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Though this city is not quite climbing the dog-friendliest ranks just yet, there's plenty of fun, Fido-friendly activities in this Central California town. With growing numbers of restaurants that you can bring your pup to, bars where you and your doggo can enjoy the Cali weather outdoors together, and pet-friendly hotels, Fresno is on its way to being a doggone pup-friendly city. 

Some of the organizations in the area are already clearing the way for this much-hoped-for-transition. For example, take the Valley Animal Center. This non-profit, no-kill dog and cat adoption center is a 25,000-square-foot facility located in Central Fresno. They provide low cost spay and neuter procedures, vaccination, a fun dog park for your pooch, and a humane education program. This center annually rehomes and saves thousands of pets in the California area! 

The Central California SPCA is also a large organization that's dedicated to helping the doggos of Central California. Established in 1946, this non-profit humane society is dedicated to promoting the quality of life for animals, providing them with protection, placement, and community education to ensure responsible animal care. 

A few other organizations, like Animal Rescue of Fresno and the Fresno Humane Animal Services are also rooting themselves in the community to provide reliable, safe, and compassionate conditions for Central California's pups. 

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Fresno

  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 10am-7pm

    #1 Dr. James W. Thornton Dog Park

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    If you and your pup want a posh, playful experience, head over to the Dr. James W. Thornton Dog Park - a membership-based, 1.5-acre park that is part of the Valley Animal Center, the Central Valley's premier no-kill shelter. 

    This park is something paw-sitively special. It features a 2,000 gallon canine wading pool (complete with water jets!), an agility course play area, grass land with trees, and divided parks for dogs of several sizes. You and your pooch can check it out for just a $5 day pass. If you decide that it's your new go-to-dog-spot, you can pay $50 per pooch for the year! 

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  • Admission $15.00
    Month September
    Duration 6pm-9pm

    #2 Music for Mutts

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    Who says your pooch doesn't love a good tune? The Music for Mutts event, an annual to-do put on by the Valley Animal Center, is a music-filled adventure for you and your mutt! Make sure to bring blankets and lawnchairs to sit on and enjoy your favorite local music with your pooch by your side! You can sip delicious drinks, chow down on Fresno food, and even adopt another doggo, if you're up for it! Tickets are listed at $15 per person and pooch. Proceeds from this fun, music event will go toward the Animal Valley center. Make sure your pup has been practicing his manners and is happy to be on his leash all day!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month May

    #3 Woofstock

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    This annual event put on by Animal Rescue of Fresno - ARF, for short - is the must-attend event of the year for you and your pooch. With live music, hilarious comedy, and plenty of pup-friendly activities, Woofstock is a blast to attend with your hound. Tickets are usually $15 if you buy in advance, but $20 if you purchase at the door. All proceeds will go toward the Animal Rescue of Fresno. Don't miss this paw-sitevly hilarious event for you and your pup!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration dawn-dusk

    #4 Doggie Hikes

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    If you and your pup are of the adventurous mindset, Fresno is the spot for you! With dozens of beautiful trails, hikes, and forests to explore, you and your pooch won't be wanting for outdoorsy entertainment. 
    One of the most popular dog-friendly hikes in Fresno is the Fresno-Clovis Rail Trail. This now-used rail trail is a great place to take Fido on a hike to see the sites of stories past. Another fun spot for you and your pooch to explore is the Sierra National Forest in Fresno. There are 1.3 million acres of space for you and your pup to enjoy, with thousands of miles of established hiking trails that are dog-friendly. Just remember to clean up after your pup and keep your four-legged friend leashed at all times!
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  • Admission $7.00
    Duration Dawn-Dusk

    #5 Millterton Lake State Recreation Area

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    If you and your pooch are looking to escape the city, its sounds, and smog for awhile, look no further than the Millerton Lake State Recreation Area. This 40-acre park is the perfect spot for you and your pup to explore. There are dozens of established hiking paths for you and your pooch to walk, lake-side shoreline to splash around in, and plenty of other pooches to meet along the way! Here, you and your pup can escape from it all, roll in the sand, and run around on-leash on the beach! You'll pay an entrance fee for $7, but you'll gain a day full of adventure for you and your hound.
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