Sandwiched in between Berkeley and Oakland, Emeryville has no shortage of dog-friendly attractions and experiences within easy reach. Emeryville’s dogs are also well cared for by a host of animal welfare and rescue groups that operate in the local area, such as Berkeley Humane.
Officially established in 1927, Berkeley Humane has a long history of protecting the rights of animals in and around Berkeley and the wider Bay Area. With a mission to provide life-saving programs for cats and dogs, cultivate compassion, and strengthen the human-animal bond, this grrr-eat group is committed to caring for homeless dogs and cats throughout the East Bay.
Over the years, Berkeley Humane has helped more than 45,000 pets find loving, forever homes. It also offers dog training, behaviour advice, and spay and neuter services to help reduce pet homelessness, and volunteers, foster carers, and donations are crucial to its ability to continue helping animals in need.
Hopalong & Second Chance Animal Rescue is another paw-some group that’s always ready to lend a helping paw to homeless pets. With a mission to end the euthanasia of dogs and cats through rescue and spay/neuter programs, this non-profit organization saves around 1,000 animals a year. In fact, in the 22 years of its existence, Hopalong & Second Chance Animal Rescue has rescued more than 25,000 animals.
The group pulls animals from high-risk shelters in 11 local counties, giving those pets the treatment and support they need until they can be paired with a loving owner. This 100 percent foster-based rescue is always on the lookout for more foster carers and donations, so keep it in mind if you want to support a hardworking animal rescue group in the Emeryville area.
Bark and Meow Around the Block is Berkeley Humane’s annual adopt-a-thon and street fair. Held in April at Berkeley Humane, this free event is the paw-fect place to go if you’re looking to adopt a shelter animal into your family! There are more than 200 animals up for adoption from a host of Bay Area rescues, but there’s also plenty to see and experience even if you’re not looking for a furry friend. Highlights include food trucks, beer and wine, live music and entertainment, pet product vendors, a raffle, and games and activities for all ages! Leashed, well-behaved pets are more than welcome to attend.
The Bay Area Pet Fair is California’s largest pet adoption event, with more than 70 rescues and shelters combining with around 50,000 attendees to help homeless animals find loving homes! So if you’re looking for a new canine companion, the Bay Area Pet Fair is the place to be. But this event is not just about adoptions, with heaps more for you and your canine to see and do throughout the weekend. There are live shows and demos, dog games and activities, food and drink, giveaways, and tons of samples and treats to take home. Best of all admission is free and leashed dogs are welcome!
Batter up! It’s time to take in some top-quality baseball action with your crowd-friendly pooch. Bark in the Park is a paw-some night out where you can take your dog to the ballpark to watch the Cal vs. USC baseball game. Held at Evans Diamond, Bark in the Park is a relaxing day out for dogs and their humans alike. There are adoptable animals on site for anyone hunting for a new fur-ever friend, while there are also plenty of opportunities for you and your pooch to socialize with other dog lovers and their pets! Tickets are $12, and proceeds from ticket sales go to support Berkeley Humane’s life-saving programs.
If you want to enjoy a night full of Halloween fun with your canine companion, check out Wag Hotels’ annual Haunted Howl-o-ween Party! Each October in the lead-up to Halloween, Wag Hotels Oakland is transformed into a haunted hotel for one night of hair-raising fun. Canine and human guests are guaranteed a frighteningly-good time as they enjoy trick-or-treating, beer and wine, light snacks, product vendors, and a raffle. There are also adoptable animals to meet and a grrr-eat costume contest with exciting prizes! If you’re in the mood for a fright and the chance to socialize with heaps of other dog lovers, this is the event for you.