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Homeless animals are abundant in California, and Costa Mesa is no exception. Luckily for animals in the area, there are animal shelters that take in homeless pets and provide medical care, shelter, and food for creatures in need.

Orange County Humane Society provides care for lost, sick, injured, abused, neglected, and unwanted animals in the area. While the shelter provides this care, it also attempts to find new homes for each animal that comes through its doors. The shelter mainly cares for cats and dogs, but reptiles and rodents also find their way into the shelter at times. The Orange County Humane Society is a non-profit organization that relies on donations, fundraisers, and adoption fees. Since opening in 1949, the shelter has helped thousands of homeless pets. All of the dogs and cats that leave the shelter have been spayed or neutered to help prevent more unwanted animals from being born.

Home Free Animal Rescue and Sanctuary works with the Newport Beach Police Department’s Animal Control division to keep animals out of danger on the streets. The shelter provides care for animals until they can be placed into new homes. As a non-profit organization, the shelter relies heavily on donations—both monetary and supplies. The shelter is always in need of more supplies to care for more homeless pets in the Costa Mesa area.

If you live in the Costa Mesa area, consider getting your next pet from one of the local shelters in the area to find a loving pet for your home.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Costa Mesa

  • Admission FREE!
    Month December
    Duration 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    #1 Tilted Kilt’s Home for the Howlidays Yappy Hour


    Tilted Kilt in Orange, California is excited to host its Home for the Howlidays Yappy Hour in December! With both people and dog menus, you and your pup are sure to have a festive, fun time at Tilted Kilt’s Yappy Hour.

    There will be raffles and giveaways during the event, so don’t forget to bring in a gently used blanket or towel to get a free raffle ticket.

    Tilted Kilt allows dogs only on the patio. This event runs from 6 pm to 9 pm on a day during December.

    Mutt Hut Dog Rescue will receive 20 percent of all food proceeds from the event. They will also have adoptable dogs on-site.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month July
    Duration 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    #2 Dashing Doggie Fashion Show


    Each July, join the Orange County SPCA at the Laguna Hills Community Center for the Dashing Doggie Fashion Show from noon to 3 pm. Your dog can walk the runway and compete for the top honors in Best Hair, Best Pet Trick, Most Creative Contest, and Best in Show!

    The event is presented by Rochelle Chacon Real Estate Group with all donations benefitting the Orange County SPCA! The event aims to raise awareness for shelter dogs and cats in the Orange County area.

    You must pre-register to attend this event, but admission is free. Donations are requested to help the Orange County SPCA.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month September
    Duration Fri-Sun

    #3 Surf City Surf Dog


    Don’t miss out on a full weekend of pup and surfing fun with Surf City Surf Dog. The Friday, Saturday, and Sunday full of sun and sand are held at Huntington Beach. Start with the Friday evening Pooch Party from 6 pm to 8 pm with music, red carpet photos, rescue dogs, and more!

    Saturday kicks off with the Surf City Surf Dog competition where canines compete for the best round of surfing. There is also a Doggy SurFUR Expo with all kinds of vendors and fun. In the evening, you and your dog can enjoy the NY Dog Film Festival at the outdoor movie screen.

    On Sunday, don’t miss the SUP with Pup Meetup from 11 am to 1 pm! You and your dog can rent a stand-up paddleboard for a morning of fun in the sun. Rental fees are just $20 per hour.

    This event is free for viewers, but donations are encouraged to help out their charity partners, so give if you can!

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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    #4 Yappy Hour


    Stop by the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel each month for a fun Yappy Hour celebration! This cocktail party is fun for both humans and dogs, and is held on the last Thursday of each month. Dogs can enjoy bacon, chicken, or beef infused water and dog biscuits, while humans enjoy some of the best cocktails in the area, beer, wine, or tasty barbecue items.

    Special holiday Yappy Hours also take place at the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel, so be on the lookout for a great opportunity to throw on a costume!

    All proceeds from the Yappy Hour celebrations will benefit The Veterans Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month February
    Duration 1:00 pm Onward

    #5 Barks of Love Bark Bash


    Each February, join Barks of Love for their annual Bark Bash celebration! The Gray Matter Museum of Art in Costa Mesa hosts this two-part, day-long event for dogs.

    During the afternoon, bring your pups and your children out for a day of food, activities, and vendor booths. In the evening, the event transforms into a VIP Gala with hors d’oeuves, a silent auction, and a fashion show!

    The goal of these celebrations is to enjoy time with your canine while also helping raise money for the Barks of Love rescue to open a facility so they can save more homeless dogs in the Costa Mesa area.

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