Though it was once known as “the Lemon Capital of the World”, these days Chula Vista has a whole lot more going for it than just fruit! If you love dogs, you’ll feel right at home in this Californian city, which boasts a myriad of dog-friendly walks, parks, experiences, attractions, and, most importantly of all, people.
And those dog-friendly people are always ready to lend a helping paw when Chula Vista’s pets fall on tough times. The San Diego Humane Society has been serving the animals of San Diego County since 1880. With campuses in San Diego, Escondido and Oceanside, San Diego’s oldest non-profit organization is on a mission to inspire compassion for animals.
It does this by providing an extensive range of programs and services, including on-site and mobile pet adoptions, animal control services, animal cruelty investigations, and spay and neuter services. The society aims to keep people and pets together, and over the years has helped thousands of four-legged friends find forever homes.
PAWS of Coronado is also on the front line helping animals in the Chula Vista area. With a mission to change the world one animal at a time, this non-profit animal welfare organization provides care and medical services to the stray, abandoned, and relinquished animals of Coronado. It then helps those animals find loving, responsible owners, in the hope that we can one day live in a world where every lost, stray and abandoned animal is able to find its forever home. Volunteers, foster carers, and donations are always welcomed with open paws.
The Doggie Street Festival is Southern California’s largest pet adoption-focused festival. There are several Doggie Street Festivals held in cities across America, and the San Diego event takes place at NTC Park Liberty Station. For anyone looking for a new furry family member, this is the paw-fect event! There are adoptable pets from heaps of rescue groups, including the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility, but there’s also plenty more for you and your dog to see and do. Highlights include live music, tasty food vet tips, pet products and services, and a kids’ art area. Friendly dogs are welcome to attend, so get ready for a day full of Fido-friendly fun!
Want to take your dog for a walk around
San Diego? Why not do it at the city’s largest dog walk, San Diego Humane
Society’s Walk for the Animals! Held at NTC Park at Liberty Station, this two-mile
stroll celebrates the human-animal bond and raises vital funds for the society.
The main highlight is the lovely, laid-back walk, which sees huge crowds of
animal lovers and their dogs pound the pavement for a good cause. But there’s whole
lot more on offer throughout the morning, including a pancake breakfast, doggy
activities, vendor village, and a blessing of the animals. Check it out next
Looking for a glamorous night out with your furry friend? Look no further than the Fur Ball Gala, held each year to support the San Diego Humane Society! This black tie, dog-friendly gala includes a cocktail bar reception, on-site raffle, fundraising auctions, a delicious dinner, sumptuous wine, and live music! The whole evening is professionally run and full of unique and memorable experiences, but the best part is that all funds raised go to support San Diego Humane Society’s tireless work to help pets in need. Make sure to include it in your list of mutts-do doggy social events for the year ahead.
On the last Wednesday of every month, McP’s Irish Pub in the heart of Coronado Village goes to the dogs! The monthly PAWS of Coronado Yappy Hour provides a great evening out for all animal lovers and their canine companions. The festivities start at 5 pm and feature discounted Happy Hour pricing, complimentary chips and salsa, and a grrr-eat chance to do a little socializing. McP’s donates 10 percent of every bar and restaurant tab rung up between 5 pm and 7 pm to PAWS of Coronado, so you can have a good time for a good cause! Best of all, your polite canine and feline friends are welcome to join you.
Want to learn more about responsible pet ownership and maybe pick up a few freebies along the way? The South Bay Community Pet Event gives you the paw-fect opportunity to do just that! Held in September at Chula Vista’s Orange Park, the event features a heap of free pet supplies, free or discounted spay/neuter services, discounted vaccinations and microchipping, and plenty of free pet behaviour and training advice. It’s all sponsored by the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility and PAWS, a division of the San Diego Human Society, and is a great way to ensure that your dog always gets the best possible care.