’s largest pet adoption-focused event every December. The Doggie Street Festival of San Diego is just one many across the country. Bring your dog and enjoy live music, guest speakers, great food, and much, much more! You won’t want to miss the special guests and vendors selling unique and fun products and services that your pet will drool over.

    There is a special area designated for children’s activities, so bring the kids along, too!

    Come down to NTC Park at Liberty Station at 9 a.m. and stay until doors close at 3 p.m. Admission is free.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month December
    Duration 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    #4 Unleash the Holiday Cheer


    Unleash the Holiday Cheer is definitely worth the short drive to San Diego from Carlsbad! Join Traci’s Paws at Ingram Plaza at Liberty Station each December for Unleash the Holiday Cheer to benefit the Helen Woodward Animal Center, which helps military families find the right shelter dog for their home - for free!

    Bring both your children and pets for photos with Santa, enjoy Christmas music performed live, and visit the game truck to win fun prizes. There will be laser tag and a photo booth to document the special day. Don’t miss out on the great food at the food trucks!

    All donations go to the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month December
    Duration 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    #5 JustFoodForDogs Cooking Class


    Join JustFoodFor Dogs at Del Mar Kitchen in San Diego on a specified Saturday during the month of December. The event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and teaches attendees to learn how to cook dog food at home. Your pooch will love the opportunity to try some home-cooked, fresh dog food! You will also be served some tasty snacks and drinks while at the class.

    Unfortunately, space is limited, so RSVP soon to make sure you have a spot at this event.

    Del Mar Kitchen is located at 3485 Del Mar Heights Rd. in San Diego, which is about a 30-minute drive from Carlsbad, California.

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